Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Saturday, August 3 Workshop is "RootsMagic 6 Revisited"

The next CVGS Workshop will be on Saturday, 3 August from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.  

Randy Seaver will lead a “RootsMagic 6 Revisited” discussion and demonstration.  Topics will include creating Research Logs, creating To-Do Lists, creating a Correspondence list, working with Problem Alerts, the Gazetteer, creating quality source citations, and interfacing with the new FamilySearch Family Tree. There will be a question-and-answer time also.  

Bring your laptops with RootsMagic installed (update your version if you haven't already).  Note: any version of RootsMagic will work, but only Version 6.3 will have the latest features and be able to access the FamilySearch Family Tree.  

If you want to work in FamilySearch Family Tree, be sure that you are a registered user of FamilySearch ( ) - it's FREE and easy (but you will need to know your login and password information).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

CVGS Program Meeting - Wednesday, 31 July on "Women Heroes of the American Revolution"

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street)
Karen Yarger on “Women Heroes of the American Revolution”

Karen has been a member of CVGS since 2010.  She is Secretary of the CVGS Board of Directors and was recently Co-Chair for the 2013 Spring Seminar.

Born in Annapolis, MD and the daughter of a career naval officer, she married an Air Force pilot - and so has been fortunate to call home  places as varied as Alaska, Japan, the Azores, Hawaii and Laredo, Texas,  and has visited many more. Her favorite travel memories include spending Thanksgiving in an English pub, standing on a snowy deserted Great Wall in China, and watching an Alaska night sky fill with dancing northern lights.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in elementary education, but has been a teacher, a counselor and director of volunteers for the Red Cross, a published writer and a travel agent.

Aside from tracing her Norwegian, Irish and French Huguenot roots, Karen's interests are many, such as dollhouse miniatures, Hawaiian legends,  the Iditarod, old Hollywood films, Britain's royal houses, native Alaskan ivory carvings, Southern fiction. and cookbook collecting.  Karen is currently focused on recording her family's stories, traditions and anecdotes for her daughter and 11 year old grandson.

In our war for Independence, we honor heroes such as Nathan Hale, George Washington and Paul Revere. But today we’ll learn about the women who supported the patriotic cause in their own ways – sometimes even following their men onto the battlefields.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

CVGS Computer Group Meeting on 24 July

The Computer Group is expanding their time.  The next meeting of the CVGS Computer Group will be on Wednesday, 24 July 2013, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library. 
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a one-hour class in the Library Conference Room on “Basic Windows Computer Usage” with Gary Brock.   This is a continuation of the class attended by CVGS members during May.

After a 30-minute break for lunch (bring your own, or go out), the group will reconvene at about 12:15 p.m. in the Computer Lab for Internet work, led by Shirley Becker. This meeting features hands-on use of Windows computers.  In July, we will be working with the Internet Archive learning how to access census images for different states. We will then use the methods learned earlier to save any information found for use and practice at home.

NOTE:  The Computer Group Meeting date was changed for July due to a schedule conflict on the library calendar.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 2013 CVGS Newsletter

The July 2013 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Newsletter was published this  week.  You can read it online, in a PDF format - use the Newsletter link at .

The Table of Contents lists: 

page 1 - July 31st Program Meeting
page 2 - President’s Message
page 2 - Library Assistance Every Wednesday
page 3 - 2013 CVGS Scholarship Winner Biographies
page 4 - Research Group News 
page 5 - June 26th Annual Picnic Review

page 5 - Who Do You Think You Are? TV Show Returns
page 6 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 6 - August 3rd Workshop Announcement 
page 6 - Computer Group Meeting
page 7 - How Do You Research Online? 
page 7 - Genealogy Blog Posts of Note

page 8 - Genealogy News for June 
page 8 - New or Updated FamilySearch Collections
page 9 - CVGS Society Information
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events
page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

This Newsletter is photocopied and sent to CVGS members without an email address, and emailed to those CVGS members with an email address.  It is also emailed to other genealogy society officers and newsletter editors upon request if one is offered in return.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CVGS Research Group Review - 10 July 2013

We had 16 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

In the first hour, Randy highlighted several genealogy news items and interesting videos, including:

*  The next CVGS workshop is on Saturday, 3 August, titled "RootsMagic Revisited."  This workshop will look at many features of the RootsMagic software, including the Version 6 updates.

*  KPBS, the San Diego PBS station, has posted a video on YouTube, titled "The Central Library Moves Hidden Treasures Out Into the Public Eye," about the move to the new downtown San Diego library.  The views of the old records in the basement are tantalizing!

*  The "Who Do You Think You Are?" television series returns on Tuesday, 23 July (9 p.m., 8 p.m. Central) on the TLC Network (Cox Channel 36 in San Diego area).  There will be eight weekly episodes.

*  The YouTube Channel  has many instructional videos on using searches, Member Trees, Family Tree Maker software, and more.

*  Tessa Keough's excellent "Your Genealogy Pie" video on YouTube highlights how a genealogist can participate in a number of activities to be well-rounded.

* announced they will scrap the "Old Search" feature and integrate some of those features into "New Search."  Randy showed how the results for a given search are identical, and described some of the "New Search" advanced features.  Some attendees disagreed.

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

*  Karen S. has lots of Revolutionary War soldiers, and wants to obtain their records (CMSR, Pension Files, etc.).  She asked if was useful for this.  The answer was YES, since Fold3 has the largest, and easiest to search and use, collection of Revolutionary War records, especially the complete Pension Files.  

*  Ralph pursued  obtaining his father's U.S. Navy discharge papers, commendations and medals from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.  After about six months, he received them.  He brought two shadow boxes that display the information - they are beautiful.  He had the shadow boxes made by a man in Tijuana who has a small business doing picture framing.  Ralph mentioned the "Medals of America" site (  A second set of medals and pins can be obtained by a family member if the original medals have been lost.

*  Shirley reported a success using the MyHeritage Record Match system.  She searched for her parents names, and found their marriage date and location in a newspaper obituary using the MyHeritage data subscription.  This was new information for her - she had been searching for it for a long time.

*  Virginia talked to the American Civil War Ancestors organization ( at the SCGS Jamboree.  She found out that they would find Civil War records at the National Archives for a fee.  She paid them $25 for Compiled Military Service Records for her ancestor, with the records provided in image format on a CDROM.  

*  Gary mentioned the Memories in Print website (, which is designed to create a coffee-table style book about a person's life memories.

*  Susi recommended the website, Elephind (, which is an online aggregator of historical newspapers on freely available websites.  We did several searches for brick wall ancestors for the attendees.

*  Joanna asked about a list of immigration ports of entry.  The group suggested using the FamilySearch Research Wiki (start at and then look for information for specific states) to find more information.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be Wednesday, 14 August 2013 at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista).

Monday, July 1, 2013

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - July 2013

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for July 2013 include:

** Saturday, 6 July, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- Outreach Workshop meets in Community Room. Susi Pentico will lead a "Discussion About Your Research."

** Wednesday 10 July, 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 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. Sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 31 July, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Program Meeting in the Auditorium.  CVGS member Karen Yarger will present "Women Heroes of the American Revolution."  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 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 seminars and picnics.