Friday, July 22, 2016

July 13th Research Group Review

There were 13 attendees at the CVGS Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 13 July at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

In the first hour, Randy discussed these highlights from his month of genealogy work:

*  MyHeritage released their PedigreeMap which shows where your ancestors resided when they were born, married and died.
*  MyHeritage released their new Sun Chart, which shows names and photos of ancestors or descendants in a circular fashion.  This may be useful for DNA matching.
*  He received five New Jersey vital record certificates for his Auble relatives from a colleague who visited the Archives in Trenton.

In the second hour, we went around the table and folks shared about:

*  Arlene has been working in MyHeritage and finding records.  She also likes the "On Granny's Trail" channel on YouTube.
*  Gary has been working on his royal lines and is back into the 700s.  He found a family box in his garage that had a big 1903 Bible, but the family pages were blank.
*  Shirley wondered how to search the Gallery in her Ancestry Member Tree.  We found that Ctrl-F works but only on the current page.  She is adding media to her Ancestry and MyHeritage trees when relationships and events are proved.
*  Susi and Mary had a breakthrough at the FamilySearch Center - they found books on the shelf for several ancestral towns in North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin and went back another generation.  Susi thinks she has identified a wife's maiden name on her PA Higgins line.
*  Virginia found vital records for her siblings and grandparents in the Indiana certificate databases on Ancestry.
*  Jane has been working with Ana on their 50th high school reunion, trying to find death records and living person addresses.  
*  Helen is working on her husband's genealogy, and found NJ and NY probate records that indicated there was an unknown stepson in one family.  
*  Karen S. had a contact from a 4th cousin on Ancestry from her tree.  She has a trunk of family treasures from her deceased aunt, which includes a 1916 scrapbook, letters to grandparents from a World War II son.  She wondered how to save therm.  The group suggested scanning them to save them and pass them to family members, and to preserve them in an archival scrapbook or album.
*  John has had good luck finding useful information about families in Ancestry's "North American Family Histories" database.  He has done his mitochondrial DNA on FamilyTreeDNA, and he and his wife also tested on AncestryDNA and have lots of matches.
*  Diane had a 23andMe DNA contact with a adoptee who lives in Carlsbad that connects with her son.

The next Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 10 August 2016, at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Monday, July 18, 2016

FREE Genealogy 101 and 102 Classes on July 21 and 28

     The FREE Genealogy 101 and 102 classes will be on Thursdays, 21 July and 28 July from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902).  

The instructors will be Susi Pentico, Shirley Becker and Randy Seaver.  Please reserve your spot by registering on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) and by contacting Susi Pentico (619-623-5250).

     You will learn about:  What is genealogy; Collecting family records; Organizing your information; Where to search.  What to search for.  

     You will need:  pencils (#2 preferred), paper (yellow note pad, 8 1/2” by 11” tablet), eraser, and a 3 ring binder type notebook.  Bring all the information you can gather on your families.

     We will furnish: 2 Pedigree Charts (1 to use in class); 2 Family Group sheets (1 to use in class), Research Log, and a Resource List.  You will use the Yellow Tablet to start your Correspondence Log.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter is Published

The July 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 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 - July 27th Annual Picnic
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

page 3 - Upcoming FREE Genealogy 101/102 Classespage 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 - August 6th Saturday Workshop
page 4 - June 29th Program Review
page 5 - June 22nd Genealogy Field Trip

page 5 - Save the Date: Family History Day


page 6 - June Research Group Review 

page 7 - Save the Date: Stump the Chumps
page 7 - New CVGS Nametags Available
page 7 -  Scholarship Presentations Read
page 7 - July 2nd Workshop Review

page 8 - Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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



Friday, July 15, 2016

CVGS Computer Group Meeting on 20 July 2016

    The next CVGS Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 20 July 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 -  https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/events.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June 29th Program Review - Annie Moore of Ellis Island

The June 29th program meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) was supposed to have CVGS member Shirley Becker as the speaker on "New York Revisited", but she had a family emergency.  President Virginia Taylor asked Randy Seaver if he had any ideas, and he suggested watching a CDROM he obtained at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree from a Legacy Family Tree webinar titled "Annie Moore of Ellis Island, A Case of Historical Identify Theft?" by renowned author and genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.

