Sunday, February 28, 2010

2009 CVGS Program List

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society programs for 2009 included:

* Wednesday, 28 January 2009: Ken Kramer: “About San Diego and the South Bay”

* Wednesday, 25 February 2009: Susi Pentico: “Black History and the Lost Colony Connection”

* Wednesday, 25 March 2009: Everett Ireland: “Federal Non-Population Census Schedules”

* Saturday, 25 April 2009; Randy Seaver; Seminar: “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors – Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search” and "Solving Your Brickwall Problems" Panel

* Wednesday, 29 April 2009: Shirley Becker (CVGS); “Digital Documentatation”
* Saturday, 12 May 2009: Pam Journey; "Beginning Genealogy Research" at Fredericka Manor

* Wednesday, 27 May 2009: Peter Rowe; “Newspaper Archiving”

* Wednesday, 24 June 2009: Joan Lowrey; “Did They Really Come on That Ship”

* Wednesday, 29 July 2009: Melissa Trew/Dan Haslam; “The History and Culture of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter”

* Wednesday, 26 August 2009: CVGS Members; CVGS Annual Picnic, "RAOGK Angels"

* Wednesday, 30 September 2009: Dr. Seth Mallios (SDSU); “The Lost and Forgotten Cemeteries of San Diego”

* Saturday, 24 October 2009: Susan Walter; Seminar “Every Life Has A Story" at Fredericka Manor

* Wednesday, 29 October 2009: Randy Seaver, “Genealogy Vacations”

* Wednesday, 27 November 2009: Georgie Stillman; “Heirloom Discovery Day”

* Monday, 16 December 2009: CVGS Holiday Luncheon, at Chula Vista South Library.

Because the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library decided in mid-year to close on Fridays and Saturdays, the Society had to move its Saturday programs off-campus, and Fredericka Manor volunteered their auditorium and dining room to host two Saturday programs that benefited both CVGS and Fredericka.

Looking back on the year, this little society of ours had many quality programs - some of them "first-run, never before seen by a genealogy audience" and three were presented by society members, as were the two Saturday seminars.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

CVGS - Doin' Things Right! - Ahnentafel Lists

The topic for the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is: Doin' Things Right! The instructions say to "Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked."

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) has been in existence for over 20 years, and has collected about 150 five-generation pedigree charts that are in large notebooks stored in the society's file cabinet in the Chula Vista Civic Branch Library. Very few members know where they are, and even fewer look at them - ever!

In 2005, the Society decided to collect Ahnentafels (name lists) of the members and publish them on the society web page. A number of members ran their genealogy software programs, created an ahnentafel, and sent them to Randy Seaver and Shirley Becker to standardize the format. The edited files were then transferred to the Webmaster. Gary Brock had just signed on to be Webmaster, and he had a nifty indexing program called PICK that could take text and pick out names, then create an index that linked back to the place in the text.

Consequently, a Surname List that linked to each Ahnentafel was created. Here is the CVGS web page where surnames can be searched:

I clicked on the "A" letter, and the list of surnames starting with "A" is here:

I clicked on Johannes Able (1780-1831) - the third name down the list - and his entry in the Ahnentafel appears (top line of the page):

So who does this Ahnentafel belong to? By going to the top of the Ahnentafel web page, you see:


The top line of the Ahnentafel says "Ancestors of 10002 Carringer." The number 10002 is a code number on a master list of Ahnentafel submitters. In this case, Randy Seaver submitted this Ahnentafel of his mother's ancestry.

The really neat thing is that a search engine, like Google, will pick up the entries in these Ahnentafels. For instance, I Googled ["johannes able" "anna rau"] and the results came back:

As you can see, the third entry down the results list is "Ancestors of Carringer" and the link takes the searcher right to the place in the Ahnentafel list.

With the set of Ahnentafels, and the Surname list, CVGS members have their Ahnentafel information posted on the Internet so that other researchers with the same persons can find them in a search engine. It works great - almost everybody that submitted an Ahnentafel has made contact with another researcher over the six years the list has been online.

There is some online privacy too because we do not publishing the name of the submitter. If someone searches and finds a match, they can send an email to the society and the email is forwarded to the society member that created the Ahnentafel, and that society member can contact the person who sent the email. Works like a charm - both parties are happy to find each other!

