Chula Vista Genealogical Society

                                       We Dig Our Ancestors

Society Board

President: Karen Smith

1st VP, Programs: Terri Seat

2nd VP, Membership: Arlene Watters

Secretary: Daryl Hern

Treasurer: Sam Seat


Cemetery: Susan Zimmer

Research Grp: Randy Seaver

DNA Group: Randy Seaver

Education: Susi Pentico

Estate Papers: Gary Brock

Historian: Susan Zimmer

Hospitality: Jane Furnish

Librarian:  Carrie Holleron

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings:  OPEN

Webmaster: Gary Brock



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  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Head Librarian will be the guest speaker at the Workshop tonight at 6 pm to 7 :50 .

    Free come learn more about our libraries we can use.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This class will catch some important things we feel we did not address and hopefully clarify and help you to move forward more secure in what you are doing.

    enclosed here in is  CVGS #101 class outline.  

    We are addressing these items from this outline. # 3, #4 and #5  

    You will need to bring binder of folder, acid free sleeves, some family records, pics, etc.

    If you have done this bring at least one to show us.

    We will be reviewing the topics and asking what you feel  you would like more of and what did you find most helpful.

    Software will be further reviewed in future classes and Computer Classes.  We have covered & RootsMagic in class, and Ken Robison is doing FTMaker.

    There are others to use also.


    Hoping to review how you are doing with these steps presented.  

    4)  What family records do you have? Gather family Bibles, letters, certificates, obituaries, papers, photographs, stories, published books, unpublished manuscripts, etc.

    5)  Start organizing your family material immediately. Start with a notebook or folder for your family, then another for your father's family, then another for your mother's family, etc. Add folders or notebooks for each added family. Or have notebooks/folders for specific surnames, or for specific surname lines, or for specific localities.

    6)  Use dividers to create sections of your folders or notebooks. If using a surname or couple system, use a section for each person, or each couple. Put original records (letters, certificates, etc.) in archival sleeves. Put all documents that pertain to a person or couple with that person or couple. Put loose items on a standard size paper.

  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roots Magic Review by Randy Seaver 6 August 2016

    Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:30 PM | Susan C. "Susi" PENTICO (Administrator)

    Bonita-Sunnyside Library  6 August 2016

    Randy Seaver will present his "Roots Magic Review".

    If you use Roots Magic or want to learn  more about this

    awesome program, it is highly suggested you attend this event.

    Time is 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Please be prompt.

  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please arrive at 1 P M in the Library, when Conference room empty, proceed to Conference Room.  Gary can do set up while we do #1.

    Please Bring Computers, Laptops or Ipads.

    Here is the homework that was assigned for Workshop 101 our error we did not check each one and make sure you were responding correctly.  

    Workshop #102 is listed below

    Workshop #101 Homework

    1. Research to do List   to use to start genealogy

    2. 4/5 Gen Pedigree Chart  fill at least 3 generations

    3. Activate a family group sheet with kin listed on Pedigree chart

    4. Research Log, where did you get the information, Randy requested you use two sources.

    5. Organize your family materials ( Pictures, letters, documents via family groups)

    Randy's requests. 

    Many said they did this, we did not make sure it was done in the format needed.

    Workshop 102 Homework

    1. We will review the homework from workshop 101, Bring to class with you.

    2. Download Workshop Handout #102

    3.  Use Research Checklist in Handout #102       (First MAKE COPIES FOR FUTURE USE)

    3 a.  Write on the Research Checklist,  things you need to get more detailed facts on, of one of your ancestors. (You may have something new in your gathered “stuff” at home to use. Otherwise try to get to a repository)

    4. Place that fact  in your pedigree chart. (Must be a new fact.)

    5. Place the information, date, where you were, what source you used, on your research log.

    6. Organize your family materials in family groups

    6. Bring a binder  to the class with archival sleeves,  we will start learning to organize with some of your gathered “Stuff”

    7. Bring copies of one families data for us to start this process.

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:03 AM | Deleted user

    Stump the Chumps questions are needed. Please send me your burning questions for the Chumps to research. The presentation will be on September.

  • Sunday, July 17, 2016 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HI Genealogists and Historians,

     We are attempting to refresh those whom know and educate those who are learning the ins and outs of Genealogical Research. 

     You may think you do not need this class, maybe you don't but it is advised you consider attending the first one to see if you are missing something in your research method or recording of your information. 

     Most speakers will tell you we are a product of our own Brick Walls. We repeat the same mistake not realizing it, we get excited and miss a point critically needed, we are human we make errors.  Brick Walls love errors.

     We are hoping you will attend the first workshop to refresh your methods and types of resources for research.

      You may want to hang around for the next level and later we will have an advanced level for all who feel confident in what they are doing.

      Genealogy is a very fluid but stable field.  DNA seems to be following the same pattern. 

      Here is to seeing you at our Workshop on Thursday at the Bonita Sunnyside Library 1 to 3 pm.   

     Thanks for your time.  

     Speaking for the team. 

     I think Randy's hand outs themselves are worth the class, let alone, Shirley's or mine.  Many years of research knowledge being presented.

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Online Course from University of Strathclyde

    Posted: 30 Jun 2016 04:31 AM PDT

    The University of Strathclyde is running another free online course. This is a basic course in genealogy. The last course proved to be hugely popular. Here is the release from Strathclyde:

    Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

    This free online course offered by the University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. Starts the 18th of July and runs for 6 weeks. The first course run attracted 26,000 students from around the world! Learn more and sign up at:

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonita-Sunnyside Library  6 August 2016

    Randy Seaver will present his "Roots Magic Review".

    If you use Roots Magic or want to learn  more about this

    awesome program, it is highly suggested you attend this event.

    Time is 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Please be prompt.

    Picture won't post.

    Randy Seaver 

    Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS. He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we work through our  libraries repositories, various Librarians are giving us a hand and presenting their library data to us. 

    Having volunteered for the County Library System for more than 10 years, I am delighted to see them share their expertise.  

    Having started this career at the Lemon Grove Library when near Anna's Restaurant, many years ago.  

    I am sure you will find it very interesting and educational.

    6 to 7:50 pm evening.  Contact

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Family Tree Maker Review by Ken Robison

    If you do not have a program or are interested in a different program or already use this program, Ken will be giving an over view and update on Family Tree Maker on this date.  

    Please sign up early so we know how many plan on attending. Thank You.

    When working with these programs, need to be prompt so we can have everyone signed on and ready to go at 1 pm.  Set up is 12:45 .

    Questions notify myself or

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