Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Patti Beatty is CVGS Program Speaker on 31 May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12 noon To 2 p.m.
General Meeting
Patti Beatty on “From Chula Vista to the Mouseketeers”
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Patti Kutch Beatty is a Chula Vista/San Diego native, a former Disney Mouseketeer and Author of the book Feathers In The Wind. She will share memories of her childhood in the area and information on gathering data for writing her book about the history of her family and the Shoshone-Bannock Indians on the Ft. Hall Reservation in Idaho.

Several Photo Boards will show events of the “early years” of Chula Vista such as: Hilltop Elementary School photos, Fiesta De La Luna Parade, Rohr Aircraft buildings, Dance Programs at the City Park Stage, Flower Fields and the Sunkist Packing Plant. Also, many Native American family heirlooms will be on display.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $15.00 with a percentage being donated to the Beta Sigma Phi Lupus Philanthropic in honor of her mother, Virginia Kutch.

There will be a short CVGS business meeting and refreshments after the presentation.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Research Group Summary - 10 May 2017

The CVGS Research Group meeting on 10 May 2017 had 15 attendees, including two guests.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Family Tree Maker 2017 software has not been released yet - there were problems with the sync with Ancestry Member Tree feature, and they are being worked out.  It may be released in the next two weeks.

*  The RootsMagic 7 software TreeShare feature (which interfaces with an Ancestry Member Tree and with Ancestry Hints) has not been released yet.  It may be in the next two weeks.  RootsMagic released a video showing the capabilities of TreeShare - see

*  Legacy Family Tree Version 9 software was released in mid-April, with many new features, including Web Hints with FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and GenealogyBank.  This is a new release so users must pay to use the full capability of the program.  

*  AncestryDNA Genetic Communities, Shared Ancestors, and Shared DNA Matches were discussed.  Sometimes you can get an idea of the family connection from a person without an attached tree by looking at their Shared Matches with known ancestry.

*  GEDMATCH ( can upload your autosomal raw DNA data from a test site (e.g., AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA) and provide DNA matches with other persons in GEDMatch, including a chromosome browser (which AncestryDNA does not provide).

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

*  Linda E. asked how she can solve an adoption problem on her father's side - they know the date and location.  The group suggested joining the DNA Detectives group on Facebook ( and asking for help.

*  Helen found a listing of "Austrian mistress" as a spouse in an Ancestry Member Tree and thought it was humorous.  

*  Susi has been using the We're Related mobile app to find famous cousins and Facebook cousins.  She and Shirley have 6 of the same cousins with the same common ancestors.

*  Jean had a success when she contacted the Rochester N.Y. town historian who sent church, burial and obituary records for her great-grandparents from their files.

*  Karen P. has an old Family Tree Maker file and program, and needs the new FTM program.  She wondered if the old file would work - the group thought that it would after being converted.

*  Bobbie is looking for death and burial records in Lake county, Illinois and will contact the local Catholic church and the historical society.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 14 June in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The May 2017 CVGS Newsletter was emailed to the membership and mailed to those members without email.

The Newslrtter Table of Contents is:

page 1 -- May 31st Program Meeting
page 2 -- President’s Message 
page 3 -- June 3rd Saturday Workshop 
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 3 -- Next Lemon Grove Meeting 

page 3 -- Membership Address Changes 
page 3 -- Member Services
page 3 -- MyHeritage Access at County Libraries 
page 4 -- CVGS Member Jane Dale Passed Away 
page 4 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website 

page 4 -- Upcoming Family Tree Webinars 
page 5 -- April 26th Program Review 
page 6 -- April 12th Research Group Review
page 7 -- Family Tree Maker 2017 News
page 7 -- RootsMagic 7 Update News

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Released 
page 7 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017
page 8 -- Book Review – The Missing Man
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information
page 9 -- San Diego Area Genealogy Events
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

Society Members can read the newsletter 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 your mouse over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

Friday, May 5, 2017

MyHeritage Is Now Offered at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library

Genealogy record provider MyHeritage ( is now offered at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).

The San Diego County Library system no longer offers free access to the Library Edition of; they have replaced it with free access to MyHeritage. The good news is - MyHeritage is available for in-library and at-home usage. Just think, you can access billions of historical records from over 48 countries with just your San Diego County library card.

Just go to, click on 'eLIBRARY' at the top, then "Research & Online Learning.'  Click on the gray bar that says 'GENEALOGY', then the little box "MyHeritage." That will pull up the screen for you to enter your library card number and PIN. And you're all set!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 6th Saturday Workshop

The May 6th 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 “Migration and Humans” presented by Susi Pentico, plus a follow up on the 1 April meeting to discuss brick walls and share information learned.  Come early to connect your laptops to the Library wi-fi.  

Please register on the CVGS website ( on the Events tab so we can plan refreshments and handouts.

This event is free for all to attend. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - May 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for April 2017 include:

 ** Saturday, 6 May, 
1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Susi Pentico will present "Migration and Humans" and followup on the discussion at the 1 April meeting on brick walls, five generation charts.  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 10 May, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --  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, 17 May, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- 
Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 31 May from 12 noon to  2 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- 
CVGS General Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Patti Beatty on "From Cheerleader to Mouseketeer"  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments after the meeting.

**  Wednesday, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May, 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.