Friday, February 27, 2015

February 25th Program Review - Barbara Zaragoza

CVGS member Barbara Zaragoza was the Program speaker at the 25 February 2015 program meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium.  Her topic was "San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley."



Barbara recently wrote the book San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley for Arcadia Publishing, and it is chock full of photographs of the border region from the 1850s up to the present.  She published 90 of the 2,000 photos that were collected.


In the first part of her talk, Barbara discussed the pre-American history of the border region, from the Native-American tribes who had three vilalges in the region and left lots of artifacts, to the Spanish colonization starting in 1769 by Father Serra, then about Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821 and creation of the Santiago Arguello Melijo Rancho and Rancho Tiajuana that stretched from the ocean to Otay Mountain.  She had a picture of the Arguello home called "La Punta" which was obliterated by building I-5 in 1951 near the salt works.

After the U.S.-Mexico border was defined by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 51 border monuments were installed between the ocean and El Paso, Texas, with three strands of wire marking the border to prevent animals from straying across.   In the 1870's, a U.S. Customs House was built near the present San Ysidro border crossing.  Real estate development started on the U.S. side, some Japanese farmers settled in the Tijuana river Valley, and a schoolhouse was built at the end of Hollister Street.

Tiajuana City was started in 1887 on the U.S. side near the present border crossing, but it was wiped out by the 1891 Tijuana river flood, and the residents fled to the Mexico side of the border.

Another border commission installed new border monuments starting in El Paso and finishing with number 258 at the Pacific Ocean.  Marker 255 still stands in San Ysidro by the train station.

William E. Smythe, an East Coast journalist, laid out a utopian agricultural community in 1908 called "Little Landers" in San Ysidro on 1 acre plots, with a hotel, on the river floodplain.  He also named the area San Ysidro.  In the 1916 great flood, the community was washed away.

In 1911, the Industrial Workers of the World took over Tijuana on the Mexico side by force, and some Mexicans fled to San Ysidro.  Some Americans watched the battles from their side of the border.  Mexico eventually won the battle.

In 1915, the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego sponsored train trips to Tijuana for a Mexican Fair, sightseeing and other purposes.  When the U.S. passed Prohibition in 1919, Frank E. Beyer set up a "Vice City" in Tijuana with clubs, opium dens and a racetrack and many Americans visited.

By 1924, San Ysidro had a library, two churches, and many homes.  In the 1930s, dairy farmers were in the Tijuana River Valley.  Border Field was opened in 1929 and became a State Park in 1971.  In 1955, a chain link fence was built.  In 1957, San Ysidro was annexed into the city of San Diego.  By the 1960s, the population of San Ysidro was about 7,000, and 80% were of Mexican heritage.  The building of I-805 in the 1967-1975 time period displaced about 300 homes and businesses in San Ysidro.  The San Diego Trolley terminus was located in San Ysidro near the border crossing.  The border crossing has traffic of about 50 million persons a year, the highest land port of entry numbers in the world.

The far western portion of the Tijuana River Valley is still undeveloped and is protected as a California State Park, and is the largest coastal wetland on the West Coast Flyway.

This was an interesting discussion of local history and the events that led to the settlement of San Ysidro, Tijuana and the Tijuana River Valley.  Barbara's book can be purchased at  http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ and at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.  She has a website at http://southbaycompass.com/ including a blog about local history and culture.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CVGS February 25th Program - Barbara Zaragoza

 WEDNESDAY, February 25th PROGRAM MEETING

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Barbara Zaragoza on “San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley”

San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley by Arcadia Publishing traces the history of the border region through a large collection of photographs. In 1851, surveyors placed a marble obelisk on a mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which demarcated the United States-Mexico boundary line. Tourists flocked to the region alongside land speculators who envisioned upscale hotels, resorts, and spas. Tia-juana, at the time, was a small town, which existed on both the American and Mexican side. 

Two decades later, an East Coast journalist, William Smythe, established a utopian agricultural colony in what is today San Ysidro. The colony was washed away by the 1916 flood and after that, Border Barons lived there while earning their living through the flourishing Vice Tourism industry in Tijuana.  

