Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tracking your Ancestors----- Timelines, Census, Recorded Books.

  Tracking your Ancestors,  trusting you use: Timelines, Census, and Recorded Books.

 As I am from the old school, when census doesn't divulge information that work with a timeline,
 I like to go to published books.  Whether they are surnamed, autobiographies, or history books, they all carry data that genealogists should be using.

 If you are really stuck on computer research then remember to go back to the early computer records shared with society;,,, and others.

 Remember NARA, Library of Congress Records, Military Records, Medical Records both military and civilian.  Recently learning many states share a certain amount of medical data I was not aware of.

Of course Mortuary Records, Land Records, Probate's, Wills, Birth Records, Marriage Records, Annulments, Divorces, written local histories, local newspapers, County records and newspapers.

Do not ignore the states records: look at State Records and Newspapers, State Archives, etc.  I love the State Archives for information.

We have many places to garner information. Bottom line is ask family members, near and far and unknown.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Transcribed Bible Page GRAVES, John and Sarah


John Graves born 13th of October 1770

Sarah Graves  was born scratched out
the wife of John Graves
was born 4th of October 1772

We were married the
2 nd of J---- Sept 1791

Benjamin Graves born 
of John and Sarah Graves
was born March----
the 7th 1798

John Graves jr the son 
of John graves and sarah
was born august 21 1790

Ellender Graves was born
9th of April 1795.

Margaret Graves born June
19th 1797

other side of line

Thomas Graves was 
born the 10th of March

Samuel Graves was born
July 15, 1802

Rebeccah Graves born
the 8th of November 1805  

Eliz ana Eliza was 
born July the 6th 1809

Susanna Graves
was born June 14?


Graves Bible page shown on previous entry. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Research Member needs help, Graves the last name

Shirley Becker at

Anyone out there researching GRAVES.  We need to find kin of this family.

John Graves,   Sarah Graves
Thomas Graves,

They were in New York, some  in PA.   Contact

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Never Ending Resources and Programs

Never Ending Resources and Programs

Having learned one can find a new program or search engine on an almost daily basis, I am hoping
to present to you all some of them.

Tina Sansone's presentation mentioned sites I had forgotten about. O we mortals of the creatures of habit. We find it, we like it,we use it.  Something new comes along and we repeat the process.

How many of you have tried the We're Related application that is affiliated with Ancestry in some format.?

Today I was talking to a long time acquaintance regarding a web site.  I was talking about We're  affiliated with Ancestry.  She was talking about this site.

 Enough  to make you think.  Another one was sent me last week but this is enough for now.

You may want to check them out and see if there  is help to be had by using any of them.

 The We' application I get on my  phone and I-pad.

 Today I was able to confirm 4 matches that came in this past week. Never would my Uncle believe that General Patton was a 3rd cousin. My Uncle had the privilege of defending General Eisenhower for a nap, when  G P was going to interrupt it.  The end was the General E said, "Carry On, I am going to finish my nap." and GP had to wait until he was called to the General E's tent.

I am going to share this with him soon. Since he is still with us.

Learning there are many genealogical programs people use that most of us never hear about.
They also suit the needs of some peoples research better than others.

Marti Lewis uses a very neat program and I keep saying I want to try it.  Judy just shared another,
suspecting there may be as many as 10 to 15 depending on where you live.
Some of them are free, some of them are fee.

So I will let you play with the two mentioned above before we muddy the waters and talk about more of them.

O yes, We' finally agreed that Shirley Becker and I are cousins.  We also found 4 other lines we definitely link on.

Enjoy and tell me if it helps you.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Updating Society Schedule and News Presented

 Ceasar Castro and I attended the Bonita Vista High School Senior Scholarships and Achievement Awards.
 We presented to Andrew Eide a Check for $300.  He was also given a letter to attend our June picnic  and share his talk with the society. What a great story he shared.
 We like to meet the recipients and their families when we can.
 We have not heard back yet. We hope he comes to the program if he can.

  Our very first recipient is completing her education and we are very proud of her. She was a Chula  Vista   High School Senior.

 Ceasar and Virginia Taylor  did the presentation for Alejandro Valdez, at San Ysidro High School
 for the first  place application. He will be tied up with college data that week and not able to attend  our event. But  he is welcome, and parents to come to another meeting so the society can get to meet  him.

 We want to say, "Thanks", to the members of our society that voted to help fund a second applicant  for assistance.

 We yearly fund for $500.  In the past we have done more but it takes community support to make  that happen.

  The community should know that members wanted to do the second place person and so we had a    vote which they approved unanimously. Then an individual member donated even more to make it to   $300. for the second presentation. Thank you member for your terrific donation.

   Our donation button on the webpage does work.  Amazing what $5 from a multi group of people
   can do to help others.

   Our annual scholarship program is the object of most of our fundraising efforts throughout the year. In an effort to introduce young people to the subject of genealogy, a genealogical essay competition is open to all graduating seniors of the Sweetwater Unified School District and the winners receive cash awards to help with their post high school efforts.
The purpose of the Society is to promote general interest in the related fields of Genealogy, History, and Heraldry by individual and group effort.
These shall include, but not be limited to:
• Encouraging the exchange of group information.
• Coordinating research activities.
• Educating members to assist others in research.
• Acquiring and organizing research materials.
• Acquisition of books, manuscripts, and materials for the Chula Vista Public Library.
Society members are available for assistance at the Chula Vista Civic Center main branch on most Wednesdays from 10 am - noon in the Family History section.

 The new Application is being completed and the same  topic will be presented next year.
We think it helps to have the younger generation some knowledge about Veterans.