Because all of the lists are in text format, the computer space required is minimal, and the search and find system works quickly.

The next challenge for the society is to expand the number of Ahnentafels available for searching. We are soliciting Ahnentafels from our members again. We will enter the five-generation charts into a software program and create an Ahnentafel list for each of them also.

In essence, the society has taken paper pedigree charts moldering in a hidden drawer where nobody can find them or read them, and turn the contents into an online database that is searchable by researchers worldwide, while maintaining the privacy of the submitter.

Why did this work? Because several board members had a vision of a workable system, the Webmaster had a great indexing program, and the members contributed their Ahnentafels in hope that researchers would contact them.

Friday, February 26, 2010

CVGS 2009 Annual Report

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Annual Report for 2009 was presented to the attendees at the 24 February society program meeting, along with the proposed 2010 budget.

The Annual Report included:

PRESIDENT (Gary Brock): 2009 was a very successful year for CVGS with the board of directors and volunteers working very hard to serve our members and the community. Our programs and meetings were outstanding, our membership increased to over 100, our newsletter and web site expanded and our cemetery and estate papers projects carry on.

PROGRAMS (Barbara Ibaibarriaga): has been Program Chair for most of 2009 and she will continue to be the Program Chair going into 2010. We have had several great programs and there are many more yet to come.

TREASURER (Paul Price/Jaye Wright): During 2009, 60% of our income was from Membership Dues compared to 47% in 2008. However, the dollar amount was about equal for both years. 2009 total income decreased 19%. Our 2009 expenses decreased 30% from 2008 and were below budget primarily due to lower speaker honorarium expense; but Donation expense was over budget due to a mid-year Board approval of a $250 scholarship donation to Chula Vista High School. The 2009 YTD income-expense from the Treasurer's monthly reports is on the other side of this 2009 Annual Report. Our Society's checking account balance as of 12/31/2009 was $1,884.25 compared to $2,558.27 at the beginning of 2009.

SECRETARY (Ann Stevens): Minutes of the General Society meetings and the Board meetings were taken, approved at each succeeding meeting, and posted on the website. Highlights of these meetings were also published in the newsletters.

MEMBERSHIP (Virginia Taylor): CVGS had 89 members on 1 January 2009. 19 new members joined CVGS and 6 members did not renew their membership to leave us with 102 members on 31December 2009. There were no deaths during 2009.

NEWSLETTER (Randy Seaver): 12 editions of the 10-page monthly newsletter were produced, mailed and placed on the CVGS website. Features included program announcements and summaries, Board and General Meeting minutes, computer and research group summaries, genealogy industry news and articles on family history research.

RESEARCH AND QUERIES (Randy Seaver): 14 queries were received during 2009, and responded to in a timely manner. The monthly Research Group (2nd Wednesdays at noon) averaged 11 attendees, helped members with their research problems and enabled members to share research successes. Four Saturday Research trips were taken in 2009.

PUBLIC RELATIONS (John Finch): Monthly flyers were distributed to local libraries and senior centers. Two programs arranged with and presented at Frederick Manor in what has been evaluated as highly successful presentations, emphasizing community participation. Development of a Society “post card” continues.

CEMETERY STEERING (Susan Zimmer): The cemetery committee had eight members who put in 348 hours at the cemetery in 2009, checking data as part of phase two of our project. At this point we are not quite halfway through the second phase.

ESTATE PAPERS STEERING (Gary Brock): The estate papers committee expended a total of 152 hours in 2009 on the process of cataloging six (6) boxes containing 1654 items of Joyce Parker Williams papers. The catalog is in digital form on computer and will be expanded to include a description of the disposition of each of those items and links to items which were scanned and saved.

WEBMASTER (Gary Brock): The website ( expanded to 227 pages of information about the Society in 2009 including: a new banner containing old photos, a new site search facility, a research query request page, a page to access current and past newsletters, an indexed database of Ahnentafels, and a photo gallery containing over 190 pictures of our members at various events. The Chula Vista Genealogy Café blog ( is online with regular postings.

