Thursday, June 24, 2010

Randy Seaver and Sunday 27 June

Sunday 27 June 2010 at the Chula Vista Library we will be hosting Randy Seaver, who will be presenting
"Using Effectively." The time is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium.

For all people whom use Ancestry and are seeing the changes, for all those who want to use Ancestry to further their searching,
please do come and learn the many great resources Ancestry has to offer.

This event is FREE. Just come join us now that your not instructing a class, or going to work.

We picked Sunday to reach out to the community that can not attend our Wednesday, day meetings.

Refreshments will be provided.

Randy is a well known Genealogist and Genealogy Blogger and writer for FGS Forum Magazine.

His talk is one of many we hope to present in the summer months.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Card Party for MOM 90th

Hi fellow genealogists,

I am posting this in case you want to join in and send MOM a card. She will be 90 on the 29th and due to my siblings illness we are not able to host her a party so it was advised I try a Happy Birthday Card Party.

Remember she is turning 90 so larger print is easier to see, My relative said she would read the cards to her that she can not see though.

Because she has a PO BOX I think this is okay and the post office is prepared for her to receive mail for her 90th birthday.
I spoke to them before I posted in case it would be a problem.

She is the reason I started Genealogy when I was young to help her and then to help myself and my new born son.
He by the way just turned 50. So do your medical genealogy it may save a life.

Need help contact me.

send card to Dorothy JONES P O Box 253, Valley Ford, California 94972

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lemon Grove 16 June Event Gary Brock

Gary Brock came to the Lemon Grove Group and did a great presentation about the Chula Vista Genealogy Society this evening.
I was rather impressed with the amount we have grown over the years.

The amount of books we have in the library for use and the amount we spend on the books for library every year was
impressive. This does not count the given books by the society members through out the year either.

We also have learned the area is better recognized now with new arrangements to help the library and the genealogy
representatives. That was so awesome to hear.

We are now 104 strong.

I was sad we had such a small number tonight but we never know whom will show up. Alas having the schedule correct on the
library calendar would be nice though. Always the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. 6 to 8 pm please. This may be why
attendance was low. I sure hope they do not show up next Wednesday for we will not be there.

Thanks to everyone for the nice evening. Library staff for the preparation, to the waitress who served our dinner later at Anna's.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Genealogy, Lemon Grove, speaker Gary Brock

Wednesday's Event will feature Gary Brock and his great tidbits on Society Membership.
It is hoped you will enjoy his presentation and have a greater understanding of what societies are and what they can do
to help a genealogist or family historian in their research.

We will also share some of the information we brought back from the Jamboree in Burbank this last weekend. Lots of classes were presented and many were attended by Virginia, Shirley, Ruth and Susi. Also both Cindy's were there as was Joan L and her dil. Of course many others from the San Diego Genealogy Society attended also.

We went by train to Burbank and returned the same way. What a relaxing way to travel. It is hoped more will consider this for next year because it breaks down to a very affordable cost and so much information is to be gained.

Please share this site with other genealogists in the area in case they would love to come and are working normally during the day.

See you Wednesday at 6 p m in Lemon Grove at the Library. If you need directions

Directions are: in Mall with Anna' on the corner across from St. John the Cross Church on Broadway and Washington St.,
in far corner.

Contact me at or post here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lemon Grove' Genealogy Surprise Event

The Lemon Grove Genealogy Group, had a interesting meeting the other day. I was away attending a family event and
Ruth Himan offered to step in and replace me. Replace me, she did. Here is what happened in her words.

1. 9 people tonight ----- Virginia did take attendance and reported to the front desk.

2. We received 7 membership applications and all applicants added pedigrees for the Chula Vista Society.
Several of the new members including Arlene Watters and Patricia Ayer spent a great deal of time copying their extensive well researched family pedigree chart for the Chula Vista Genealogy Binders. Other new members like Cathy Collins struggled to place names of her relatives.

3. Very large pre-printed blank pedigree charts were admired by some of the other attendees.

4. Virginia Taylor distributed outdated Chula Vista Newsletters. The newsletters were discussed as being (although from 2009) still having very good information, interesting stories and pertinent content.

5. We discussed some genealogy slang because we had a couple of genealogy happy dances.

6. First Happy Dance came when we were shown about a dozen photos, and copies of special dipolmas of Patty Smith's parents and grandparents.
Patty Smith hit the jackpot with connecting with a cousin in Florida. This is the daughter of her mother's sister.
Patty Smith showed us pictures of her great grandmother that got her interested in genealogy. Then she showed us handsome handsome men ---her great grandfathe and an uncle. There was an adorable picture of a sweet chubby girl about three --- the shortest of about six children standing in a line (side view) but look like the adoable little girl in jacket and bonnet slipped away and was looking straight on to the camera. Cute cute cute ---- It was a picture of Patty Smith at a very younger age.
Patty also shared with us her letter and cream and sugar set she received from her grandmother over 30 years ago. Patty's Aunt cried when she found Patty had the set. The aunt had remembered how her mother had said she very much wanted Patty to have the set.

7. Then Karen B. shared another delightful story of finding an entire family that she could not document as when and how they arrived in America. The Scottish family left Liverpool and then were tossed about in a storm left to drift in the ocean for quite awhile before being rescued by other ships. Yet with many delays, changing ships having to land out of port and being transferred by life boats the family finally landed in America. The account of the ships tubulant voyage is recorded in an article Karen found in a New York Newspaper. Yet soon after landing the family is separated and she finds a small 5 year old boy recorded on a census as being an inmate! Further investigation indicates the boy was placed in an orphanage. Years later the boy is reunited with his mother when the mother remarries. Besides the normal misspellings, confused names, and issues of researching a family, the mother's name changes, children's separate living arrangements made the search very difficult but very rewarding when she finally accounted for the mother and all the children.
The ships manifast indicated the family traveled 2nd class and separate from the first class. The steerage indicated 28 people but no names. Karen marveled that had her family traveled steerage she would have never found the family.

8. John was puzzled over some small triangle shaped stones he is finding in his yard.

9. Another genealogy slang word we introduced tonight was "cousin bait". We began exploring avenues to meeting cousins.We discussed cold calling, obituaries, Christmas Cards, and family group sheets.
I shared a completed family group sheet I had completed for my gg grandparents with my g grandfather being their sixth child. I was able to demonstrate how some of the other siblings contained a significant amount of information --which could indicate decsendents of my g-grandfather's sibling as having an interest in genealogy. A possible "cousin" to find.

10. Carol Burnett explained how she "e-mail met" her "cousin" Randy Seaver. Randy and Carol discovered they were cousins by Susi's RootsBounds Blog. We discussed blogging and websites were being credited with matching up more "cousins" than the on-line family trees.

So there was a great meeting, which made me feel good for everyone. We will have a speaker for the next event.