The presentation will include pictures of the San Diego-Tijuana border from the 1880's onward, stories of the man who drank one bottle of whiskey per day, the controversial rumor that Seabiscuit was boarded in the Valley, and a private picture of Bobby Kennedy in San Ysidro one day before his assassination.

Author Barbara Zaragoza, a CVGS member, with her master's degree in history from Harvard University, has used extensive interviews of community members as well as photographs from private and public collections to capture what it has meant to live in this small border community. She is a freelance writer who resides in Chula Vista, California.  Barbara will have her books to sell for $20 each.

This meeting is free to attend.  There will be a short society business meeting before the presentation, and refreshments before and after the meeting.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Escondido Family History Fair is Saturday, 7 March 2015

The all-day Escondido Family History Fair will be on Saturday, 7 March, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Escondido Family History Center (2255 Felicita Road, Escondido).  Registration opens at 8 a.m., and registrants can sign up for classes after checking in.

The Fair is free to attend, but you should have a ticket when you arrive that morning. Go to their website and just type in your name and email address.   http://www.escondidofhc.com/family-fair/.

They've had a problem with pre-registering for the individual classes, and there are no times listed, so we won't know until we arrive that day when each class will be. 

The Keynote speaker is Crista Cowan "The Barefoot Genealogist" for Ancestry.com.  Other speakers include (click on their names to see a list of topics):

You can also order lunch for $3.70 using Paypal by going to this link (The Hispanic Heritage Project is providing their services for payment of the lunch).

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society will have a carpool leaving at 7:15 a.m. from the second level of the downtown Chula Vista parking garage (halfway between the Marie Callender's entrance on F Street and the Fuddruckers entrance on Third Avenue).  The carpool will leave at 5 p.m. and arrive in Chula Vista at about 5:45 p.m.

If you want to go by carpool, please contact Randy Seaver (email rjseaver@cox.net, or phone 619-422-3397) to get on the list.


Monday, February 16, 2015

CVGS Research Group Review - February 2015

The 11 February 2015 Research Group meeting had 16 attendees and met in the auditorium. 

In the first hour of the meeting:

Karen Yarger reminded everyone about the Escondido Family History Fair with particular attention to registration mechanics.

John Finch facilitated the meeting, beginning with a discussion of the website Genealogy Today at www.genealogytoday.com. The cost is $9.00 per year and it has many features, such as blogs, a daily news email, and several family charts.

John focused on a case study where he could not find available records and initially relied on other sources. Searching for his wife’s grandmother, he found she disappeared after the 1930 census. Family members were tight-lipped about her story, but he persisted and finally discovered the answer to the mystery – the grandmother murdered her husband in a desperate act. Searching for the complete story in newspapers from Gallup, N.M. for the year 1932, he continued his search in Chula Vista using an inter-library loan. It was a remarkable story because even though she was convicted and sentenced to 99 years, women petitioned the court and Teresita was released from prison. John later found even more when the New Mexico Department of Corrections released its records and there was a photo and background information about Teresita. His message was twofold: be persistent in asking questions of family and search all types of records.

In the second hour of the meeting, John first took questions. 

*  Scarlet asked about an ancestor originally in North Carolina but later moved to Indiana and Iowa. The only thing she knew was that this person was a Quaker. John suggested the person started in the Shenandoah Valley and migrated to Indiana and Iowa because of the homesteading available for fertile land. He added that most of the North Carolina area was settled by plantation owners, indentures, and slaves.

*  Sylvia asked about a second great grandfather who immigrated from Germany to Indiana in about 1855-1857. John suggested she look at manifests for Castle Garden, but cautioned they have no indexes. He added that travelling to Illinois he found family information in a Cook County library, adding that once again the information was in an unexpected place.

Then attendees went around the room and shared their current status: 

*  Gary is busy with Wild Apricot and not doing genealogy right now!

*  Arlene is looking for a Smith or Hastings ancestor that may have been illegitimate

*  Mary Lou seems to find brick walls everywhere and is looking for an Irish ancestor that enlisted in the Civil War, was released in Houston and then continued to travel. She also pointed out that the www.dar.org website now has information that was previously only available to DAR members, such as Bible records and other affidavits.

*  Karen Y. is focused on recording family stories, such as a French Huguenot and Irish immigrant here during the American Revolution. Her interest is when and why they chose a side to fight for during the conflict.

