Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CVGS Research Group Review - 9 October 2013

The October meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group was on Wednesday, 9 October at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.  There were 14 in attendance.

In the first hour, there were announcements about the SDGS bus trip to the Los Angeles Public Library on Saturday, 2 November; the SDGS Seminar in January featuring Lisa Louise Cooke; and the CVGS Field Trips scheduled to the FamilySearch Center on 30 October and in January, and to Carlsbad Library in November.  Randy showed some photos from his Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruise through the Panama Canal, and discussed the Ancestry acquisition of Find A Grave, the release of and update to Family Tree Maker 2014, and the improved Ethnicity Estimate in AncestryDNA's autosomal test results.  Karen visited the new San Diego Central Library and provided some pointers for what to expect getting there and accessing records there.  She will write a newsletter article about her experiences.

In the second hour, we went around the table to share research problems and successes, including:

*  Karen found a 1985 book on Sketches of the Maryland Eastern Shore at the San Diego library, and found information about her LeCompte ancestors.

*  Berdella and John reviewed their trip to Ohio and Maryland researching her father's genealogy.  They found lots of information at the Frederick, Maryland library and courthouse, and found an 1840 map showing land owners.

*  Dawn found her ancestors' marriage record in 1827 in Washington County, Tennessee marriages, which had her grandfather's surname and her own middle name as the wife's maiden name.

*  Arline found her 3rd great-grandmother, Rozella Salmon on Find A Grave in the Salmon-Tway Cemetery in Fayette County, Ohio.  There were lots of family members and relatives in that cemetery!  Several of the contributor comments were her cousins and should be contacted.

*  Virginia had another new contact through a MyHeritage tree - a woman in Los Angeles shares Virginia's grandfather but is two generations younger.  She also found a more distant cousin in a FamilyTreeDNA match.

*  Helen's brother did a Y-DNA test on FamilyTreeDNA and is related to the Dill family in Maryland.

*  Gary found new information on his Philip Roff while using the Ancestry suggested records feature - in an online Albany N.Y. militia book.  He also showed how to use Google Earth to find Wanda's family land in Wisconsin.

*  Susi was contacted by two more Jones cousins, and she and Mary are looking for John Pentico's father in central Pennsylvania.

*  Mary noted that Shirley had found her grandfather's passenger list record online.

*  Shirley had a Wright (in New York) contact through her online tree who is related by marriage.  She also found her ancestor Daniel Miller in an 1869 directory for Oneida County, N.Y., but her is not in the 1870 U.S. Census.

*  Bethel found evidence of an ancestor marriage on a USGenWeb County page, but the date conflicts with other available evidence and family trees.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 November at 12 noon in the Chulas Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) in the Conference Room.

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