Monday, February 20, 2017

Ancestry tid bit, name searching.

Was out searching for some information and some how fell into this interesting page on Ancestry.

 I tried out several names and chuckled about some.

  Doing the Scott, Hoffman, Jones, Foulk surnames for a start.

 It may pay for you to go to a library if you do  not have Ancestry and try this area for more knowledge potential about your name. County Libraries have Ancestry to use and I am told that
San Diego City Libraries do also.

You can go to the above link and put the name you want to learn about in taking out the one I used and get some interesting data.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Natural Disasters and the Affect on Our Trees

Due to the many events taking place in the USA right now, thought this was a good topic.

Have you checked family stories out as to the effect the story had to do with natural occurring disasters?

 Recently listening to a speaker at the SDGS Saturday event.  The topic was diseases and infections and how fast or slow they worked. How they spread etc.

 Can you imagine being in the path of a Tornado, Hurricane or massive Flood?  What about Fire?

 Worse is, are you prepared for any of these events?

 Let alone the fact that our country has eradicated many diseases that other countries have not.
 How did we do it? We did it with Vaccinations, and cleaning up our act for wounds and work etc.

 Not many other countries have come this far. Some yes, But think about this, we have let many families enter the United States.  Many of the children have not gotten inoculated and they are then exposing us to have to relive what our Ancestors did sometimes just our parents age.

 Most diseases wipe out the very young or the older generations.

 I am not against anyone coming to our country but I am worried about the exposure we are putting our people in when they arrive with out the proper care. Medical evaluations.

 Having suffered with Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, and the other Measles, I do not recommend it for anyone to endure.  When did I get these ailments ?   Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade mostly.
Realizing these diseases affect ones, hearing, eye site, and other parts of our body forever.

 Then we later had Polio scare and then a vaccine for it also.

 Then we look at the wind taking away half of your home or water inundating your home.

 Both of these events are traumatic and devastating.

 What happens to your records, your keepsakes, your very important pictures you are retrieving from the 4th great grandparents?

 My worst disaster to this point was no one told me that after you save data on discs, they need updated or the next computer can not read them. Yes. 25 years of research still looking for someone that can open so I can read them.

 My other situation was military moves and the things broken or lost in transit.  I had 10 years of letters from my Great Grandmother, Gone. Pictures gone, No way to replace.

 Articles broken when not handled appropriately, but money does not bring the article back.

You may want to set aside some time and see about water proofing some of your information and
converting to newer system before to late for computerized data.

The one thing I want to say after loosing much early Huffman/Hoffman data with the Cedar River Flooding in IOWA. IF it gets wet. Freeze it.   I am told that freezing the articles will take out the water over time and you can salvage a percentage of wet paper and books etc.

Cousin dumped data then called to tell me I did not get there quick enough and I was crying since he did it before calling me and we needed the Indian records and some other articles desperately or
at least felt that way.

Give this some thought and maybe act upon some of it.  


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Filling in the Blanks on Your Personal Tree

I just realized with all these quizzes going around on Facebook, we can use them to fill in our personal time line with data, YES.   : > )

The one I just read I think would be a very good one for all genealogists to answer and add to your tree time line file.

Going to post it here for you all to utilize and remember the past.

I think this will fill in 4 years nicely and help you remember things forgotten.
Thanks Cousin Cheryl.
Your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!
1. The year ?
2. Did you car pool?
3. What kind of car did you drive? 
4. It's Friday Night Football were you there? 
5. What kind job did you have. 
6. Were you a party animal? 
7. Were you considered a jock? 
8. Were you in the Band?
9. Were you a nerd? 
10. Did you get suspended? 
11. Can you sing the fight song? 
12. What was your school mascot? 
13. If you could go back and do it all again would you? 
14. Are you still in contact with people from high school?  
15. Do you know where your high school crush is? 
16. What was your favorite subject? 
17. Do you still have your High School ring? 
18. What did you do at lunch? 
19. Did you graduate with the class?
20.  Did you apply to go to College?

Saturday, February 4, 2017 Presentation, the good, the bad and the ugly.

 My was an adventure unto itself today.  I spent four days going over my presentation to make sure it would go smooth. Then changes the program on Wednesday. NO FAIR.

 Then I rehearse for two more days, discuss with cousin if this was good and was told yes for Beginners we should start here.

 This morning I get on my laptop and the webpage was not coming in, what the heck.  So
Shirley came over and we got it going again. I rehearsed again what I was going to cover and she
suggested some more details in some areas so suggested she do that part.  Thanks Shirley

No we did not expect that site to pop up and shut me off, nor when she took over did we expect her system to also experience trouble.

