Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DNA Quest by My Heritage So Exciting

Hi, Susi

Last month we launched DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative, initially launched in the USA only, received an amazing response. More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive free DNA kits, from the quota of 15,000 free DNA kits pledged by MyHeritage, worth more than one million dollars.

Being that the deadline for submissions is the end of April 2018 and there are still about 3 more weeks to go, and in light of the many requests we received from the community to expand DNA Quest worldwide, we decided to increase the scope of the project, from USA-only to global. This means that people are now eligible to participate in DNA Quest regardless of their place of residence and regardless of where the adoption took place.

Please help us spread the word on social media, especially with the news about DNA Quest going global, and include a link to the www.dnaquest.org website to make this dream a reality for families around the world. Read more here

 Best regrads,
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert



They are global now to find your lost kin for adoptees. Very excited about this for a close family member.  Hoping to find how someone with a very close match is related to us whom is an adopted now adult, also. 

Thanks My Heritage.com.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rootsweb.com is Reawakening.....Boyd Researchers look here.

 Re Awakening or so it appears.  Daily I get another email saying this list is working or that list is working.

 We are waiting anxiously and not patiently for you to get the rest of it up for us to use.

Today I wanted to share that one of the lists has some one from Australia asking for our help.

He is a BOYD researcher and it seems all those helping him all have hit a brick wall.

 I am posting his original notice so any and all Boyd's can contact him.  It appears he has done some very heavy and thorough research with help also from others. Only way to go Sir.

Let me introduce myself

I have been doing my own Boyd family from Killarney, County Kerry since 1980.  This family started in 1792, but we have not ben able to find out any details of Thomas Boyd’s parents James Boyd and Ann Nester and their origins.  So after a short period, I thought it was easier to look for other known Boyd families to find a connection to James Boyd and Ann Nester (which I have yet to find).  But in the process I have now collected some 870 Boyd Family Chapters.  (Some of these are only the parents and a child, while others are some 160 pages long.  Over 10.000 pages)

In 2002, I was appointed Chairman of the Historical Committee, for the House of Boyd Society (Clan Boyd)

So I have been collecting any known Boyd family that I can find – both male and female – and their descendants since 2004 when I have visited Libraries in the UK and the USA.

I have several Boyd families along the Hudson Valley from New Windsor, Orange co., NY to Kent, Putman Co. NY, Salem, Washington co., NY and Albany County, NY.  I will post separate message on these over the next few days.  Somme of these family members have done to New York City.

So if you have a Boyd in your family tree, I would like to hear from you please.

Thank you

Mike Boyd

Brisbane, Aust.

I have saved his first three notices, but wanted to share with others. It is only way to maybe find answers.

This method was the reason the group when we started this blog chose this title.  Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound.  

Mike Boyd, I wish you much success. So far I do not believe I have found a Boyd body. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What do you SAVE???

I know what the papers say and the timelines needs, but what do you really save for the future?

Mom always had us hold Xmas cards and if some one died she kept their last one so she would have it and their signature. Especially if the deceased was family.

I have always kept the Christmas letter from kin. Making sure to add data to tree if any was given.

Saving newspaper clippings, Obituaries, marriage, birth and significant news in papers and quarterlies.

We take way to many pictures.  My thoughts 5 children split them up and 10 grands so split it up some more.  Learning some save very little for future references, what will the down line receive or remember or be able to thumb through and bring back memories of days gone bye.

I think certain Birthdays need recognized and some Anniversaries too. Always amazed at how many d o not make 25 or 18 years.  How many years married  25, 50, 60?

Found that some lines of the family are on their last links and going to go away in my generation.

Wills, Deeds, and government data is a given, but what do you save for the family to remember the family when you are gone.?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Heads Up for Phone users!!!!!

  Was just give a heads up.

   Starting 2 June 2018. those living in our region must use this to make our phone calls.
   You can no longer just dial the number.

   Ironic, I made a call two weeks ago and was told not to use the area code.

   To dial our home which is in the phone book for all to read.  You must change it
    to read 1-619-690-1188.  No, it did not change if you were calling from out of area.

    Suspect this is state wide? It is put out by California Public Utilities Commission

Saturday, April 7, 2018

NYC Vital Records, Needs Help

The NYG&B  e-News Issue No. 22

Posts, that help is needed to preserve access to the NYC Vital Records.   Rules have changed Help is needed to help researchers access the records.

sub title

On Tuesday, April 10, we'll be LIVE on Facebook at 12:15 pm ET to rally support for this amendment. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to receive an alert when we're live. We hope to see you then! 