21 June We will be presenting the first half of Tina Sansone's Presentation.  It covers all over the world for urls and search engines. This will be at the Lemon Grove Library. 6 to 7:50 pm  There will be some Tennessee data included, but not the major  topic

1 July will be the DVD which Denise Levenick has given permission for me to share. Bonita- Sunnyside Library 1 to 4 pm. Paper or Plastic , Preserving Keepsakes Workshop.

18 July will be discussing our own Genealogy.  Why are you doing it? What are your plans for it? Have you started writing about your family for future generations?

 This is because so many travel and we want you to be prepared at least a wee bit before we loose you, so your family is not totally confused, with what you leave behind for
them to sort through and preserve.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Past and Present Pathways by Tina Sansone presented by CVGS

     Free to attend, Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room,4375 Bonita Rd,
     Bonita, CA 91902   1 to 4 pm

            Chula Vista Genealogical Society Saturday Workshop

CVGS Workshop:
"Past & Present Pathways"
Presented by: Susi Pentico for Tina Sansone
I am delighted to be able to offer you this presentation which Tina has given in the east coast area. Yes, she is related.

This event covers much Tennessee sources and east coast sources for researchers to use. It is filled with sites to explore and ideas from another mind. Excited for you all to see her presentation.
Photo of Tina Sansone
Tina Sansone is a Professional Genealogist that lives in Tennessee. She owns Past & Present Pathways, VP for the Second Life Virtual APG Chapter, 2nd VP for ISFHWE and background researcher for WDYTYA.

She recently started doing work with AncestorCloud where she researches and submits to their blog. She is the Genealogoy Editor & Ebook Manager for BellaOnline. She enjoys helping others with documenting for lineage groups and breaking down brick walls. She is also a wife, mother and grandma. She can be reached
Time is 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Please be prompt.

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

James Tanner -- Responding to 21 May, Approach to Genealogical Research.

  James Tanner -- Responding to 21 May, Approach to Genealogical Research.

I sure missed meeting you recently but health issues in family eliminated my arriving to hear you talk.

You just always are so in tune to my thoughts, it is like we already had this conversation and seem to
think along the same lines. I could never post it as elegantly as you do though.

You have no idea how excited I was to see this topic and done by you. I just did a presentation on
who we are and how we became whom we are.  Needless to say I started in Africa and used's map with their permission.

As the modern methods seem to swamp the older standby methods sometimes we have to go back to the original method and prove it out.  With one line I had going to the Mayflower group, I did the footwork for years and contacted many people before a computer was functioning for laymen.
The joy was I was able to get the information, yes it takes time and diligence and determination.
 Last our group did DNA data and it confirmed all the information we had gathered.   Hurray

Not every name will do this and I would suspect it be less than 20 %  that does but it is slowly rising to higher percentages.

Somethings about computers and humans frightens me.  So many have no internet yet in the USA.
Yes, this is so true. Yet these are the people that generally have more information and accuracy than those in a big city.

Being exposed to this about 8 years ago by flying to Michigan, not even upper Michigan but our son's area had minimal to no internet service and what service offered was over the average persons budget. I used the library's system for two urgent matters. I received a call saying data was sent.
Our area had no internet. Library was accommodating, thankfully.  Today, yes they have internet
available.  It still costs far more than in our region.

 Family in Montana has no internet in some areas. Some do but cost is prohibitive.
I recall PRES OBAMA got on TV one day and was notifying American's of something and said he was doing it via email and the internet.  I wonder how many million never got the message. So what other areas are still skimpy with internet?

As a deeply interested history and  geological person, I have followed our discoveries of how old they (scientists) think we are.  Only last week they posted a new date line and found (released) new data on we are much older than they last thought.

Being a Geologist was my 2nd choice if I ever got to a University.

Now we have groups that have large amount of members but as stated by your post. Not many in most of the groups are modern day up to speed. I myself have never taken a formal
computer class but have set in classes as taught by instructors to master more skills. I have paid for assistance to learn more information on computer usage.  I also had a great son that really hand taught me as he learned in college.

Worse, when I taught computer to others in 1974-5, all that is not viable. The concept took off and left many, many people behind.

A friend was in the other day and she said ,"I did all these things on the computer when working and when you decide to go back to it, very little is the same." She then stated she need a brush up class for modern computers.

Our society runs a basic  computer class, we also highlight specific topics and then we have a class to talk about reaching various sites and how to do a gedcom and other activities.  Attendance is spotty at best, especially considering we are members of over 80 people.

Those that attend are making forward progress, but if they do not practice what shown they are not able to remember for next event.  Myself included, so I know it is true.

Some of this applies to our age I suspect. I was taught to teach students how to use a computer long, long before I had one.  By the time I could afford a computer much of what I had originally learned was obsolete.  Worse we were taught a computer can be upgraded and you won't have to worry about replacing it often. That was most of the teachers concerns, was cost and efficiency.

So as we move forward we must go back and pick up the scattered pieces that were left to wither and die.

 I believe that is a must for those of us that that have moved forward.

We are a lot older a species than is yet determined I am sure.  To many things point to a rebuilding of whom we were before and us coming back to it now moving ahead.

After all the writings on the stones in Wisconsin are not Indian as they kept telling people but they belong to early nordic  people that were here 200 + years before Virginia and Massachusetts and Florida.  The Indians were here a very long time and were very knowledged of our environmental
needs to be able to survive conditions.   Rotate where lived, rotate crops, do not deplete supplies, move and keep alert to changes, share when given a chance.  Nor did they waste like we do.
Almost no part of an animal was wasted. A use was found for it.

Thanks for your blog post.