COMPUTER GROUP (Shirley Becker): The Computer Group met in the computer lab at the library the third Wednesday of each month. Various methods were discussed and demonstrated to help computer users improve their techniques. Randy Seaver, Gary Brock and Shirley Becker helped with the demonstrations.

LIBRARY BOOKS (Bernice Heiter): In 2009, we received 18 donations for the library, mostly in periodicals, with no major book donations. The Society purchased 19 new volumes at a cost of $861.11 and all total 45 books were donated to the library in 2009. A Genealogy Reference Book List was developed in 2009 and is now available at the information desk at the library and on the CVGS web site.

LIBRARY LIAISON (Dearl Glenn/John Finch): The library meeting rooms and auditorium were reserved for each of our meetings and programs. New library policies in 2009 require facilities be reserved on a month-to-month basis. CVGS members were in the Family History book area of the library on most Mondays at noon to help members or visitors with their genealogy.

HOSPITALITY (Susi Pentico): Refreshments (coffee, tea, fruit, cookies, goodies) were provided for the Wednesday and Saturday meetings by volunteer members. The Holiday Luncheon potluck had drinks, turkey and ham provided by CVGS.

HISTORIAN (Susan Zimmer): The Historian has photos from most of the meetings along with filed meeting posters and agendas for the records. Special event photos such as the annual picnic and Christmas luncheon are stored. Paper copies of the year's newsletters have not been kept, but the Historian will make the effort to get newsletters copied to a CD.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2/24 CVGS Program Summary - Margaret Lewis

The 35 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society program on 24 February were treated to Margaret Lewis' presentation titled "Wrong Name, Right Man, Right Man, Wrong Name." Margaret's curriculum vitae and program outline were posted here.

Margaret's main theme was that names throughout a person's life were rarely constant - they changed spelling, content or scope over a person's lifetime. For instance, she has used six names in legal documents over her lifetime. She has several ancestors that were known by six or seven different name combinations during their lifetimes.

One of her ancestors was named Ethel Lee Clorice Horne on her birth certificate, but the name used in many legal documents was Ethelene Horne, and the surname was spelled Hurne, Harne, Hone and Hoen in some records. Another ancestor was born John Paxson Forest Hamilton, but she has found records naming him as Colonel John P.F. Hamilton, John Paxson Hamilton, John Hamilton, Jno. Hamilton and J.P. Hamilton. And Mr. Hamilton had a son with the same name.

The talk noted that surnames were spelled in documents as the recorder (town clerk, census enumerator, etc.) heard them, and transcribers or indexers might have been unable to read them accurately, and therefore researchers need to be open to spelling differences while searching for ancestral records. Likewise, given names might be initials or nicknames, or middle names used in place of the first name.

Margaret covered African-American naming patterns (slave-holders, an admired person, or a chosen name); Native-American names (tribal and/or Anglicized); Hispanic names (two surnames, father's surname and mother's surname); translated names (shortened or Anglicized after immigration); senior and junior names (not necessarily father and son).

The traditional naming pattern was discussed briefly - how families named their sons and daughters according to a formula. For instance - first son for father's father, second son for mother's father, third son for father, fourth son for father's oldest brother, fifth son for mother's oldest brother, etc.

From this presentation, it is evident that researchers should try looking at family names by considering not only the "traditional" spelling, but also alternate spellings, how the name sounds, and the prevailing dialects and accents.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Wrong Name, Right Man - Right Name, Wrong Man" Program on 24 February

The February 24th Program Meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society features a presentation by Margaret Lewis titled “Wrong Name, Right Man – Right Name, Wrong Man.” The meeting is from 12 noon until 2 p.m. in the Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

Our February program concerns names and their variations. Genealogists often disregard valid information for an ancestor because of the way a given name or surname is spelled. Surnames were spelled by literate record takers primarily by sound, and the spelling of a particular name would vary depending on who was speaking and who was translating the sound into written form. Record takers would spell names as they heard them. In this talk, African-American names, Native American names, Hispanic names, translated or abbreviated names, first and middle names, senior and junior, nicknames, initials for names and traditional naming patterns will be discussed.