It is a shame when they could make money instead they are attempting to restrict access for much longer and later.  


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bonita-Sunnyside Library 7 April 2018


  We will also have a sharing of Lost Ancestors during the event.
   Community Room 1 to 4 pm  Free

   Come learn, join in and have fun.

  Our goals for the year are to cover all 50 States and the Countries that are requested.

  We have covered 10 so far.  Data available upon request.

  Need feed back on what countries you want more data on: Germany, England, Scotland, etc.

  CONTACT SUSI at SusiCP@cox.net

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Joint meeting with South Bay Historical Society. TODAY

CVGS Special Saturday Joint General Meeting

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 1:00 PM, PDT
Where: Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium

Chula Vista Genealogy Society Special Saturday General Meeting.
“A Special Joint Meeting With South Bay Historical Society”
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library
(365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
Our March meeting will be a joint meeting with the South Bay Historical Society. 
Please note:
 This meeting will be on Saturday March 24  1:00-3:00.
The program will consist of three presentations:
Connie Rascon Gunther: 

The Early Families Of Chula Vista – Reflecting on our past.
Victor Contreras: 
A Theatrical interpretation of a person who actually lived here – Bonifacio Lopez, A California Rancher of the 1800’s

Joaquin Blanco: 
Life and Farming In The Otay Valley.
Come join us and learn a bit about the area we live in. Invite your family and friends to join you.
Refreshments will follow the meeting.
Please note the change of DAY (Saturday) and TIME (1:00pm)!
Please register soon if you plan to attend this meeting so that we may better plan for this event.
Attendance is free

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Catching Up On Your Research By Susi P

March 21st Lemon Grove 6 to 7:45.pm

    Catching Up on Your Research, by Susi and others.

        Reviewing your research, making goals for the future.

Come learn the new adventures we are having.  

Learn how easy it is to do this fun thing.  Also how it may actually also save your life.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dick Eastman, shares news on our Libraries.

Reading Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, was very refreshing to see the Libraries that are working to improve some areas of our lives.


27 Public Libraries and the Internet Archive Launch “Community Webs” for Local History Web Archiving

You can learn more at:http://bit.ly/2IqBJi1.

You can see California really got invovled which excites me because San Diego and Los Angeles City Libraries are both invovled.  

Check this out ...

Dick Eastman thanks for this heads up.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blogging Troubles


For some reason since I last blogged. I can not access the family site to add new information.

Susi's Chatty Performances

Anyone have good knowledge I could use some advise.  I read a lot of information and nothing seems to apply.


or SusiCP@cox.net

Monday, March 12, 2018

Jamboree At Burbank 2018 Some People I know

Jamboree At Burbank  2018 Some People I know

Amazing things happen some times.   I read with great interest that fellow co workers of long, long ago are going to grace the grounds of the Jamboree.

As a working member of the old Golden Gate Forum as Host GFS Susi, who shared information about the Mid Atlantic States for 8 + years. I was graced with Jayne doing Delaware because it was her home state. I covered the others with help from various other speakers. We even had a newsletter that was shared amongst the members.  We had fun and we learned a lot as we also were helping others learn about Genealogy and History.  RIP Jayne.

Seeing that Drew Smith, MLS is going to grace the halls of the Jamboree. Not sure when I saw him last but not been to many years, maybe at a Jamboree as with Dear Myrtle. (Pat)
He is writing books and travels and shares knowledge with other genealogical groups and societies.
He discusses Cluster Research to get past your brick walls. He talks of many topics. Wow from way back in the early 1990's.

Then up comes another persons name and I see it less often that Drew's but was delighted to see it.
Angela Walton-Raji. BA,MEd.  Was so excited to see she is doing well and will be at Jamboree.

Angela, hi, I am waving to you.

She is great discussing Native American Genealogy and Slaves and Freedman and Women in many rolls.  A Great team player and knowledge galore. Love this ladies personality.

Then I see Cheri Mello, MA on the list another Golden Gate Forum person. Yes we have seen each other at Jamboree before.

On Facebook I see and share knowledge with other Golden Gate Forum peoples.

