Google Search Basics

One of the difficulties of working in a blog is writing in language that is interesting to other folks. When I read this email from Bill Hannah, he expressed such an obvious enthusiasm for what he had found that I decided to not only share his finding, but to share his email verbatim.

RootsTech was an incredible conference, and I’m looking forward to presenting next month and sharing. Biggest challenge is the firehose of info – not that that’s a bad thing!

I attended a “real” Google tips session, and thought I’d pass this on before the board meeting tonight if you want to pass along somehow to the members electronically. Here is is summary the presenter, Karen Willson, provided me. She has explicitly given permission to share and reuse, as long as she gets credit for the item. Which is no problem as it’s at the top of the page.

There’s more on her website,, under the Resources tab. The presentation on Google Tips was not exactly the one she used, but I believe she’s updating the page to include that. I’ll let you know as I’ll see her again this week. I’m here another week to use the FHC.

I leave it to you to decide what to do with the attached.

As a reminder, Bill has attended the recent RootsTech conference and will be sharing his findings at our next MoCoGenSo meeting, March 5. Be sure to come hear him in person to see what other discoveries he made. Click Here to read and/or download a copy of the Google Basics PDF Bill collected.

While we are on the subject of hints for using Google, here is another site that has some more esoteric hacks that might interest you.

Don’t forget that Google has always posted their own helps on their website. To be fair, this is probably the best place to get real help with Google search. Goto Google.

Open Meetings

The other day someone said they thought you had to be a member to go to the MoCoGenSo meetings. They didn’t come because they didn’t want to be “discovered” and embarrassed. They weren’t the joiner type of person, and just stayed away from the meetings even though some sounded interesting.

The MoCoGenSo meetings are open to everyone and they are free. There is no donation jar, no ID check. We do have a sign-in sheet, but that is only to help maintain our 501c3 status by proving that we do have public meetings!

Ours is a learning group.

If you are interested in genealogy and live within comfortable driving distance of Seaside, California and hear about an upcoming meeting that sounds interesting, please come. You are always welcome.

“If you are shy, just keep quiet and no one will know!” -Jim Robeson

RootsTech Live Streaming — Egg Faced and Corrected

Whoops, we’ve been notified that the schedule previously posted here was from 2013.  I have also discovered that Disk Eastman has removed his link to that schedule.  So, with much embarrassment and hand wringing, the schedule is changing!

Sorry for the confusion.  

Each year, the RootsTech Genealogy Conference live-streams a few of their many sessions.  Times are Mountain Standard, so do remember to subtract an hour for life on the Western Edge.

The list below has been updated as of 4:30 MST Tuesday from a list on  Please note that the Laura Bush session is listed as not being streamed to the public.

Thursday – Feb 12
8:30 a.m. Keynote speakers: Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch; Mike Maillin, MyHeritage; Tan Le, Emotv
11:00 a.m. — 30 Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without, Joshua Taylor
1:30 p.m. —  You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next?, Karen Auman
3:00 p.m. — What’s New at FamilySearch, Devin Ashby
4:30 p.m. — Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy, Diahan Southard

Friday – Feb 13
10:30 a.m. — Innovator Summit Challenge Event,
1:00 p.m. — Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox, Thomas MacEntee
2:30 p.m. — Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future, Anne Leishman
4:00 p.m. — The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy, Valerie Elkins

Saturday – Feb 14
8:30 a.m. Keynote speakers: A.J.Jacobs, Author; Donny Osmond, Singer
10:30 a.m. — Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins, Amy Archibald
1:00 p.m. — Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps, Crystal Beutler
2:30 p.m. — How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life, Alison Taylor
4:00 p.m. — Finding Your Family on, Peter Drinkwater

You can see descriptions on the class links on the schedule page of the website.

Go to to find the exact link to the streaming pages.  For those who can’t watch “live”, sessions are archived for later viewing.


March 5, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “A Review of RootsTech 2015″, by Bill Hannah, MoCoGenSo Member-At-Large

RootsTech has become the largest genealogy conference in the world. It is held each year in the middle of winter in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s session, Feb 12-14, 2015, is focused on “Celebrating Families”. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is also holding their annual conference at the same time in the same place!

RootsTech is always an exciting way to learn about genealogy, and because it is relatively close to the Monterey area, we usually have someone from our group who attends. This year, our very own Bill Hannah is attending and will share with us his experiences during the event. He will let us know what is new in the world of genealogy. Given that the lineup of Keynote speakers includes Laura Bush, Jenna (Bush) Hager and Donny Osmond, Bill’s talk should be lots of fun and full of good gossip! 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.

The Index of Salinas Newspaper 1876-1886 Available on CD

The Salinas City Index of Newspaper Abstracts for 1876-1886 are now available in CD form. There are two CDs, volume A-K and volume L-Z. These previously were only available in paper form at 191 pages per volume!  See our Publications page under Store in the menu above for purchasing details, or Click Here to be taken straight there.

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