Sunday, April 25, 2010

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 28 April - Myrna Goodwin on Land Research

The April Program Meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will be Wednesday, 28 April at 12 Noon in the South Chula Vista Library (389 Orange Avenue in Chula Vista) Conference Room.

The speaker will be CVGS member Myrna Goodwin, who will present “Discover Your Roots – Dig Up the Dirt: The Basics of Land Research.”

Using personal examples, anecdotes and a power point presentation, the program will review the benefits of land documents and maps, what advance preparation is needed for research in courthouses or on microfilm, how to identify the proper location for finding records, plus what to look for in these documents. The basic differences between state-land states and federal-land states will be covered with a simple explanation of the survey methods used in these two different systems. Finally, using the computer records for the Bureau of Land Management will be discussed.

Myrna (Beach) Goodwin is a retired high school speech and drama teacher having taught over 35 years -- 31 of them at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley. She was passionate about coaching competitive speech and has turned that passion to family history and genealogy.

She remembers seeing her first five generation pedigree chart for her Beach family when she was only about 12. In addition, she has vivid childhood memories of visiting family cemeteries, especially the one in Huron County, Ohio, where six of seven Beach generations are buried. Currently, she and a first cousin are collaborating on a 275 page Born family history covering over 150 years. In addition, she is working diligently to find ‘lost’ relatives plus coordinate photo and map displays for her Kolbe family’s 100th reunion.

Myrna is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the New Haven Colony Historic Society, the Warren County Genealogical Society, the Huron County Historical Society, the Chula Vista Genealogical Society and other heritage organizations in San Diego County.

More information about this meeting can be obtained from Barbara (email, phone 619-477-4140).

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