There are other people as speakers I have known for years but because many used hidden names I am not sure if there were more I should recognize.  Nice to see a cousin as a speaker, she must be thrilled.

May 31 and June 1 and 2 for actual Conference. Marriott Hotel Burbank, CA

But  you need to sign up now because they always seem to run almost or out of beds for all the attendees.  It is packed but so much fun.   I would like to find my FOULK cousin I saw there a few years ago.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lots of News Out There.

Lots of News Out There.

 Do you read Judy's The Legal Genealogist: NY’s black hole gets blacker.

It is a must for New York Researchers.

This is such a disgusting way for our government workers to make Citizens upset.

Instead of reaping rewards they are burying their heads. My opinion.

If you are a member of NEHGS they have some great things coming up to enjoy.
Creating a Research Plan:
Tips from NEHGS Research Services


April at both meetings will be TIMELINE Topic for all, both Lemon Grove and Bonita-Sunnyside Library.   Besides what is coming out in the Newsletter.

If you become a member of the society you will get the newsletter which is printed monthly, note quarterly. You can also access many of us older members surnames that are on our Society Web Page.


We want to remind people we have a Genealogical Section at the 4th and F St Branch, Civic Center Library. After you browse the book, put in on the rack near wall to be reshelved.  That way library and members know the books are being read, browsed. We have some important series that were books that will not go out of need. Source books.  We have many Surname books.  We were originally told we must reshelf them 20 years ago. It has changed and we have to readapt to the new process.  Please come and spend some time learning more about your kin.

Remember we meet the 1st Saturday of every month at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library to be available to help those whom work during the week. 1 to 4 pm 

We meet at Lemon Grove Library in the evenings. 6 to 8 pm . day and hours may change but still at that time and day.  I can be reached at SusiCP1@gmail.com 

This is the Educational Blog for any and all doing research.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Note ---- Roberta Estes wrote on her blog Everyone needs to Read .

Roberta Estes, has become a great friend over the last 10 years.  She first came to me in an article about THE LOST COLONY.  Next I learned she lived near our son in Michigan.  Alas, my trips were for caretaking of family and she was off to Roanoke Island  most trips east.

Hopefully on the next trip we will meet.  But please click on this link below and do a follow up of helping resolve issues mentioned there in.  


Knowing the long lines mentioned in Randy Seaver's posts and the sessions closed almost before being opened there was a need for a change in my mind.

Having set aside funds for special events, I have to spend carefully, most all of us do, really.

Roberta Estes I want to say "Thank You" for such well written description of the situation.
Following the cousins and friends on Facebook whom attended, it seems to echo their comments on a daily or more often basis.  You just need to read their posts.

Genealogy has really changed over the many years I have been exposed to the larger crowd.
We went from pencil, paper , ink and typewriters to computers and then Rootsweb.com and many other groups. Absolutely used usgenweb.org and worldgenweb.org as much as Rootsweb.com, they were our early go to's in Computers. Thanks Brian Leverich, Was so glad to meet you so long ago and what you did to move our research abilities forward.  I also enjoy using Linkpendium, Linkedin, and Whitepages.

Many groups have come and gone, some swallow others up, others still are creating new sites and places to research.

As someone said the other day, they had so many links saved to use she would never get them all covered.

Remembering when Cindy of Cindy's List started.  Wow a group of 50 urls was a major event.
Thanks to usgenweb.org and it started in Kentucky.

Planners need to rethink and resolve and I pray they can do it for our future and the future genealogists of our world.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lots of Interesting things to read in the Mail.

  I am  trying to catch up on my emails and deleting more advertising.  I have learned some new
ideas for research and some tidbits for storing.  Tomorrow I have to clear my desktop again.

 When on Facebook, Do you ever look at the surnames of the members and see if any are related to you?   I did and found a few new threads to weave into the mat.

 Yes, having even used the JONES name.. one day I will really attack the Smith name.

 Called a member friend today and she wasn't home.  She is fighting a battle with Cancer and I am in  a worry over her . Another member did a face plant and ended up in ER with stitches. She is recovering at home. Here is hoping our members reach out to our members in times of duress.

Have you gone over to Genealogywise.com and looked at what they offer? It was part of  your January/ February homework.   Want to try a class in the chat room with us all setting at home.

Much like the old Golden Gate Forum days. http://www.genealogywise.com/profiles/blogs/fifty-shades-of-green  is my  blog there but you can see the other things they offer.  Message board that is really active. Chat room, a few blog posters and many people you know and probably do not know go there to share.

