Friday, November 18, 2016

November 30th CVGS Program is "Heirloom Show and Tell"

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12 noon To 2 p.m.
Program Meeting
“Heirloom Show and Tell”
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Due to illness, Georgie Stillman will not be presenting her usual “Heirloom Discovery Day” program. 

 However, Jane Strawn is organizing and will host an “Heirloom Show and Tell” program, with members displaying their heirlooms and telling the stories about their heirlooms.  

Please bring in your family treasures to share with the group. If you can carry it, you can bring it! If possible, send Jane a photo of your item so it can be projected on the screen.

Email or phone and let Jane know if you will be bringing in a Family Treasure. Don’t forget the story. Contact Jane Strawn (email, phone 619 434-4051).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CVGS Newsletter for November 2016 is Published

The November 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 yourm ouse over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 - November 30th Family History Day

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 - December 3rd Saturday Workshop 

page 3 - New CVGS Nametags Available
page 3 - October 1st Saturday Workshop Review
page 4 - October 22nd Family History Day Review
page 5 - CVGS Officer Nominations for 2017/18

page 6 - October Research Group Review 
page 7 - December 14th Holiday Luncheon

page 7 - October 19th Lemon Grove Reviewpage 8 - SDGS/SDHC Genealogy Day Review
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 2016 Research Group Summary

The 9 November 2016 meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 20 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Three recently published books - Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques; Organize Your Genealogy; Genetic Genealogy in Practice - and passed them around the group.

*  Finding grandsons' 2nd great-grandparents birth and marriage records in Italian Civil Registration records on FamilySearch.

*  Solving the mystery of Edward E. Seaver's parents using two newspaper articles and several online records, including an article that was about a man dying in a factory accident and leaving a pregnant wife.

*  MyHeritage announced MyHeritageDNA service with ethnicity estimates and member matches.

*  The We're Related mobile app by

In the second hour, group members discussed their research problems and successes, including:

*  Karen S. has found interesting relatives on the We're Related app, including Barack Obama and Marilyn Monroe.

*  Ralph enjoyed the CVGS Family History Day.  He commented about the new system at 23andMe - he wrote a match who didn't respond, but the match was able to obtain his name and information.

*  Karen Y. noted that the day was the 396th anniversary of sighting Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower.

*  Ana found 1890 tax records from New Mexico in a book on the Chula Vista library shelf.

*  Ceasar took the FamilyTreeDNA Big Y test, and needs to work with it more.

*  Linda bought three autosomal DNA kits at the 10/22 genetic genealogy conference and will test her family members.

*  Arlene read the book Seven Daughters of Eve and recommended it to her family.

*  Susi and Mary went to the FamilySearch Library to investigate how to obtain the 1899 naturalization record for Antony Casper.  They were told they need to contact the county probate court for the record.

*  Sam took a research trip to Tennessee.  He met a cousin at the library, and found a naturalization record and a marriage record immediately.  He also went to the State Archives and determined that vital records started in 1908.

*  Shirley is putting information from an 800 page surname book for the Greene family in Rhode Island into a separate family tree database.

*  Bobbie is regrouping and has decided to work on three brickwall problems.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be 11 Janary 2017 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista) at 12 noon in the Conference Room.

NOTE:  There is no Research Group meeting in December on 14 December - that is the date of the Annual Holiday Luncheon at South Chula Vista Library.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

October 22nd Family History Day Was a Success!

This article was written by CVGS member Karen Yarger.

Saturday, October 22 was a great day for our Society.  After months of planning, our free community-wide Family History Day opened at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library to a waiting crowd of seventeen people, eager to see what “this genealogy thing” was all about, or at least to have fun with the various family history-focused activities.  Over 120 people enjoyed the day.  Our theme was “Ancestors Matter! What Do You Know? What Can You Find?” which was revealed on the new bright green CVGS  T-shirts worn by volunteers (and which you can order from Jane Strawn).

 Guests were greeted by colorful posters directing them to various activities and a Welcome Table, laden with “freebies.” 

The Library was divided into color-coded areas, marked by balloons and bright signs.  The children’s area, decorated with yellow balloons and  Dr. Seuss posters,  offered story times and family-themed crafts for children of all ages.

     Other areas, each with their own color scheme, were devoted to “First Steps” in genealogy research, filling out 5-generation charts, and working with one of our volunteers on computer research. 

Have you visited our genealogy collection at the Library? Our collection was highlighted to visitors, as were the Library’s books available for check out.

At 10:30 a.m., Randy Seaver gave the keynote address “Be an Ancestor Detective,” with an excellent handout filled with resources for the beginner and advanced alike. Between speakers, Gary Brock ran a series of genealogy-themed videos, running simultaneously in the auditorium and on TVs throughout the Library.  
The highlight of the day was Ceasar Castro’s noontime presentation  of the family tree of Chula Vista’s mayor  in  “Who is Mayor Mary  Casillas  Salas?” in which he presented his research of several generations of the Mayor’s family accompanied by family photos and comments from the Mayor herself.  An audience of nearly sixty included many members of Mayor Salas’ family. 

Ralph Munoz and Jo Ann Bonner took pictures throughout the day, and they’ll be posted on our website soon. 

The organizing committee was chaired by Jane Strawn,  who worked with Library Branch Manager Erni Barros, and a team of enthusiastic and talented volunteers. 

We are already planning next year’s Family History Day. As great as this day was, next year’s promises to be even bigger and bette

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CVGS workshop on "AllWay Sync" is Saturday, 5 November

When:  Saturday, 5 November 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location, Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room,  4375 Bonita Road,  Bonita,  CA 91902,

 CVGS Workshop:, Yet Another Way to Backup, "ALLWAY SYNC", Presented by: Gary Brock 

This will be a demonstration of one of the easiest and most comprehensive ways to keep your files,  photos and documents backed up and synchronized on a local device. The device can then be taken off-site (recommended) for safety when the crash occurs,  and it will,  and this app is free. It's called AllwaySync., Bring your laptop and an external storage device (500 GB or more recommended) if you would like to download the app and try it out

Handouts for the program:, "Family Holiday Letters, Why They Are Important", Will be available at this workshop., due to request to have Gary present this program after our last month program.

 Please register for this event if you can, if you plan to attend so we may better prepare the venue.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula vista - November 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for November 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 5 November, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock will demonstrate use of an "AllWay Sync" device. Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 9 November, 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, 16 November, 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, 30 November, 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 a number of CVGS Members on "Heirloom Show and Tell."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November, 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.