Saturday, April 30, 2016

Next CVGS Saturday Workshop – 7 May 2016 - on Land Records

     The May 7th Saturday Workshop will be from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be “Researching for Land Records Information” led by Susi Pentico.  Learn what land records can tell you about your ancestors. Learn about Grantor and Grantee indexes, Recording of Deeds, and where to find these records. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites" Talk on Wednesday, 27 April

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

“The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites” 
with Randy Seaver

Which free genealogy websites give the "most bang for the minute?"  This talk will highlight genealogy education, data portal, and record collection websites that all researchers can use to improve their research skills, genealogy knowledge, find online records, and improve their family tree.  NOTE:  The handout for this talk will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS.  He blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (  and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe ( 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website ( on the Events tab.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Saturday Special Event on April 30th Features Mark Olsen of MyHeritage

 Mark Olsen of MyHeritage will peresent “MyHeritage – Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy” on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street in Chula Vista).

      MyHeritage has created technology that will blow off your socks! From automatic record matching to new technology not yet announced MyHeritage is on the forefront of technology. This automation and these advances in technology are helping millions connect with their past faster and more accurately than ever before.

     Mark Olsen is a Business Development Manager at MyHeritage.  He has a degree in Genealogy and Family History with Spanish Emphasis from Brigham Young University.  Mark and Sara are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.  Mr. Olsen serves as a Director on the FGS board of directors.  

     Please register for this special event by visiting our website: and selecting the “Events” link, then scroll down to the “CVGS Saturday Special Event” and click on “Register.”

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Next CVGS Computer Group Meeting – 20 April 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          This is an experiment. We are giving it three months.  Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room and go until 11:45 a.m. when we will break for lunch. It is called a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” group. If you have a laptop, you should bring it. Gary Brock will be demonstrating very basic computer tasks such as how to find tutorials and use them. We will move to the computer lab at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 13th Research Group Review

The April 13th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 15 attendees.  In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  MyHeritage book matching technology is now available for researchers with a family tree on MyHeritage.  The technology searches over 450,000 published books and periodicals for a user's tree persons.  The matches are in the "Compilation of Published Sources" collection in Discoveries > Record Matches.
*  The New England Historic Genealogical Society website,, is free to search all databases through 20 April 2016.
*  CVGS J. Paul Hawthorne created a Facebook firestorm by creating a 5-generation pedigree spreadsheet showing birthplaces rather than names, and coloring the backgrounds for specific states or countries.  Members who want to do this can contact Randy at
* has a Homestead Records database for six states now.  Randy showed the documents for one of his relatives.
*   Ancestry indexing of probate record databases is incomplete - users should also browse the records even if a search provides a result.
*  Randy received 28 document images of Bristol County, Mass. probate records for his Kirby ancestors from a distant cousin, whose family had kept them for over 200 years.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed:

*  Mary found her 3rd great-grandfather, Edwin Miller Schaeffer (1819-1889), in a Lancaster (PA) Historical Society document and in the Lancaster cemetery.  She wants to find more information about him and the family in order to prove relationships.  The group suggested probate and land records, and perhaps military pension records.
*  Virginia obtained an "Old World Wisconsin" book at a local book sale.
*  Gary's step-father died at age 95.  He was Gary's hero.  The family has an album with 95 photos of his step-father's World War II service flying B17s and other aircraft.  
*  Joanna is not satisfied with the 23andMe presentation of genetic results, or the health questions.
*  Susi posted a family register document to her blog, and wanted to know how she should transcribe it.  The group suggested a four-column word processing table.
*  Shirley noted that her FamilyTreeDNA matches are difficult to contact and few respond.
*  Carole wants to download a GEDCOM file from her Ancestry Member Tree, and send it to a cousin, but without living persons.  The group suggested using the free RootsMagic program to exclude living persons while creating another GEDCOM file to send to the cousin.
*  Esther family was from Spain and Mexico, but some brothers were born in the 1930s and worked on the railroads, and then went to Mexico.  She is looking for more records for all of the family members.
*  Diane found a birth record for her husband's ancestor, Juan Bautista Godinez, in the Mexico civil Registration records on, after 40 years of searching.
*  Karen S. called the Amite County, MS county clerk to obtain records for an ancestor, had a fantastic response, and received many copied papers.
*  Karen Y. learned to write her name in Viking runes on the PBS Nova website (see

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 11 May 2016, in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA).  This is a free meeting open to any person.  Please register at the CVGS webiste ( on the Events tab so we can plan for the attendance.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 2016 CVGS Newsletter is Published

The April 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 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  

Non-members can read CVGS Newsletters two months after publication, per Board of Directors direction (on, roll over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- April 27th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 -- May 7th Saturday Workshop
page 3 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 3 -- New Auditorium at Chula Vista Library
page 4 -- March 30th Program Review
page 4 -- SDGS Software Users Groups

page 5 -- April 30th Special Event - MyHeritage
page 5 -- Chula Vista Library Has Genealogy Books
page 5 -- Remember the LDS FamilySearch Library
page 6 -- March Research Group Review
page 7 -- Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 7 -- Library Use Survey Coming 
page 8 -- Genealogy Industry News
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March 30th Program Review – Toni Perrone

     Toni Perrone was the speaker at the CVGS program meeting on Wednesday, 30 March on “The Land of Hansel and Gretel: Genealogical Resources for Hessen.”  

     She discussed the history of the area in Germany known as Hesse, including maps showing all of the boundary and jurisdictional changes since 700 AD.  Key events were the 1871 formation of the German Empire, the effects of world Wars I and II, and the 1991 combination of East and West Germany.  Hessen now is a state in west-central Germany with a population of about 6 million people, with major cities of Wiesbaden, Kassel, Frankfurt and Darmstadt.  In 1946, Hesse was formed with major districts of Hesse Nassau, the Duchy of Hessen, Waldeck, and Rhineland-Palatinate.  Persons traveled on the rivers.  The Rhine flows north and then northwest through Hesse to the North Sea.   Toni said a timeline and up-to-date maps for each historic period are essential in order to find records.  

     Emigration from Hesse to America started in 1707, when emigrants from Braunschweig settled in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  In 1751, more emigrants settled in Dresden, Mass.  Between 1776 and 1783, mercenary soldiers were hired by the British to fight the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and they were referred to as Hessians.  Many of them were from Hesse.  Thousands stayed in the United States after the war, with some receiving land grants in Kentucky and Tennessee.

       Hesse was the homeland for the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who wrote folk tale and folklore books in the 1840s and 1850s.  Hansel and Gretel was one of the stories.  In the early 1800s, some Hesse families sent their young children to the USA to live with former Hessian soldiers and their families.  In the 1848-1861 time period, Kassel and Darmstadt paid for the passage of about 140,000 emigrants to America.  

      Toni described some of the major reference works available for researchers with Hesse ancestry.  These include the Emigration Books (Auswandern), Town Lineage Books (Ortsippenbuch), Military and Emigration records.  The handout for the talk provided source listings and links to these and many more resources, and many of them are in the Immigrant Library in Burbank where Toni works.  She also noted that many links for Hessen are online at

     The handout for Toni's talk is available on the CVGS website ( as are reference materials from the Immigrant Library in Burbank with information about researching in all of the German states.