Saturday, July 4, 2015

Family Discovery Day in Chula Vista/Bonita on Saturday 8 August 2015

A FREE Community Family History Fair will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Stake Center, 1390 East H Street, Chula Vista, California 91913.

Come join us for this FREE Family History Fair and discover who is in your family tree.  Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just wanting to get started, there are classes for you.  These seminars are appropriate for adults and youth ages 12 and up, no child care will be provided, so please make outside arrangements for younger children.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Invite your family and friends!

The Keynote Address will be given by Carlos Yturralde, the President of the Hispanic Heritage Project.

More information:

*  There will be an Open Genealogy Help Lab.

*  Several RootsTech classes will be broadcast in both English and Spanish.

*  There will be live instruction in English and Spanish on a number of topics.

*  There will be free Wireless wi-fi access - bring yhour own laptop or notebook computer.

For additional information, please contact Mark Donnelly at chulavistafamilyhsitory@gmail.com.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Saturday Workshop is 11 July 2015 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library in Bonita

The July Saturday Workshop is on 11 July 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library in Bonita (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.

The discussion will be led by Susi Pentico on "Brick Wall Solutions" with CVGS members helping members and guests in need of assistance.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

CVGS Annual Picnic Review and Photos

NOTE:  Text by Karen Yarger, photos by Randy Seaver

In lieu of our monthly General Meeting in June, the Society held its annual picnic on Saturday, 27 June 2015.  There was no call to order nor Officer or Committee reports.

The picnic was held at the Bonita home of Gary and Wanda Brock, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Many thanks to our hosts who provided a large, shady  yard and great hospitality. Thanks also to Hospitality Co-Chairs Jo Ann Bonner and Ana Castro and to Program Chair Jane Strawn and to others who helped – including the Brock grandchildren. 

Guests brought a delicious variety of salads, side dishes and desserts.  Master Griller Gary served up the hot dogs, bratwursts  and hamburgers provided by CVGS. 


Picnic attendance was 37, including 9 guests. Four of the guests were engaging young men, houseguests of the Brocks, who are visiting from Texas as part of an educational/ entrepreneurial program run by Southwestern Advantage (http://www.southwesternadvantage.com/ ).

The theme of the day was “Immigrant Stories – Coming to America”.  Members brought information on their ancestors’ travel to the new world to put on a large posted timeline.  Randy Seaver’s  family’s 1620 arrival in Plymouth, MA was the earliest posted. Many other members shared their ancestors’ immigration stories.


A visit by Tacoma, the friendly carrot-loving horse, completed the day of fun, food and friends.


This was a wonderful time of feasting, sharing and enjoying CVGS members stories and company.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - July 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for July 2015 include:

** Wednesday, 8 July, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista City Hall, Building A, Executive Board Room 103B (276 4th Avenue) -- CVGS Research Group 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.  

 ** Saturday, 11 July, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Saturday Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead a discussion of "Brick Wall Solutions" of attendees.

** Wednesday, 15 July, 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, 29 July, 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 speaker will be Gabe Selak on "Balboa Park Centennial Celebration of 1015 Panama-California Exposition." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

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



Monday, June 22, 2015

CVGS Annual Picnic is Saturday, 27 June

CVGS Annual Picnic - June 2015 
Brock Home, 4397 Allen School Lane, Bonita, CA 
Date: 27 Jun 2015 11:00 AM PDT 

The Chula Vista Genealogy Society invites you to join us at our Annual Picnic.

Please register if you plan to attend so we can plan for all the fixings!  

June is the month for our annual picnic in lieu of our regular general meeting.

The meeting starts at 11 AM with a picnic lunch, followed by presentations.

Attendance is free but we ask that you bring a dish for pot luck, perhaps an old family favorite, and a $5 donation to cover cost of hotdogs, brats, fixings and beverages furnished by the society.  Coordinate your potluck contribution with Jo Ann Bonner (jabonner13@gmail.com, 421-3628) or Ana Castro (crcastro@cox.net).

