Thursday, August 27, 2015

CVGS Program Review - Problem Solving Panel on 26 August 2015

There were 32 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society program meeting on 26 August 2015 at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library in Bonita.

The program was a "Problem Solving Panel" answering research questions submitted beforehand by CVGS members about a specific research topic.  

The panel members were CVGS members Shirley Becker, Ceasar Castro, John Finch and Randy Seaver.  They divided the questions between themselves and created short presentations to answer the questions for the questioner and the audience as a whole.  They discussed the genealogical resources found, and provided suggestions for solving a specific research problem.

The questions included:

1)  Where can I find newspaper articles for the early 1800s in Ohio and Connecticut?  Arlene asked the question, and Ceasar provided research guidance for her in both free and subscription websites and onsite repositories.

2)  What passenger lists are available for colonial Virginia (1607-1776)?  Karen S. asked the question, and John listed books, websites and online databases that provide these records.

3)  How does one obtain military pension records?  Susan Z. asked this question and Randy responded with ways to obtain available records online, from NARA by mail on paper or CDROM.

4.  How do I access 19th century naturalization records in New York?  Jean asked this question, and Shirley provided suggestions of online websites and databases, and information from the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteeer book.

5.  Why have DNA testing done?  If testing is beneficial, is there a company that is better than others?  The question was asked by Marcia, and Ceasar responded with information about the three types of DNA tests (Y, mitochondrial and autosomal) and the test providers, along with examples of results from 23andMe.  

6.  Where can I find Orphan Lists for all states during 1860-1870?  Bethel asked the question, and John provided information about adoption and orphan articles, websites and databases.

7.  How do I access 19th century Quaker records in England?  Jean asked this question, and Randy reviewed FamilySearch Wiki articles, online databases, and places to get help to obtain these records in England.

8.  When I have exhausted available online data, how can I find out what paper or microfiche information is kept in a particular area?  Karen S. asked this question, and Shirley provided ideas for informational articles, FHL microfilm and microfiche, travel to locales (to visit genealogical and historical societies, courthouses, town or county offices, etc.), write letters, and post messages on Facebook and message boards.

9.  What are the best sources to find passenger lists for ancestors arriving into Canada?  Karen Y. asked this question, and Ceasar reviewed FamilySearch Wiki articles and website links to find the available databases.

10.  A Civil War soldier's records are not in NARA because he died in 1832 and the cutoff was 1928, I believe.  Where could his records be?  Susan Z. asked this question, and John responded with suggestions for the Soldiers and Sailors system, Fold3, and NARA to search for records.  He sent a query to NARA which has not been answered yet.

11.  How do I find records from Alsace-Lorraine (French or German)?  Jean asked this question, and Randy provided historical, geographical and genealogical information from Wikipedia, the FamilySearch Wiki, websites, the Family History Library Catalog, and published book suggestions.  

The program lasted about 80 minutes, and the attendees responded afterwards with many questions and comments about the research problems.  They also enjoyed the dessert goodies provided by Marcia Mautner and Patricia Diane Godinez!


Monday, August 24, 2015

CVGS Program Meeting on Wednesday, August 26th is a "Problem Solving Panel"

WEDNESDAY, August 26th GENERAL MEETING
from 12:30 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.

At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room

“Problem Solving Panel”

    The August 26th General Meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) will feature four of our CVGS “expert researchers” – Shirley Becker, Ceasar Castro, John Finch, and Randy Seaver.   Jane Strawn will moderate the program.

     The panelists requested questions from CVGS members in the form of general research questions. One example is: “How do I obtain military/pension records from the War of 1812?”  Another: “Where would I find death records from New York?”.


     The panel will not be researching problems concerning specific individuals or families this year.  Each question submitted will be assigned to one of the panelists for a response, and the other panelists may provide support or additional information.

     The panel should be able to answer 12 questions in the 60 minute program.  There may be time for questions from the audience.



