Thursday, June 4, 2015

Reunion Review by Shirley Becker

Saturday 6 June 2015, Bonita-Sunnyside Library. Time 1 to 3 pm

Come enjoy some knowledge about the Reunion Program.

Learn how to add photos, source your information, etc.

If you are using a MacIntosh, come join the fun.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Finding Kin Amongst Our Own. Yes, a Success.

Well, today we had a great day at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library.  Randy Seaver presented data on Probate Records and the affiliated records that go with them.  40 people in attendance Virginia said and 2 guests.  Welcome Guests always.

After the presentation we had an time to chat about our research areas and potentially link up with other people.

After our meeting last month Arlene W and Ann S. made the connections. If you do not ask, you do not find out if they are kin, even distant kin count in Genealogy.

I was attempting to post a map site where  you can fill it in with clicking on the colors and wouldn't it be fun to use just for where you ancestors were from.  IE color in the states where your looking for information then others know to watch for your surnames when digging.

As it is,  it is color  coded for if you have been, been there often, lived there awhile or lived there alot. Even that gives others more information.

Here is hoping others made connections today.  It seemed everyone had family that could be in the neighborhood of someone else.  Having seen a lot of interaction by our members present it heartened me greatly. 

Here is the map that Randy and others have brought to our attention.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting has MOVED And !

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting has MOVED

Yes, we are meeting at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library  4375 Bonita Road
BonitaCalifornia  91902-2698.

Chula Vista's Auditorium is being renovated.  I hear we will be back in September when completed.

It is great to see a City of this size finally upgrading it's main library and getting the Wi-Fi functioning correctly, and the computers up to modern day speed.  

The Chula Vista Genealogy Society invites you to join us at our General Meeting for:     

Randy Seaver Presenting:
"Probate Records: My Favorite Records Type"
Randy is a native San Diegan, a retired aerospace engineer, a genealogy researcher and family historian since 1988, with a fine set of obscure Northeast US/Canada colonial ancestors, with some 19th century English immigrants.  He too is a Past President, current newsletter editor and committee chair for research and queries for CVGS.

Taken from our Chula Vista Genealogical Society link. Click here and learn more about our group and what we do.  

We work hard to create a learning environment for our members and guests.
We hold many meetings each month to incourage members and guests to learn more about our society and how we can help you move your genealogy/history along with a postive stroke or two.  

We will be presenting two Scholarships to two Sweetwater Union High School District seniors in the near future. This is to help them move on to a College or Jr College or Trade School.

We hope next year there will be a greater participation at both our Seminar that funds the Scholarships and students participation to win one.  The Scholarship is not tied to grades or other influences.  It is tied to doing the required steps and being presented properly to the Society. It could help you to become a Baker, a Chef, a Car Mechanic, etc.

More to come on the Seminar, keep watching.  This is all free also.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Have You Searched, New York Libraries

Have You Searched New York Libraries

As you are desperately seeking  information, have you checked on the various libraries with in this state?

Having gone to Google and put in New York's First Library, the list came up long and strong.

There is more than one library system running around in New York.

There is the New York Public Library system.  History of The New York Public Library

Interesting to see mentioned are the : Astor Library and the Lenox Library. Tilden wanted one also.
With society changes the Tilden Lawyer was able to convince the other libraries to cojoin and create a new entity---- The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. 23 May 1895.

After many stages of growth the new system was in place and has grown to what it is today.

Today the Library has 92 locations including 4 research centers.

Home | New York Society Library

Founded in 1754 is the oldest library. It also is in New York, New York. 53 East 79th St. with a phone number of 212-288-6900. It is closed this Holiday weekend.

I like that but if I was traveling would need to know ahead of time.

1. Reason you need to plan ahead when doing your research travels.  Learn when the agency will be open and closed.

New York Public Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world.

Now there is surely information to be found in this establishment. This is where they

constructed the Astor Library in 1854 in the East Village.

It is stated here that New York Public Library as one of the five most important libraries in the United States, the others listed are: Library of Congress, the Boston Public Library, and the university libraries of Harvard and Yale.

Interesting to see they did not have a state affiliated library system and may not still except the
New York Library Association founded in 1890 was the first state-wide organization of librarians in the US.  Today this group is affiliated also with the ALA (American Library Association).
New York Library Association

Libraries and Library Systems in New York State: Library ... much information here. 
A key url would be this one listing the libraries by counties.

This site list each county and has maps and both school and public systems also reference and research resources systems.

It breaks the areas down.  Under Albany which is under Capitol District which is then under Capital District Library Council, are 11 libraries (without changing the page). Links are available.

There are 9 regions in which to research, maps are easy to see and most instructions are easy to understand.

So when you need help in New York, try starting with the town, or district or  library in that district for more help.  Town Historians are also a terrific asset if they are available.

Libraries can become your very best friends with the Librarians in them.  Remember treat them 
like your best friend, smile, even when they don't. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maryland Information

I am going to post some links to data in Maryland.  Remember watch the boundaries when doing research in early states.

Randy Seaver asked what is my favorite Free Sites on the Internet, it is simple. I still prefer as a place to start.  

 Of course you only need one.

If the county not active go to the archives area and research until your eyes glaze over.

The next best site is the      site that is part of the system.

Yesterday we did a lot of work on the rootsweb site.  The reason is the amount of data that was created and maintained on those front pages and internally.

You get Mailing Lists. Are you using a Mailing List site for you Brick Wall?

You get Message boards which you can post your query and some times get a response fast sometimes it takes a few years.  (On Tuesday of this week someone answered one of my old queries and I have a new link with lots of fresh information to share and it ties so much together.)

It has so much more than what I want to confuse you with.   So start with those two and try it.

It does not cost a penny, just a few minutes of your time.

There are charts and forms and trees, etc.

Then there is:

Do not forget that Maryland claimed many miles up into Pennsylvania and that Pennsylvania did the same down into Maryland.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lemon Grove Library Meeting 20 May 2015, 6 to 8 pm Lemon Grove, CA

We meet again at the Lemon Grove Library at 6 pm.  We will be doing Brick Walls Research
for the topic of the night.

If you have a Laptop or Pad bring it.  A couple of names your struggling with or places.

We will talk a bit about maps and timelines and many other tidbits to help you gather information your not finding on your own.

We have done some talking of time lines and maps but Wednesday evening we will have a hands on approach to working with your material.

This is free so do swing by the Library for an evening of fun and learning.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New York State Family HIstory Conference

Here is a link to the Conference and it's Early Bird Deadline.

Sure be nice to do some east coast stuff some time.

New York State Family History Conference Early Bird Registration