Saturday, August 2, 2014

CVGS Research Trip to FamilySearch Library was a Success!

15 CVGS members took a research trip to the San Diego FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South) on Wednesday, 23 July 2014.  Most attendees left the Chula Vista parking garage around 9:45 a.m. and were there just after 10 a.m.  

A small group took a guided tour of the Library escorted by library staff, which included a description of their latest hardware - a book scanner and a fast photo sheet-feeder scanner.  

Other attendees found useful research materials in the book shelves.  Several worked on the computer systems which have all of the commercial genealogy databases to find information about their ancestors. 

Here is a photo of several CVGS members hard at work:

We left after 1 p.m. and headed to Marie Callender's for lunch and/or genealogy pie:

It was a good genealogy day!

1 comment:

Steve said...

Another resource that has just "opened up" in a big way is genealogy books in ebook format.

Amazon recently introduced its Kindle Unlimited program, which allows you to borrow and read as many Kindle ebooks as you like, for $9.95 a month. I wonder if genealogists have grasped what a godsend KU may be. Here's why:

In the genealogy section of the Kindle ebook store on Amazon, along with the how-to-climb-your-family-tree books, there's a huge number of reference and raw-data collections, from histories of specific families to ships' records, newspaper abstracts, etc. The problem with such books in the past has been that you didn't know until after you purchased one (whether a print or a digital copy) if it contained information relevant to your own research.

With Kindle Unlimited, this pig-in-a-poke problem vanishes.

Here's what you could do to further your research without gambling on books that may or may not have anything of use in them (to you). With a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you could borrow ten genealogy ebooks (the maximum allowed at one time). Then you could flip through them, or use your Kindle device's search feature, to find any information of use to you. If you don't find anything, then you can simply return them and borrow ten more.

I know that these days, there are tons of information for ancestor hunters available for free or for a subscription fee at the dedicated genealogy websites such as

But there's still a lot of data locked up in various small-press books and books by individuals writing their own family's story. Kindle Unlimited gives us genealogists a virtually cost-free way to unlock those books -- at least the ones that have been committed to ebook format (and you might be surprised how many there are).

By the way, you don't even need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle reading app for your smartphone or laptop that will do the trick. (Also BTW, I do NOT work for Amazon.)