Chula Vista Genealogical Society

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Society Board

President: Karen Smith

1st VP: Virginia Taylor

2nd VP: Carrie Holleron

Secretary: Anna Castro

Treasurer: Karen Polk


Cemetery: Susan Zimmer

Computer Grp: Shirley Becker

Education: Susi Pentico

Estate Papers: Gary Brock

Historian: Susan Zimmer

Hospitality: JoAnn Bonner &

   Karen Polk

Librarian: Ann Stevens

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings: Carole Sobke

Research Grp: Randy Seaver

Webmaster: Gary Brock



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  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 2:14 PM | Anonymous member

    Kenneth R Marks
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    5 hrs

    NEW Update! Western States' Online Historical Newspapers - 400 new and updated Free Links have just been added to the link lists (totals 4,227 titles for all 13 states):

    California -
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    The Ancestor Hunt

    5 hrs

    NEW Update! Western States' Online Historical Newspapers - 400 new and updated Free Links have just been added to the link lists (totals 4,227 titles for all 13...

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Thursday, March 21, 2019, 3:00–4:00 PM EST

    Presented by Alicia Crane Williams, FASG

    Free and open to the public

    Following the advent of American genealogy in the early to mid-19th century, thousands of genealogies were published featuring families across the country. While largely uncited—and arguably biased—these early works continue to be an important resource for modern day family historians. Join Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project and frequent contributor to the Vita Brevis blog, Alicia Crane Williams, to learn how you can access, evaluate, and utilize early published family histories in your research.


    Can't attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! You will be able to watch a recording of the presentation on our website following the broadcast. 


    Call 617-226-1226 or email

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous member

    American Ancestors is Coming to Arizona!

    It's in the Genes:

    Leveraging DNA in Your Family History Research Presented by NEHGS DNA Experts Christopher C. Child and Pam Holland Saturday, May 18, 2019

    9:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Heard Museum

    2301 N. Central Ave

    Phoenix, AZ

    Optional Opening Night Dinner: Friday, May 17, 5:30 PM Held at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Details and Registration With the growing number of options in the field of DNA research, it can be difficult to know which test is best for you and for your genealogical goals. American Ancestors provides online tools, offers one-on-one assistance, and leads education programs to help individuals interpret their results and to advance their family history discoveries. Whether you’re completely new to DNA testing or you have already taken a DNA test, this full-day seminar will provide you with the knowledge and strategies to interpret your results, make important genealogical connections, and take your family history research to the next level.

    Cost: $125; includes five lectures, breakfast, lunch, access to museum galleries, and a wine reception.


    Contact 617-226-1226 or

    Tricia thanks for Permission.

    All the best and hope to see you in May,


    Tricia Labbe

    Education Coordinator

    New England Historic Genealogical Society

    99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

    (t) 617-226-1226

  • Saturday, September 01, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member

    Bonita-Sunnyside Library 1 to 4 pm free.  If you can bring a 5 gen chart, note pad and pencil pen.   

    Having learned some interesting methods at the Grand Rapids Seminar excited to share them with you all.  What I learned helped me, will help you too probably.   

    See you at 1 pm  

  • Saturday, August 04, 2018 10:15 AM | Anonymous member

    Bonita- Sunnyside Library 1 to 4 pm

    4 Topics from the NGS Seminar in Grand Rapids

    Presenting data on four subjects and hope to come back and do the other 5.

    The biggest reward was seeing people I have worked with since the old Golden Gate Forum group in the 1990's. Also seeing some of my east coast cousins for the first time in person.

    We will talk about: Water Ways and Travel, War of 1812 data, Key DNA Information, What they drank to stay alive, and maybe one more depending on questions and time.

    So grateful I was a team member of the old Golden Gate Forum. 122 + leaders shared information with each other and attendees. We set many records and going to this Conference in Michigan so reminded me of the attitude and caring that was developed at that time and many were there.

    To me, they approach research a wee different than us West Coast people do. Of course many are not far from where they need to dig, others are at a distance. The prospective of how to approach research and presentations had a different air about them.

    Hoping you come and learn some of the cool information that was shared. Some was things I have never heard broached let alone discussed. Jamboree I have been to many times but this was sure interesting and fun and so educational.

    Looking forward to the one next year.

    A small hand out and query will be given.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 7:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound- National Genealogical Societ

    Hope you come and learn the things I am going to share about this terrific event I attended.   I will be covering only half of the events this time and be glad to come back and share more of what was learned.  1 pm 

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 1:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

    PO Box 1682

    Orting, WA 98360-1682 

    Books on many states,

    The Dollarhide American Migration Routes Bundle is on sale.  My Bible to go to when asking about boundaries and early USA development.

    Indiana, Index to Indiana Soldiers and Sailor's children's home in Indiana State Archives

    Books on Georgia, Iowa and Kansas   

    German Immigrants in American Church REcords  Vol 22 & 23.

    Click the link and see what more you can learn at a very reasonable fee.

