Friday, March 11, 2016

CVGS Research Group Summary - 9 March 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 9 March had 18 attendees, including one guest.

In the first hour, Randy discussed some of the recent genealogy news items, including:

*  RootsMagic announced that the program can now read native Family Tree Maker files (all versions of FTM) without a GEDCOM import.

*  Software MacKiev has an upgrade for Family Tree Maker 2015 for Windows and Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 at a discount price.  Existing users of the programs will have a free update.  

*  GenealogyInTime Magazine published their Top 100 genealogy websites for 2016 - see

* and added 10 million Irish Catholic Church records to their collections.

*  MyHeritage announced Record Detective II technology to their features, and offers Record Matches for their large Books collection.

*  There are about 30 videos from the 2016 RootsTech Conference available for free at

*  His research in land and probate records for Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield, Mass. 

In the second hour, the group discussed these issues:

*  Karen Y. noted that her father's grandparents corresponded with cousins in Norway, and she has his family group sheets.  She connected at the Escondido Family History Fair with Robin who found her great-grandfather's records.

*  Jean's mom had her 2nd-great-grandmother's name, and was able to go back to the 1700s in France.  She immigrated to the US in 1848.

*  Jane noted that the German Society in America is now working with a society in Germany to help researchers with German ancestors find their families in Germany.  The 2017 conference will be in Minneapolis.  Back in October, the SDJGS speaker discussed the USCIS pre-1906 naturalization documents that could be obtained for $20.  Her DelVecchio immigrants didn't obtain theirs until later, apparently.

*  Karen S. asked if there were specially trained people who wrote things down in pre-20th century times for wills, deeds, court records, etc.  There were court or town clerks, registrars, justices of the peace and others who were educated and would perform these services for a fee or as a job.

*  Susi is in contact with 2nd or 3rd cousins who share her father's DNA.  One is a 16-year old adoptee in Greene County, Pennsylvania where she has ancestry.

*  Linda needs a new computer to replace her Windows 7 machine from 2009 with Legacy Family Tree.  She is reading Consumer Reports.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

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