*  Ralph seems stuck on his father’s side, a great grandfather who lived on both sides of the border in Ozona, Texas and Del Rio, Mexico in about 1900 and is difficult to pin down.

*  Carole is working on an email received through Ancestry.com. She has located some new relatives on her great grandfather’s side. She also brought a news article and news photos about the driving of the golden spike that joined the California and Arizona railroads.

*  Karen S. is integrating some old information she collected in the late 1970s with information collected in the past two years.

*  Sam Seat can’t seem to go beyond a second great grandfather on his line and tried to attach it to a Creech, but was unsuccessful so far. He also asked how to identify old photos and got several suggestions.

*  Linda put together old family pictures to show at a family reunion and got cousins involved.

*  Ana found a 1797 baptismal record from a Catholic mission near Juarez, Mexico. It has her third great grandfather’s name on it. She is trying to learn where the family came from in Spain or the Canary Islands.

*  Sylvia –is searching for Thomas Benton Hoover, born in Tennessee 1843 and died about 1888 in Texas.

*  Kathleen is grateful she contacted relatives who successfully labeled the old photos she inherited.

*  Gary did a short presentation on Wild Apricot, showing several features of the website such a the searchable book list, information about other surnames members are looking for, and the features only available to members.

The next meeting of the Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 12 noon in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

My thanks to Karen Smith for this review!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 2015 Newsletter is Published

The Febuary 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 - February 25th Program Meeting  
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - RootsTech 2015 Livestreamed Video 
page 3 - March 14th Workshop  
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting 

page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3 - March 21st NSDCGS Seminar
page 3 - Membership and Program Interest Surveys 
page 3 - DearMYRTLE Beginning Genealogy Group
page 4 - March 7th Escondido Family History Fair

page 4 - Who Do You Think You Are? Information
page 5 - Genealogy In Time Top 100 Websites
page 5 - Geneapalooza Comic Strip
page 6 - January 14th Research Group Review
page 7 - January 28th Program Review

page 8 - Top 10 Most Searched FamilySearch Databases
page 8 - Rob Cardwell's Genealogy Video
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events  
page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CVGS Saturday Workshop on February 7th: Mississippi Research

The next Saturday Workshop is February 7th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.

Susi Pentico will lead the discussion of "Researching Mississippi."


Monday, February 2, 2015

January 28th Program Review - Steve Andres on "U.S.S. Midway Museum"

Steve Andres was the featured speaker at the January 28th program meeting - his topic was the "U.S.S. Midway Museum."  There were 35 in attendance.  Steve discussed the history of the ship and the features of the current museum anchored in San Diego Bay (see http://www.midway.org/).


The U.S.S. Midway (CV-41) is a "retired" aircraft carrier - commissioned in 1945, built in Newport News in 18 months, refitted several times, and decommissioned in 1991.  It was brought to San Diego in 2004 to be a museum on San Diego Bay rather than being destroyed.

The Midway was the first steel-deck carrier.  It started as a 45 thousand ton warship without an angled deck, and was refitted in 1955 with an angled deck, and again in the 1960s to bring it up to a 75 thousand ton warship.  The U.S.S. Midway was homeported around the world, including Norfolk, Virginia, Yokosuka, Japan, and Alameda, California.  It played a major role in the Viet Nam War, Cold War, Desert Storm, and humanitarian missions, especially in the Philippines.  The Wikipedia article about the Midway is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Midway_(CV-41).

As a museum, it is supported by museum members, gate ticket receipts, and donations.  There is a large number of volunteers who act as docents, providing information to visitors and as tour guides, in addition to maintaining and improving the ship and the onboard aircraft.  There are 60 exhibits, 27 aircraft, movies, and more.  Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour to learn about the U.S.S. Midway.  The attendance has increased each year, and the museum had 1.2 million visitors in 2014.

The Midway Museum has several educational programs - overnight sleepovers, day programs for 2nd to 8th graders, and evening programs for adults, with dinner attendance up to 5,000 persons.

This was an interesting slide presentation, and Steve's humor and information was excellent.  He answered many questions about the ship's history and the features of the U.S.S. Midway Museum.




