Friday, March 16, 2012

CVGS Research Group Summary - 14 March 2012

Seventeen researchers attended the CVGS Research Group on Wednesday, 14 March in the Computer Lab at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

In the first hour, Randy discussed the 1940 U.S. Census - highlights from the Joel Weintraub talk at SDGS, the Unified 1940 ED-Finder tool on the Steve Morse One-Step website, and FamilySearch Indexing of the 1940 Census.  CVGS has only five members signed up to do indexing, and several others said that they would do it.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their research challenges, asked questions, and shared some of their successes.

*  Delores noted that her second-great-grandfather from Minnesota served in the Mormon Battalion.  She mentioned it on Facebook, and a friend knew the story, and recommended a local society in Utah with information about the Mormon Battalion.

*  Gary asked where he might find New York information about Albany militia from the 1790 to 1815 time frame.  The group suggested Town Council meeting minutes (town clerks office, town historian, possibly FHL microfilms) and to check the Beekman Patent books (at Carlsbad Library).

*  Shirley found that her Thomas Graves, and a John Graves, enlisted in Minden NY in the War of 1812.  The 1800 and 1810 census records show a John Graves in Montgomery County, which may be the same John.  Thomas may be his son.

*  Virginia explored a "shaky leaf" on her Ancestry Member Tree and found information on several lines that add 6 to 13 generations to her genealogy.

*  Pam asked about how to best use the book Evidence! Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  The group said it's especially useful for online resources, and to use the source templates in genealogy software.  Randy passed around the "Citing Online Historical Resources" QuickSheet as an example.  Shirley noted that she will present a "Citing Sources" workshop on 15 April.

Susi highlighted the National Institute for Genealogical Studies classes that will be prizes at the CVGS Seminar on 31 March.

Finally, the group shared stories of how their parents and grandparents met each other.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 April in the Computer Lab at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).

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