Monday, August 17, 2015

CVGS Newsletter for August 2015 is Published

The August 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 -- August 26th General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- What is the Scope of CVGS? 
page 3 -- September 5th Saturday Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 -- Chula Vista Library Auditorium Closed
page 3 -- Carlsbad Library Closed
page 3 - Help Needed on Scholarship Committee
page 3 -- Back Up Your Files!page 4 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar


page 4 -- Irish Catholic Parish Registers Onlinepage 5 - San Diego Genealogy Day -- October 10th
page 5 -- Free Summer Genealogy Research Guide
page 6 -- July 8th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- July 29th Program Review 


page 8 - CVGS at San Diego History Center on July 14th
page 8 -- Genealogy News for July
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 



Friday, August 14, 2015

August 12th CVGS Research Group Review

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on August 12th had 20 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  RootsMagic 7 users should upgrade to Version 7.0.7.0 in order to access the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Family Tree Maker 2014 users should upgrade to Build 404 or 1404, a required update.

*  Check out The Family History Guide for computer, genealogy and family history tutorials (www.TheFHGuide.com).  

*  Ancestry.com added the Social Security Applications and Claims database in July - this database includes parents names and applicant name changes for 49 million deceased applicants (this database does not have all Social security applicants).

*  www.Findmypast.com is a commercial genealogy database and family tree website, featuring records in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.  The family tree has Record Hints for persons in an isolated family tree.

*  When was the William Sever Mansion house in Kingston, Mass. built?  This was Randy's research goal in July after receiving an inquiry from the house's present owner.  He found land records, probate records, and 1935 era WPA survey records that show the house location, grounds, photographs and floor plan, but could not determine an exact year of the building.  It's in the 1760 to 1770 time frame.

In the second hour, several attendees shared their research challenges and successes, including:

*  Shirley used the New York Marriage Records collection on FamilySearch to search for her parents marriage record.  She didn't find it, but did find two other marriages for her father before he married her mother!  

*  Lorrie has a Beavers ancestor in Virginia who served on the Union side in the Civil War.  She has a 23andMe autosomal DNA match with a Beaver ancestor, who has private journals with family information.

*  Susi's grandmother's brother is not allowed "in the house", but a descendant of the man on Facebook contacted Susi and she provided family information.

*  Karen S.'s mother's family resided in Western Pennsylvania in the 1700s, but she can't find parentage of William Ritchey born in 1784 and resided in Armstrong and Clarion Counties.  The group noted that records may be in parent counties, and she should  look for Ritchey entries in land, probate, census, military, church records, and county history books.

*  Bethel's cousin says their Hooker ancestor was related to the Civil War general and was born in North Carolina.  The obituary says he was born in 1787 in South Carolina, died 1873 in Alabama.  There way be War of 1812 pension file records on Fold3.

*  Carole's grandfather was in one of Gabe Selak's photographs of early San Diego standing by the plaza fountain in 1913, just before the "coldest day ever." The grandfather was an electrical engineer, but she proved he did not install the electrics in the fountain, which were shown to be unsafe, according to the San Diego newspaper (article found on GenealogyBank).

The September 9th Research Group meeting will be at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Research Group Meeting on Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The next Research Group meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will be on Wednesday, 12 August, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910).

The Research Group is hosted by CVGS member Randy Seaver.  In the first hour, Randy usually presents several highlights from the genealogical community - new databases, announcements, software changes, etc. - and his own research, using his laptop and the projector.  In the second hour, the attendees are asked to share their research problems, their research questions, and their research successes for the past month or two.

This meeting is open to all attendees - you don't have to be a CVGS member.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July 29th Program Review - Gabe Selak on "History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition"

Gabe Selak, the Public Program Manager of the San Diego History Center, presented the history of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in San Diego's Balboa Park during 1915-1916.  The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, and was meant to tout San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing westward through the canal. 

Gabe outlined the planning of the exposition, the competition with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, the building of the exposition buildings along El Prado on the central mesa, renaming the Park, transportation to the exposition, and much more.  He used period photographs to show the buildings and street scenes of the exposition.  


