Friday, January 17, 2014

Research Group Review - 15 January 2014

The 15 January meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group had 15 family history enthusiasts, and it was a full tow hours of sharing and helping each other.

In the first hour, Randy shared upcoming CVGS events (especially the Escondido Family History Fair and the FamilySearch library research trip), reviewed the top news stories of 2013, provided a peek at Legacy Family Tree 8 software, and a look at Flipboard.  He also asked "why would you want to do a transcription of a record" and showed his probate and deed transcriptions on his blog.  Lastly, he showed the Dutch Reformed Church records on, and the Norway parish registers online at Arkivverket.  Randy also noted that he got an iPhone 5s for Christmas, and wondered what genealogy items were received by attendees for Christmas.

In the second hour, we shared around the table.  Highlights included:

*  Delores has been putting up a website using The Next Generation of Genealogy Software (TNG).

*  Hazel visited the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley recently for research.

*  Virginia's 2nd great-grandmother lived to be 100 years old.  There was a green leaf Hint for her on the Ancestry Member Tree, and she found that it provided information about the grandmother's second marriage.  She also had a 3rd cousin match on her 23andMe DNA test who was adopted, and is asking for help.

*  Helen's second great-grandmother's obituary was found in family papers with the last name spelled differently, and it provided the maiden name of the grandmother as Garmon.  Then she found online a picture of this grandmother, and a number of relatives' family graves in Kentucky.

*  Gerry did all of her research before computers, so she is entering her information into RootsMagic and needs some help.  She went to Michigan to see family for Christmas.

*  Connie's computer crashed before Christmas, and she has it back after repair.  She wants to write a book about her ancestry, similar to the book her husband's daughter wrote over the past ten years and gave to descendants.  

*  Jane and her sister went to Yosemite on a bus trip before Christmas.  She bough a laptop with Windows 8, and needs help dealing with it.

*  Sylvia had a big family visit at Thanksgiving at her house.  She bought a new laptop with Windows 8, and also needs help with it.  The group suggested going to the CVGS Computer Group and have Gary help her.  

*  Shirley gave herself a 6-month US subscription to herself for $49 for Christmas.  She has been checking her green leaf Hints.  She also found some of her Sebert/Siver records in the Dutch Reformed Church records.

*  Sam has been reviewing persons in his tree.  He adds information to his Ancestry Member Tree on his Mac, and the tree syncs to Family Tree Maker on his desktop computer.  

*  Diane is a genealogy docent at the San Diego Central Library, and loves using the free access to there.  She has connected to a close cousin on a DNA test, and passed around her fan charts from the FamilySearch Family Tree site.

*  Mary Lou noted the DAR record search, the DAR Bible Project, and the DNA offer by the DAR.  She loves the FamilySearch digitized records.

*  John traveled to the Bay area over Christmas to visit family and sightsee.  He's preparing for his next presentation.

*  Karen Y received her daughter's old smart phone, and a DAR American Spirit magazine subscription,  for Christmas, and looked at 426 different apps.  She went to the SDCL with her Colorado cousin to do research.  Her father's nephew recently moved to San Diego, and brought 25 to 30 photo albums and is trying to write family stories.  He's sharing the albums with Karen.

The next CVGS Research Group is at 12 noon on Wednesday, 12 February 2014, in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista). 

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