Thursday, December 8, 2016

Annual Holiday Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, 14 December at Chula Vista South Library

The CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Wednesday, 14 December, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chula Vista South Library (389 Orange Avenue) in the Conference Rooms.

Turkey, ham and drinks will be provided by CVGS.  

The potluck breakdown for the rest of the meal will be coordinated by JoAnn Bonner (phone 619-421-3628, email and Ana Castro (phone 619-781-8441, email  Please contact them by 12/10 to coordinate the potluck dishes.  The schedule is:

A to F Surnames:  Potatoes (Irish or Sweet), Veggies, Casserole
G to K Surnames:  Desserts
L to P Surnames:  Salads, Rolls, Butter
Q to Z Surnames:  Snack trays, Condiments, Olives, Pickles, Cranberry Sauce, etc.

 A sign-up sheet was passed around at the 30 November program meeting.

There will be a free door prize drawing, and attendees may bring a bring one/get one gift exchange item ($10 limit).  Attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food and/or unwrapped toys for donation to the Salvation Army.

A business meeting will be held to install the newly elected 2017/2018 Officers, name a new Life Member, and more festivities.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

CVGS November 30th Program Review - "Heirloom Show and Tell"

There were about 30 attendees at the "Heirloom Show and Tell" program on 30 November.

After electing the President (Ceasar Castro), First Vice President - Programs (Virginia Taylor), Second Vice President -Membership (Karen Smith), Secretary (Karen Yarger) and Treasurer (Sam Seat) for the 2017-2018 years, Jane Strawn introduced the ten presenters of their heirlooms one at a time, with slides on the screen showing the treasures.

The heirloom presenters and their heirloom treasures were:

1)  Patricia Diane Godinez brought samples of and described her Desert Rose china collection, with the screen photo showing part of her collection.

2)  Hazel Radtke brought her mother's glass spice canisters and told of her Hoosier cabinet from the 1920s.

3)  Tameron Hodges talked about her great-uncle, Frank Hodges who was a "dirty" Los Angeles police detective from the 1930's.  She has his badge.

4)  Karen Yarger had photos of her Hepplewhite Pembroke table, made in 1790 and passed down from her Geoghegan and Dill families, which was too large to bring in, but photos showed the lovely satinwood inlays – and Gary Brock provided some interesting woodworking facts.

5)  Linda Seaver shared a portrait of her great grandfather’s McKnew family in front of their home just after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Randy provided some family background.
6)  Randy Seaver displayed a handsome ‘Union Case’ from the 1860’s, containing ambrotype portraits of his ancestors Isaac and Lucretia Seaver.  Isaac was a Civil War soldier.
7)  Virginia Taylor brought an elephant toy/doll, – it started her on a lifetime elephant collection (she has over 500!).
8)  Ceasar Castro brought his cell phone collection in a silver suitcase - it dates to the 1980s.
9)  Bobbie Lane reminisced about the old family farm in Lake County, Illinois. One of her souvenirs is a birdhouse made from the wood of the 1902 barn; and she is so fortunate to have a 1995 video recording of her brother walking around the property, filming and recording family memories.

10)  Susan Zimmer's treasure was her father’s WW II army uniform from when he was stationed in Australia and New Guinea. She also showed off an authentic boomerang, which she no longer is able to master.
The stories about the treasures were as interesting as the heirlooms were.  This was a fun program, and may become an annual event at CVGS.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - December 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for December 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, \3 December, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Carole Sobke will discuss "Family Hobby Ties to Research."  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 14 December, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- There will be no CVGS Research Group meeting this month.  

** Wednesday, 21 December, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- There will be no CVGS Computer Group meeting this month. 

** Wednesday, 14 December, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chula Vista South Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue) -- CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be in the west conference rooms.

**  Wednesday, 7 December, 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.