In 1910, San Diego city had about 39,000 people, and the focus of the exposition was on the local economy and architecture.  Exhibits were invited from California counties and western states.  The main  architect was Ferdinand de Lessops, who had designed the Panama Canal.  The buildings were Spanish Revival style.  The California Tower was based on the Santa Presca Cathedral in Mexico. 

 Groundbreaking occurred in 1911, with a parade and church services.  

The large pipe organ was gifted to the Park by John D. Spreckels as long as it played free concerts.  Mr. Spreckels donated $100,000 for the streetcar from downtown San Diego through the Park to Mission Cliffs Gardens.  Other wealthy residents donated 5 million dollars, and residents bought scrip for $10 each and raised another one million dollars.


A contest was held in the newspaper to pick a name for City Park.  The name drawn was "San Diego City Park" so the planning committee decided on Balboa Park to recognize Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean from the isthmus of Panama.  


There was a "fun zone" near downtown San Diego, and a military encampment on Inspiration Point to "protect the exposition."


Annual passes for the exposition were $10 per year.  40,000 people attended opening day, and there were 3.4 million visitors during the two years.  


More information about the 1915 Panama-California Exposition can be found on Wikipedia.org - see  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama%E2%80%93California_Exposition .  A detailed chronology of the exposition can be found at https://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/90winter/expo.htm .


The San Diego History Center (http://www.sandiegohistory.org/has formed the Balboa Park Conservancy to rebuild or refurbish the California Tower (completed), the Botannical building, the Arcade, and to install a drought resistant landscape.   


The San Diego History Center has a 30 minute documentary film about the history of Balboa Park.  Joining SDHC for two years ($100) includes a copy of the film.


For San Diego area residents, this was a fascinating look at the San Diego of 100 years ago.  





Saturday, August 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista -- August 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for August 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 1 August, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Saturday Workshop.  Randy Seaver will demonstrate features of "RootsMagic Genealogy Software." 

** Wednesday, 12 August, 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, 19 August, 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, 26 August, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  
CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  This will be a "Stump the Chumps" panel discussing member research questions about genealogy and family history.  The panel will be composed of Ceasar Castro, John Finch, Shirley Becker and Randy Seaver. Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 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, July 27, 2015

August 1st Saturday Workshop: "RootsMagic Genealogy software"

The Saturday, August 1st Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) is in the Community Room from 1 p.m. To 4 p.m.  

The workshop will be on “RootsMagic Genealogy Software,” led by Randy Seaver.  

RootsMagic is currently in Version 7.0.6.0, and can be used to build a family tree to include names, dates, places, relationships, notes, sources, media, and more.   RootsMagic can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.  See www.rootsmagic.com for more information about the program.  Please bring your laptop computer with RootsMagic installed if possible. 

RootsMagic can also interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree to add content to the Family Tree from RootsMagic or to add content to RootsMagic from Family Tree.  As of 31 July, users must have the latest version 7.0.6.0 in order to interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree.

This is a FREE program sponsored by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (see www.cvgenealogy.org).  All are welcome.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 29 July 2015: "The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition"

  WEDNESDAY, July 29th GENERAL MEETING
from 12:30 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.
At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room
Gabe Selak on 
“The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition”

     Gabe Selak is the Public Programs Manager for the San Diego History Center.  Hailing from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education-Social Sciences with a concentration in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  


     Gabe has nearly 20 years of museum education experience.  Previous to moving to San Diego, Gabe worked at two world renown historical museums: Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the English colonists known familiarly as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indigenous Peoples whose land they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Historic New England, formerly known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or SPNEA, headquartered in Boston.  