Margaret Lewis is the Vice President of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group (SDAAGRG). She is a compelling and influential voice in the genealogy community and advocates for the study of Family History. Her genealogical specialty is in Military and Slave Research. She is known for her boundless enthusiasm, and has provided genealogical workshops and presentations in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Her love for genealogy is expressed through her many published articles, and a family poem “Ancestral Roll Call.” Margaret volunteers as a contributor to the Find-A-Grave web site transcribing obituaries and family photos. She is also a consultant at the San Diego Family History Center on Thursday evenings as a Consultant on African-American Genealogy.

Margaret was honored with an “Outstanding Community Service Award” by the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Alpha Gamma Chapter, for her contributions to African-American Genealogy Research. She is a certified member of the International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slaves Ancestry and the Daughters of the Union Veterans Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent #5, and a member of the Ninth and Tenth Horse Cavalry Association of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Please enter the auditorium through the conference room door (on the east hallway at the library) in order to register your presence, pick up a handout, buy an opportunity drawing ticket, and have a snack before the meeting. Refreshments will be available after the meeting in the Conference Room.

For more information about this program, or about the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, please contact Barbara (email, phone 619-477-4140.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Genealogy web sites you can use

Here are some genealogy websites that may help you in your research:

o African-American Ancestors (from NEHGS) -

o Pennsylvania Historical Society -

o U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Genealogy service -

o Chronicling America, provided by the Library of Congress, has newspapers from 16 states for 1880-1922 at http://Chroniclingamerica,

o Genlighten Record lookup and provider service –

o LDS FamilySearch Wiki has online research helps and how-to articles –

o California Digital Newspaper Collection –

o Internet Archive of digital books –

o Encyclopedia of Genealogy Wiki –

o BYU Family History Archive (40,000 books) --

o Canadian Genealogy Centre – Library and Archives Canada --

o Legacy – Recently published obituaries ($) –

o RB Hayes Presidential Library Ohio Obituary Index --

o Effigies and Brasses – Medieval Monumental Iconography --

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Databases coming to in 2010

.... has committed to adding these new databases in 2010:

• US vital records, digitized in partnership with state archives. They include vital records from Vermont (1908 to 2008) and Delaware (1800 to 1933); divorces from Connecticut; and the Hayes Library Ohio Death Index.

• Seven state censuses were released last year; look for more this year.

• US county land ownership maps were originally slated for release in 2009, but it was decided to key the records in a more useful but time-intensive way, delaying the launch until 2010.

• Enhanced 1920 US census records and index, similar to the improvements announced in December to earlier census collections.

• A 1950 "census substitute" consisting of city directories—helpful to reverse genealogists seeking living relatives, and to beginning researchers.

• 1880 Defective, Dependent and Delinquent ("DDD") schedules. These supplemental census schedules provide details on individuals with disabilities or who were institutionalized. Surviving records are currently scattered among libraries and state archives.

• Index improvements to the 1790-to-1840 head-of-household censuses will key the tickmarks indicating household members’ sex, age ranges and status as slave or free, so you’ll be able to search on these parameters.

• The site will add 700 million more names from voter lists to the US Public Records Index database.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Books donated to Chula Vista Library Family Research collection

The following books were donated to the Family Research book and periodical collection at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista).


Donated by Shirley Becker:
o Central New York Genealogical Society. Tree Talks 2003 & Tree Talks 2004. 929.3747 CEN

Donated by Ralph Zahn:
o Bittner, Bernadette; Durben, Volker; Durben, John & others. Durben: Family Tree and History of our Family Stammbaum und Geschichte Unserer Familie. 929.2 DUR

Donated by Ann Stevens:
o Manhattan Beach: 80 Year Anniversary Magazine 1993. 979.497 MAN
o Redondo Union High School: 100th Anniversary Edition Alumni Directory 1905 – 2005. 397.0917 RED.
o American Legion. California Boys’ State: 25th Anniversary, Sacramento, June 1962. 367.9796 AME.

