Chula Vista
Genealogical Society

Virginia Taylor, President

Ralph Munoz
1st Vice-President

Barbara Ibaibarriaga
2nd Vice-President

Karen Yarger, Secretary

Sam Seat, Treasurer

Standing Committees

Cemetery Steering Committee
Susan Zimmer

Computer Group
Shirley Becker

Susi Pentico

Estate Papers
Gary Brock

Susan Zimmer

Dorothy Alvord
JoAnn Bonner

Wanda Brock

Newsletter Editor
Randy Seaver

Ways and Means
Bethel Williams

Research Group and Queries
Randy Seaver

Gary Brock


Genealogy Research Group

---- Wednesday, August 13 at 12 Noon ----
---- Library Conference Room ----

Photo of Randy Seaver

The Genealogy Research Group led by Randy Seaver meets to help members solve their genealogy research problems and share successes through discussion and collective knowledge of the group.

Special Saturday Outreach Workshop

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room
4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, California

Presented by: Susi Pentico      Photo Susi Pentico

This is a free workshop for everyone just getting started with their genealogy research or vetran researchers looking for new tips and tricks. For young people who want to find out more about their ancestors and others who may want to learn more about modern genealogy software currently available for organizing our records.

Susi will lead a workshop on "Basic Genealogy Research Information charts to use, what goes where, etc."

What State or Resource Topics Do You Want at Workshops?

Susi Pentico, is our Education Committee Chair and is in charge of the Saturday Workshops. She would like to know what topics (countries, states, resources) you would like to have presented and discussed at our Saturday Workshop. For example, would you like information on a specific country or region (e.g., Mexico, Norway, Ireland, etc.), a specific state (e.g., New Jersey, Texas, Iowa, etc.), or a specific resource type (e.g., Vital Records, Military Records, Newspapers, Pedigree Charts, etc.)

The Workshops are held at Bonita-Sunnyside Library, usually on the first Saturday of the month at 12 noon).

Please let Susi know your research and education interests and needs. You can contact her via email at Susi will make every effort to provide information and education but needs your input to be timely and effective.

Genealogy Computer Group

---- Wednesday, August 20 at 12 Noon ----
---- Library Computer Lab ----

Photo of Shirley Becker

The Genealogy Computer Group led by Shirley Becker meets at 12:00pm for genealogy research on the internet and hands-on experience to assist people with research problems or computer operating problems.

Lemon Grove Outreach Meetings

---- Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 - 8:00PM ----
---- Lemon Grove Branch SD County Library ----
---- 3001 School Ln. Lemon Grove, CA ----

Photo of Susi Pentico

The Lemon Grove Group until further notice will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to assist people with their research and to present new and different approaches to solving genealogy research problems.

Susi Pentico, (education chair), leads these discussions and invites everyone to come and participate.

• Wednesday, August 20: “Planning for a Research Trip”

General Society Meeting

---- Wednesday, August 27 at 12:00 noon ---
---- Library Auditorium ----

Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street

Join us this month for:

“British Research – Parish Registers and Census Records“

Presented By: Hal Horrock      Photo of Hal Horrock

Parish registers and census records are the core to British research. How to find and use them is the key to finding your English ancestors. All the basics necessary to effectively use them are covered. Learn the important dates necessary for proper British research and how they relate to church records and the census. Baptism, marriage and burial registers will be explored in detail with many examples given and also how to find them.

The British census will be explored in detail from 1841 to 1911 with examples of each along with their anomalies. How to search the online census records will also be explained in detail. Finally, an example of tracing an individual through the census records from 1841 onward using only the information given in a will as the clue is shown using online resources.

A native Californian and longtime Orange County California resident, Hal Horrocks is a professional genealogist, teacher, author and lecturer. He has been doing family research for 15 years and is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS), Guild for One-Name Studies, Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (UK), and Cheshire Family History Society (UK). Hal is also the current President of OCCGS. He has written articles for publication in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Visitors and Guests are Welcome at all Society Meetings

For further information, contact Ralf Munoz, Programs Chair, email at

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