Friday, June 29, 2018

My Heritage News-European Distribution Center for DNA Kits

Dear Susi,
One more announcement from us just before we hit the weekend, that we thought you might want to share with your followers!
We are happy to announce that, in order to keep up with the high demand for MyHeritage DNA kits in Europe, we have just opened a new distribution center in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

MyHeritage DNA is offered in more languages than any other DNA service — and is sold in almost every country worldwide. MyHeritage is now known among family history enthusiasts as the leading DNA service in Europe and as the best choice for European DNA matching, enabling users to find relatives in Europe through shared DNA. It is the ideal DNA testing service for people seeking to find their relatives in Europe, and for people in the USA and the rest of the world whose ancestors originated from Europe. 
Blaine Bettinger, the founder of the popular Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques group on Facebook said:
"MyHeritage's European focus brings in some of the best European matches. This enables people in Europe and those with European heritage to find valuable new information. I have matches on MyHeritage I didn't get anywhere else."
As the market leader in Europe, the demand for MyHeritage DNA test kits in the region continues to grow rapidly. We have seen a 450% increase in DNA kit sales across Europe in the first five months of 2018.
Until now, DNA kits ordered by European customers were processed by the MyHeritage DNA fulfilment center in the U.S. Thanks to the opening of the new distribution center, these kits are now being shipped directly from Europe, shortening lead and transit times. Delivery time across Europe via standard shipping now takes less than a week and in some cases much less time (for example, 2-day delivery to the Netherlands and Belgium, 3–5 days to Germany and Denmark). Expedited shipping is also available, with next-day delivery for orders made before 1 p.m. and 2-day delivery for all others.
Shipping costs to Europe are now much lower for consumers than before.
The new distribution center covers most countries in Europe, except Poland, where MyHeritage DNA kits are not sold, and non-EU countries Norway and Switzerland, which are still served from MyHeritage’s fulfillment center in the USA. In the future, the new distribution center will also collect DNA samples sent back by European customers, and rush them to the MyHeritage DNA lab in the USA.
Opening the new European distribution center is the latest in our ongoing efforts to meet the growing global demand and to get DNA kits faster to our users, so that they can get their results sooner.
Please find more information here: and feel free to use the image above on your social media channels.
Best regards,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Monday, June 25, 2018

Annual Picnic 27 June 2018 11 to 3 pm CVGS

Chula Vista Genealogical Society
Annual Picnic
June 27, 2018, Wednesday 11:00am-3pm
4397 Allen School Lane
Please register if you plan to attend so we can plan for all the fixings!

June is the month for our annual picnic in lieu of our regular general meeting.

The meeting starts at 11AM with a picnic lunch, followed by presentations.
Attendance is free but we ask that you bring a dish for pot luck, perhaps an old family favorite, and a $5 donation to cover cost of hotdogs, brats, fixings and beverages furnished by the society.

Questions on dish needs: call Ana C. at 619 781-8441
The theme will be "A Celebration of The Life of Wanda Brock.“

Wanda, a long time member, officer and committee member of the Society passed away on January 7, 2018 and had wanted her passing to be celebrated not with sorrow but instead with a party with lots of laughter and joy. She was know for her love of laughter. So if you have a story or a rememberance of Wanda bring it along to share.
Members of The Way International Bible Research Ministry which Wanda was also a long time member will be attending and will present a little service for Wanda.

Parking will be available on the property with assistants to help you park. If overflow parking is need there is usually plenty of parking on the street. Golf cart service will be available to transport you and your belongings to and from the parking area if needed.

If you are bringing an old picture or drawing to tell us about please type up a short description or caption to place on the display board with Name, Dates and Places so others can read about your Ancestor.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

DNA Tests to help Reunite Separted Families. Read Hear

Dear Susi,

We have just launched an expansion of our DNA Quest pro bono initiative to reunite families through DNA testing. We are now pledging an additional 5,000 DNA tests to be distributed for free to immigrant parents and children separated at the U.S. border. Please see the link to the press release here for more information.

We would be grateful if you could help us amplify this in order to help help us reach as many separated families as possible, as well as relevant NGOs and government agencies who might be able to help us get the DNA kits to the right people. 
Best regards,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Already Conference is Paying Off.


  Yes, already the knowledge from the Grand Rapids, Mi Conference is paying off.

This evening I took some information from a couple of talks and applied it to my FTDNA site for family members.  

Having found 4,  2nd cousins and 4,  4th cousins I would say that was pretty terrific.  Greene Co. PA hello again.

I also applied these thought processes to my JONES files and found two links to the lineage and wrote to them.  It is nice when things come together.

Sure the event was not near home but it was great to introduce my daughter in law to a Conference and to learn and listen to the other side of the world on how they relate to research.

Some time back a distant cousin shared a talk with me and I noticed it was different. I am so thankful  having had the chance to go to Grand Rapids and meet a couple cousins, Hug a few cousins we already knew of and learn so much great new concepts for research.

The pity is being west with heritage from the east it is a different ball game. If  you have west heritage then your research base is already here and built for you. You just may not know it.