Donated by Randy Seaver:
o Croom, Emily Anne. The Sleuth Book for Genealogists (Strategies for more successful family research) 929.1072 CRO

Donated by Susan Pentico:
o The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. 155, April 2001; Vol. 158, October 2004; Vol. 159, October 2005; Vol. 160, April 2006; Vol. 161, October 2007. 929.374 NEW
o National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol 88, No 2, June 2000; Vol. 92, No 3, Sept 2004; Vol. 93, Mar, Jun, Sept & Dec 2005; Vol. 94, Mar, Jun, Sept & Dec 2006; Vol. 95, No 1, Mar 2007 929.1 NAT

Purchased with Society Funds:
o Mallios, Seth & David M. Caterino. Images of America: Cemeteries of San Diego. 929.3796 MAL


Donated by Bernice Heiter:
o Alther, Lisa. Kinfolks falling off the family tree. 813.5 ALT


Donated by Susan Pentico:
o Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Oxford History of The American People. 973. MOR

A searchable book list of the CVGS Family Research collection (as of 1 January 2009) is provided in PDF format at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

CVGS Research Group Summary - 10 February 2010

There were 13 enthusiastic researchers at the CVGS Research Group meeting on 10 February, including three guests. We went around the table sharing our research experiences.

* Randy used the Chronicling America newspapers (1880-1922, from 22 states) on the Library of congress site to sort out a McKnew family. An 1860 Census Mortality Schedule (now on was helpful. He passed around the book New Englanders in the 1600s, which lists persons in books and articles published between 1980 and 2005.

* Susi received a lead for parents of her Susan Mattison (in Petersburg NY in 1830-1850 time frame) in response to one of her blog posts. Blogs work!

* Kevin obtained a death certificate from Alameda County for his grandfather's sister, which listed her parents (i.e., Kevin's great-grandparents). He wanted help reading the handwriting. The group suggested Bay Area city directories and newspapers at libraries or on Footnote, and the site to find more information about the family.

* Dick found Madison WI City Directories for the 1930s on that listed family. He ordered his brother's Korean War service records from NPRC (free!) and will pass a copy to his nephew.

* Evelyn tried to obtain 100 year old funeral home records in New Brunswick, but couldn't obtain them due to privacy issues. She found insane asylum records in Sacramento (California State Archives) for her Caleb Burbank in the 1880 time frame.

* Virginia found some records of her 3rd great-grandfather's Civil War service. She's reorganizing her genealogy files and has two of eleven drawers done.

* Cheryl is returning to genealogy after 30 years away, and has information on typed paper files. We recommended the free versions of RootsMagic or Legacy Family Tree to start getting the data organized. She wants to find if anyone else is descended from the Leinbach-Frye family that emigrated to PA in the 1700s, and had 17 children. We advised looking at and posting to the Rootsweb and GenForum message boards, and looking at the free Rootsweb WorldConnect family tree system.

* Gary's mention of Solomon Roff in an earlier Research Group posting on the blog resulted in a cousin contact who provided a will of Timothy Roff (brother of Solomon) that identified parents and grandparents. Blogs work!

* Phyllis inquired about how to use Facebook for genealogy. The group thought it was a good way to network with other researchers and family members, but not for pursuing actual research. The group mentioned and as sites to place genealogy queries, in additon to Rootsweb mailing lists and Rootsweb/GenForum message boards.

* Dolores found that a Wisconsin county's records had burned, but that the Wisconsin Historical Society had copies she needed of her great-great-grandparents. She saw an advertisement for Dakota Territory land in the 1880s and wondered where she might find the ads online. We suggested the free New York Times archive, NewspaperARCHIVE ($$), GenealogyBank ($$), etc. She asked about keeping paper organized - we recommended Elyse's blog posts at

* Ruth has been looking for information and news about towns in Texas in the 1850s and 1860s. She's heard lots of family stories and wants to back them up. She's planning a Texas and Oklahoma research/family trip.

* Marta is starting research of her Southern California and Baja California families. She has found records in family papers, local Catholic churches, and cemeteries but needs to find earlier records. The group suggested contacting David Pena who teaches at the San Diego FHC once a month and is with the Tijuana FHC, and looking for microfilmed records of the churches in Mexico in the FHL Catalog. Marta found several helpful books on the shelves of the library's Family Research section.

