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, September 10 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.

Genealogy Computer Group

---- Wednesday, September 17 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, September 17 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, September 17: “Maryland Research or Preparing for a Research Trip”, attendees' choice.

General Society Meeting

---- Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00 noon ---
---- Library Auditorium ----
Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street

Join us this month for:

“California and the Mexican-American War
from a Genealogical Point of View– Part 2“

Presented By: Ceasar Castro      Photo of Hal Horrock

Ceasar Castro is a local boy. He graduated from Hilltop High School and San Diego State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked at the Navy R&D Laboratory on Point Loma for 36 years before retiring.

Ceasar started working on his genealogy in 2008 when his sister, who had started earlier, asked him for help. However, slowly he took over the research. He joined the San Diego Genealogy Society and the Chula Vista Genealogy Society to learn more about genealogy. All of his ancestors come from Baja California. In researching his Castro ancestors, he discovered that two of his great-grandaunts married Irishmen in Baja. This puzzled him - how did the Irishmen end up in Baja around 1850? This started him delving into the history of Baja and resulted in his research on the Mexican-American War.

When historians write about history, they are interested in who made decisions and the result of those decisions. If an army is involved, they may give the names of some of the officers but not of the common soldiers. They usually only give the number of soldiers. But we are genealogist; we seek the names of all the soldiers. That is because we are usually looking for a particular person(s). This presentation on the Mexican-American War is from that perspective; what were the names of all the people involved in the Mexican-American War in California.

This presentation is a continuation from the February 2014 presentation.

Visitors and Guests are Welcome at all Society Meetings

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

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