Friday, January 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for February 2015 include:

**  Saturday, 7 February, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on "Mississippi Research."


** Wednesday, 11 February, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library 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, 18 February, 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, 25 February, 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 Barbara Zaragoza on "History of San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley" Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18, and 25 February, 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, January 24, 2015

January 28th CVGS Program Features Steve Andres on USS Midway Museum

 WEDNESDAY, January 28th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

Steve Andres on “The U.S.S. Midway Museum”

   In this presentation, Steve Andres will discuss the history of the U.S.S. Midway’s service in the US Navy from 1945-1992, and subsequent service to the nation as a museum in a slide presentation.  He will bring some brochures about several of the Midway’s programs, and discuss them as well.   In the remaining minutes, he will take the audience on a virtual tour of the ship.


     Steve Andres has been a Midway Museum Docent for eight years, accumulating over 2,000 volunteer hours.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967, served eleven years in submarines, and was responsible for two Naval Systems Command units before retiring in 1997 as a Captain with 30 years of service.

     His civilian experience includes corporate executive responsibilities in publicly held companies, retiring for a second time in 2006.  He and his wife, Louise, reside in La Jolla.  They have two grown children and are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters and a grandson.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Research Group Review

The 14 January 2015 Research Group meeting had 21 attendees, almost a record!

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  CVGS program and membership surveys need to be filled out and returned.  They will be available at the computer group and program meeting also.
*  Did you watch the first episode of Genealogy Roadshow?  The videos are available at http://video.pbs.org/program/genealogy-roadshow/ the morning after the episode is shown.  Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on PBS through February 17th.
*  The FGS and RootsTech conferences are February 11-14 in Salt Lake City.  Look for free live-streaming videos.  Randy will attend, and John will lead the 11 February Research Group meeting.
*  The CGSSD meeting on Saturday, 17 January will feature DearMYRTLE via a live Hangout On Air.  This is a cost-effective way for quality speakers to present to genealogy societies from a distance.  
*  Family discussions over the holidays included helping his granddaughter make a family tree, telling a story from his own childhood, and providing a chart to his grandson showing the relationship to President Obama.
*  The home farm of 4th great-grandfather Simon Gates in Gardner, Mass. was described in an 1803 probate record.  Randy plotted the land boundaries, and found the location on a topographical map.

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

*  Bobbie reviewed her two-year goals, and found that she satisfied the one on her mother's side - finding descendants in Louisiana that connect back to Acadia.  She also found a book on Acadian-Cajun Genealogy.  Her new goal on her mother's side is to find another Native-American ancestor.  Her goal on her father's side is to find the German home of her 2nd great-grandparents.

*  Shirley has been finding interesting Texts on the Internet Archive website (www.archive.org).  She recently browsed through the Columbia University collections.

*  Bethel contacted a 4th cousin.  She passed around a relationship chart to help folks determine a relationship.  She also brought cookies and muffins to share!  Yum!

*  Diane attended the SDGS seminar with Josh Taylor, and enjoyed the four presentations.  She did a migration list for all of her surnames - where did the families live in what time frame.  More 23andMe autosomal DNA test kits will go to her husband's relatives in an effort to discern paternity of his uncle.

*  Carole found a 1919 newspaper article and picture about her great-grandaunt, who made a float for the Rose Parade using the family roadster, and came in second place.  She's trying to obtain a better copy of the photograph from the Rose Parade folks.

*  Susi described her research problem - John Myers was born in 1809 in Dauphin County, Penn., son of Valentine Myers, and died in 1865 in Illinois.  His children put information in the family Bible that may be wrong.  Valentine died in 1822; the 1820 census for Valentine shows 3 male and 6 female children, but no other children besides John are known.  What should she search for?  The group suggested probate, land, church, tax, and military pension records.

*  Gary discussed the revamped CVGS website (use www.cvgenealogy.org) and noted that members can add their surnames and ancestral localities.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 February, in either the Conference Room or the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).


