A New Autosomal DNA Site

There is a new blog available with the subject of Autosomal DNA topics.  It looks very interesting, and is being hosted by Mr. Jim Bartlett, a long time genealogist and participant in various DNA email sites that I frequent.  There are quite a few people here in MoCoGenSo that are interested in doing DNA tests for genealogical purposes, many of who attend our new DNA Special Interest Group.  You all might enjoy having a look at this new blog, it is called Segmentology.  It can be found at segmentology.org.  Clicking here will take you to it.

“If you never give advice until you’re sure you are right, you’re not giving enough advice.” – Jorden Ellenberg

June 4, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “DNA Basics – You’ve Got Matches”, by Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D.

You’ve found genetic matches – now what?

You may have anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand DNA matches. And they may be spread among several DNA testing companies as well as third party sites such as gedmatch.com. Learn about some of the new tools available for helping you organize all this information so you can achieve your research goals.

Your can see Barbara’s biography by clicking here: Barbara Rae-Venter  If you are “into” DNA testing for genealogy purposes, 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.

“Luck prefers a prepared mind.” -Louis Pasteur

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

This meeting will be about using Gedmatch.com 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 Ancestry.com 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.

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!