Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CVGS Saturday Workshop (3 September 2016) is "Family Tree Maker Review"

The September 3rd Chula Vista Genealogical Society Saturday Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room (4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902) starts at 1 p.m. PDT.

The workshop will be "Family Tree Maker Review" Presented by CVGS member Ken Robison.

If you use Family Tree Maker. or want to learn more about this awesome program, it is highly suggested you attend this event.

Please bring your laptops with Family Tree Maker installed so you can follow along. If you have a specific question on FTM or want a specific topic covered, please let Ken know at:  

Please register for this event if you plan to attend so we may better prepare the venue.  More information and online registration: Chula Vista Genealogical Society Saturday Workshop 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

CVGS August Program Meeting is Wednesday, 31 August 2016: Shirley Becker on "New York Revisited"

CVGS General Meeting 
Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00 PM PDT 

Please Note Change of Program

Shirley Becker will present "New York, Revisited!"

Shirley Becker is a great grandmother to about 13, of whom 4 live with her. Since 3 are teenagers, she does occasionally have to battle for computer time. Shirley has been working on genealogy seriously for about 30 years and before that occasionally as she found time. 

Most of her research is in upstate New York, but as her lines grow she has found some in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and the New England States. She is presently attempting to correct mistakes and add sources that were neglected when she was a beginner in the lifelong work that is known as Genealogy.

The meeting starts promptly at Noon with announcements and introductions. A presentation by our guest speaker followed by a short business meeting and finally raffle drawings, refreshments and fellowship will complete the program.  Attendance is free.

Please register soon if you plan to attend this meeting so that we may better plan for this event. More information and online registration: CVGS General Meeting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter is Published

The August 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 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 - August 31st 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 - September 3rd Saturday Workshop
page 72 - New CVGS Nametags Available
page 4 - July 27th Picnic Summary
page 5 - August 24th Genealogy Field Trip
page 5 - Save the Date: Family History Day

page 5 - Save the Date: Stump the Chumps
page 5 - Family Tree Magazine Top 101 Websites
page 6 - July Research Group Review 
page 7 - CVGS at SDHC Free Tuesday
page 8 - Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Next CVGS Computer Group Meeting is 17 August 2016

        The next CVGS Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 17 August 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.  

          Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab 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. 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website on the Events tab -  https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/events.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August Research Group Review

The August 10th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 10 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  The San Diego Genealogical Society Fall Seminar is Saturday, 10 September at Marina Village on Mission Bay.  The speaker is The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor.

*  The latest issue of Family Tree Magazine published their 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2016.

*  Family Tree Maker sent an email describing their progress in updating the software.

*  The 1895 will of Elling Eriksen Natvig named his wife and four daughters, but not his two sons and another daughter.  Three of the daughters were from his wife's first marriage.  Randy also found the Natvig land on the 1873, 1890 and 1899 plat maps of Cottage Grove, Dane County, Wisconsin.

In the second hour, the attendees described their genealogy challenges and successes, including:

*  Helen S. found her ancestor, John Winkle, on one Revolutionary War muster roll listed as "on command" for a Pennsylvania regiment.   She wondered what that meant.  He is not listed on any Revolutionary War service record or pension file.  During the discussion, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website (http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Pages/default.aspx) was mentioned as having useful information for Pennsylvania residents in this time frame.

*  Diane G. did more research on her serial killer who died at age 34 - she found he requested that they put cement is his coffin so his body would not be stolen.  She is corresponding with two cousins from Romania and encouraging them to get their DNA tested.

*  Bill H. is adopted, and knows the name of his birth father from an affidavit provided by his mother, and has found him in census records and the Social Security Death Index.  The father is listed as a child in the 1920 U.S. Census in Chicago, but the father's father's surname (Rizzo) is different than his father's surname (Reiss).  It may be that the grandfather was married to another woman at the time of the census.  The group suggested that he obtain the Social Security Application for his father which will probably name his parents.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 at 12 noon at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library in the Conference Room.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Next CVGS Research Group is 10 August 2016

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 10 August 2016, at 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library in the Conference Room.

This meeting is for society members to share their research successes, their research challenges and questions.  Randy Seaver is the leader, and often highlights current genealogy news and advances in the first hour, and the attendees share their work in the second hour.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 6th Saturday Workshop -- RootsMagic Review

 The August 6th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  

The subject will be “RootsMagic 7 Review” with Randy Seaver.  Please bring your laptops with RootsMagic installed so you can follow along.  If you want a specific topic covered, please let Randy know at rjseaver@cox.net

Monday, August 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - August 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for August 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 6 August, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Randy Seaver will lead a discussion of "RootsMagic Review." Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 10 August, 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 August, 10:15 a.m. to 2 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, 31 August, 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Kitty Cooper on "DNA Testing for Genealogists"  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 August, 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.