     Upon arriving in San Diego, Gabe was initially a monorail driver at the San Diego Zoo’s (then Wild Animal Park ) today’s Safari Park, before moving on to the Coronado Historical Association’s Coronado Museum of History and Art.  Today, Gabe continues his love of history and passion for teaching at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, where he produces a number of public programs.  In addition, he manages the interpretation program at the Center’s  historic museums including the Junipero Serra Museum and San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

This is a FREE local history program of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.  There will be a short business meeting before the speaker program.  All are welcome.  There will be snacks and drinks provided by the Society before and after the program. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Research Group Review - 8 July 2015

The CVGS Research Group met on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 in the Chula Vista City Hall Building A Executive Board Room 103A.  There were 13 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Uploading a family tree to MyHeritage, searching databases there, and receiving Record Matches for family tree profiles.

*  The BLM General Land Office website at https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.  In addition to the Federal Land patents, they now have a map showing the Section, Township and Range location of the land.

*  Ancestry.com has a new LifeStory feature that adds Historical Insights to your Ancestry Member Tree profiles.

*  The BYU/FamilySearch Relative Finder website (www.RelativeFinder.orguses the FamilySearch Family Tree to find famous cousins for you, such as Signers of the Declaration of Independence, or Famous Writers.

In the second hour, the attendees reviewed their recent genealogy research and questions:

*  Karen Y found a list of Martyland wills that included an entry for "Henry Hooper QS."  She wondered what "QS" was.  We Googled it and think it means "Queen's Service" or similar.  Karen also was searching for her LeCompte family in Maryland and found a web page that described Ghost Walks in Cambridge, Maryland that included her ancestor's house.

*  Karen S. found a 40 page list of house owners in her grandfathers intestate estate papers.  

*  Hazel's great-grandfather was a fine violinist, and she found records of his purchases of violins.

*  Diane G. has been corresponding with and helping find information for two people in Australia.  One of them is looking for her father who was a sailor from Puerto Rico.  The other person shares an English ancestor with Diane; Diane's relative went to Canada, while the other's relative went to Australia.  Diane found her grandfather in the 1921 census for Saskatchewan, and she is working on obtaining a death certificate.

*  Arlene read Linda Stufflebean's blog post about finding photograph images on the website of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, on DeadFred, TinEye and the Library of Congress.  

*  Sam's Harden family lived in virginia, Kentucky and Texas.  He found a Confederate general named Harden had a wife with the maiden name of Todd, and was related to Mary (Todd) Lincoln.  The general died in the Civil War.

*  Jane joined Ancestry.com using the AARP discount.  Through her Ancestry tree, she received a message from her cousin Jack, whose grandmother's sister was also Jane's grandfather's sister.  She will meet Jack in Troy, N.Y. in August, and he will be her tour guide.  Jack sent a connection to her father's cousin, Albert DelVecchio, and talked to him on the phone.  Albert said that Jane's grandfather was like "Sergeant Bilko" on TV. Jane has found lots of helpful information on the Troy Irish Genealogical Society (TIGS) website.

*  Shirley is the administrator for the Wright surname on Family Tree DNA.  She had a 4th cousin contact with Johnson Wright information.  However, there is no Y match for the contact, he may be adopted.

*  Diane D. found more information on the Michael family in online family trees that goes back to 1686.  Her cousin in New York will send more information.

The August 12th meeting of the CVGS Research Group will meet in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library at 12 noon.  



Saturday, July 11, 2015

CVGS July 2015 Newsletter is Published

The July 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 -- July 29th General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- July 11th Saturday Workshop  
page 3 -- August 1st Saturday 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 -- ATwo CVGS Scholarships Awarded
page 4 - Dave McCracken Passed Away

page 4 -- CVGS at SCGS 2015 Genealogy Jamboree
page 5 -- Who Do You Think You Are? Returns on July 26th
page 5 -- Extreme Genes Podcasts
page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars - Quality Genealogy Presentations
page 6 -- June 10th Research Group Review 

page 7 -- June 27th Annual Picnic Review 
page 8 -- Submit Questions for August 26th Meeting
page 8 -- LDS Family Discovery Day on August 8th
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


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.