Also enjoy very much reading Scholastic news for teachers and others.  I also post tidbits  to Facebook for follow up for you all to be aware of.

Learned they have cadaver dogs looking for ancient REV WAR and CIVIL WAR burial places.

Also followed friends and cousins on their adventure at Roots Tech.

Trying to clear plate so I can work on DNA matches and resolve how to read the matches.

Scholarships  Applications will be up next month.  If you know of a Senior at any Sweetwater Union HIgh School they need to see their Counselor.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Just in from my Sister in Law Hope you all enjoy it.

"Lexophile" describes those that have a love for words
(usually plays on words), such as "You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless." An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. Here are some past winners
and runner-ups.

This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

When chemists die, they barium.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

I changed my iPad's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore

I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WHERE TO LOOK FOR HELP.....Follow up of Today's Program Lost Ancestors.

CVGS Workshop: March 3, 2018     1 to 4 pm 

"Where to Look for Help"

Presented by: Susi Pentico

Bonita-Sunnyside Library

General discussion regarding your lost Ancestors.

We have found many times this is one of the best events, because time is taken to really share information with other members who are looking in the same area.

Hope to have a good turn out and swap areas so you can cover more than one lost  Ancestor.

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

Please be prompt.


The url's presented and shared will be available for all whom attend. IF THEY HAVE BEEN SHARED WITH ME.

Today I saw many url's and sites I have never seen before.  

Every presenter came and did their part.  We covered many areas of the world.

England,  Southern US,  Maryland,  Michigan,  North West Territory,  Indiana,  California,
Illinois (Cook County and it's changes),  Texas/Mexico, & Tennessee from Early Beginning to current. 

We all have to watch when boundaries were created, when states were made, when various governments were ruling over the area.  As Virginia Taylor said Timelines are very important for research of a place as it is for surnames. 



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lost Ancestors Are You Ready?

Lost Ancestors

by Susi Pentico

28 Feb 2018

Wednesday Noon at the CV Library 4th and F St,  Auditorium 
Susi Pentico is presenting.

Please come and share and learn how we can help each other find our lost ancestors. We have multi speakers and data to share. Also a short business meeting.
Please bring a lost ancestor or two, maybe a laptop or i pad or 5 gen chart with data on the lost ancestor. 
We hope to cover at least 1 each if not 2 each for those in attendance. Refreshments following the meeting.

Taken from Randy's Chula  Vista Genealogy Cafe and sent by self to him for paper.

Susi Pentico will be presenting "LOST ANCESTORS.”  We want to break the ice with society members and to learn more about our fellow researchers.  Who are they researching? Who else has my surname? What area are they researching?  Could we team up at times and gain more knowledge?   The last two Saturday workshops have been leading up to this major event.  It is fun to see the faces go from "You do?" to  "Wow!" 

Come prepared to share information with fellow members and see if we can shake a few more leaves out of the trees.  We will be rotating research areas for this event so plan on bringing at least three surnames, places, and times.   You need to bring a Five Generation Chart, an iPad, computer, or pencil and paper, in order to record your potential successes or followups to be further searched and analyzed.

Susi Jones Pentico was born in Wyoming, raised on a cattle and dairy ranch in Wyoming and California.  She started family research at age 12 with her Mom as a guide (she was Mom's helper writing letters).  Susi has been married almost 59 years, is the mother of five, grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of two. Susi was a founding member of CVGS, and loves to share her knowledge and help others.  

A short business meeting will precede the "Lost Ancestors" presentation. The membership will be presented with the Society's Annual Report and Proposed 2018 Budget for approval. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Challenge--- Can you write how your Parents met?

New Challenge--- Can you write how your Parents met?

  Valentines Day is upon us.  That generally implies engagements and marriages, can you
write a report on how your parents met?  Even better if you have heard the story of how your Grandparents met.

  Thinking this would be a great topic to address in the next couple of days.  If you are on Facebook, post the story there. If you have a genealogical society post it there, definitely post it in your tree.

  By doing this, it will remind others to write down the memories also.

Dorothy Inez Hoffman JONES laughed as she told the story of meeting her husband. It seemed that her older sister had a horrid crush on him. So when one day their father brought him home for lunch while they were changing water lines, the following happened.

