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Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Chula Vista, California

"Helping our members meet their genealogy goals"

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CVGS General Meeting
"The Mysterious Death of Anna T. McPhillips"
  • Talk by Thomas MacEntee
  • Wednesday Apr 24, 2024
  • Via Zoom

CVGS Research Group

"Where We Find Solutions Together"

  • Led by Randy Seaver
  • Every 2nd Wednesday Monthly
  • Via Zoom

CVGS DNA Interest Group

"Delving Deep Into DNA"

  • Led by Randy Seaver
  • Every 3rd Wednesday Monthly
  • Via Zoom

CVGS Education

"Birth records, specifically, where they can be found and what we can learn from them"

  • Led by CVGS staff
  • Tuesday, Apr 16th @1pm
  • Bonita Library Community Room
  • Bring your laptop/tablet

Do you need help with your Genealogy Research?

Our society member and genealogy expert, John Finch, provides research help to CVGS members once a week, generally, at the Chula Vista Civic Center library Tuesday's from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please email John if you would like to meet with him!

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Chula Vista Genealogical Society

We encourage membership in our Society to gain access to the wealth of knowledge and experience found here.

  T i d b i t s


Free online Basic Genealogy videos are offered on demand by The State Historical Society of Missouri on it's website at  Visit the site, click on “Learn & Engage” and then “Videos on Demand.” To access any one of 16 videos, scroll on the left of the page to Program Series and click on Basic Genealogy. The series is presented by Bill Eddleman, coordinator of the SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center. Thank you, Bill, and SHSMO.

  10 Million Names Project

Did you know that by the end of the Civil War, an estimated 179,000 Black men had served in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 in the Navy?

10 Million Names is a collaborative project dedicated to recovering the names of the estimated 10 million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in pre- and post-colonial America between the 1500s and 1865.

All information recovered is free, public and available via Searchable databases were added to the site in August 2023. New information will be included on a rolling basis over the duration of the project and people can sign up for real-time notifications when new data is added. Anyone can access the data via the website and if someone does not have an internet connection, but wishes to know results, American Ancestors will make every effort possible to answer questions over the phone or by mail. The goal is to provide the broadest possible access to this information.

CVGS Newsletter

Check out what's been happening at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.  See what's planned for the upcoming events. Read about the latest genealogy news, tools and information in this month's newsletter.

April 2024


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Have you visted Randy Seaver's genealogy blog, Genea-Musings?

It features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary and genealogy humor. He talks about San Diego genealogy society news, family history research and some family history stories.

Volunteer to get started.

You can make contributions to the National Archives Catalog to enhance access and discoverability. Transcribe historical documents, tag archival photographs, or share comments with other community members. Every contribution you make helps unlock history. Join the community of Citizen Archivists. Learn how to get started: https//

For Your Reading Pleasure--Books

The Selling of America Through Maps

“Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States,” by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Neal Asbury, is “the story of the  exploration and birth of America . . . told through the unique prism of hand-colored maps and engravings of the period.” The New York Times wrote, “Antiquarian maps from the 1400s onward reveal historical Western notions of geography and image reproduction, central in the founding of this country.”

Grow Your Family Tree to Standards in 2024

“Genealogy Standards” (Second Edition Revised) is available on Amazon and at bookstores. This is the official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists that “provides standards for genealogical researchers to assess their own and others’ work.” Are you on a budget? Save money by purchasing the Kindle edition. 

"Slaves in the Family"

Writer Edward Ball’s ancestry includes the Ball family plantations that were in operation between 1698 and 1865 when an estimated four thousand Black people were born into slavery or bought by the Balls. In his narrative nonfiction book that won the National Book Award, Ball applies genealogical investigation to find and meet the descendants of his family’s slaves. “Slaves in the Family” was first published in 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is now available in paperback. 

Chula Vista



P.O. Box 3024
Chula Vista, CA  91909

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