Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CVGS Program on 28 July - Susi Pentico on "Vital Records"

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:50 AM PDT Thanks Randy from Genea-Musings
The July program meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society is on Wednesday, 28 July at 12 noon in the auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

After a brief business meeting, the program speaker will by CVGS member Susi Pentico on "Vital Records and Where You May Find Them."

The program description includes:

Do you really know what is a Vital Record?

This presentation will be filled with some of the very “normal” places to find Vital Records. It will also provide some neat tips on some unconventional places to find information and will share some unconventional methods used to find vital records.

Susi Pentico has been a genealogy speaker for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society for more than ten years. She has given talks throughout the county over the past seven years and has been a research specialist for over fifteen years online, working previously with the old Golden Gate Forum, and with two other online genealogy sites that are no more. She currently co-hosts a class on www.GenealogyWise.com with old friend Rita Ely regarding Vital Records. They have done this for three plus years, but only recently moved to Genealogywise.com. Susi has been researching her ancestry since she was about 20 years old.

This program is free for all to attend. Please enter the auditorium through the Library Conference Room to sign in, pick up the program and presentation handout, have a drink and a snack, and chat with other genealogists. More information about this program, or about CVGS in general, please contact Barbara at 619-477-4140 or baribai@cox.net.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vital Records for Lemon Grove Genealogy Attendees

This evening we numbered six and we talked a bit about probate and its's difficult turns in the County of San Diego, state of California. Then we turned to a more enjoyable chat about learning what a Vital Record is and where one my look to locate them.
Vital Records have an interesting description for themselves. They can be found about anywhere.

Learning also that newspapers of the past was the equivalent of the internet of today. Newspapers reached out to inform and share knowledge with the community and its neighboring areas. Data of all descriptions and sizes, meant to reach far and wide was put in papers of the 1700 and 1800's. It was a better means of communication than the Mail. It reported on when Mail was not picked up to notify the potential recipients. Making it a great source of vital information.

What was the most published vital record of the 1700 and 1800's? Do you know that answer. Do you know what area of the country had the most information published in this time period?

These were some of the things we talked of. Sites for newspaper information were given such as: GenealogyBank, Footnote, NARA, Libraries, Historical Societies and other sources.

To learn more come to my talk at the Chula Vista Library, Wednesday, July 29, 2010 at 12 p m meeting.

Civic Center and F st. across from Police Department.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jayne & Dae's Weekly Genealogy Chats Reminder

With full permission to post this by them.

Jayne & Dae's Weekly Genealogy Chats Reminder

For a real genealogical journey! 18 July 2010
Mondae, 19-July-10, GENTREK presents "Creating Medical Summaries." As the family historian, you're already compiling health history information that can be vital to family members present and future. What could be a more valuable contribution than sharing those details to help improve or possibly even save the lives of your relatives? Here are twelve tips for ways to do just that by working with your living relatives. Join us at 9:00 pm EDT in the AOL Genealogy Chatroom.
Mondae, 19-July-10, GENTREK presents "Why American Families Migrated, part 3." This week we move from the religious and economic to the sociological causes for migration and their ramifications. Come join us at 10:00 pm EDT in the Genealogy Wise Chatroom.
Thursdae, 22-July-10, GENTREK will present "Parish Records — Genealogy Gold." Because of legal complications we cannot do adoption research for you. All we can do is offer information that might be of some help to you and guide you in the proven directions you need to go. We'll begin at 10pm in the chatroom of Looking4Kin. Note: you must join to visit the chatroom, but membership is free.
Saturdae, 24-July-10, GENTREK goes on spring/summer hiatus. We will return in September, 2010.
U.S. Civil War Chats
Thursdae, 22-July-10 -- The American Civil War History chat. Come see what we have for you tonight. Join us at 11 PM EDT in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs.
Fridae, 23-July-10, the American Civil War History will present "Civil War Prison Camps -- Camp Lawton." While the Civil War etched the names Gettysburg, Antietam, and Vicksburg into the historical consciousness of the United States, a more subversive skirmish went by almost unnoticed. Join us, won't you, at 10 PM EDT in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs?
Spring/Summer Hiatus!
GENTREK goes on spring/summer hiatusfor Saturdae Sessions only. We will return in September, 2010.
Relevant Links
ShoeString Genealogy