Mom and her Mother, Inez Mae Scott Hoffman and her 4 daughters were preparing tomatoes for canning.  They had 2 large tubs of tomatoes in water, one  batch in a dry tub.

Grandad, Cecil Lee Hoffman and my father rode up on horses from the water ditches they were working to have a bite of lunch. As they dismounted, apparently a comment was made by Grandma.
The girls were to get the sandwiches. My Aunt started to the house and grabbed my Mom, who knew she was to do it, and said she was going to do it.   Mom said she told her sister it was her chore. There in, Aunt attacked Mom.  Mom said she did not back down and ultimately her sister ended up in a tub of the water laden tomatoes.  Quite a mess.
Grandad told Mom to go get the sandwiches and Mom did.  Aunt had to bathe, she was covered in tomato sauce per say so was my MOM. But not near as bad.

The irony of this was Dad asked Grandpa lots about Mom after this incident, unknown to her.
Dad finally got up the nerve to ask for a date with her with approval of her Mom.  It was granted under strict instructions.

Mom was in High School struggling to read due to poor eye sight and finally she dropped from school and then Dad asked for her hand in marriage some time after that.  It was accepted with exceptions.  Another story some time. They were married 3 Sept 1938 and Dad died 12 April 1995.
Mom died 10 Jan 2011.

Ironic I can not remember the story of Great Grandparents but Grandad told me about his parents meeting and marriage. I was young and it didn't get written down or mentally retained. Once in awhile snatches of it comes back.  Maybe some day I will remember it all.

I can write about Grandad's marriage to Inez Mae Scott though it was quite an event and many people have heard it.  Some day maybe soon. It was an very exciting Wedding Day with lots of apprehension on Grandad's part.

Now our children know how their grandparents met around 1937. They also lived as distant neighbors in the community. Dad worked for Morris Thomas over the hills from Grandad's home.
Neighbors took turn working the water lines (ditches) that gave them water for crops and cattle.

Dad was Ray Dee Jones later Sr.  He was a descendant from Christopher Jones Jr of the Mayflower.
Mom was a descendant of Pocahontas.  The Huffman/Hoffman lineage via Higgins to Stout and back.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Research------ HOW TO START by Susi Pentico

                                            How to Start by Susi  Pentico 2018


 1.    Look around your home for things given or saved.                                 
2.     Catalog what you have saved or were given
 3.    Put names on your Pictures
4.      Keep your data like you do taxes.
5.     Reach out to your living family members
6.     Ask them to share about themselves & their deceased members.
7.     Ask your children what they remember about an event.
8.     Ask your grandchildren the same questions.
9.      Everyone perceives things a wee different. 
10.   Write events you live daily on your calendar, great reference point.
11.   Ask some one to share research with you. (Two heads better than one)
12.   When speaking with elderly, give them food for thought, go back, later to see what the have      remembered. 

1.     Use forms for record keeping, computer and paper to start.
2.     Take a class if given on the methods of research. Both Computer and manual
3.     When one line blocks, it is time for a break.  It is amazing when a break is   given how much you see you missed.
4.     Have a back up device on computer for saving data on system.
5.     Look at the pros and cons of a cloud system for research. Ie My Heritage.com
6.      Use your library,
7.      Chula Vista Library on 4th and F has a Genealogical Section. It has for more than 20 years.
8.     Do as much as you can at home and locally before planning a trip.
Planning a Trip, that was written up nationally some years back ,will be presented soon. It is all still relevant.
9.      Look at the Law Library for land data and clues about information in Wills, Deeds and Probates.
10.  Not all information is on the Internet. Nor will it probably ever be.
               Family Group Sheet
           5 Generation Chart
           Research Log (for person, places and things)
              TimeLine Chart, so vital to keep track of what is missing
               Correspondence log of some sort, to keep up with data ie awaiting Death Certificate, Marriage            Record, Land Deed copies etc.
               Do your DNA. Do family members DNA             
               Medical knowledge for future generations.

8           Join a Society, even if you cannot make the meetings there is much information shared in their            newsletters an workshops and web page, especially areas where you are researching.

               If no Genealogical Society look for a Historical Society

            If all else fails contact the local library in the region of research and Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Information Just In For Your Research

Findmypast  has released this bulletin.

Thomas MacEntee sent this out. 


This is from his webpage: Genealogy Bargains. 

