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, April 9 at 12 pm ----
---- 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.

Genealogy Computer Group

---- Wednesday, March 16 at 12 Noon ----
---- Library Conference Room ----

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, March 5 & 19 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 meets each 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the 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, March 5: Has been canceled in lieu of school activities

• Wednesday, March 19: Roundtable and “Kentucky Research”

General Society Meeting

---- Wednesday, April 30 at 12:00pm ---
---- Library Auditorium ----

Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street

Join us this month for:

“The Orphan Trains“

Presented By: Paul Erickson      Photo of Paul_Ericksonm

From 1859 to 1929, the emigration of an estimated 200,000 children took place in the USA----one of the largest movements of people in our history. Yet, many people in this country know nothing of the Orphan Train Era. In 1852, police estimated 10,000 homeless children lived on the streets in New York City. One thousand or more emigrants from Europe arrived daily in the city. Poverty, disease and alcoholism were common. What to do with the homeless children? The Orphan Trains heading for the developing Mid-West were one answer.....for the next 75 years.

Two organizations were closely identified with the Orphan Trains. The Children's Aid Society, founded in 1853 in New York City by the Rev. Charles Loring Brace, and the New York Foundling Hospital established by the Catholic Order of Sisters of Charity in 1869. Each sent thousands of orphans West.

Paul will tell the story of these two organizations and their placements of orphans, the story of one of the riders, my Mother, and the story of the Orphan Train Heritage Society which has preserved the stories of thousands of Orphan Train Riders.

Dr. Paul Erickson is a retired professor, San Diego State University. He grew up in Independence, MO and served as an Army Sergeant in the final months of World War II. He has a B.A. ( History) Arizona State University, an M.A. ( History) Stanford University, and an Ed.D. ( in Counseling Psychology ) University of Southern California. He is married, and has two sons. He and his wife, Marilyn, currently live at Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista. Dr. Erickson and his sister, Norma Poling, have been active members of the Orphan Train Heritage Society since it's founding in 1986.

Visitors and Guests are Welcome at all Society Meetings

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

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