Publications Sale


:-) Looking for Christmas gifts? Look no further. From now until December 31st, 2015 all MoCoGenSo publications have been reduced in price by $5.00. This includes both Hard Copy and CD’s. Simply fill out the Publication form and mail it in by clicking here. :-)

Meanwhile, they have promised us that The Monterey County Marriage Index 1860-1923 is currently being transcribed and will coming soon to our publication list. But it isn’t in the current list of items. We are waiting…

Let Amazon Smile on MoCoGenSo !

MoCoGenSo has expenses, like any other charitable organization. When you become a member, there is a fee that helps offset the costs associated with our Newsletter and then, hopefully, leaves us a small profit to use for other things.

There are other ways to help support our group: you can become a volunteer and work for us: check out the Officers page elsewhere in this blog! :-) You could flat-out donate money, there is a place to contribute on our Membership form!

There are Shares cards that can be used whenever you shop at the SaveMart grocery store whereby SaveMart gives MoCoGenSo a small percentage of your bill whenever you shop at SaveMart. To get one of these cards, ask Nancy Barton or Jeannie Pedersen, Directors of MoCoGenSo, at the next General Meeting.

And now…. drum roll please….


we have just partnered with for a similar program called AmazonSmile. Using this program, will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Of course, we hope you make MoCoGenSo your choice!

Using this program at is really slick. It doesn’t cost the customer anything, it works just fine with or without Prime accounts. AmazonSmile is the same you know, same products, same prices, same service, yes, it is the same company. It is basically free money. This is a charitable giving program of Amazon, Inc. and they are gracious enough to allow the customer to select the charity rather than their employees.

In order to use this program, here are the steps you need to do.

1) setup Monterey County Genealogy Society as your charitable organization. You can do this either by clicking this link and then signing in to your account

or by going to and then searching for ” Monterey County Genealogy Society ” and then signing in to your account.

2) Thereafter, when shopping at, sign in using the URL instead of the URL.  (Just type smile instead of www).

Basically, what happens is that step 1 turns on your charity of choice in your account. There are two different doors into, and when you enter the Smile door in step 2, money is donated to your charity. If you forget and use the other door, nothing weird happens, just won’t make a donation.

Sooo, long story short, getting back to what this post started out about — please help support MoCoGenSo. Let’s use the AmazonSmile option and it will be painless to all (the computers do all the work). Thank you.

“The boss says ‘Go’; the leader says ‘Let’s go!'” – Harry Selfridge

Windows 10 Review

Many of our followers use computers with the Windows operating system and are continually asking about the new Windows 10. Some folks have already upgraded and are quite happy.

For the record, Charlie says “PAF works just fine in Windows 10!”

The local computer users group Monterey Bay Users Group – Personal Computer (MBUG) is having a meeting all about Windows 10 this month with Microsoft representative Michael Hanes speaking.  Michael will return for the October meeting to bring up-to-date information on the status of the new Windows 10 operating system. Hailed as a major improvement over the Win 8/8.1 OS, the new release is nevertheless getting its share of criticism and user concerns. Michael always shares interesting background and detail about Microsoft products, so here’s your chance to air your views and ask your questions about Windows 10 in person.

MBUG meetings are always free to visitors. The meeting will be held in the Hilltop Park Center at 871 Jessie Street in Monterey, near the top of David Avenue. See for more information.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey

October 1, 2015 – Monthly Meeting: “Family Trees: Fact or Fiction”, by Gary Carlsen

A wise person once said “Genealogy without documentation is mythology”. Looking for your family tree? Follow Gary as he takes us to some of the more popular sites (and some lesser known ones too) that contain family trees. He will then show us some of the common mistakes others have made, hoping to help us avoid them.

Gary is one of our favorite speakers and one of the main drivers of our MoCoGenSo group. He currently holds 4 offices within the organization including Newsletter Editor, Recording Secretary, Genealogist, Publications Director. He is the glue that holds this place together! His biography can be seen here: Gary Carlsen 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.

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

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!