It was a spirited discussion with many interesting stories and helpful resources mentioned.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New and Updated Genealogy Databases

The February list of new and updated genealogy databases (not a comprehensive list) includes:

1) New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) ($$):

o Vital Records of Salisbury, Connecticut
o New York and Connecticut additions to the “Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections” database

See all NEHGS Databases at

2) ($$):

o Vietnam War Collection (Free in February) – ( Army Photos and Unit Service Awards. Now totaling over 100,000 photos and documents, this collection helps visitors gain a better perspective and appreciation for this often misunderstood event in U.S. History.
o City Directories – Indianapolis, Denver, Toledo, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Des Moines, New Orleans, more to come
o Civil Rights FBI Case Files
o Massachusetts Vital Records from town records

See list of all document sets on at

3) W0rldVitalRecords ($$):

o Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
o Homestead Records -- Broken Bow, Nebraska
o City Directories for New York, New York, 1786-1922
o Records of Awards and Decorations of Honor During the Vietnam War

See list of all document sets on World Vital Records at ContentListing.aspx

4) ($$):

o Delaware Birth, Marriage, Death Records (US)
o US City Directories (Updated) (US)
o London, England Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Banns and Deaths (World)
o 1861 Census of Canada (Updated) (World)
o United States Obituary Collection (Updated) (US)
o UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, NZ, Caribbean Obituary Collections (Updated) (World)
o Many German surname and locality books (World)

See New and Updated Ancestry databases at

5) (Free):

o New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists, 1871-1915 (images only)
o Cemetery inscriptions in Sydney Branch Library, 1800-1960
o Guatemala Civil Registrations (images only)
o Argentina Catholic Church Records (images only)
o Luxembourg Civil Registration, 1793-1923 (images)
o Netherlands, Noord-Brabant Province Population Registers, 1820-1930 (images only)
o US 1920 Census (index only, no images, 88% complete)

See all Volunteer-indexed databases on the Pilot Record Search site at

6) GenealogyBank ($$):

o 280 African-American Newspapers, 1827-1999
o 117 Newspapers added from 32 states

See list of all titles at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 2010 Issue of CVGS Newsletter

The February 2010 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter is posted in PDF format on the CVGS Website - read it or download it at

The Table of Contents includes:

* page 1 -- Program Meeting
* page 2 -- President’s Message
* page 2 -- January 27 Program Review
* page 3 -- Research Group News
* page 3 -- Computer Group News
* page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

* page 4 -- CVGS General Society Meeting Minutes – Jan. 27
* page 4 -- CVGS Board Meeting Minutes – February 3
* page 5 -- Escondido Family History Fair – March 6
* page 5 -- CVGS Research Trip to Family History Fair
* page 5 -- “Who Do You Think You Are” TV Series
* page 5 -- “Faces of America” TV Series

* page 6 -- February Committee Reports (Highlights)
* page 6 -- SDGS Los Angeles Public Library Bus Trip
* page 6 -- Books Donated to Chula Vista Library
* pages 7-8 -- Computer-Related Genealogy News
* page 9 -- CVGS Board Information
* page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events
* page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

I will post some of the information in the newsletter to this blog over the next week or two.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Faces of America" Series on PBS Starts 10 February

There will be a new four part PBS documentary series starting in February hosted by Henry Louis Gates, who previously hosted two series of "African American Lives."

The "Faces of America" series will explore the heritage of eleven luminaries of various races. Included in the list is author Malcolm Gladwell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, former champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, television actress Eva Longoria, and Oscar-winning legend Meryl Streep.

The series will be broadcast nationally on Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 2010 from 8-9 p.m. Paciufic Time on PBS (Channel 11 on Cox Cable in San Diego).

For more information, check out

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2010

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for February 2010 include:

** Wednesday February 10, 12 noon to 2 pm, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library Conference Room. 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, February 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab. We will visit some helpful genealogy web sites. This is an opportunity for those members who haven't used computers for genealogy research to practice with a mentor to guide them.

** Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Program Meeting in the Auditorium. After a brief business meeting, the speaker will be Margaret Lewis, speaking on "Wrong Man, Right Name - Wrong Name, Right Man"

** Monday mornings (11 a.m. to 1 PM) - February 1,8, 15, and 22 - Genealogy Table Talk with Dearl Glenn and John Finch in the Family Research section of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. They are ready and willing to help people with their research, discuss a problem or success, or just tell stories.

The Chula Vista Civic Center 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).

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.