 I came home and talked to grandson and his comment was maybe someone in library at that time was attempting to mess with our programs ie computers, ie hacking?  He suggested I need to contact the library tomorrow in case other people experienced this problem.  Thank you Zachary.

The program went on with Gary sharing his computer for Shirley to finish going over the areas within the site that users need to be aware of.   Interesting to learn we all tend to do a certain amount of this differently.

We covered the various topics on the system and then the various topics within the program.
It was interesting to see how the program came up different for various people.

It felt disjointed to me badly. I apologize that my system shut down as you all saw.  I had no control of what the computer was doing and I use it only for presentations.  So the computer is not exposed to the world to often.

As I was answering an attendees question, Shirley had trouble and then she borrowed Gary's to finish presentation.  (This is what made Zack think someone in library was playing with computers).

 Hope you all learned a little bit especially that I am not computer smart, smart but can generally move around and do research and do charts and understand instructions.

This program is stored in a cloud not on your computer and since my system crashed 18 months ago, I have been trying to get the data off computer into cloud so it can not be damaged or lost.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shared from Judy Russell Very Important, LVA Records

Library of Virginia

 Library of Virginia is a place that most people at one time or another will need assistance from.
 Remembering Jamestown was before the Mayflower.  Virginia covered many states in it''s early development.

 Some was created by the Trappers and very early Settlers, covering all the way to the Mississippi,
Near Canada border, and down south covering into South Carolina.

 So please read Judy Russell's two blog posts about the Library of Virginia and it's needs.
 We need this site more than many if you have early ancestors to the Colonies prior to it being
  a United States.

 I have spoke to Judy and she said I could share but I am requesting you read both of these articles and share the information with others.

  The Legal Genealogist: Records access alert: LVA funding

We can not afford to loose access or loose these documents.
The follow up post is posted below. Please read both.

   The Legal Genealogist: Doing more for LVA
What more can we do?

  I love the response Judy gave.

  Having found many of my ancestors were at least in this county at one time or another.

  Begin forwarded message:
Yes, of course, feel free to share it. Thanks for asking.


Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:26 PM, susi c Pentico <> wrote:
Judy Please may  I have Randy send this to our society in a blast.  I think most of our members have some affiliation with VA or what was Va at one time later something else.


Forgot he can't do blast but I can post  it here for all to read. Please share this  with other Researchers that may have need. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tidbits of Information to Share

 A Group of tidbits to share with you all.

Some are more helpful for some than others.

Have you ever followed or read " Family Folklore Blog"?
I loved the title of:" A Timeline Guides Research Questions by Sue Adams.

Might help you with timeline questions.

Here is another one you should take a look at. by Roberta Estes.

 Data about migration (From Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas to Texas.)
by Gary Pinkerton.

The above may really help those who are lost in between states.

DPLA and Library of Congress  collaboration.

This is one of my favorites to learn and share.  It carries Surnames, a chat area and I have found data I have looked for for years by sharing with others on this site.

You can have a blog page,  surnames, chat etc.  Gina Ortega is associated with this site amongst others.

More next time.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

General Meeting with Randy Seaver 25 Jan 2017 12 pm

Upcoming event information: 
CVGS General Meeting Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium 
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:00 PM PST 

Chula Vista Genealogy Society General Meeting.
“UaingFamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records”
Presented by:    Randy Seaver

FamilySearch has over 2,180 record collections, and many of them are not indexed and cannot be searched using search fields. They are digitized from Family History Library microfilms. Think of them as "digital microfilm" - you have to browse these records (look through them, not search them). There are finding aids to help the researcher find records for their ancestors - waypoints, lists of volumes, volume indexes, etc.
This presentation will demonstrate how to find records for your ancestors in probate, land, town, tax and other unindexed records, using several record types – probate, land, town and Italian civil registry.
Randy Seaver has been pursuing his elusive ancestors for 29 years, and has been a member of CVGS since 1993. He is a CVGS Past President, and is currently the Newsletter Editor, and the Research and Queries chairman. He is also a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS and SDGS.Randy blogs at and also on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe,
The meeting starts promptly at Noon with announcements and intrductions. A presentation by our guest speaker followed by a short business meeting and finally raffle drawings, refreshments and fellowship will complete the program.
Please register soon if you plan to attend this meeting so that we may better plan for this event.
Attendance is free

More information and online registration: CVGS General Meeting 

Best regards, 

Chula Vista Genealogical Society