Thursday, March 15, 2012

Program Details for CVGS Spring Seminar on 31 March

The CVGS Spring Seminar is Saturday, 31 March from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course (4475 Bonita Road in Bonita).

The program theme is "British Isles to America and Migrating West" featuring tow outstanding nationally-known speakers, William Dollarhide and Leland Meitzler.

The program session descriptions are:

1)  Session 1 (Dollarhide):  The Main Migration Groups from the British Isles to
America prior to the Revolutionary War
     Group 1. The Puritans: East Anglia Puritans to New England, 1629-1648 (about 21,000 immigrants). Counties where they lived in Britain, and where they came to settle in America.
     Group 2. The Cavaliers: Cavaliers and their Servants from Southwest England to the Chesapeake, 1641-1675 (about 45,000 immigrants). Counties where they lived in Britain, and where they came to settle in America.
     Group 3. The Quakers & Palatines. The North Midland English Quakers and Palatine Germans to the Delaware Valley, 1675-1725. (About 23,000 immigrants).  Counties where they lived in Britain, and where they came to settle in America.

2)  Session 2 (Meitzler): Migration Routes of Our Ancestors
     Our ancestors often migrated within the United States, and territories. How can we ascertain where they came from? Why did they move? What routes did they take, and what records are available? The lecture covers a period dating from the 1600s until about 1880, covering the entire continental U.S.A.

3)  Session 3 (Dollarhide): The Scots-Irish Invasion of America
     Group 4. The Scots-Irish. The Borderers of Scotland and England, many of whom had been earlier transported to Northern Ireland, and their migration to the American Appalachian backwoods, 1717-1775 (about 250,000 immigrants). Where they lived in Britain and Ireland, and where they came to settle in America.
     Summary of the Four Groups: A comparison of the cultures and folkways of the four British groups, such as four different styles of worship, folk dances, clothing,  food, inheritance, naming patterns, etc.

4)  Session 4 (Meitzler): Newspaper Research in the 21st Century
     Newspapers have long held information that genealogists can use. Learn a bit about newspaper history; where to quickly find papers, and what to look for, once found. An amazing amount of genealogical information is located in the papers, even papers from the colonial period in America. Learn to locate the papers you need, both online and off. Also learn what guides and finding aids are now available and how to use them

This seminar costs $35 (before 20 March, $40 after 20 March), and registration includes a catered luncheon and door prizes.  There will be opportunity drawings and a silent auction also.  The Registration Form is online at: or see Susi Pentico or Virginia Taylor to get a printed registration form.

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