Chula Vista Genealogical Society

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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: OPEN

Historian: Susan Zimmer

Hospitality:  OPEN

Librarian:  Carrie Holleron

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings:  OPEN

Web Admin: Gil Leon-Guerrero



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

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

          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 (Administrator)

    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   

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday will be presenting data learned at Grand Rapids Seminar.

      At least some of it. Took me  4 days and 1 night to be exposed to what I had time for.

      John Philip Colletta, Phd.,FUGA  started off the Seminar with a terrific talk about the

      ERIE CANAL and the People whom made it happen. 

      Having studied the history because an ancestor helped to build it, I learned so much 

      more than what I had previously been exposed to. It helped to develop the state into 

      what it has developed into today.  It created jobs, of many you wouldn't even think of.


     Jen Baldwin presented a very interesting topic in regards to every human whom lived at 

     the time of development of this country.  Ironic we still are plagued by some of it today.


     Her topic was  on, what the people drank to live daily and not die from disease and contaminated

     water. "Yeast, Grain, Hops and Water, the impact of Beer in American History."  Amazing how  

     we take so much for granted in how we think they really lived. O yes, we do.  

      Excellent talk and I ordered the disc but it has not come in yet.

     Tony Burroughs,FUGA   next did a talk on the War of 1812.  Since we have many researching these records I thought  it would be a great talk to listen to.   It was. He talked about how it affected our genealogy and the records created for us to use in research.  He mentioned the Archives, Libraries, 

    and Repositories for files created for us to learn more about our ancestors.    I recommend this to you all.   A tidbit, war was not fought then as it is today in many ways especially in camps.

    The end of the day I chose to listen to information on Pennsylvania Research.  

    Being a tad sad because was hoping that more information would surface in the learning of the great state of Pennsylvania.   Not her fault. Having instructed on the Golden Gate Forum for ten years on Pennsylvania Research there was little new information but there was some.  I suspect the 

    utilization of the Genealogy Society of Pennsylvania is something we should all use  more. 

    We really need to utilize our societies more in the areas of our research. State and local regions in the state. Speaker was: Kristine Harms

    That ended our first day.    

    if time allows we may cover more but suspect that will fill our Saturday afternoon.

    Please come in to enjoy, it is free.  




  • Friday, June 15, 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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


  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am downsizing and sharing. If you are not aware Genealogical Quarterlies many times hold the clues and information you need to crack the Brick Wall.

    If you will post the state you would like to read more about and really learn information on family.  I have given NY to Joanna Ward that came from Shirley Becker,  I am sharing Ohio data with my sister in law and two other people but Ohio puts out more than one magazine. As I shared Maine with Shirley, why because Massachussett's claimed Maine, and some of VT and NH very early.  Just like NY was responsible for VT and then VT became independent.  Also Ohio had land from the Rev War given from eastern State of NY. Ohio was also part of the Northwest Territory prior to development. Remember almost every state was affiliated with other states before complete development of boundaries were set then changed.  

    Do you know what State now has a Boundary dispute in 2018?

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This next Saturday 5 May will be another Lost Ancestor's Day bring your missing ancestors and some 5 Gen Charts. 

    The presentation will also cover information on Pennsylvania Research.

    Make sure to attend. Also it is free.  

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