    Miss you Leland M and Bill D.. Pray your health is great.

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:59 PM | Anonymous member

          Hi everyone,

          This is about how you spend your time doing genealogy.    Or how maybe you should

          delve deeper into your needs and wants.

          Somehow there is a mixed message happening.You want more information on your line.

          Where should I look, who can help me. Is it going to be free or cost me.

          Just today I had to say that this is a hobby or life long goal but  you can make it as expensive

          as you want.  Many hundreds of sites on line are free. Many groups are free to help in research.

          Most libraries are free and you can use their computers also for free.

          A tidbit for you if your Grandfather or Father was in WW2 or Korea and the records burned.

          Go to the Resources for their Medical Records a different place and they can give you lots of

          help to fill in the blanks on your time line.

          Are you active with your own society?  That question was brought up several times in Grand

          Rapids by many speakers.  It is the same everywhere if you want help you need to be a part of the

          help.  No, You do not need to be genealogy smart but just willing to help and you will learn at the       same time.

          Having learned from some very sharp older members I do not regret the time I spent doing the

          little things.  The Rolodex file drove me nuts but now I wish we had that old Rolodex.  We have

          many newer members since 2000.  We knew each other well with the 1980's to 2000 group.

          Our new members aren't even always sure of other members faces.  We had Jam Sessions and

          discussed each others 5 Generation Chart and the people on it.  As we did research, we may find a       tidbit for another member and the same for them for me.

         We seldom had hurried meetings where a persons report wasn't important to all in attendance.

         Do you use We're Related?   It is a new feature and it has helped me to break some brick walls.


         No, many of the suggested people do not match, but then many of the people do match. If we are

         generation off it is an incentive  to find that next generation to see if you do link.  That was what

         our old chats and meetings did for us. Much the same thing.

        No I  do not chase 3 and 4 generations farther back. Nor do I worry a lot about Europe. My

        goal was to get to the water on the other side.  With all the names we have to track we should be

        thankful for the books written and generally only need small corrections.

       Having read some real stimulating information on ancient DNA recently we may have to think            deeper and work harder to learn whom we really are.

       So get out your New Years Goals we are half way through the year and see if you are on track

       to accomplish your wishes or need to be more active and involved to help move your self forward.

       That was one tidbit I learned from several speakers at Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I learned many

        more.   Have a great life.

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:55 PM | Anonymous member

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    The Pots that are being Stirred.

    Wow, gathering it is time to see  how the pots are being stirred in our trees of names and places.

    Having received several emails on the JONES line(NE), it is very fascinating to read.  Then the mail box fills with HOFFMAN information.  We just did a bit of PLANTS information.  Helen stirred and found some very interesting FRY/FRYE information.

    Having to read through all this,  hoping something jumps out at me that helps me resolve some conflicting issues. 

    As stated at the Greene Co. Facebook site.  I like to ask the same question to several kin of a specific individual because we always get a variant a bit different than another person.  Some remember more information some less but almost always they recall something previously not mentioned.

    Love doing Time Lines for that very reason. 

    Pictures bring back memories and help eradicate myths.

    Our trip through the President Ford museum triggered many thoughts that had not been brought up or broached in the family regarding information on our trees.

    We have had information come on Mass, Rhode Island, New York, Iowa and Ill for JONES
     Then the skies opened up with data on PLANT's, then HOFFMAN's that cover: Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania early..  Mentions of Germany as origins.  But remembering Germany was not a state until late 1880's or about then. It has to be a ? Germanic region or another term.

    Also learned that Europeans do not always have the struggles we do if the Church records were properly kept.  Sounds like some of our Southern friends that dig in Mexico and that region. If records are kept they can learn a lot quickly if not they dig like the rest of us.

    In the early years of record keeping the CHURCH  kept all those records faith or religion was not the problem they were the record keepers.

    One distant cousin in today Germany said in a town in Poland (old Prussia) the three Churches had all the data they were looking for in each region they were researching. 

    If war hit that area you may or may not get what you are hoping for, but generally you garner a lot you may not expect.

    Helen found a group of letters written by deceased cousins we never got on the web page when she got ill so we are hoping to get that data that was confirmed put up on line. I need to locate all the old records we had that verified our data for the site.  Some were on hard drive that died many are in Avon boxes with lots of other names and papers. 

    I just find it hard to work in the sticky heat with paper and think clearly.

    My Sweet Cousin and I are thinking of putting up a page on Facebook for a specific name. Still mulling over the work involved.

    With no Refrigerator and Ice it really gets hard to think.83 degrees and humidity the same again. Sky looks like rain but it probably won't happen this close to coast. Mountains Alpine area got some earlier today. But then they almost burnt to ground the other day too. Fireman saved bulk of the town.

    If you have information on these above lines, add to our  pot and we will keep stirring to see who else may bring information to verify stories and events. 

    Share your data please. It helps everyone.

    NE is New England. 

    Posted by Susi's Quarter at 5:53 PM   

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