Sunday, February 1, 2009

CVGS Research Trip to San Diego FHC

Ten genealogy buffs went on the CVGS Research Trip to the San Diego Family History Center in Mission Valley on Saturday, 31 January. We carpooled from the Chula Vista parking garage - thank you Ann and Charlotte for driving!

We arrived just after 10 a.m. and surprised the staff with our crew. After signing in, Randy gave a brief overview of the books, microfilms, microfiches and equipment available at this FHC. He reviewed most of the subscription databases available on the computer stations (Ancestry World, Footnote, WorldVitalRecords, OneGreatFamily, HeritageQuestOnline, Godfrey Memorial Library, etc.) and demonstrated how images can be downloaded to a USB drive. Over half of the attendees had a USB drive with them.

The staff gave us ten computers all in one aisle to work on, which really helped Randy be visible for questions and help. He showed several researchers how to do screen captures into OpenOffice documents for download to the USB drive, searched for elusive ancestors in databases, and helped navigate the Family History Library Catalog and ordering microfilms of records.

We shared lunch out in the shade (it was sunny and warm) and talked about our finds so far, and discussed recent genealogy breakthroughs. We left the center after 2 p.m. and were back in Chula Vista by 2:45.

The next CVGS Research Trip will be on Saturday, 7 March, to the Escondido Family History Fair - a one-day seminar with notable speakers. The program begins at 9 a.m. All classes are free but a copy of the Syllabus ($12) or Box Lunch ($8) must be purchased in advanced to ensure availability. This Fair requires advance registration - see the registration form here. If you want to carpool with the CVGS group, please contact Randy at or 619-422-3397.

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