Monday, January 12, 2015

CVGS January 2015 Newsletter is Available

The January 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  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 - January 28th Program Meeting  
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Membership Dues for 2015  
page 3 - February 7th Workshop  
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting 

page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3 - January 3rd Workshop Review 
page 3 - Membership and Program Interest Surveys 
page 4 - CVGS at SDHC “Family History Day”
page 4 - March 7th Escondido Family History Fair

page 4 - Genealogy Road Show on PBS Starting 13 Jan
page 5 - Genealogy News for December 2014
page 5 - Watch Free Genealogy YouTube Videos
page 6 - December 10th Research Group Review
page 7 - December 11th Holiday Luncheon Review

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


Friday, January 2, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - January 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for January 2015 include:

**  Saturday, 3 January, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Gary Brock and Sam Seat will demonstrate the new "Wild Apricot" website for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.


** Wednesday, 14 January, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library 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, 21 January, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --TCVGS 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, 28 January, 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 Dick Walker on "USS Midway Museum." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 7, 14, 21 and 28 January, 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.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CVGS workshop on Saturday, 3 January 2015 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library

The next CVGS Workshop is at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) on Saturday, 3  January 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

CVGS members Gary Brock and Sam Seat will be presenting "Wild Apricot."  This is the online service for the updated CVGS webpage, meeting notices, Board member information, and member interactions.  

They will also be explaining the changes to our CVGS webpage. It's important for all to come learn how this site will help you to help the society and yourself.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon Highlights

The CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon was held on Thursday, 11 December 2014 at the Chula Vista South Branch Library in Conference Room B.  There were about 40 people in attendance.

1)  President Virginia Taylor called the meeting to order at 12 noon, with these highlights:

*  She asked for a moment of silence for the two members who died during 2014 - Geni Powell and Kevin Brown.

*  She then noted that over 50% of CVGS members have joined since 2010.  She read a list of members who have been members since 2009, 2004, 1999, and 1994. 

*  She presented certificates of appreciation to the 2013-2014 Board members.

*  She narrated a slide show for four longtime CVGS Members - the attendees had to guess who they were from photos.  The four were Nancy Yates, Sandy Palumbo, Mary Nelson and Margaret Peters.

*  She announced that longtime member and Board Member Shirley Becker was awarded a Life Membership for her service to the Society.



*  Finally, she asked the newly elected 2015-2016 Board Officers to come forward to be installed.  Randy Seaver read the description of the duties of each office, and then each individual was instyalled one at a time by:

**  Susi Pentico installed Treasurer Gary Brock
**  Shirley Becker installed Secretary Karen Yarger
**  John Finch installed 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair Karen Smith
**  Randy Seaver installed First Vice-President/Programs Chair Jane Strawn
** Gary Brock installed President, Virginia Taylor.

Lastly, Randy Seaver asked the attendees to pledge their support to the 2015-2016 Board of directors and the Society.

Here is a photo of the 2015-2016 Board Officers:


2)  It was time to eat the delicious ham and turkey (provided by the Society), the finger foods, salads, vegetable and potato dishes, rolls and butter, and desserts brought by the attendees.  


3)  After the delicious meal, it was time for the drawings:

*  The Door Prizes (every attendee had one ticket) - a Santa Claus (Joan Largey won), an Angel (Wendy Falkenhan won) and a Popcorn Christmas Tree (Fran Cornell won).


*  The Opportunity Drawing for the table decorations - poinsettias and other arrangements.

*  The Gift Exchange - every one who brought a gift received a ticket to select a gift from the table.

4)  Many attendees to the Annual Holiday Luncheon brought unwrapped toys and canned food to donate to the Salvation Army.  

This was a fun and happy occasion with lots of great food and fellowship, plus recognition of the volunteers who help make the society function well.


Friday, December 12, 2014

December Research Group Highlights

The CVGS Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 10 December had 12 attendees.  

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  The Member Survey and the Program Survey, and handed copies to all in attendance.

*  A short summary of the Heritage Books Genealogy Cruise with photographs.

*  Legacy Family Tree Webinars - genealogy education available for free or by subscription.  See www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

*  Ancestry.com's Free State Research Guides - see Tuesday's Tip - Collect Ancestry.com's FREE State Resource Guides.

*  Ancestry DNA matches have been updated to eliminate many false positives.  See http://dna.ancestry.com/

*  RootsMagic 7 was released, with a WebHints feature for MyHeritage and FamilySearch record matches.  See www.rootsmagic.com.

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

*  Karen Y.'s neighbor wrote a book titled Journeys Home published by National Geographic; Karen passed a proof copy around the group.  