FREE ACCESS at Findmypast to Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records This Week

It says they are releasing records to help with Women for research.  


Thank you FINDMYPAST. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


   Workshop Presentation is on the topic of " How to Do Research."

1pm to 4 pm  Bonita-Sunnyside Library, in the Community Room, 4375 Bonita Road.

Why this topic you ask, because many are asking for assistance and their needs will hopefully be at least partially met.

Anyone can do research, but it is always better to learn what method may help you garner more
information easier and quicker.

There are many clues and many ideas out there on which way research is the best when doing.

Many years of practice has helped many hone their skills and we have learned to use some props to help us be more efficient.

We will discuss some of the props and some of the places and ways to be successful in this endeavor.

Bonita-Sunnyside Library

We look forward to seeing you and helping you learn more information to help in your research.

Please bring your lap top if you have one or I Pad?  A 5 Generation Chart, maybe a group sheet, &
a problem you may be having.

We will talk of how to keep track of your research, recording where you have or have not looked and many other topics relating to Research.

It is Free and Open to Any One.  IF you have not attended before that is okay come join us.
Especially if you work during the week and want some help with your data gathering, do come join us.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Guest Speaker: Margaret Lewis,, 31 Jan 2018 Noon to 2 pm

Come  to our CVGS meeting, tomorrow at the  365 F St. Civic Center Library, Chula Vista, CA.

Margaret Lewis (Marty) will be  talking on "EXPLORING YOUR DNA RESULTS"

Having attended many of Marti's orgainzations classes you really do not want to miss this.

When we go to her night classes in Mission Valley, we normally have riders go with us.

She is a very inspiring speaker and human.

She does much volunteer work such as "Find A Grave", and other events.

Marti's presentation will be “Exploring Your DNA Results Today - You Can Discover Who You Are, Where You Came From, and Analyze your Ethnicity with DNA Testing!”  

The presentation will take you on the journey Marti took to unravel the mysteries of her ancestors, and substantiate her Family Tree back to 1522.  Marti admits she is no DNA expert … she would just like to stress the importance of the strategies she uses with pedigree charts and on-line family trees to explore her DNA results to create her Family Tree.   

All meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society are free to attend.  Visitors are welcome.  There will be a short business meeting, and refreshments, after the program presentation.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Family Search..... obviously with woes and joys.

  Family Search has really created an interesting platform.  Recently being asked by fellow genealogist how to remove her tree from the Family Search group and then learned from a very responsible person RS that you can not delete you work.

MMMmmm.  I have to concur with the person asking for help. I myself have just seen someone has again perpetuated an error in our Duvall tree.  For 25 years, we have attempted to correct it, posted on blogs and webpages and various sources with other Duvall family members,  all working to remove errors.

We thought we had finally conquered the beast. I clicked on a link from Family Search a few days ago and their it has risen its, erroneous ugly head. WHY WHY WHY.

So when the lady posted someone had connected a wrong tree to her site she asked me how to remove it.  Alas  RS says it can not be removed. It is her tree not ????

I would like to post RS answers but must ask him for permission first.

Giving people erroneous information helps no one NO ONE.

Being in the process of having my old back up drive hopefully opened and data retrieved, where most of our sources were listed and saved.  Going through old letter files maybe some of the data will resurface.  I know for a fact about 3 ways the Duvall data is WRONG.

Rev War records, family records, thinking as other cousins helped with this, it could be achieved.
Rootsweb is where we exchanged much data and they took it away. To save us they say.

I do not even have the names of all the researchers with the fact the back updrive died? or at least that is what Best Buy said.  Have found another facility will check to see if data can be retrieved awaiting return of the drive. More to follow.

So where are the joys.  I surely am not sure. If data on my lineage is erroneous how do we know there isn't massive errors on other lines too. RS says he must be diligent to have messes from happening.  Thinking I am going to pull back and keep on my computer genealogical program and maybe???? some day share with the world. World is definitely not ready for honesty.

After telling us suddenly in the 70's and 80's things need heavily sourced what is happening here.
Much I could have had Grandparents write in their own hand if that had been the case ditto for great grands and uncles and cousin of long ago.  YESK.

Alas some written in their hand, the US Government lost in moving us to Hawaii from San Diego. Almost all my Great Grandmothers letters. Letters hubby wrote to me, Letters from my Grandparents and dear family members that were already gone when we made that move, pictures of our new born daughter and her first trip to the zoo.  So much was lost in that large box.

