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: Jane Furnish

Librarian:  Carrie Holleron

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings:  OPEN

Webmaster: Gil Leon-Guerrero



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  • Friday, March 09, 2018 9:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We will meet at the Lemon Grove Library  21 March , 6 to 8 pm.

    Are Your Plans Working For Research? By Susi and others.

    We will at times  repeat some of the events at Bonita-Sunnyside when we find they are needed for reinforcement. 

    Hoping to cover every state and many countries during this year. 

    We covered 9 states so far and 1 country. So much  more fun to come.

    Susi Pentico

    Educational Chairperson


  • Friday, March 09, 2018 8:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A small group but much was shared and exchanged. We welcomed two new members and re welcomed a member we do not get to see often due to her schedule.  Names and  places were discussed and we ended up with people making name connections again and people speaking to each other learning  more about research as we moved along.    

     A follow up at the Board meeting Wednesday is another member said, " I have that  name also".   

    So we have four people in the society with a surname none of us knew another shared.  Does anyone else have the name GOOCH?  

    When the statement is made to," leave no rock unturned," it really means share, ask, query, post and do it again. 

  • Friday, March 09, 2018 7:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEEFHS News

    The Foundation for East European Family History Studies

    Early Bird Registration is Now Open!

    FEEFHS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the FEEFHS 25th Annual East European Family History Conference to be held August 6-10, 2018.  The program will be at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, convenient to the nearby Family History Library for research.

    Celebrate FEEFHS 25th anniversary with us and learn from the experts in Slavic, Germanic, and other aspects of East European Genealogy. 

    This year's program features tracks in German, Polish, Austro-Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Jewish, and DNA research. Pre-Conference Workships are offered on August 6-7 on Finding the Village of Origin, Cyrillic for Beginners, Navigating Internet Resources, and German Document Recognition. You can preview the conference schedule here.

    Please visit the conference website for full details and registration information. Reserved lodging at the conference hotel is available at a special discounted rate for early-bird registrants. 

    Please forward this information to family members, friends, colleagues, and members of your local genealogical societies. You can also download, print, and share the conference flyer.

    Click on the flier image to go to the FEEFHS Conference page, where information about the conference is posted.

  • Saturday, February 03, 2018 6:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a nice group at the Workshop today. Sam Seat and Bethel Williams have found some things in common and two other people mentioned a potential common bond. Nice to see the new faces and the older members faces. Sounds like we have more people searching in Tennessee also. I heard SC., NC, Tenn,PA, KY, Canada and Georgia in conversations. 
    Yes there were others mentioned to. By asking the question of share one name and one state with the others in the room it helped to break the ice. It also helped to learn where others were researching. O yes Connecticut and New Jersey were also mentioned. I have forgotten the other names and places.

  • Monday, November 13, 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This meeting is two fold.  We need to set plans for the next year.

    We also need to discuss if we want to move the meeting date.

    Would appreciate feedback from attendees in regards to these matters. or

  • Monday, November 13, 2017 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    12:30 to 2 is led by Shirley Becker.     Call Shirley to see if she doing the Early



  • Monday, November 13, 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I just spoke to Barbara's sister.  Yes, Bob is gone.  Private services are planned.  The son is to call me back.   


  • Friday, November 03, 2017 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lost Ancestors presented by CVGS Members Saturday 1 to 4 pm Free Come Join Us

    Saturday from 1 to 4 pm at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library we will be presenting an approaching of Genealogy a wee different.

    Various members with knowledge of their areas of expertise will be giving you a glimpse of what we will be doing on a larger scale at the end of February. 

    Come join in and help us to fill in the blanks.

    A map of the USA will be shown.  Various areas will be discussed. More areas coming in February and if needed even later in the year more areas can be given. 

    There will be handouts for your use.

               1. Research Log for each Name

               2. Timeline for each name

               3. 5 Generation Chart

               4. Group sheet for each name surname need help with

               5. Map

    Please bring a 5 Generation Chart of your own to refer to filled out the best you can.

    Please bring your lap top or I pad if you have one not mandatory. 

    After presentations we will break into groups of the area you are in need or want of more help.

    As time permits we will be able to probably cover two areas for each guest.

    February looks to be very exciting.  

    We will be covering: Southern, Northwest,  Southwest, Mid Atlantic,  & maybe New England.

    We will have help for other areas by learning the areas you need so we can present them.

    Come prepared to tell us where you need the most help?  So we can help you conquer your brick walls.  

    Boundary changes will be part of my topic because the Mid Atlantic region was in constant flux.

    Our speakers are: John Finch, NorthWest area,  Ralph Munoz, Southwest region,  Bethel Williams will be doing Southern area. I will present Mid Atlantic area. Virginia Taylor will help with Indiana.

    If you have knowledge of a specific area we would love to know that and the area.

    This is open to all genealogists whom wish to join in and share.

    We may even see someone rather famous in attendance helping? 

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:52 PM | Anonymous member

    Figuerora, Rhadamés (2017, October 8).  San Diego Union Tribune -HOY San Diego.

