RootsTech 16 is coming

“Registration for RootsTech will open on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. For a limited time, exclusive early bird discount pricing will be available on the RootsTech pass and the Rootstech and Innovator Summit pass, which will be available for $149 and $169 respectively. Mark your calendars today to be one of the first to register for what will be the most inspiring RootsTech ever.”

The above announcement was sent to folks who attended last years conference. MoCoGenSo board member Bill Hannah sent us these details. Perhaps he is trying to get more of us to attend. Did he feel lonely last year? (smile)

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 will be February 3-6, 2016.

Salt Lake City is just close enough to Monterey County that many of our members do attend once in a while. It is just far enough away to require a bit of planning. So, it is time to look for transportation and lodging as well as tickets.

Four Salt Lake City hotels are taking reservations for RootsTech 2016. The Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown will offer reduced rates to RootsTech conference attendees. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Click for more details.

BTW, official volunteers at the Family History Center get discounted tickets! Maybe it is time to rethink your volunteer plans for this year!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain


Fall 2015 Genealogy Seminar in Santa Cruz on Oct 17

Presented by

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County and California State Genealogical Alliance

The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County will host the fall 2015 board meeting of the California State Genealogical Alliance on Saturday, October 17. Everyone is invited to attend the open board meeting of CSGA.

In addition to the board meeting, there will be a free seminar that will feature three popular speakers and offer a full day of presentations for anyone with an interest in family history.

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz Main Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, in the upstairs meeting room

Wendy Elliott, “Finding Wives’ & Daughters’ Names.” This talk addresses record sources which contain both women’s given and maiden names. The presentation includes a review of land, court, tax, church, newspaper, and a multitude of other resources that can be used to find wives’ and daughters’ names. Wendy retired as a professor of history at California State University at Fullerton and is the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Mary Ann Vincent, “Mapping 0ur Ancestors: They Went Where? Why?” Most of us spend a lot of time collecting information about our ancestors and relatives. How much time do we spend determining how they got the land where they lived? Did they inherit the land, buy it, or receive land grants? Mary Anne serves on the Board of Directors for CSGA and has been a member of the Delaware Genealogical Society for more than two decades.

Janice M. Sellers, “Read All About It!: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research. “ Newspapers are valuable in genealogical research because you can find information about births, marriages, deaths, moves, businesses, naturalizations, court cases, and more! Janice serves on the CSGA Board of Directors and is the vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She specializes in Jewish, black, forensic, and newspaper research.

All presentations are free. ~~ Save the date!

Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit

Dayna Jacobs recently updated her Genealogy Toolkit that she keeps on her website called “On Granny’s Trail”. She graciously allows MoCoGenSo to publish a copy here on this site. The “toolkit” is a collection of really useful web links that can be helpful when we are searching for our ancestors.

You can find the updated version in the menu bar / Genealogy / Web Links: On Granny’s Trail

Of course, you can also find the “real” version on Dayna’s own site www.ongrannystrail.com

Thanks Dayna. We are looking forward to your return!

September 3, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman”, by Stephen P. Morse

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step website as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information. Stephen is one of our favorite speakers, his biography can be seen here: Stephen Morse 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.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford


August 6, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “Basics on Genealogy Research”, by Tom & Valerie Hillesheim

Join Tom and Valerie Hillesheim, Directors of the Family History Center in Monterey, as they introduce you to the Family History Center and the basics of genealogy. The Family History Center is here to help everyone get started in doing their family genealogy. Learn the fundamentals of genealogy, and what is needed to assist you while researching. Find out what resources are available to assist while doing your research either with the computers at the FHC, or at home.

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.

“A problem well put is half solved.” – John Dewey


Bring Your Flash Drive

If you are coming in to the Family History Center ( FHC) for help with your genetic genealogy research, Fridays or anytime, you should  bring a laptop or bring a flash drive that can be used on a volunteer’s lap top to save your data.  The Monterey FHC does not have Chrome installed.

On a more general note, whenever you come to any FHC you should always carry along a flash drive so you can save data you might find.  Remember, the FHC has subscriptions that you might not have, and discoveries are always being made.  Sure, you can print a page, but that costs money.  Besides, if you don’t have a scanner at home, then how are you going to save the discovery?!

Flash drives are always going on sale at Staples or Office Depot or Best Buy. Look for those store specials.  They are cheap backup and easy to carry.