Our Name

This website now has 3 names.  We can be reached by typing any of the following into the address bar of your browser:

  • mocogenso.org
  • mocogenso.com
  • mocogenso.wordpress.com

The primary or default name has been set to mocogenso.org, which means that if you type either of the other two names into your browser, it will quickly be changed into mocogenso.org as our Home Page opens.  Try it and see.

This also means that either .org or .com will reach us.  All you have to do is to remember the mocogenso part!  In case you weren’t sure, the acronym comes from Monterey County Genealogy Society!   Tell your friends.   And by all means, save us in your Favorites or Bookmarks!


Congratulations are in order for the new officers elected last week during the January MoCoGenSo Annual Business meeting.  Elizabeth Nelson accepted the President’s office and Linda Fonville accepted the 1st Vice President’s chair.  Both positions have been vacant for a few months.

The other officers graciously accepted nomination and were re-elected for another term.  The full set of elected officers for 2015 looks like this:

  • President                             Elizabeth Nelson
  • 1st VP Programs                 Linda Fonville
  • 2nd VP Membership          Marilyn Ruccello
  • 3rd VP Ways & Means        Nancy Barton
  • Recording Secretary           Gary Carlsen
  • Corresponding Secretary   Ellen Riddick
  • Treasurer                              Jeannie Pedersen
  • Member-at-Large                Bill Hannah
  • Member-at-Large                Carol Steed

Elizabeth and Linda took their seats at the end of the meeting and are now working for us!  Be sure to contact them if you have ideas for changes or new programs or if you just want to help.

February 5, 2015 – “Learn the Secrets when Searching with Google”, with Vince Santos

Vince Santos, from the MacSuperStore, will help us learn how to find those elusive ancestors by using Google wisely and more efficiently. He is going to share “secrets” of the trade, methods
he has learned over the years that will help us all get better results from our time with Google.

Vince is one of the staff at the MacSuperStore which replaced the older Computerworks. This new store, locally owned and operated, specializes in all Apple, Inc. products. They also are experts in all things “Windows”. MacSuperStore sells computers and accessories, and has qualified staff to perform maintenance and repair both MACs and PCs and even iPads!.

Some of you will remember Vince, he spoke here last June about Computer Safety on the Web.

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.

January 24, 2015 – Annual DAR Genealogical Seminar

The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its annual genealogical seminar. As always, it will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here in Seaside in late January. If you are working on your genealogy, you really need to come to this seminar. I know I’ll be there. There will even be a class on using WordPress for your own genealogical site!

The seminar will be held all day Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is provided.

There will be 27 classes during the day. You can pick and choose from the calendar and actually attend up to 5 classes, including the Keynote. This year the keynote speaker will be Stephen P. Morse! He is a very interesting guy. He’ll be talking about various genealogical search tools found on his own website called One-Step. He has received various awards for the site, including awards from the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

There are 2 ticket options, both include lunch! $20 gives you a downloadable syllabus, $30 gives you a printed syllabus. Get a copy of the flyer or the schedule with signup form by clicking below. Download the PDF and print the signup form to mail in.

for the Flyer Click Here

for the Schedule & Signup form Click Here

January 8, 2015 – Monthly Meeting, Annual Election, Open House

Note the date for this January meeting! Normally we meet the first Thursday of the month. But this year, the first Thursday is New Year’s Day holiday, so we are moving the meeting to January 8th.

This meeting will include our annual “business meeting” where we review details of the proceeding year (2014) and elect Board Members for the new year (2015).

Shelly McFadden will then have a short discussion on How To Discover Your World War I Veteran Ancestors. With the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI only a few years away from now, a primer on how to track the “Doughboy” in your family is most timely.

The FHC will hold an “Open House” thanking the many volunteers who work in the FHC. Desert and juice will be provided. You can meet the volunteers who help make the FHC a special place and assist you in doing your own family history research. People will be available to show newcomers the facility. Bring your questions and get started researching your own family in the New Year.

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.

An Introduction To Our New Website

Logo_100_93This is the new MoCoGenSo website built in the form of a blog. A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (‘posts‘) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). (from Wikipedia)

Blogs usually have a few features that are useful to know if you want to get the most out of them as a reader.

A post like this one goes to the top of the front ‘Home‘ page. As more posts are added, this one will move down the page until it disappears. Then it goes 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 ‘Pages’ section of the sidebar. For example, you can find an article about the history of MoCoGenSo’s founding in a sub-menu of the About page.

Not all blogs use ‘comments‘, but most do. This blog is not a monologue but a conversation. You can give feedback on the various pages and posts here by clicking the ‘Leave A Reply’ link at found at either the top of a post or at the bottom of a page. This will take you to a form where you leave your name, email and a link to your own blog if you have one and then your feedback or comment.

Our initial plans are to post all meeting notices through the Home page so they will be available quickly to the busy reader. Post-meeting information, including handouts when available, will be stored in the Meeting pages section of this blog.

There is a widget in the sidebar titled Follow Blog Via Email that allows the reader to sign up to receive new posts by email. This is a really nice option as it sends you copies of new posts (not pages) as soon as they are created! It is our hope that everyone who is within driving distance of our meetings eventually begin to ‘follow us‘! I highly recommend this option, as it sends the full post, not just a link.

You can help us all learn more about this new tool, provided by WordPress, by using it and giving feedback via the Leave A Reply sections in posts and pages. Please report any issues through the link on the Webmaster page found in the menu bar.

Thanks for your support!  (◠‿◠)

December 4, 2014 – Annual Joint Christmas Potluck with the Family History Center

Come join the fun!  We are having a potluck dinner, bring your favorite hot dish, side dish or desert for all to share.  The potluck is sponsored by MoCoGenSo and the Family History Center and many people from both groups will be attending.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, the party starts at 6:00pm.

We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.