The historical background is that Annie Moore (age 13?) was the first immigrant to step onto Ellis Island in New York harbor on 1 January 1892, accompanied by her two brothers, Anthony and Philip, from the ship Nevada.  Apparently, her parents Mathew and Mary were already in New York City.  She received a $10 gold piece and there were several articles about this plucky Irish girl coming to America.  She disappeared into the melting pot of America.

When Ellis Island was being restored in the 1980s and 1990s, a commemorative plate was being sold to raise funds, and a granddaughter of a woman named Annie Moore inquired and it was thought by the family that Annie Moore O'Connell of Texas was the Irish lass, but she had died and there were only memories and a photograph.  A newspaper article and a magazine article were written about her.

In 2006, Megan Smolenyak was writing a book titled "They Came to America," and she decided to track down the paper trail for Annie Moore in historical records.  She easily found the 1900 and 1910 U.S. census records for Annie (Moore) O'Connell, in Texas and New Mexico, respectively, but they indicated that she was born in Illinois.  After more searching, Megan concluded that the 1986 claim was wishful thinking on the part of the O'Connell family.

Megan started a new search for the real Annie Moore, and it was apparent that it would be a challenge because of the fairly common name and the lack of records in many localities.  She ran a crowd sourcing contest on her blog, offering a $1,000 for conclusive proof of the identity of the real 1892 Irish immigrant.  Bits and pieces of evidence was found by researchers, including a 1902 death record of Anthony Moore in New York City, son of Mathew and Julia (not Mary!) Moore; next, a 1900 U.S. census of Mathew, Julia and Annie in New York City, but was it the right family?  A 1915 New York State Census entry and the 1920 U.S. Census entries tied Philip Moore to Mathew and Julia;  Philip Moore's 1921 Declaration of Intention said he arrived on the ship Nevada in January 1892, which corroborated that this was the correct Philip, whose parents were Mathew and Julia Moore;  Philip had a daughter Anna in 1925, and from her Social Security Application information Megan found Anna's son, Michael Shulman.  She phoned Michael and he said immediately "you have the right family."

Gradually, the life of Annie Moore was pieced together.  She married Joseph Schayer in 1901 and lived on the lower east side of Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge.  They had a number of children, and Annie died at age 47 in December 1924.  A New York City resident obtained the death certificate which named her spouse and her parents.  Annie was buried in an unmarked grave in Woodside Cemetery in Queens.

After identifying Annie's life story, Megan started another project, to track down Annie's descendants and other Moore relatives, and they held a family reunion at the New York Biographical and Genealogical society building in 2007. In the process, they collected several family photographs of Annie.  Eight different ethnic groups were represented at the reunion.  A New York Times article in 2007 described the research.  A photograph was found of the three children in the photograph album of Mr. Weber, the Superintendent of Ellis Island.

A new memorial at the cemetery was erected with much fanfare (see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16193022&ref=acom). A statue of Annie and her two brothers was installed at Ellis Island, and a plaque was put on the family home in Cork, Ireland.  A movie was made by students in Cork describing Annie's life (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxdwL92UDcs) and they found Annie's birth and baptism records in Cork records.  A play was written and performed about the Annie Moore story in Washington DC.

All in all, this was a historical genealogy mystery story in two parts, with the end result  that her descendants reclaimed their rightful place in history.  You can see several videos about this story at Megan's website -  http://www.honoringourancestors.com/annie-video.html.



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 "Ancestry.com 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 (https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/events). 

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 29th Program Meeting is "New York Revisited"


 WEDNESDAY, June 29th  GENERAL MEETING
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.

