May 2, 2015 – DNA Sig meeting, “DNA Sleuthing”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

This meeting will be about using to help sort out AncestryDNA matches. As an example, Barb will discuss a project she is working on with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept Crimes Against Children Detail.

This is a cold case in which the victim was kidnapped when she was approximately two years old in the early 1980s. She was recovered at about age five and is the only known survivor of the suspect. The suspect went to prison for murder. The Sheriff’s Dept has been back tracking the suspect for further victims and is trying to find out this victim’s real identity. Without an identity, her parents cannot be notified that she is alive. She was too young at the time of her abduction to know and/or communicate her name.

By dental estimates “Lisa” was born in approximately 1981, and it would have been about 1981 to 1983 that she was taken. The suspect used many different AKAs, and said the victim and other young children were his daughters. However by DNA analysis he was not related at all. His MO was to kidnap a female child at a very young age, keep her until she was old enough to start talking about being molested, then kill and bury her. Barara is using triangulation of “Lisa’s” autosomal DNA matches to try to identify her.

Your can see Barbara’s biography by clicking here: Barbara Rae-Venter Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo DNA Sig meeting.

Doors open at 9:45 am, the meeting starts at 10:00 am. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix. DNA Day 2015 will be celebrated on Friday, April 24, 2015.

FamilyTreeDNA is celebrating in honor of this DNA Day. Tune in this coming Sunday 4/26/2015 to CBS Sunday Morning for a segment on DNA.

Also, FTDNA is having a sale on it’s Big Y test that lasts until 4/30/2015. Get $100 off by using the coupon code DNADayBigY to get this discount.

And also, AncestryDNA of is also having a sale on it’s autosomal test. You get 20% off if you order today! The $99 test is $79 today.

Happy DNA Day

May 7, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “The Naturalization Process”, by Linda L. Avakian AG®

So your ancestors immigrated to this country? This meeting will help you learn what they had to go through to get Naturalized once they arrived. Learn the basics about Naturalization and get started finding those elusive documents. Learn what are the different steps and what do they mean: Declaration of Intent, Petition, Oath and Certificate, other ways of Naturalization, and where to find these records.

If your ancestor could do it, surely you can find out when and where!

Linda is a long time genealogical “go-to” person in the Monterey area. She has been President of MoCoGenSo twice in the past. She regularly speaks at the annual DAR conference. And even better, she is a volunteer at the Family History Center on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm where she can help you with New England States research. You can read the rest of her biography by clicking here Linda Avakian.

Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting. Linda can help you get through those complicated government papers.

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.

Monthly Calendar Test

This image will be showing in the Calendar page under Meetings inside the Menu system.  This is a test to see what folks think of also having a copy posted here in the Home page every month.  I could post the next month image after the Director’s Meeting.

monthly calendar

April 2015

This is built with a Microsoft Excel calendar template, printed to PDF, and then scraped with the Win-7 Snipper tool to get one month to display.  Frankly, it is a pain.  And there doesn’t seem to be enough room with the boxes to include the General Meeting subject matter.  On the other hand, I like having the schedule available.  (Customization may be in the future.)

What say you?   Page, Post or both?


Using this website

Once in a while, we will remind you of how this website works by highlighting some new or updated item. Today we updated the page that contains our list of Web Links, a page where you can find pointers to some of the better web sites as they relate to genealogy and genetics.

A post like this goes to the top of the ‘Home‘ page, which you see when you first come here. New posts are added to the top, older posts move down. Then they go into the ‘archives’ which are easily accessed by looking on the ‘sidebar’ (in the right column of this blog) at the ‘Archives’ or ‘Categories’ section. Archives and Categories are simply filters that pull from the posts according to your need.

This blog is a hybrid site that includes ‘pages‘, in addition to posts, which contain static information not listed by date that needs to be always available. Pages can be found in the Menu bar at the top of every screen or in the ‘Menu’ section of the sidebar.

Today, in preparation for the new DNA SIG tomorrow, we have added pointers to various DNA sites to the Links page.  You can find the newly updated Web Links, page by clicking on GENEALOGY in the Menu and then clicking on WEB LINKS.

And, as a reminder, the Membership Renewal form can be found in the Menu by going to BUSINESS and then MEMBERSHIP or by Clicking Here.

Have a good day!

April 2, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: ” All About Lineage Societies”, by Suzanne Schultz, Leonora Branca, & Sam Griffith

Lineage Societies – There is the DAR, SAR, NSCDA and GSMD.  Do you know what they all are?  Does your family tree have “special people” in it?  Revolutionary War heroes related to you? Mayflower passenger descendant?  Are you a Colonial Dame? Why should you join a lineage society if you do have these ancestors in your tree?  What are the different classifications?  What are the different requirements to join? What do lineage Societies do?  Come to this meeting to find out about the different lineage societies, and why have they become so popular. These three speakers should be able to answer most any question you were afraid to ask.

Suzanne Schultz – Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution “DAR”. Served as Registrar and Vice Regent for Commodore Sloat Chapter, DAR. She is the DAR Volunteer Genealogy Consultant.

Leonora Branca – Member of Five Lineage Societies – Past State Regent of California DAR, written two family history books “Our Italian Heritage”, & “The NJ Roots of Ethel Dilts Howard”

Sam Griffith – Vice President (& Past President) of Monterey Bay Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution “SAR”. He has also been President of five other organizations on the Monterey Peninsula.

I want to attend just to find out what a Colonial Dame is!  Actually, I have four Revolutionaries in my tree, and one who fought with the British!  Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting.

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.

Genealogy Gophers Website – Free Genealogy Books

A new genealogy website was opened a couple of days ago: Genealogy Gophers at The goal is to be Google Books for genealogy.

Many respected bloggers have said it is a good site, but it is so busy now, I couldn’t get in!

* Completely free. The site is supported by ads and “Google Consumer Surveys” – people are asked to answer a few market-research questions once a day in order to read and download the books.

* Only genealogy-relevant books: 40,000 and growing. These out-of-copyright books have been obtained from FamilySearch, the Allen County Public Library, the Mid-Continent Public Library, and several other libraries.

* Advanced search technology allows searches for people: the names, dates, places, and relatives associated with them, not just words.

* Search results include snippets from the book pages so it’s easy to quickly scan the results and find the most-relevant ones.

The website is in beta. Over the coming months the search algorithms will continue to improve and they plan to add many more thousands of books.

Give it a try. I have found lots of ancestors through “family books”. Maybe I’ll find a few more here. Click the link above, or write it down and try when you have more time.