The theme will be "Coming To America - Immigrant Stories" and will include a large display board with a timeline where you can place a profile form (supplied) of an ancestor to show their place in time. A display table will also be available for you to show family artifacts. Attendees may present their material with explanations and stories.

Parking will be available on the property with assistants to help you park. No need to park on the street. Golf cart service will be available to transport you and your belongings to and from the parking area if needed.

Tacoma, the retired racehorse, will make an appearance so bring your carrots and/or apples and you'll be his friend for life.

In support of the Salvation Army's year-round toy drive, members might also consider bringing a packaged toy to donate."


Monday, June 15, 2015

June 10th Research Group Highlights

The June 10th CVGS Research Group met in Room 103A in the Chula Vista City Council Building instead of the Civic Center Branch Library.  There were 12 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed three major topics:

*  The SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in pictures and words, describing presentations by Thomas Jones, Michael Lacopo, and Ron Arons.  

*  The military records on Fold3.com.  Examples of a Civil war Widows Pension File and a Revolutionary War Pension File were shown.

*  Searching for the location of 4th great-grandfather Humphery White's house in Glocester, R.I.  See  http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/05/finding-humphrey-whites-house-in.html for details.

In the second hour, the attendees shared:

*  Virginia went to Jamboree and described several presentations, especially Steve Morse's talk on the Julian vs. Gregorian calendars.  She passed around the published syllabus.

*  Claire is getting frustrated with Personal Ancestral file for Mac, and wants help to install PAF and her database on her Windows machine.

*  Bobbie and Dennis went to New Orleans on a 5-day Elder Hostel trip to research some "kissing cousins."  Five of her six branches of Acadian ancestors moved from Nova Scotia to Illinois, but her relative Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil and his brother Alexander went first to Dominica and then to Lafayette, Louisiana.  She found some records, and took photos of the cemetery monument and rubbings of the inscriptions.  Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil’s mother was a sister to the Richard woman in Bobbie's line. Also, an elderly couple who was lost at sea was a set of my 6th Great Grandparents, grandchildren of the couple with a Native American wife.

*  Susan H. also went to Jamboree, and described presentations by Drew Smith and Lisa Louise Cooke.  She also won a Family Tree DNA autosomal DNA kit.

*  John had success in a new Ancestry.com database for Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles applications.  He found that his ancestor had a Ford car and Ford tractor in the 1920s.  John also found several Pennsylvania veterans death records back to the Civil War online.

*  Ana and Ceasar attended Jamboree, including the DNA Day.  She enjoyed Thomas Jones talk on using timelines to chart movement from one place to another and interface with Google Maps.

*  Diane D. found a cousin on Facebook willing to share family information.  He invited her to come visit in New York.

*  Karen S. is working on her Smith line, and has old photos of two brothers of her grandfather that served in the Civil War.  She is searching form ore records.

*  Karen Y. advised everyone to note the resources and source citations for records you find and use.  She noted that the Jillian Holt papers recently acquired by CVGS consisted of loose papers and microfiche records from Lancashire, plus emails, letters, and onsite research notes.

*  Jane watched several of the Jamboree live-streaming presentations online, and enjoyed the autosomal DNA talk.  She's preparing for her trip to Troy, New York to research her DelVecchio line.  A Florida cousin contacted her on Ancestry with lots of family information, and will meet her in August in New York.  She also will meet a relative in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, where her grandfather was discharged from the Army.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 in Room 103A of the Chula Vista City Council Building (290 F Street).  



Friday, June 12, 2015

CVGS June 2015 Newsletter is Published

The June 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this week.  

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

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

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- June 27th Annual Picnic   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- July 11th Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar

page 3 -- Chula Vista Library Auditorium Closed
page 3 -- Ancestry.com Announces New Website Design
page 4 - Do You Ever Wonder Who Else Might Be Researching Your Ancestor?

page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars - Quality Genealogy Presentations
page 5 -- "Genealogy on Facebook" List
page 5 -- Mocavo has FREE U.S. Census Record Images Online FOREVER
page 6 -- May 13th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- May 27th Program Review 

page 8 -- Google Power Search: How to Search Just One Web Site

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



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 6th Saturday Workshop is on Reunion Family Tree Software

The June 6th Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The topic will be "Reunion Software for Mac Computers" led by CVGS Member Shirley Becker.