PLEASE  NOTE  DIFFERENT  TIME  AND  PLACE  FOR  THIS  MONTH

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 jan27@cox.net 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 (susicp@cox.net) 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 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 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 -  https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/events.

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 Ancestry.com 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.  

*  Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 (https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/events). 

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.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

CVGS Program on Wednesday, May 25th Features Jim Bregante

 WEDNESDAY, May 25th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

“San Diego's Waterfront Through the Eyes of a Child” 
with Jim Bregante

Take a historical journey along the waterfront and Little Italy, from the 1930's to present, narrated by Jim Bregante, a native San Diegan.  An experienced speaker, Jim is a Docent for the San Diego Maritime Museum, a member of the San Diego History Center and the Italian Historical Society of San Diego.


Jim shares his experience of growing up in Little Italy, near all the vibrant waterfront life, via a PowerPoint presentation, featuring pictures from historical and family archives. Depicting his family's start in the fishing industry, his experiences on the waterfront as a youth and life in Little Italy; Jim's memories are shared and treasured by many San Diegans.

All CVGS Programs are FREE to attend.  There will be a short business meeting after the speaker's presentation.  Refreshments will be available AFTER the business meeting.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Family Discovery Day at Chula Vista LDS Stake on Saturday, 21 May

3rd Annual Family Discovery Day on Saturday, 21 May

The third annual Family Discovery Day at the Chula Vista Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  Stake (1590 East H Street) is on Saturday, 21 May 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme is “Family History For Everyone.”  The schedule is:

8:30 a.m.: Doors Open, Free Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, Labs and Displays

9:30 a.m.:   Keynote Speaker:  Randy Seaver on “Be a Family History Detective”

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Classes, Exhibits, Labs, Ddisplays, Genealogy Merit Badge Class, Free WiFi

10 a.m. Classes:  
Kathleen Winchester – “Lineage Societies” in Primary Room
Alvaro Cordova -- “Capacitacion para consultores de historia familiar de barrio” in RS Room
Grabado de RootsTech – “Pasos basicos para la investigacion genealogica: Como puedo empezar mi arbol genealogico” in Multi-Purpose Room
RootsTech Recording – “Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry” in YoungWomens Room

11 a.m. Classes:
Randy Seaver – “FamilySearch Family Tree - A Unified Source-Centric, Open Family Tree” in Primary Room
Carlos Yturralde – “Pasos basicos para la investigacion genealogica para hispanos” in RS  Room 
Marti Lewis – “Exploring Your DNA Results” in Multi-Purpose Room 
RootsTech Recording – “5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo” in Young Womens Room

12 noon classes:
John Finch – “The Civil War” in Primary Room
Carlos Yturralde – “Intermediate Hispanic Research” in RS Room
RootsTech Recording – “Finding Elusive Records on Family Search.org” in Multi-Purpose Room
RootsTech Recording – “Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy” in Young  Women's Room

This seminar is FREE for all persons to attend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 2016 CVGS Newsletter 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 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 25th 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 - Scholarship News
page 4 - April 27th Program Review
page 5 - Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 5 - SDGS Software User Groups 

page 6 - April Research Group Review 
page 7 - Genealogy Roadshow on PBS
page 7 - Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 8 - April 30th MyHeritage Review
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 

page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events

page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista


Monday, May 16, 2016

May 11th Research Group Review

The May 11th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 17 enthusiastic attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed genealogy news and his own research, including:

*  RootsMagic software has added WebHints to Findmypast collections, in addition to FamilySearch and MyHeritage WebHints.

*  AncestryDNA updated their match algorithms - most people gained new matches and lost old matches.

*  Genealogy Roadshow starts on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on PBS starting 17 May.

*  While Ancestry.com has indexes for their Wills and Probate Records collections for all 50 states, the indexes are incomplete.  You should browse through County digitized volumes to find all potential probate records.

*  MyHeritage has over 447,000 published books in their "Compilation of Published Sources" collection - any researcher can search this collection for FREE.  See  http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/05/tuesdays-tip-myheritage-book-collection.html for more details.