Of course now it was a life time ago and yet people keep not being diligent.

Blessings and you all have fun.

I have to clear more boxes to see if I can find more back up information since drive is still down.
Cleared one more yesterday.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Obituaries, where will you find them. ??

  It is so great to have others share their thoughts with us and remind us to remind others that things are not always where you think they are.

 Thomas Kemp wrote a blog post. Shown here, You should read.


But also you need to be aware of even more than what he has stated.  One of the biggest tips I received was in the ad section of a very old newspaper in Utica, NY.   The time period was 1830's 1840's as a JONES was migrating from Renssealer Co. Ny to Utica and later found in Allegany Co. NY.  

Yes it was  NOEL JONES, but none of the facts fit.  Had hoped I had found him.

But I will share that is a case study many need to read and grasp how the courts worked then.
Alas they worked like today.  I learned about 6 months ago the Judge who tried the court case regarding Noel Jones Will being falsified, was the then wife's Uncle.   It should have been thrown out for many reasons.  This NOEL JONES children got nothing due to changes she made after he Noel was laced with a drug, at her request and ultimately died.  They filed because of the drug.

The oldest child, a woman and siblings filed a petition to throw out the erroneous Will. The Judge allowed it even after the Doctor said it was wrong.  

Very interesting read to say the least.  If it was my ancestor he was treated so shabby it breaks my heart how humans act and have acted over the years.

The paper listed a Noel JONES and son lived in Utica from Petersburg? area b 1814?  The boy was to young to be Noyes b 1809 .   His name was different and there was no mother.  A long list of why this Noel JONES is not very likely to have been mine,  married to Susannah and my Noel recorded Noyes JONES birth in the town clerk records.  They also showed in the 1810 census.  

The 1820 census has the name NOEL JONES and the sons' age much much younger than Noyes and I have followed him out and it was not my Noyes.   Paper trail via newspaper led me to sw New York Allegany Co. and the nightmare that followed,  in his living in that area.

So if you are looking at a newspaper. Look at all the data in the newspaper.

Had a cousin that saved all old Greene Co. PA newspapers and the data we were able to pull from various sources was a snap.  Found in Selling column, buying, marriage, birth, death data, etc.  News of the day and just read it from beginning to end and do not miss a clue.

Thomas Kemp thanks for reminding me to tell people that newpsapers have more data than most people are aware of.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Reminder for those who have forgotten. Ohio

As I wandered through my old files I forgot about this information. Thought it be good to remember to reshare this information.

Thanks to NGS for  posting it

Posted: 19 Mar 2015 03:30 AM PDT

   You can read all about it if you were not aware of this.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

What Adventures mean in Genealogy Research by Susi Jones Pentico

 Wondering about a neat adventure.  We dig our family and their accomplishments in their lives.
 We wonder what made them do what they did. We get excited when we find unusual information.

 We are always on the prowl for more information. Sure we may have: Birth, Marriage, Children's Names and Death.  But we also need their  spouses names and children.

So where did they all live or migrate to? Did the stay in the same area or all wander off but one or the reverse, they all stayed but one.

What does that situation imply to us?  Was their an argument, Did they draw straws, was it always that person or persons plans?

Some we can determine by conjecture.  The Civil War sent men away from home, some very far away, some not so far.

Some of our lines found fertile and greener pastures in some of the areas they saw and they moved westward.  Some came all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Some just gradually moved westward or northern or south.

So if  you go back to Revolutionary War era, do you wonder what caused them to defend and create this country or instead back the other side.  We have lines that did both, ironic right.

We (many of us) saw the movie about how the Irish were so abused in the war?? but was it really abuse or their escape from something worse?  

So many questions so little time.

A dear cousin is doing a great research project on War Veteran's in our Family?  Have you considered doing some thing like this.

Wondering if Teague Jones fighting the Narragansett Indians would qualify. Of course his buddy Richard Berry did the same and the family married making our line of people.

Our family lines are filled with War Veterans,  from the 1600's forward and probably many years before.

So we could do this with the term Farmer ?? maybe but they were many things besides Farmers.
How about Bone Setters, later called Doctors, Surgeons, and Nurses?  What about Carpenters, whom many were actually  Engineers?  How many were painters and were well known, Yes we have at least one,  What about Opera Star or famous singers?  Yes we have those too.