Please bring your laptop computers to this meeting.  Shirley will share basic software functionality, and answer attendee questions.  


Monday, June 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - June 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for June 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 6 June, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Shirley Becker will demonstrate and discuss the Reunion software program for Mac computers.. 


** Wednesday, 10 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, 17 June, 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.


** Saturday, 27 June, 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m., at home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita.  CVGS Annual Picnic.  The theme will be "Immigration - Where Did They Settle?" $5 per person to provide meat and drinks, and bring potluck items. 

**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, 17 and 24 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.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 27th Program Review - "Probate Records"

Over 40 members and guests attended the CVGS program on 27 May 2015 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library to hear "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type" presented by CVGS member Randy Seaver.

This talk covered three main topics:

1) Why do you want to obtain Probate Records?  Randy noted that they help define family relationships in an official court document, they may provide death dates and locations, they may provide married daughters' surnames, they may provide insight into literacy, belongings and real property, and they may provide occupations and signatures.

2)  What are Probate Records?  He said that they are court records created after a person's death for the purpose of distributing the real and personal estate to heirs and creditors, usually filed in a county court, according to state law at the time of the event.  Estates are either testate (there is a valid will) or Intestate (there is no valid will).  Randy described the proceedings required for both testate and intestate cases, the widow's dower rights, inheritance guidelines for intestate cases, guardianship proceedings, etc.  Each event in a probate case may generate one or more pieces of paper, each submitted to the court for approval, and these papers make up the estate case file.  

Randy showed and read text from three wills of his ancestors to illustrate the content and variety encountered in colonial and more modern wills.  He also described and showed several of the papers that might be in an intestate case file.  

3)  Where can you find Probate Records?  Indexes of probate records may be found online, at a library or repository in published or periodical form, and in local courthouses.  Actual probate records - the estate case files - are usually in the county probate court or in a state archive.  Court clerk transcriptions of some of the original documents are also in the county probate court.  Microfilms of probate court records for many counties are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and can be borrowed at a local FamilySearch Library.  Other repositories may have microfilms also.  He worked through finding an ancestor's will in Norfolk County, Ontario on FHL microfilm.

FamilySearch has digitized probate court records for about 30 states from the microfilms, but these record collections have to be browsed - think of them as "digital microfilm."  To use them, the records are "waypointed" by county, then by the case numbers or by the court volume numbers.  The key is to use the Estate Index" to find the name of the deceased, note the proceedings index volume and page, search the proceedings index for the deceased name, note the record type, court volume numbers and page numbers, and then access the court volumes and find the records on the pages.  Randy worked through one example from Pennsylvania probate records on FamilySearch. 

 Ancestry.com also has probate and estate databases, but has few actual probate case papers.  Other online sites may have case file indexes and, in some cases, digitized probate case files or court volumes.

In conclusion, Randy noted that:

*   Probate records are really valuable genealogical records, 
*  Not all probate records are available on microfilm or online - you may have  to visit a courthouse or archive to access them
*  It is important to know the state probate laws at the time of the deceased's demise.h
*  It is important to know the jurisdiction - state or territory, county, town, etc. - at the time of the deceased's demise. 

Randy has a page on his Genea-Musings blog with his transcriptions of probate and other records of his ancestors - see http://www.geneamusings.com/p/amanuensis-monday-posts.html.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 27 May is on "Probate Records"

The 27 May 2015 Program meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will start at 12 noon in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).  

NOTE:  The venue is changed for this month.

The program of "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type!" will be presented by Randy Seaver.

The program description is:

"Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships. This presentation describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections."

The speaker's biography is:

"Randy is a native San Diegan, retired aerospace engineer, genealogist and family guy. He and his wife (Angel Linda) love to travel, visit friends and relatives (especially the grandchildren), sightsee, cruise or do genealogy. Their travels have taken them all over the USA, England, Down Under and Scandinavia.  Randy is a past President of CVGS and is currently the Newsletter Editor and the Research Chair.  He blogs every day at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) on genealogy news, resources, software and his own research."