*  Shirley received an FamilyTreeDNA match contact who said she was related to John Howland of Plymouth, but provided no other information.

*  Shirley also described finding Phelps and Bickle family information in a book on www.Archive.org.  

*  John found information about his Shed family in Massachusetts on Ancestry.com.  It is also available on google Books.

*  Diane says that she is an "eclectic researcher" and enjoys going off on research tangents.  She looked for records of an old boyfriend and found a Find A Grave memorial for one of his parents with an obituary mentioning him.

*  Diane is going to Mexico next week to research her husband's family - the church records for the town are not available on FamilySearch.

*  She has ordered more 23andMe autosomal DNA kits as Christmas gifts so she can test her son and several cousins.  With them, she will have tested 14 family members.  A previously tested cousin recently died suddenly, but she has his DNA results.

*  Ana has several family members with the same first name and surnames, and wondered how she should sort these out to keep the families straight.  The group suggested using Family Group Sheets, talk to family members, and use an online tree or genealogy software to organize all of the information.

*  Karen S. asked about passenger lists of persons to colonial Virginia.  The group suggested the FamilySearch wiki for Virginia immigration, and to read the reference books listed there.  Also read Virginia history and immigration on Wikipedia.

*  John was frustrated by duplicate families in his Ancestry Member Tree - he can't seem to merge them.  The Ancestry.com Help page was explored to find the correct process to use.

*  Virginia mentioned the FamilyTreeDNA upgrade sale, and recently has received more matches.

*  Karen Y. described the day at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park at the CVGS table.  She took the two Glen Abbey Cemetery books published by CVGS, which elicited admiration and interest in the society.

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 starting at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).  


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 2014 Issue of CVGS Newsletter is Available

The December 2014 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this week.  You can read it online, in a PDF format - use the Newsletter link at www.CVGenealogy.org.

The Table of Contents lists:


page 1 - December 11th Holiday Luncheon
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Membership and Program Interest Surveys 
page 2 - Membership Dues for 2015 
page 3 - Election of 2015-2016 Officers 

page 3 - January 3rd Workshop 
page 3 - Computer Group Review 
page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3 - San Diego Central Library Hours
page 4 - SDGS Family History Seminar on 1/10 

page 5 - Free Online Genealogy Newsletters 
page 5 - Genealogy News for November 2014 
page 6 - November 12th Research Group Review
page 7 - November 26th Program Review 
page 8 - New Genealogy Books Available 

page 9 - CVGS Society Information 
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events 

page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

CVGS Holiday Luncheon Meeting is Thursday, 11 December at South Library

 THURSDAY, December 11th HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista South Branch Library Conference Room (389 Orange Avenue)

The annual Holiday Luncheon will have turkey, ham, and drinks provided by CVGS.  The pot luck breakdown for the rest of the meal will be coordinated by JoAnn (phone 619-421-3628, email jabonner13@gmail.com) and Jane (phone 619-434-4051, email jstrawn2@cox.net)– please contact them by 12/7 to coordinate potluck dishes.   The potluck schedule is:

A to F Surnames:  Potatoes (Irish or Sweet), Veggies, Casseroles

G to K Surnames:  Desserts

L to P  Surnames: Salads, Rolls, Butter 

Q to Z Surnames:  Snack trays, Condiments, Olives, Pickles, Cranberry Sauce, etc.

The program will be installation of the newly elected officers for 2015-2016, plus some society historical reviews.

There will be a free door prize drawing, and a bring one/get one gift exchange ($10 limit). 

 Attendees are requested to bring canned food and/or unwrapped toys for donation to the Salvation Army. 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CVGS Workshop is Saturday, December 6

The Saturday, December 6th Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) is in the Community Room from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  

Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on “Planning Next Year's Events and Goals.” 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - December 2014

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for December 2014 include:

**  Saturday, 6 December, 12 noon to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- Saturday Workshop:  Susi Pentico will lead a workshop on "Sharing the Holiday With Friends." 


** Wednesday, 10 December, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library 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 December, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- The CVGS Computer Group will not meet this month.


** Thursday, 11 December, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista South Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue).  CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be in the Conference Room.  The program will be 2015-2016 Officer Installation and CVGS historical highlights.  This is a potluck luncheon - see more details in 
CVGS Holiday Luncheon Meeting is Thursday, 11 December at South Library.

