Next DNA Sig Location Changed to FHC

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center.  We will meet in the library across from the computer room.

Please note that this is a venue change–the meeting was scheduled to be held at my home but I have some plumbing issues that have not yet been resolved.

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

10:00 to 10:15   Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30  Online demonstration by Barbara Rae-Venter of new Client for downloading AncestryDNA matches and their tree information.  Bring your laptops.  Register at ahead of time and sign up for the DNAgedcom Client:  $5/month or $50/year.  Please note this subscription requires a PayPal account.  The sign up for a subscription is located 3rd item down on the Members tab.  See screen shot attached.

10:30 to 11;15  Presentation by Daniel Spelce from Santa Cruz Genealogy Society “Mystery Still Gathers Around Widening Circle of DNA Relatives”.

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

End of meeting:  Next meeting:  Saturday March 12 at 10 am

11;30 to 1:00 The Lisa Project War room will meet following the SIG meeting.   All who have an interest are welcome to join us.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Barbara Rae-Venter, Ph.D.

Genetic Genealogy Consultant
(831) 718-7994

Researching in Monterey County

We have started a project to help visitors do genealogical research in Monterey County. Since we started this project, we learned that there are many wonderful web sites and blogs already available with just about all the records the serious researcher needs without us adding to the heap. Google is using Artificial Intelligence now in their search algorithms and it shows. But, given our name, we sorta gotta provide something.…

Our Monterey County pointers can be found in the Menu under Genealogy. So far, all we have is a page of general sites and a page of cemetery locations. There is a special KMZ file for Google Earth users too. This is a “work in process” project. Expect changes for the next few months.

Jump to the general page by clicking here
and for Monterey County cemeteries click here.

If you see errors or omissions, please contact Jim Robeson (see the About/Webmaster page).

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” – Yogi Berra

Family Tree Maker will be re-booted just announced two options for the replacement of Family Tree Maker. The blogs have been racing to bring out the news. This is actually going to become quite a deal for Tree users. I bet this announcement was “pushed” to be ready for RootsTech!

The announcement from Ancestry reads:

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.


We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

This means RootsMagic will be able to access both the Family Tree and the trees. This might turn into quite a (confusing) package. And RootsMagic provides a direct transfer from the now defunct The Master Genealogist PC software. It looks like I will be thinking twice about the new RootsMagic when it comes out!

Remember to “pause”, don’t react too quickly. The old Family Tree Maker will continue to work until the end of 2016. This will gives the blogosphere plenty of time to review these new options.

Please note: the current version of RootsMagic is installed at the Monterey Family History Center, in case you want to try it out.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.” – General Patton

FHC to open some Saturdays

In the past, the Monterey Family History Center has been open on Saturdays by appointment only. They have decided to open one Saturday a month, on a trial basis, to see if there is any interest. For the next three months, the Center will be open on the second Saturday of the month, February 13, March 12 and April 9th, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. (Note the unusual hours.)

For those of you who are busy working during the week, this is a great chance to use the services of our local Family History center on Saturday. But it is a case of “use it or lose it”!

There will be volunteers on site to help with your genealogical hunts.

For directions and phone number to the Center, click here.

Rootstech Live Streaming Schedule!

The RootsTech Conference is next week, Feb 3-6 in Salt Lake City. Some of the main presentations will be streamed live over the Internet. You can watch free by linking to

The schedule below can be found at

Please note:  the times shown below are in Mountain Standard Time. (Subtract one for Pacific Time.)

Day Time Class Title Speakers
Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Thursday General Session Steve Rockwood, Paula Madison, Bruce Feiler
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries Mike Mansfield
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Best Websites and Apps for Local History Amy Crow
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. What’s New in Family Tree in 2016 Ron Tanner
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Virtual Family Reunions Joseph Richardson
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Friday General Session Josh and Naomi Davis (Love Taza), David Isay
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy Lisa Louise Cooke
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Finding Elusive Records in Robert Kehrer
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. My Ancestors Are from Britain, What Do I Do Next? Myko Clelland
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday General Session Michael Leavitt
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Photos, Emerging Technologies in Photography Jens Nielsen
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry Anne Mitchell
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers Peggy Lauritzen
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success James Ison

Monthly Meeting – Feb 4, 2016: “DNA as a Genealogy Research Tool”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

One of the most powerful tools available for your family history research is your DNA. Stored in your DNA is a great deal of information about who you are and where you came from. You can begin the process of mining the information in your DNA simply by sending a sample of your DNA, in the form of a check swab or spit, to a genomics testing company.

This session by Barbara Rae-Venter, the leader of our DNA Sig, should be very helpful if you are interested in DNA testing. Come armed with your questions!

In deciding to do DNA testing, what is your goal? Do you have a brick wall in your traditional research? Do you want to discover your ethnic origins? Are you trying to prove American Indian ancestry? Maybe you are interested in finding relatives because ancestral family members were separated during wartime or a family feud and you would like to locate any descendants. Is there adoption in your family that you want to resolve? Or are you just curious to find out more about yourself?

Three DNA tests are available: autosomal DNA (chromosomes 1-22), mitochondrial DNA, and Y-DNA. Barbara will discuss each of these tests to see which will be most useful based on your research goals.

In the process of DNA testing, several hundred “genetic cousins”, may be identified by the testing companies. Barbara will also discuss some of the tools available for sorting out how these genetic cousins may be related to you.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.

“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are, a different game you should play.” – Yoda