Bits of Blue & Gray

Genealogy Wise


Tips from our chatters
Yes! I have learned a lot from case studies. I am also learning a lot from attempting to produce case studies as well. ~~Allen McClain at America Online
There is another cluster I have found. It is people who are part Native Americans. They went to the frontier early because they were not accepted in White society. ~~ Rosemary Taylor at GenealogyWise
I left a message posted on a Genealogy board and after 9 years got a response from a first cousin I didn't know I had. ~~ alpobc at Looking4Kin
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Friday, July 16, 2010

N E H G S Poll I Read About

Well, seems Randy found a new poll from NEHGS. IF I received it, it went to old email address.

It talks of what are your top websites in preference of use.

These are the sites:

o http://www.ancestry.com/

o http://www.familysearch.org/

o http://www.newenglandancestors.org/

o http://www.rootsweb.com/

o http://www.usgenweb.org/

o http://www.footnote.com/

o http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/

o http://www.google.com/

My preferences would be:

o http://www.google.com/

o http://www.usgenweb.org/

o http://www.rootsweb.com/

o http://www.ancestry.com/

o http://www.familysearch.org/

o http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/

o http://www.footnote.com/

o http://www.newenglandancestors.org/

But this would depend on what region I was researching.
If New England region then NEHGS would be first. If we were doing Mid Atlantic or Southern regions I would be doing state libraries and genealogical and historical societies first.

If I was unsure of where, I probably use google.com the most. When in doubt I google, ASK JEEVES, and use other sources.
World Cat is good for finding where to look also.

I would also add to this list: FindaGrave.com, deadfred.com, worldgenweb.org, (I use this often).

Many years ago Cindy's List would have been one but it is so huge it confuses me now. The state historical socities and libraries are so much better today than 10 years ago please do not miss the information that is there.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Medical Genealogy

Here is the URL for information on Medical Genealogy. For those who missed the talk, I will be presenting it in the chat room on
Genealogywise.com at 6 Pm west coast time next Thursday. Not this Thursday.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Medical Genealogy to be presented at Bonita Library

Medical Genealogy to be presented by Susi Pentico of the CVGS on
Saturday 1 to 3 p m.

Why learn about" Medical Genealogy" you may ask. There are many
reasons for doing so.

The first may be it can save your life or a member of your families

No, you do not have to loose your privacy to do this.

It may amaze you to learn what it can do to help you and your family.

It may also help you to locate more kin, even if it is a back door

San Diego County Library Bonita Branch
4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

Susi can be reached at SusiCP@cox.net or through her blog at:


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lemon Grove 7 July

Greetings everyone, I was glad to see the faces that came to the meeting tonight but we sure missed those who did not come.
We hope others are well and making headway in their research.

Carol was able to share her Great Birthday Adventure with us about the HIldreth family. We were glad she had such a terrific event and found such a pleasant cousin of distance to chat about the Hildreth family. All of this, in our own back yard of Poway.

I shared the knowledge of Medical Genealogy with those in attendance. I also shared my genetic fingers and toes for the group to see. We talked about the need for this type of research and was I amazed to learn that Carol's Dr had taken her medical history to heart and she had help before trouble by her Doctor because of the family knowledge known. That is really what Medical Genealogy is about. The helping of saving some ones life, be it your own, a child or grandchild, cousin, niece or nephew.

What is cool is when you are not sure someone is related and you compare medical history it then may encourage you to do DNA testing to see if links because of the potential for inherited tendency's for medical situations.

More than one way to find a potential link when doing genealogy even if it is unconventional.

Come listen to full presentation Saturday at the Bonita Library, 4375 Bonita, Ca 1 to 3 p m.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wednesday Evening Lemon Grove

Wednesday evening in Lemon Grove at the Library. 6 to 8 p m.
Topic is Medical Genealogy.

Why do Medical Genealogy? Come learn the needs for this concept and how it can help
you find new kin sometimes.

More importantly it may help you to save your or a family members life.

Presentation by Susi Pentico