There will be a short business meeting before the presentation, and snacks before and after the meeting.  This meeting is FREE to attend.  


Saturday, May 16, 2015

CVGS Research Group Review - 13 May 2015

We had 20 eager genealogists at the May 13th Research Group meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

In the first hour, Randy discussed the following items:

*  CVGS Member Barbara Zaragoza published Dorothy Alvord's memoir on living in San Ysidro on her website, Friends of San Ysidro.  See Dorothy's memoir and photos at  http://friendsofsanysidro.org/photogallery/dorothy-norgaard-alvord-collection/.  Ralph Munoz mentioned that he also has a photo gallery on Barbara's website at  http://friendsofsanysidro.org/photogallery/rafael-munoz-collection/.

*  Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a free social media website where members can upload their own photos, or can "pin" images from websites.  The images can be put into "boards" which are collections.  Randy's Pinterest boards can be seen at https://www.pinterest.com/randyseaver/.  This serves as a photo backup service and a way to save interesting images.  He collects "genealogy stuff" in addition to photo boards for several family groups.  Several other attendees had Pinterest accounts.  

*  Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) is a free genealogy site with over 120 million memorials for deceased persons added by volunteers.  The memorials include vital information, cemetery information, biographies, obituaries, and photographs of gravestones.  The site can be searched, and registered users can create memorials and upload photographs and other information.  We found that Glen Abbey Memorial Park was 90% photographed.

*  DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) has a YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE ) that archives her Hangouts On Air with panelists on various topics.  Pat has weekly free-to-watch Hangouts On Air called Mondays With Myrt, Beginning Genealogy, Genealogy Game night, Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, etc.  Viewers can watch these videos at any time.

*  MyHeritage has introduced Instant Discoveries for users with a MyHeritage Family Tree.  The system searches other trees for the same person, and suggests a number of family members to the user.  By accepting an Instant discovery, more persons are added to the user's family tree.

In the second hour, the attendees shared:

*  Diane went to the Mission Valley FamilySearch Library with the CVGS group and found information on her Michael surname family.  It took her uncle's line back 10 generations.

*  Lorrie asked about the DNA Tribes website. The link is http://dnatribes.com/.  

*  Karen's mother had a baby sister named Sarah who died as an infant.  The family had a locket with the baby's picture.  Karen has been researching Sarah, and realized that she named her own daughter the same name without knowing her aunt's name.  Psychic?

*  Jane subscribed to Ancestry.com, and found her father's father's death certificate.  It said his father was born in Naples, Italy.  She also watched in amazement at the NBC Today show segment shown on 12 May about the family story hologram made of a Holocaust survivor answering questions about his life.  The hologram looked very real - she thought it was "a way to talk to the dead" in the future.  Watch the video segment at http://www.today.com/series/are-we-there-yet/holograms-add-new-dimension-holocaust-survivors-story-t20511

*  Ann passed around the newly received New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer book that CVGS recently ordered.  She brought two books that she obtained during her research trip to Germany in 2014.  She found a Drollinger cousin on Facebook before the trip, and visited him, and ate in the family restaurant.  He gave Ann the two books, one on the Drollinger family and one on the hometown.    They are in German, of course, and Ann needs a way to translate phrases in the book.  Sam noted that the Translate mobile app will translate text in one language to another from a screen image.  

*  Gary noted that Ancestry.com uses modern place names for their records and maps, not the historical place names.  He wondered how to find historic place names.  FamilySearch has the FamilySearch Place Research tool at https://familysearch.org/int-std-ui-research/.  A user puts in the modern location and the historical place jurisdictions and years involved are returned. 

*  Karen Y. has collected military records for her father from World War II.  She has been seeking her uncle's military records, and found that the uncle died on Iwo Jima.  A relative had movies made by the uncle during the battle.  Karen found a book at a Coronado boo9k store with a photo of the uncle.  There was also a story in the book about the Mariana Turkey Shoot which her father was in.

