Sunday, June 26, 2016

July 2nd Saturday Workshop

The July 2nd Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be " and the Bonita-Sunnyside Library Genealogical Holdings," led by Marisa Lowe, Head Librarian at the library.

Be sure to register for this event on the CVGS website on the Events page ( 

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 29th Program Meeting is "New York Revisited"

from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room
“New York Revisited” with Shirley Becker

     This program will be an overview of upstate NY areas for research, but not New York City which would require at least another hour or two. I have updated some information, rechecked links, and given suggestions for researchers to follow. For those who have seen prior presentations, it will be again overwhelming with facts, but hopefully not too dry. The strange places records can be found in NY will be talked about and the handout will contain links to many areas that were not online even two years ago. If you've saved the handout from Shirley's previously scheduled talk, please bring it.  Your event registration contains a link to our website so you may print the handout. 

     In depth coverage of research in NY is not possible in one talk, but there are many areas that a genealogist can use to expand their knowledge and hopefully find a missing ancestor or information to add to their knowledge. Each area such as the Erie Canal merits detailed and in depth coverage, especially those of Irish or Italian descent, as many of them lost their lives working on the canal, the same fact is true regarding the railroads. This presentation should provide clues for further research in a state that was a gateway to the rest of the nation.

     Shirley Becker is a great grandmother to about 13, of whom 4 live with her. Since 3 are teenagers she does occasionally have to battle for computer time. She has been working on genealogy seriously for about 30 years and before that occasionally as she found time. Most of her research is in upstate New York, but as her lines grow she has found some in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and the New England States. She is presently attempting to correct mistakes and add sources that were neglected when she was a beginner in the lifelong work that is known as Genealogy.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

CVGS Field Trip on 22 June 2016

John Finch has arranged another research field trip for Wednesday, 22 June 2016, to the Family Search Library in Mission Valley.

We will meet that morning at 9:30 a.m. on the second level of the downtown Chula Vista parking structure off F Street and 3rd Avenue, near Marie Callender's, for car pooling.
Please contact John Finch at for further information and to confirm your attendance. This trip will be devoted to researching at the FamilySearch Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Attendees may stay later if they wish. Those interested are invited to have lunch at Marie Callender's after returning from the trip.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Upcoming Beginning Genealogy Classes

 CVGS will have a multi-session Beginning Genealogy class at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library in the July-August time period.  We are still working on getting dates and  times that work best for those who are helping with the presentations.  

An Intermediate Genealogy class focusing on Internet resources will be held after the Beginning Genealogy class.  

Please contact Susi Pentico ( to sign up and express an opinion for dates and times.   More information later.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter is Published

The May 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 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 - June 29th Program Meeting
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 - June 11th Saturday Workshop

page 3 - July 2nd Saturday Workshop
page 3 - Upcoming Genealogy Classes
page 4 - May 25th Program Review
page 4 - June 22nd Genealogy Field Trip

page 5 - Family Discovery Day Review
page 6 - May Research Group Review 
page 7 - Genealogy Roadshow on PBS
page 7 - Legacy Family Tree Webinars

page 7 - The Wall of Faces

page 7 - New CVGS Nametags Availablepage 8 - Three CVGS Scholarships Awarded
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events
page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

Sunday, June 12, 2016

CVGS Computer Group Meeting on 15 June 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab and go until 11:45 a.m. when we will break for lunch. It is called a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” group. If you have a laptop, you should bring it. Gary Brock will be demonstrating very basic computer tasks such as how to find tutorials and use them. We will move to the computer lab at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 

Please register for this evento n the CVGS website on the Events tab -

Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 8th Research Group Review

The June 8th meeting of the CVGS Research Group was lively with 17 attendees.  

In the first hour, Randy Seaver discussed these issues:

*  He attended the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree from June 2nd to 5th in Burbank, and shared some of his photos from the conference from his blog.  He noted that there are 14 Livestream videos available for FREE until 5 July, but users will have to register.  Eleven CVGS members attended the Jamboree.

*  The biggest news from Jamboree was the RootsMagic announcement that has released the first draft of their API for synchronizing RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker persons with persons in a user's Ancestry Member Tree.  The interface is likely to be person-centric - meaning syncing one person's information at a time rather than syncing all persons in the user's tree at once.  There will be a method to search and capture an event and media directly from Ancestry to RootsMagic.

*  AncestryDNA has improved their matching algorithms, and now users have more New Ancestor Discoveries.  

* added 20th century Indiana birth, marriage and death certificate databases to their collections.  

*  Randy discovered another sister of his 2nd great-grandfather David Auble based on researching the heirs of Elizabeth Auble (1811-1899).  

In the second hour, the attendees discussed:

*  Jane attended Jamboree, and visited the Immigrant Library in Burbank for a presentation by Fritz Juengling on German names.  She found her ancestral town on the Meyers-Ort map site at the library.  At Jamboree, she worked iat the Immigrant Library exhibit with Toni Perrone, and attended classes also.  

*  Helen searched for her Jessie Baker great-grandmother, the daughter of Samuel Baker.  She determined that the immigrant ancestors were Valentine Biecher (1673-1760) and George Peder Beicher (1724-1802), from Braunschweig in Lower Saxony aboard the Snowy Betsy out of Rotterdam to Philadelphia in 1748.  They settled in Lancaster County PA.  Peter's son, Christian, served in the Recolutionary War and received a 1793 land warrant under the name of Baker.

*  Mary N. and Susi went to Carlsbad library recently.  Mary found an article in a 100th anniversary memorial book for What Cheer, Iowa that had a photograph and life sketch of her great-grandfather.  

*  Susi highlighted the NSDCGS classes and programs available in June.  She asked how to source a person profile in an online family tree and how to capture records attached to the profile.  The group suggested using the sources attached to the tree and add them to her family tree, including notes, sources and media, rather than citing the person profile. 

*  Virginia attended Jamboree, and enjoyed the German Names class by Juengling and the DNA class by Shannon Christmas.  She won two prizes - an Irish Ancestry book, and a subscription to a German magazine.  She passed the printed syllabus around the group.

*  Karen S. obtained her grandmother's death certificate, and now needs to find her gravestone.  Her grandmother had at least three husbands and probably more.

*  Ana attended Jamboree, and enjoyed the Thursday field trip to the Hollywood Forever cemetery, which had an excellent tour guide.  Ana enjoyed the classes and the exhibit hall, and, with Jane, gathered free stuff for the CVGS Family History Day in October.

*  Arlene found a newspaper article on MyHeritage about her grandparents marriage.  She asked how she could save the newspaper page to her computer.  Th group noted that she could download the page as a PDF file, open the PDF, magnify the article, do a Print Screen and put the image in a word processor file and save it as a PNG or JPG file.

*  Gary noted that genealogy can be hazardous to your health.  He worked on Ancestry recently, and had a heart problem, which resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital.  He came home with three new stents and feels much better.

*  John found some bad links in the North American Family History database.  He also received his AncestryDNA autosomal DNA results. 

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, July 13th at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 11th Saturday Workshop

The June 11th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be "More Library News, Places to Go" led by Susi Pentico.  Susi will cover the advantages of visiting local and semi-local libraries and what they have to offer researchers.

Be sure to register for this event on the CVGS website on the Events page ( 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - June 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for June 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 11 June, 2:15 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Susi Pentico will lead a discussion of "More Library Nes - Places to Go." Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 8 June, 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, 15 June, 10:15 a.m. to 2 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, 29 June, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road)).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The program speaker will be Shirley Becker on "New York Revisited"  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 June, 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.