Sunday, February 23, 2020

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 26 February Features Patricia Diane Godinez

The next meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society ( is Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 12 noon at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910) in the Auditorium.

The genealogy program will be presented by CVGS member Patricia Diane Godinez - it is titled "North And South of The Borders and Beyond."

PatrĂ­cia Diane Godinez has returned for a second installment of researching and using She will bring an update on numerous families and present some new “cousins” from Canada, Mexico, and Other Places.

She likes to think of herself as a DNA Queen with various people, related and not, from 23andMe. Some of her brickwalls have apparently dissolved while others have taken their place.

PatrĂ­cia “Diane” started researching in 1977 when she was pregnant with the third of her four sons. She worked for years on her husband Ramon’s Hispanic family tree and for many years taught Beginning Hispanic Genealogy, until a major breakthrough on her own lines. In two trips to Canada, with 9/11 interrupting the start of the second trip, and a wait of 30 days, she managed to obtain the long form of her birth certificate. Finally she learned the names of her paternal grandparents. They were listed as Archibald Longhurst and Lulu Squires.

Such unusual names she thought and very easy to find. Not quite true. But within the year, Patricia was back in Canada and face to face with her father, Alfred Thomas Burton Longhurst, and his second family.

Since finding and losing her Canadian siblings, Patricia has gone on to helping others to find their lost family members on different continents; North and South America, Europe, and Australia. She just recently connected with a new cousin whose slave beginnings started in Africa and then went to Virginia and Mississippi. This fifth cousin is currently pursuing a career with the Air Force in North Dakota and learning more about her English relatives and ancestors.

Come learn how to think out of the box and break down walls with the help of DNA, determination, and a lot of emails to distant cousins.

The meeting will start at 12 noon with announcements, introduction of the program speaker, the presentation, and a short business meeting, including the 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Budget presentations.  After the opportunity drawing, there will be refreshments in the back of the auditorium.

This meeting is free for all to attend.  We welcome visitors and new members!


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