Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 2015 Research Group Review

We had 18 attendees at the March 11th CVGS Research Group.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed the genealogy news and his own experiences, including:

* Research at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City

*  RootsTech 2015 videos are available at

*  RootsTech/FGS Conference photos from the exhibit hall and social events - all from Randy's blog 

*  Randy's Who Do You Think You Are? Story with family photos (see

*  Genealogy Gophers is a new FREE genealogy book website -

*   MooseRoots is a new FREE genealogy data website (all US census records indexed, plus more) -

*  Family Tree Now is a new FREE genealogy data website (including Public Record Index data by family) -

* will modifty the look and feel of its website in May 2015.  The biggest change will be in Ancestry Member Trees with the addition of a LifeStory feature.

In the second hour, the attendees shared their research challenges and successes, including:

*  Virginia and Bethel went to FGS/RootsTech in Salt Lake City, and enjoyed the conference and the Family History Library.  

*  Virginia found an ancestral record at 4:30 p.m. on the last day she was there.  At dinner one night, she had a "Hank Jones moment" while talking about genealogy to others at the table.

*  Bethel found her 2nd great-grandfather's naturalization record on microfilm.  She found the books on the shelf for her ancestral county and found a book that listed teachers at the schoolhouse with her relative's name.

*  Shirley found a relative in the MyHeritage databases residing in Australia.  

*  Susan wondered if her great-grandfather David Richards (1867-1917), born in Wales, died in Ohio was the same person as the David Daniel Richards found in some records.  

*  Carole is still looking for information about her great-aunt, and found a California State Library mural depicting the Rose Parade in a book.

*  Susan attended the Escondido Family History Fair and found out she could join the DAR.

*  Ralph noted that there was great staff help and advice when he visited the Family History Library.

*  Sam found his family in a Hardin surname book.  The migration trail was from Wales to Canada to Virginia to Pennsylvania to Kentucky.

*  Mary Lou joined the Niagara County New York Genealogical Society for $15 per year.  Users can search their resources for free.  As a member, they will answer email requests for lookups in books, records and cemeteries.

*  Gary demonstrated how to find the CVGS Library Book titles in the Members section of the new CVGS website.  

The next Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 8 April in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

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