Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gena Philibert-Ortega is Speaker for Wednesday, 27 January Program Meeting

from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room
with Gena Philibert-Ortega
“Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors” 

Learn some sure fire ways to research your female ancestors including methodology and resources. Use my 5 step process for researching (and finding) female ancestors.

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada  as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. 

She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS ForumAPG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, and Family Tree Magazine. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest, From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). 

Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads, and serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.

Monday, January 18, 2016

CVGS Newsletter for January Published

The January 2016 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  

Society Members can read it online, in a PDF format - use the "Members" link (roll over "Members," and click on "Newsletters") at  

Non-members can read CVGS Newsletters two months after publication, per Board of Directors direction (on, roll over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- January 27th  General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 -- Holiday Luncheon Review
page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeti
page 4 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 4 -- Next Saturday Workshop

page 4 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars

page 5 -- Holiday Luncheon Photographs
page 6 -- December 9th Research Group Review 
page 6 -- GenGophers Website
page 7 -- Ancestry Announced Retirement of Family Tree Maker

page 8 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 8 -- Program Meeting Schedule Changes
page 8 -- Finding Your Roots on PBS
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 

page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 13th Research Group Review

The January 13th meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society's Research Group had 14 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed the genealogy news and highlights since mid-December, including:

*   Finding Your Roots, with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as the host, is a genealogy-oriented series on PBS started on 5 January and is on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on PBS through February.  

*  The 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be June 3-5 in Burbank at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel - registration is now open and hotel reservations can be made.

*  Randy offered an "Ancestor Score" table to attendees - see how many ancestors you have in each generation (see

*  He also reviewed some of the mobile apps he uses for genealogy on his iPhone and tablet (see

*  Lastly, he reviewed his Top 10 Genealogy News items from 2015 (see

In the second hour, the attendees had an opportunity to share their questions, their research challenges and research successes.

*  Bobbie has 8 grandchildren and got to see all of them at Christmas.  Her grandson in the Air Force flew in as a surprise from New Mexico.

*  Linda spent time at Christmas with her extended family and identified people in old family pictures.

*  Jane read two books by John Colletta, including his Italian Roots book.

*  Arlene's granddaughter married in 2014, and asked her mother-in-law for family information.  She received five generations of family information.

*  Diane noted that the Chula Vista Stake Family History Fair is May 21.  She has been working with her grandson on

*  Carole's great-aunt was on a Rose Bowl float in 1919.  She has been trying to find articles and photographs about the event.  She found a brochure with photos on and passed it around.

*  Bobbie reported on her summer vacation to Illinois and New York to find more of her German ancestors.  She visited the Hamburg N.Y. cemetery for Titus family, and contacted a church there for Miller family information with great success.

*  Jane reported on her summer trip to Troy, N.Y. in search of her del Vecchio family.  Her goal now is to get it all in the computer.  She got help from the CDC website that has vital record contact information (www.cdc.gove/nchs/w2w.htm).   She wants tips on how to best and wisely manage her time.  The group suggested a to-do list and a research log.

*  Shirley mentioned a website with a list of many useful websites -

*  Delores is creating a website, one section with ancestor narratives with maps and records, and wants help with The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy Software program.  She also asked "How do we know that we are correct in our research?"  The group said that following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) helps, and that original record sources with first-hand information are preferred over derivative or compiled works and second-hand information.  

*  Gary showed some of the revised pages on the CVGS website - the Events page, Forum page, and the Handouts pages in the Members only section.  

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista). 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Chula Vista Genealogy Days in January 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for January 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 2 January
, 1 p.m to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock will lead a discussion of "Scanning."  Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 13 January, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 20 January, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 27 January, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The program speaker will be Gena Philibert-Ortega on "Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 6, 13, 20 and 27 January, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.