Tomorrow evening we meet at the Lemon Grove Library and I will be sharing more of these methods of though we were exposed to.

6 to 7:50 pm..

O I should share I just signed up for a Webinar with NEHGS  for Early Vermont Settlers for June 21, at 1 pm .. says 3 to 4 eastern   I think it should say 12.  We are three hours different. This one is Free.

Last Chance to Register
Upcoming Webinar—Watch from Home!

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by Scott Andrew Bartley, Lead Genealogist of Early Settlers of Vermont to 1784 Study Project
Free and open to the public
Call 617-226-1226 or email

Sunday, June 17, 2018



WVU Libraries
West Virginia University
1549 University Ave. | P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown, WV 26506-6069
Phone: 1-304-293-4040
Fax: 1-304-293-6638

© West Virginia University.West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

As I  was wandering around the  neighborhood, I stumbled onto this site.  It answered many questions that have
been bouncing in my head since Grand Rapids, Mi Conference and Ft. Wayne adventure.

A speaker though right now I am not sure which one was reinforcing to step out of our cirlcles  and  find new ways to do research.
It was mentioned that Libraries at Colleges and Universities can often immensely help our research.

I also mentioned at the end of talk that  National Archives and State Archives are great.

So I decided to check out a possiblity.  
Since I have a relative that died  in WVA in the last 20 years I was wondering what I may find.

I am sharing the link with you and hope you have as much succes as I have had so far.

I see a lending library and all sorts of information beyond what I was expecting.

So WVA is part of old Va you may want to keep that in mind while you are researching.

Pre Civil War it fell under Virginia a very early Colony for our ancestors.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Daughter found Father Via DNA , from D. Horowitz

Hi Susi,

I'm delighted to share this emotional reunion between a father and daughter who met for the first time today on The Today Show, thanks to MyHeritage DNA and just in time for Father's Day.

Sarah, from Fort Wayne, Indiana (now living in the Netherlands) was placed in adoptive care as young child by her mother. To try and find her biological family, she took a MyHeritage DNA test that her husband purchased for her. She was shocked when she got a match to her biological father, Arland, who didn't even know she existed.
Sarah and Arland then spoke on the phone numerous times, but today was the first time they met. 

Watch their emotional reunion which just aired on the Today Show and feel free to share it with your friends and followers:

Best regards,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ft. Wayne and FGS 2018 Conference


Hopefully you've marked your calendar for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2018 National Conference, which will take place August 22-25 here in Fort Wayne, Indiana! Learn more information here.

Fort Wayne is home to the nation's largest public genealogy library, located in our easy-to-navigate, fun-filled downtown! It is also within a convenient walking distance of the Grand Wayne Convention Center, where the FGS National Conference will be taking place. This is the genealogy convention of the year and you won't want to miss it!

FGS Tracks Announced

From DNA to African American research, this year's conference will cover a vast amount of tracks to fit the type of learning for every genealogist and researcher.

Read our blog about the tracks offered at FGS 2018.

Why is Fort Wayne's Genealogy Center so Unique?

Check out this video that highlights some of the incredible offerings at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center. We hope you visit us soon!

Visit Fort Wayne | 927 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Thanks Crystal for permission to repost.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FOOTBALL DNA- Soccer from D. Howrowitz -MY Heritage style

 I think this can open eyes for people. Thanks Daniel H for the post.  Big Soccer stuff in our news here. 

Hi Susi,

In anticipation for this summer’s tournament, we wanted to share a sneak peek of an exciting project we’ve been working on. To get into the spirit, we challenged 8 international football (AKA soccer!) legends to question everything they know about team rivalry and national identity.
They each took a MyHeritage DNA test and were shocked to discover how their origins break down. We revealed to the players their ethnicity results, information about their DNA Matches, as well as family history research with historical records and photos of their ancestors. England's legendary John Barnes? Should have played for Scotland! German captain Lothar Matthäus? 24.3% English!
We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring together these eight legendary footballers to discuss their careers and rivalries, and to delve into their family histories. The players now anticipate cheering on some new national teams — based on newly discovered heritage — during this summer’s tournament. To learn more about the players’ family histories, ethnicity results, and to watch them discuss their discoveries, visit Football DNA.
Please share this exciting video of the 8 football legends discovering their roots with your audience!
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert


Monday, June 11, 2018

Seeking Information and Sharing----Alexander

Seeking information on Adam Alexander, his family, and ancestors.

