Thursday, September 14, 2017

CVGS Research Group Review - 13 September 2017

There were 11 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 13 September.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  RootsTech 2018 schedule has been released - Wednesday, 28 February to Saturday, 3 March 2018.  There is no separate Innovator Summit, but the Innovation Showdown will continue.  Registration for RootsTech will open on 20 September 2017.  See for more details.

*  FamilySearch discontinued distribution of Family History Library microfilms to local FamilySearch Centers and affiliate libraries.  However, all of the microfilms ordered in the last five years have been digitized and are available through the FamilySearch Catalog and/or Historical Collections.  Some collections in the Catalog can only be viewed at a FamilySearch Center or affiliate library.  Digitizing continues with the goal of being complete in 2020.

*  FamilySearch has a webinar series in September with several presented every day - see the list at Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for September 2017.

*  Randy wrote a blog post about How and Why Do You Use the FamilySearch Family Tree?

*  An email was received from Pennsylvania with a photograph of the gravestone of Cornelius Feather (1777-1853), Randy's 4th great-grandfather.  See Tombstone Tuesday - Cornelius Feather (1777-1853) Gravestone.

*  One of Randy's mysteries is the parents of Ann Marshman (1784-1856) in Hilperton, Wiltshire.  Email from another Marshman researcher provided more information about the Marshman family and is ongoing.

In the second hour, the attendees described some of their successes and challenges:

*  John's great-grandmother is Mary Jane Allen, who had a sister Susan.  Their mother was Matilda (Yount) Allen in Pennsylvania.  John has 15 DNA matches with a Paden family line, but a descendant of Susan Allen does not.  Another sister of Matilda, Sophia Yount, married William Paden, and had no children.  The descendant of Susan has mementos from the William Paden family.  In the 1870 U.S. census, Matilda, Mary Jane and Susan Yost (Matilda';s mother's maiden surname) resided in the same dwelling with William Paden and his wife.  After much discussion, the group thought that that Mary Jane Allen was fathered by William Paden or one of his uncles, but Susan was fathered by someone else (named Allen?). 

*  Bobbie has fulfilled one of her short-term goals - she found the names of her 2nd great-grandparents in England - John Morris and Elizabeth Cornish.

*  Diane has DNA matches with Naomi in England, and she knew about some of Naomi's relatives. Diane has been emailing with Rita about their Houghton ancestors in England from the late 1700s.

*  Ralph noted that the FamilySearch Family Tree is constantly adding information.  He has been able to add two more generations to his wife's family tree.

*  Arlene went on vacation to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for the solar eclipse with a friend, but was able to spend three days at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  She found a book by her school friend that provided information about her 2nd great-grandfather's family in Mesa, Arizona.  She was able to get a digital copy of the book.

*  Gary has a DNA match with about 800 cM in 23 segments, and wondered what the relationship might be.  The DNA relationship chart indicates a first cousin, a great uncle or aunt, or a grand nephew or niece might be candidates.  This match is probably from Gary's birth father's family.  

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910).

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