Tis not surprising to see so many nurses in the family, writers, painters, vocal artists, band artists,
cattlemen, (very special breed), military career men, bakers, hat makers, and the list goes on.

What lines would your research show for your tree?  Do you realize if your grandchildren seen the various things that happened before them they may venture out into doing some interesting things themselves?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Do you Do Swedish Reseach?

   If you do Swedish Research you may want to try this application for assistance.


 Short  term is free.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Field Trip 24 JAN.2018

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Special Field Trip Event

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:00 AM, PST
Where: San Diego Central Library

Will you be attending?

Please sign up so we know whom all going and have enough transportation.

 Field Trip to the LDS Family History Library

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Meet at 9:30 AM to car pool 

On Wednesday, January 24, John Finch will lead a group to the LDS Family History Center and Library in Mission Valley.

We will meet at 9:30am at our usual place: the Third Avenue parking structure behind Marie Calender's - on the second tier. The carpool will depart for the Family History Center at 10:am.

We'll return from the History Center at about 2pm.
If you plan to join us - and especially if you can drive, please contact John Finch jan27@cox.net or Karen Yarger at khy13@hotmail.com.
Please register for this event if you intend to attend so we can arrange carpooling.

Please go to our web page and sign up or contact us that you are attending. 

Thank you

Sunday, January 7, 2018

3 Feb 2018 Doing Research, Footnote about Jan. Library Information Meeting

How to do Research?  Improve Research Methods.

We will have our next meeting at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library 3 Feb, 1 to 4 pm.

Learn some easier steps to keep track of your research. Learn what things 
may help you to do research more efficiently. There are some ways to help you 
you may not be aware of.

The states to be discussed will be VA/WVA  since it split during the CW.

This last Saturday 6 January, we discussed Libraries and the state of Michigan for research.

We started with a library well known in Scotland and then moved to the many systems and libraries, that we are exposed to in this region. 

Taking that information you can apply it to all other areas.

Every State has a Library system and an Archives of sorts. 

Our county has many library systems and they all offer different information.

You want Maps, go the the South Branch of Chula Vista Library on 4th and Orange Ave.

You want more about military, if it has not changed since it was upgraded the Imperial Beach Library used to carry far more books on military as  does the Bonita-Sunnyside Library.

Are you aware you should be looking at the Law Libraries for data when land disputes and will disputes and child care disputes irrupted. Laws about these items are follow by all states, and many times cause changed laws.  

Are you aware you should be looking into college libraries, love them places. My favorite was Northridge where a grandson went and it was rebuilt after the earthquake. WOW, is all I can say.

Having been into two here in our area: Southwestern College and USD.  

Also there is a Genealogical Library in Carlsbad (part of the library on upper floor),  downtown San Diego, and a section in the Chula Vista Library on 4th and F St. in Chula Vista.

Would love to see the county get involved and have one also.  We live in a huge county. I think it is almost bigger than a couple of states.

Remember when unknown use google.com and ask for information on a specific library or area library.  I showed them how I put in google.com Information on Michigan Genealogy.
You can do this for each state.

Fortunately I have done much research there in the archives and they have an extensive New York
Collection.  When asked why, was told because New Yorkers basically founded Michigan.

Yes I have lines from New York that got to Iowa via Michigan.  I did not look there until that statement hit my ears and by golly there were the answers.

Those in attendance will be given the data they requested.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Some things I learned last year.

Some places to look at and maybe share.

https://dna.land/   more information on DNA.

Interesting blog

more DNA explanations.


Mr. Samuelson's site.

This is the site about the 1885 Census

Do you check Twitter?   I have found some neat information on Twitter.

Many yet do not do FACEBOOK, either it is one of the hottest places for research,
I suspect it will be hotter this year.

O yes ROBERTA ESTES Blog is great for layman to read and understand for DNA data.

I worked with her on the LOST COLONY PROJECT as a side line and still think two of those names on the disappeared list belong to me.

We will be discussing what Libraries can offer us this coming Saturday at the Bonita -Sunnyside Library 6 Jan  1 to 4 pm  


One of the biggest things I learned was, Autosomal DNA is what is needed when lost. But it did not exist 10 years ago like it does today.

We can thank God my husband survived Cancer and my brother is recovering from 4 bypass surgery on heart recently, plus all the other events that occurred.