Sunday, August 20, 2017

CVGS Program on 30 August is “My Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find” by CVGS Members

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12 noon
General Meeting

“My Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find” by CVGS Members

at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F St.) Auditorium

Instead of our usual annual “Stump The Chumps” program, we are going to do something different. This year we want you to come and share your “Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find.” 

Maybe it is finding a long lost great grandparent. Maybe you found a sibling you didn’t know you had.  Or a probate record that solved a relationship problem.

Keep your story to no more than 5 to 10 minutes.  Briefly summarize the research question, the exciting result of your research, and how you found the answer to your research question.

If you need to display something on the screen please send it to Gary Brock ( as soon as possible (deadline is 23 August) so he can get the PowerPoint put together.  We have time for 10 people to tell their stories so get your information to Virginia Taylor as soon as possible.  Send it to Just give her a title for the presentation of your find.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

CVGS August 9th Research Group Review

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 9 August had 11 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed:

*  The MyHeritage purchase of Legacy Family Tree software and Legacy Family Tree Webinars on 3 August.  This appears to be a win for both parties - MyHeritage gains millions of potential subscribers and DNA testers, while Legacy gains potential software users and webinar attendees plus financial support.  

*  The Family Tree Magazine list of the Top 101 FREE genealogy websites was published, and Randy's blog, Genea-Musings, was on the list.

*  Find A Grave is changing their website presentation and has a beta test site up at

*  Randy's blog post about what to do with collected family papers, with comments, is at .

*  A project in July has been finding where the land for his 18th century Gates ancestors was located in Stow, Massachusetts.  A Facebook friend helped locate it, and probably lives on it.  

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their research challenges and successes:

*  Diane wrote an "Honoring Our Veterans" sketch of her grandfather's World War I Canadian Expeditionary Force service.  She found a 94 page report about his life story at the site.

*  John found Canada census and marriage data for ancestors who migrated from New Brunswick to Massachusetts and Manitoba to Minnesota.  He found other marriage records on

*  Virginia successfully downloaded the updated RootsMagic version 7.5.2 to her desktop and laptop computers and is working on it.

*  Ralph mentioned the $69 AncestryDNA special.  He recently misplaced his paper tree and needs to find it.  He distributed copies of it to family members some time ago.  

*  Helen is trying to trace both lines of a match to her brother's Y-DNA test from Illinois.  One source for the match's line is "some people said..."

*  Gary has a first cousin DNA match on 23andMe that may identify his biological father.  He was adopted and knows his mother's family, but doesn't think it's on his mother's side of the family.  The cousin's grandfather had three children including a son with whom there was a bad relationship.  The cousin match lives in the area of Michigan where Gary was from.

*  Sam asked "how do you transcribe a document?"  Randy uses a window for the word processor, and a window for the document image on the screen and scroll and/or magnify as required.  Gary uses the free Transcript program which has two panels open - one for the transcription and the other for the document image.  

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 13 September at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The August 2017 issue (Volume 27, Issue 8) of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 7 August.

The Table of Contents for this issue is:

*  page 1 - August 30th General Meeting
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

*  page 2 - Member Services

*  page 3 - September 2nd Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting
*  page 3 - Genealogy News for July 2017

*  page 4 - New Genealogy Books Ordered for Library

*  page 5 - July 30th Program Review
*  page 6 - July 12th Research Group Review
*  page 7 - Family Tree Maker 2017 News
*  page 7 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars
*  page 8 - Family History Day

*  page 8 - Honoring Our Veterans Display
*  page 9 - CVGS Society Information
*  page 9 - San Diego Area Genealogy Events
*  page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

The CVGS Newsletter is available on the CVGS website ( - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - August 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for August 2017 include:

 ** Saturday, 5 August, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Randy Seaver will present "RootsMagic Review."  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 9 August, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --  CVGS Research Group in the Conference Room.  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 August, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group in Conference Room (10:15 a.m.) and Computer Lab (12:30 p.m.) -- Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 30 August from 12 noon to  2 p.m., 
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS General Meeting.  The program will be CVGS members sharing their "Research Success Stories."  

**  Wednesday, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"RootsMagic Review" is Saturday Workshop program on 5 August

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society August 5th Saturday Workshop will be at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902).  

The program will be Randy Seaver presenting the yearly "RootsMagic Review."

This year the review will include the new RootsMagic features of TreeShare with an Ancestry Member Tree, and WebHints.  Randy will also highlight other RootsMagic features, and will answer questions from the attendees.

RootsMagic has been updated to Version 7.5.2 - the update is free to owners of Version 7.  TreeShare and Ancestry WebHints work only with Version 7.5.2.  Users can upload their RootsMagic database to a new Ancestry Member Tree, or download an existing Ancestry Member Tree to a new RootsMagic database.  If a user has an Ancestry subscription, then they can use the WebHints feature in RootsMagic.  

This event is FREE to attend.  Please register to attend this workshop on the CVGS web page -- -- on the Events tab so that we can plan for seating, handouts and refreshments.  

If you plan to attend, please bring your laptop with RootsMagic 7.5.2 installed, and be there before 1 p.m. so that you can get connected to the Library wi-fi before the workshop begins.