*  Hazel asked exactly what Evidence Explained is.  Randy showed features from the book on his computer as a PDF file, and Elizabeth Shown Mills' website, www.evidenceexplained.com.

*  Gary noted that the new CVGS website has a Forums feature where members can ask questions, answer them, or provide useful information to society members.  See the Forums section on www.cvgenealogy.org.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 12 noon in the Computer Lab of the Chula Vista Covic Center Branch Library.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 2015 CVGS Newsletter is Published

The May 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this week.  

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

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

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- May 27th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- June 6th Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: June 27th for Picnic 
page 3 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar
page 4 -- Research Trip Report  
page 4 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree News 

page 5 -- Carlsbad Cole Library Closed September to February
page 5 -- Ancestry Academy
page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars
page 6 -- April 13th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- April 29th Program Review 
page 7 -- Nina Schultheis Passed Away 

page 8 -- Genealogy News for March and April 
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 

page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Monday, May 4, 2015

April 29th Program Meeting - Donie Nelson on "Family Stories: Secrets, Lies and Surprises"

The CVGS Program meeting on April 29th had 42 attendees, who heard Donie Nelson speak on "Family Stories: Secrets, Lies and Surprises."

Donie said that "you don't have to be a celebrity to have family surprises" and "Secrets, lies and surprises bring dull facts to life and bring generations together."  She suggested that we embrace the black sheep in our family tree because they are colorful and human. Each surprise leads to a family story that can be shared over generations.  

Yesterday's scandal may become today's exciting family story.  Stories can bring your ancestors to life.  All families have secrets, but they can reveal truths.  Secrets are concealed by lies.

Donie told a number of family stories that illustrated her points.  Her father, Raymond Nelson,  had Swedish and Scots ancestry, and her mother, Corinne Valdez, had Spanish and Scots ancestry.  Her father ran off to join the circus for five days, and worked for bootleggers on the upper Missouri River in the early 1930s.  Her parents tell different stories about how they met in Trinidad, Colorado, but they eloped to Raton, New Mexico to marry.  

Donie was named after her paternal grandmother, Donie Current, and Donie is short for Caledonia (there was a song about Caledonia).  

One of her mother's ancestors was Antonio Valdez, an early 20th century politician in Colorado, whose grandmother was Mary Clorinda Romero who was literate and a Jehovah's Witness.  Her mother's given name came from Clorinda.

Antonio Valdez was married three times, and there is a fascinating 40-page 1923 divorce document.  This line goes back into the early 1800s, including a Jose Joaquin Young who rode with Kit Carson all over the West.  

As Donie showed, there is some truth in every story, but sometimes it is difficult to sort out the story from the actual events.  Truth makes your family history memorable, and your stories may inspire family members to become researchers.  


Friday, May 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - May 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for May 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 2 May, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Randy Seaver, Shirley Becker Bethel Williams and Susi Pentico on different subjects. 


** Wednesday, 13 May, 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 May, 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 May, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The speaker will be Randy Seaver on "Probate Records -- My Favorite Record Type." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 6, 13, 20, and 27 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.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 29th Program Meeting - Donie Nelson on "Family Stories"

 WEDNESDAY, April 29th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Donie Nelson on “Family Stories – Secrets, Lies and Surprises”

     Donie Nelson has been researching her Swedish/English/Scots-Irish/ Spanish heritage since 1979. For over 30 years Donie worked in the entertainment industry developing motion pictures and television projects and she brings this knowledge of storytelling to her work as a consultant who assists researchers with editing, writing and publishing their family histories. 


     She is a past president of the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society and coordinated the publication of their book: Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America. In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and the Southern California Genealogical Society, 

Donie created a monthly genealogical workshop program entitled Genealogy Garage which is held monthly in the History & Genealogy Dept. of the LAPL. More than 350 researchers attend this workshop annually. 

She is currently the editor of a national quarterly journal for Hispanic researchers and specializes in establishing outreach programs for genealogical societies—to date she has established four monthly research programs in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. 