*  He found an 1893 will for Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899), his second great-grandaunt, in Philadelphia PA via an Ancestry Hint which named her siblings and other relatives.  Three of the named siblings were new to his research and he has been researching their descendants.  The point made was that the heirs-at-law of spinster aunts, bachelor uncles, and folks with deceased spouses and no children will be their siblings and their descendants, which mat lead to more knowledge of the family.

In the second hour, the group discussed their research questions, challenges and successes, including:

*  Karen S. asked about Y-DNA projects for surnames on FamilyTreeDNA and YSearch.  She found that several with her surname providedl ines of descent.

*  Sylvia asked about the process to add a photograph to her Ancestry Member Tree.  Randy demonstrated this using one of his photos aon his Ancestry tree.

*  Karen Y. asked the process to add a photograph to a Find A Grave memorial.  The group said she had to be a registered user, and to contact the memorial "owner."

*  Linda noted that some FamilySearch collections the year range does not include some record dates.  She also received a family chart from a cousin.

*  Diane learned that Sarah Lindquist's (1840-1921) mother, Flora McDonald, was born in 1814 in Glasgow, Scotland.  She received information from Sarah's descendant.

*  Shirley found conflicting information about Ann Almy, who died in 1709, married Job Greene (born 1620) in Rhode Island.  The group suggested the MyHeritage book collection may provide more information.  

*  Pam has a family that had three children but the parents died and they were never together in the census records.  The group recommended looking for guardianship records in probate records.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).  All CVGS meetings are FREE and open to any person.




Thursday, May 5, 2016

April 30th MyHeritage Presentation Review

Mark Olsen, the Business Development Manager at MyHeritage presented “MyHeritage – Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy” to about 40 members and guests on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street in Chula Vista).


(photo courtesy of J. Paul Hawthorne)

Mark briefly described the history of MyHeritage from the 2003 start in Gilad Japhet's garage in Israel to the second largest commercial genealogy family tree and records website today.  In 2011, they acquired WorldVitalRecords, and in 2012 they acquired Geni.com.

MyHeritage has developed several amazing technologies for facial recognition, matching users to other users, matching family tree persons with records, newspaper articles and book, etc.  The amazing thing is that the Matching technology is 97.6% accurate.

Mark played one of the MyHeritage videos, this one made in Norway, where people on the street walked up to a computer screen, entered their name, their parents and grandparents names, and were presented with more family names , photos and stories.

On the MyHeritage website, a new user can do the same thing - enter self, parents and grandparents, and immediately receive Smart Matches (matches your tree persons to tree persons in other user trees), Record Matches (records for persons in your family tree), and Instant Discoveries (more persons, photos and records from other user trees).  Mark walked us through creating a new family tree on MyHeritage.

Other technologies developed in recent years include:

*  Newspaper Matching -- provides Record Matches for your tree persons from digitized Newspapers.
*  Record Detective - Finds other records for the person you found a record for
*  SearchConnect - finds other users who searched for the same persons you are searching for.
*  Global Name Translation - searches across 42 languages for similar names, especially when searching for Jewish and Eastern European records.
*  Book Matching - finding matches with your tree persons in over 447,000 genealogy and family history books in "Compilation of Public sources."  Anyone can search this collection for FREE (without a subscription).
*  Community - Users can ask for help for translation, for record interpretation, etc. from other MyHeritage community members.

Mark said that MyHeritage has partnerships with FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe for DNA testing, with NewspaperARCHIVE for newspaper content, with ArkivDigital in Sweden for records, with Billion Graves for cemetery records, with RootsMagic for WebHints, and with FamilySearch for sharing records and technology.

In addition, MyHeritage provides free desktop genealogy software called Family Tree Builder now in Version 8 for Windows and Mac computers.  Family Tree Builder 8 can synchronize your software family tree with your MyHeritage tree.

MyHeritage also has a MyHeritage Library Edition for free use at libraries and FamilySearch Centers.  There are MyHeritage mobile apps for iOS and Android smart devices, including audio recording of memories that can be attached to a person.