There is some documentation to support the following stipulations:
·       Adam Alexander
o   born 1773 in North Carolina
o   In Jasper County, GA for 1820 and 1830 census
o   Participated in the 1821 Cherokee Land Lottery in Georgia with 2 draws
o   Died on 8 November 1830 in Jasper County, GA
o   His estate was probated in Jasper County, GA in 1831
·       Wife was Martha Morrow – Morrow may be last or middle name – seems likely last as another Morrow living near them
o   Born about 1790 in North Carolina
o   Lived in Jasper, Monroe, Pike and Spaulding  Counties – last three may be all same location as county was divided
o   Claimed  land in Cherokee lottery as widow and as agent for orphans, one in Walker County, TN and one in Cobb County NC
o   Died after 1860 in Spaulding Co., GA
·       Children of Adam and Martha
o   6 cited at time of death – five found thus far
o   Lawrence Pike Alexander – b. 1814 in NC / marr. Mary Jane Hill 6 Jul 1843 / had at least 4 children-Julia, James, Laura and Minnie / was a sheriff / live in Monroe, Pike and Spaulding counties in GA
o   James Ludlow Alexander – b. 1815 in NC or GA as both are listed in census \ marr. Mary Ann Lake 27 Apr 1837 / had at least 9 children-Emily, Martha, Joseph, George, James L. Jr, Charles D., Mary B., Susan F., and Frank / was a clerk and general trader / lived in Monroe, Pike and Spaulding counties in GA / d. 1890
o   George Barren DeKalb Alexander – b. 13 Jan 1820 near Macon, GA / marr. Susan Elizabeth Owen 15 Sep 1853 in Phillips AR / had 9-12 children-Mary, Edward, Lee, Zulah Evelyn, Annie, Susan Georgie, Glennus Owen, Birdie Rose, and Charles Bibb Sr./ was a homoeopathic physician / fought in the Mexican American War as a Lt. with Fanin’s Avengers out of Griffin G / dies 16 Mar 1912 in Scurry Co., TX
o   Ephraim A. – born after 1818
o   Adam W.– born after 1818
·       Living near Adam in Jasper County, GA is George Alexander who appears to be related, most likely a brother – they both are involved in creating the Hillsboro School in that area

The following are strong likelihoods

·       Adam was born in Mecklenburg County  

·       He might be the son of  Charles Alexander or his brother Col Adam Alexander, both sons of William Alexander and Agnes Alexander of Mecklenburg

·       He is related to George Alexander who is in Jasper County, Georgia 1830.  He may also be related to George Lee Alexander in the same county at that time.

·       Other potential relatives, - Charles T. Alexander and Paris Alexander

·       His wife Martha Morrow is likely related to James H. Morrow who took on guardianship of one of her children when Adam Alexander died

     Contact:    Elizabeth Shaw Pentico

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Educational Report by Susi

8 June 2018 Educational Report

Two Scholarships were given out in May to a Student at
Otay Ranch High School and Hilltop High School.
The Scholarships were given to Virginia so she has their names.

Ceasar C presented the $250 at Hilltop his Alma Mater. 
Ralph Munoz gave the $500 to Otay Ranch.  Thank you to all who 
helped cover these events that occurred at the same time.

I understand Gary Brock covered Saturday's event at Bonita-Sunny Library.
Cancelled the Lemon Grove meeting due to being away.

Having attended the Grand Rapids NGS Seminar, much information was garnered
and will be shared over the next few months and in reports to the newsletter.
It was a great event in a great setting, next to the Grand River.

The President Ford Museum was across the river and was our one night event attended.

Talked with many people whom we know and many we have never met.  Mr. Olson sent 
a program for Randy to use and talk about or for the society to use as a raffle item. Thank 
you Mr. Olson.  He now with Family Tree Maker.

Attended 9 topic events and will share this also as time allows.  We split some events and so
we can share more data with you.  The keynote speaker was absolutely Awesome.  
I met his niece several years ago at the Lemon Grove Library.  Was nice to meet him, also
John Phillip Colletta,Ph.D  FUGA. He talked about the creating and use of the Erie Canal.
A full presentation will be hopefully in newspaper. Having attended two of his sessions, he is 
funny and so informative at the same time.

The next NGS will be in St Charles, MO  22-5 August 2019.  

The International German Genealogy Conference, "Strike It Rich! with Connections 2 Discoveries"  15-17 June 2019 
Saturday, Sunday and Monday  --- Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento, Ca.
Local host: Sacramento German Genealogy Society--     Hashtag: #IGGC19   Facebook: IGGPartnership  International German 
Genealogical Partnership

After son was injured cancelled homecoming but waiting on results gave Elizabeth Pentico, a member of society,  and I a chance to go to Ft. Wayne, Indiana and enjoy the Genealogical Library.  

I brought back nine flyers with urls and book lists for these nine states to share with society.
We were able to break some of her brick wall we have worked on for 3 years. 
Being able to get copies of the Beekman Patent papers needed for about 4 year, brought about 
a terrific conversation with their Head Librarian.  Well share more on that later also.

Flyers are for: New York, Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Wyoming.
The have for each state and I am sure we can acquire other ones if requested.  Very nice Library, 
my second trip there. 

Stopping here and will share with Randy so the society can get the information via newsletter and 
our Saturday and Wednesday evening events. 

Thank You.

June 20  Lemon Grove Review of  Grand Rapids Seminar, covering some vital topics we have not 
broached before.  6 to 8 pm

July 7 Bonita-Sunnyside Library  "What They Drank and How It Affects 
Your Genealogy"    1 to 4 pm.

If wanting more data on files please contact me.   The Conference also has live streaming of many talks. I hope to get posted soon.