She has served on the board of the California State Genealogical Alliance and the Southern California Genealogical Society. Donie is a founding member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California Chapter, where she served six terms as President and served seven years on the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America national board of directors.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

CVGS Research Trip on Wednesday, 22 April

John Finch has planned a Research Trip to the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego) on April 22nd, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  We are leaving just a little later to give them a little margin of time to prepare.

There will be a carpool leaving from the downtown Chula Vista parking structure (second floor, midway between the two entrances) just after 10 a.m.  

Please contact John Finch at jan27@cox.net to get on the carpool list.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter is Published

The April 2015 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 www.CVGenealogy.org.  


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

The Table of Contents lists:


page 1 -- April 29th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- CVGS at Escondido Family History Fair 
page 3 -- May 2nd Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: June 27th for Picnic 
page 3 -- Dorothy Alvord Passed Away 
page 4 -- Who Do You Think You Are? Information 
page 4 -- Research Trip to FamilySearch Library on 4/22  

page 4 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree News 
page 5 -- Advice for a Beginning Genealogist 
page 6 -- March 11th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- March 25th Program Review 
page 7 -- SDGS Collection to be Dedicated at SDPL 

page 8 -- Genealogy News for March and April 
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 

page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Research Group Review

There were 20 attendees at the CVGS Research Group on 8 April 2015.

In the first hour, Randy discussed and demonstrated:

*  AncestryDNA "New Ancestor Discoveries" - Ancestry claims that "You don't need to research records or build a family tree -- AncestryDNA now transports you to the past."  Um, really?  

*  Chronicling America newspapers (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) is a FREE website with historical newspapers from 1835 to 1922 at the Library of Congress, searchable by keywords, date ranges, etc.  There is also a listing of all of the newspapers ever published in the United States from 1690 to recent times.

*  GenealogyBank newspapers (http://www.genealogybank.com) is a commercial ($70 per year retail) website with several different collections - Newspaper Archives (1690-2010); Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977-today); Historical Documents (1789-1994); Historical Books (1749-1900); Social Security Death Index (1936-2011) - FREE).  There are 6,500 newspapers, and over 1.8 billion records, available on GenealogyBank.  They can be searched by name, keyword, and date range.  The full run of the San Diego newspapers are online there.

The second hour was devoted to answering questions, discussing research problems, and telling about research successes.

*  Tameron's uncle was kicked out of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1938.  She wants to find out why.  She has family information, but no death date.  She found his wife in the 1940 U.S. census living without him.  A search in the California Death Index found he died in 1941 in Los Angeles.  With the date, Tameron can look for more newspaper articles and perhaps an obituary for him.  

*  Jean wanted to know how to sync her Family Tree Maker database with an Ancestry Member Tree.  The FTM Knowledge Base has explicit directions.

*  Lorrie's ancestor was Isaac Stallings (1810-1893), migrating from North Carolina to Indiana to Iowa.  We found his Find A Grave memorial, and Ancestry.com had a number of Suggested Records for him.  But she doesn't have a subscription - we recommended using the computers at the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley, or San Diego City and County public libraries.  

*  Virginia found a newspaper article with the 1911 marriage of her ancestors on MyHeritage.

*  Diane G. shared her poster of her ancestor "Don Martin Casillas" who was a Spanish architect who built cathedrals in 16th century Spain and Mexico.  She likes the MyHeritage smart matches because she can contact other researchers.  Diane has done autosomal DNA tests on 23andMe for her four sons - the results say two are Britain/Ireland, one is Iberia, and one is French/German.  

The next Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 13 May 2015, at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.  


Monday, March 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - April 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for April 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 4 April, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on "Facebook Genealogical Groups." 


** Wednesday, 8 April, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Auditorium, 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 April, 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, 22 April, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Library (4175 Camino del Rio South, San Diego).  John Finch will host a Research Trip to the FamilySearch Library.  Contact John (jan27@cox.net for details.


** Wednesday, 29 April, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The speaker will be Donie Nelson on "Family Stories - Secrets, Lies, and Surprises." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 1,8, 15 and 29 April, 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.