    Click here for Spanish version:

    David Bejarano, The warrior from Béjar, Spain

    From Hoy newspaper - October 8, 2017

    The former Chief of Police of Chula Vista, David Bejarano, during a genealogy talk in which his specific genealogy was discussed. (Rhadamés Figueroa)

    Written by Rhadamés Figuerora       

    [English Translation by Ana Castro (CVGS member)]

    Genealogy research is about the origins of an individual.  Traces the linage, family and their history.

    On September 30th, the Chula Vista Genealogical Society celebrated Family History Day at the Public Library with a special presentation: “Who is Chief Bejarano?”

    Raul David Ramirez Bejarano, former Chief of Police Department of Chula Vista, who is well known in the county of San Diego for his more than 35 years of service working towards law enforcement. He is one of the most exponents of Hispanic heritage in the region.

    However, from a genealogical point of view, he is also known as “The Warrior of Béjar.

    “I like how that sounds”, said Bejarano between laughs during the presentation.

    The history of the surname Bejarano goes back to the city of Béjar, in the province of Salamanca, Spain.

    The etymology is pre-Roman and has some Jewish.  Ramirez, derives from the Visigoths who invaded and conquered the Roman Empire around the year 378.  It is an allegory of the word warrior.

    Besides the etymology of his surnames, Bejarano found new branches on his family tree thanks to the genealogy.

    “I discovered three generations of my family I did not know”, commented Bejarano. “I only knew that my grandparents were from Chihuahua (Mexico).  My maternal grandfather died before I was born, and the same for my paternal grandmother”.

    “I am very emotional, like all my family”, he added.  “I’ve learned a lot about my ancestors, their names and surnames.  The history of the “Ramirez-Bejarano”.  Dates of the family that I did not know, photos that I had never seen before.  We are very happy because it is something we never expected”.

    This investigation was conducted by Ceasar Castro, President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.  He and Bejarano met for several sessions to gather information and some of the known dates.  The rest was a labor of a genealogy detective.

    Ceasar would have been a great detective in homicide”, reassured Bejarano.  “He did a great investigation with very little information that I gave him. He reviewed legal documents, letters from the era, marriage certificates, and baptismal registries of my family in Mexico that I had never seen in my life”.

    Ceasar’s objective was to find 32 3rd Great-grandparents of Bejarano.  A journey to the past, which began in the 19 Century.

    “In genealogy you do much more than to look for only Acts of baptism or marriages”, noted Castro.  “Review of the census, finding different types of documents that offer various forms of information”.

    “In some cases, when I find eight great-grandparents I don’t continue the, investigation, even though one could find more further back”, he explained.  “In other cases, I don’t need dates because I find the marriage records and documents”. 


    Thanks to the prominence in the community of Chula Vista, the Genealogical Society who presented to Bejarano the proposal to carry out a study on his ancestors.  The former Chief of Police did not hesitate to accept the invitation.

    “It was something that caught my attention”, reassured Bejarano.  “Today there are even DNA test.  It was something I had on my to do list.  I wanted to know more about my family.  When Ceasar called the opportunity was made available”.

    Thanks to this research, Bejarano learned that three of his surnames (two of his father’s and two of his mother’s) are Spanish in origin.  The etymology of the Zelio surname, of his ancestors can be found in Michoacán, Mexico, but also in Switzerland and Italy.

    Another relevant find was in the name of Martín Ramírez.

    “One of the things that surprised me was that he (Bejarano) was not sure of the name of his maternal grandfather was Martín Ramírez”, said Castro.  “But obviously his grandfather had been dead a long time”.

    Present during the presentation about the Bejarano ancestors, were his wife, Esperanza Bautista, his three children and four grandchildren including Catherine Bejarano, who at present was only three days since birth. The youngest member of the new generation of the Ramírez-Bejarano.

    “We are planning a vacation with most of my children to Spain and we are going to visit the city of Béjar to get to know more”, commented Bejarano.  “This experience has been something very interesting.  Not only for me, but also for my whole family”.

    Translated by Ana Castro (CVGS member) 

  • Saturday, September 02, 2017 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Schedule for Oct to Dec.

     Bonita-Sunnyside Library  7 Oct.,  1 to 4 pm 

    Tennessee Research and some History by Susi Pentico

     We will be discussing the development of Tennessee and why we have to look at more than one state.

    Various urls and books will be recommended. So yes, other states will be mentioned. 

    Lemon Grove Library 18 Oct., 6 to 7:50 pm

    Potential Guest Speaker

    Carol Sobke may be giving her new talk. Watch for news at our

    webpage for the Society.

    But it sounded really interesting when we were discussing it. 

     Bonita-Sunnyside Library  4 Nov.,  1 to 4 pm

    Lost Ancestors hosted by Susi and others.

    General discussion regarding your lost Ancestors.

    We have found many times this is one of the best events, 

    because time is taken to really share information with other

    members who are looking in the same area.  Hope to have

    a good turn out and swap areas so you can cover more than

    one lost  Ancestor

     Lemon Grove Library, 15 Nov., 6 to 7:50pm

     Review of Year, Desires for New Year

     We will go over what we have done, we will have a mini 

     celebration of the holidays for there won't be a December 

     meeting. We will plan what we will be discussing next  year.

    December is Christmas Blessings to All

    No meetings at Bonita-Sunnyside or Lemon Grove Libraries.

    See you in the new year.

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