MyHeritage retail yearly costs are $119 for a no-limit family tree subscription, and $119 for a Data subscription.  There is a Premium Plus yearly subscription for $238, but often there are special offers available.

This was an interactive, informative and entertaining presentation - our thanks to Mark Olsen for visiting Chula Vista while he was in San Diego on business.


Monday, May 2, 2016

April 27th Program Review - Ten Best Free Genealogy Websites

On Wednesday, 27 April, CVGS member Randy Seaver presented "The Ten Best FREE Genealogy Websites" to about 40 attendees at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium.  

He started with a Top Ten countdown, highlighting the free features of each website.  The ten free websites were:

10)  Family Tree Webinars (http://familytreewebinars.com) -- 60 to 80 webinars each year, over 335 in the Archive, presented by noted genealogists on a range of topics.  You need to register for each webinar.  They aree to watch live or in the archive for one week, and then go behind the subscription wall ($50/year).

9)  Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) -- has over 700 FREE databases and indexes (see http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/freeindexacom),   The Learning Center (see http://www.ancestry.com/cs/HelpAndAdviceUShas a Family History Wiki featured articles, the Ancestry.com blog, and Ancestry Videos (on their YouTube channel).  Any registered user can create and edit an Ancestry Member Tree (but cannot attach records to it without a subscription).  Ancestry Library Edition is FREE to access at subscribing libraries and FamilySearch Centers.  Save  information to your flash drive or email them to yourself.

8)  Cyndi's List (www.CyndisList.com) -- a free, volunteer driven website with over 330,000 genealogy links to websites in overv 200 categories.  Readers can report a broken link and submit a new link.

7)  Joe Beine's Death Indexes (www.DeathIndexes.com/sites.html) -- a FREE volunteer-driven set of websites with links to free and subscription sites with genealogy records.  Links are provided to Death records, birth and marriage records, military records, passenger list records, naturalization records, and German records.

6)  U.S. GenWeb (www.USGenWeb.org) -- FREE genealogy information by many volunteers, organized by states and counties. Information may be maps, text, lists, indexes, links, Has U.S. GenWeb Archives (http://usgwarchives.net/ )

5)  RootsWeb (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com) -- FREE genealogical Information contributed by many volunteers; website owned by Ancestry.com. Content is Searchable by Search Engines (http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); Beginner's Guide to Genealogy Research (http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); User-Submitted Family Trees – WorldConnect (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); Free Web Pages (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/ ); Mailing Lists (http://boards.rootsweb.com/ ); and Message Boards (http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/.

4.  Chronicling America (http://ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov ) -- Directory of all U.S. newspapers published from 1690 to the present.  Over 2,014  newspaper titles digitized, 1836-1922, but not all issues of every newspaper (over 10.7 million pages digitized).  Advanced search engine permits Select by State, Select Specific Newspaper, Select Year or Date Range.


2)  Find A Grave (www.FindAGrave.com) -- 143 Million Memorials, many with gravestone photos, some with vital record information, biographies or obituaries.  Has a primitive search engine, users can search by name, location, birth/death years, with a specific cemetery.  Registered volunteers can create memorials, upload photos, etc.  Registered users can request photos.  They have a mobile app for iOS/Android.

1)  FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org) -- Over 2,091 Record Collections (all FREE) (https://familysearch.org/search); FamilySearch Research Wiki (ttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/); Family History Library Catalog – with Links to Online Collections (https://familysearch.org/catalog-search); Family History Books – over 200,000 volumes (https://books.familysearch.org/); FamilySearch Family Tree – Photos, Stories, Notes, Sources, Discussions, Record Hints (https://familysearch.org/tree/) - Has a Mobile App; Learning Center – Videos and Texts (https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html).  Users need to register to use some features.

Attendees got a bonus - ten more FREE websites with great genealogy information.  The refreshments were excellent - thank you to Shirley Becker and Marcia Mautner.