Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 2015 Research Group Review

The November meeting of the CVGS Research Group was on Thursday, 12 November with 10 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  AncestryDNA Circles and shared DNA estimates.  
*  GEDMatch.com, a third-party DNA analysis tool that reads the raw data provided by AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe, and provides more analytical information, including a chromosome browser.
*  The FamilySearch Research Wiki (https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page) which has information about countries, states and counties, plus many record types.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their research problems and successes:

*  Jane reviewed her trip to New York and Massachusetts to search for DelVecchio records.  She joined CVGS in March 2014 and has made significant progress with her Italian research.  Before her trip, she had found Jack via email, whose ancestor had married into Jane's family.  In Troy, New York, Jane visited St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery and found the DelVecchio gravestone, and a plot map with names of those buried there.  She also searched Albany diocesan records.  She determined that the house where her great-grandparents lived was destroyed to build a bridge over the Hudson.  Jane obtained death certificates for some of the family members, but the birthplace is listed only as "Italy."  She also met cousins Jack and Albert and got to know them better.

*  Jean said that some of her ancestors remains were "removed" for a road.  She wondered where the remains are at present.

*  Helen found an article on her Winkel family who traveled by wagon train to California in 1854.  The father was lost in a Utah river.

*  Shirley's ancestor, Lucius Plue, was found in the 1865 New York state census residing with the Goff family - he was age 12 and adopted.  That was a surprise for Shirley.

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 9 December, at 12 noon in the Conference Room in the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).

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