**  Saturday, 3 January, 12 noon to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Susi Pentico will moderate a discussion on "TBD" 


**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, December, 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.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Heirloom Discovery Day" Program Summary

Georgie Stillman conducted her eighth annual "Heirloom Discovery Day" for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society program on Wednesday, 26 November.  In this program, CVGS members presented some of their heirlooms to Georgie for her expert evaluation and appraisal.

She noted that markets reflect what people will buy, and that values of heirloom items have changed in recent times.  She said that "Insurance companies now pay for replacement market costs, not for new item costs, and places like eBay, AmVets, and Goodwill Industries are sources for heirlooms and antiques."  She also said "for wealthy people now, old things don't signify class and wealth."


For each item, each person provided a brief summary of what they brought for appraisal and its' known provenance. Georgie then described what the item was, the approximate time it was created, and its approximate value.  The CVGS members who had their heirlooms evaluated included:

*  Helen described her father's green cigarette case from the 1940s.  Georgie noted that it was made of aluminum, a collectible, and was worth $10 to $15.


*  Helen also presented a dented copper oil can that was used by her father in the 1910 time frame.  Georgie noted that it was heavy, well made, used in an industrial setting, and worth $25 to $35.  She noted that "Americana things are not selling well."

*  Jane had an oil lamp cap with the words "Imperator" and "Caligula" stamped on it - the family story was that it was from Roman times.  Georgia said that wasn't that old, was made of clay and not metal or terra cotta, and had some corrosion due to dissimilar materials.

*  Karen S. presented her aunt's small doll - a "bisque doll" - with jointed arms and legs, found in a trunk.  Karen made the clothing.  Georgie said it was from the 1890 time period, was not especially valuable, perhaps $50 to $70.

*  Carol had three linen and lace garments from the 1920s.  Gerogie said they were machine made, have some value (perhaps $60 to $70 each) because collectors, museums and historical societies have an interest.

*  Debbie brought a Carnival glass dish and a beautiful copper enamel candy dish, both from the 1950-1970 time period.  The latter was probably bought in Spanish Village in Balboa Park and is worth about $35.

*  Maryvette's friend's grandmother made a large quilt with butterflies.  Georgie said it was from the 1920-1940 time frame, was stitched by a machine, and was worth $45 to $65 because the market is low at this time.


*  Susan had four barber bottles of her husband's grandfather and great-grandfather, who migrated from Germany to Chicago in the late 19th century.  Georgie noted that these bottles probably held colognes and other liquids used in the late 19th century by barbers.  They may have been from Bavaria or England, and had a value of $300 to $500.

*  JoAnn presented an antique bowl found in a trash can by her son in Fresno.  Georgie said it was carnival glass, with a design that was not rare.  It may be worth $35 to $50.

*  JoAnn also had three framed San Francisco scenic prints by Don Daly, a well known artist.  They might bring $35 on eBay.

*  Gerry brought her father's green shaving mug, made of bone china.  

*  Gerry also brought some old school books from the late 19th century.  Georgie referred her to an old book dealer.

*  Diane described her large tray with actual butterfly wings, and she thought it might be from Brazil.  Georgie said it was from the early 20th century, perhaps from Asia or Central America.  There are now laws about items like real butterfly wings being sold.  She thought it might be worth $50.

*  Carol presented an 1850 era framed drawing done by her ancestor, who was born in Germany and came to San Diego in the 1880s.  Georgie noted that the market probably doesn't care, but the family cares, and a local historical institution might care because of the important family associations.

*  Sandy brought an encased Ax that belonged to Chet Norman, an early Chula Vista landscaper and parks director.  Again, Georgie noted that a local historical institution might be interested.

As always, the time went very quickly, and Georgie displayed her ability to assess and discuss a wide variety of heirlooms.  Georgie's style is informal, enthusiastic and interesting - she really enjoys seeing these types of artifacts and "stuff" because they are, in the main, from middle-class homes from the Victorian era and later. She is used to appraising high-end items for collectors and estates. It is fascinating to see an expert appraiser at work - the words seem to flow effortlessly and I am awestruck by the knowledge level.