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.

First Peoples

PBS is starting a new series about prehistoric humans that will be starting June 24. I have already setup our DVR to record it. Around here it is on KQED-TV.

“See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.”

See more about it by clicking here

An FHC Series: Navigating Genetic Genealogy Websites

For the next few Friday mornings at 11 :00 am, Barbara Rae-Venter (our resident DNA expert) will be teaching the FHC volunteers about each of the main DNA/genealogy websites, with a different topic each week. Included in each session will be an exploration of the features available on each site as well as useful tips on available tools to help with match analysis so that you don‘t waste precious time doing manually what someone has created a tool to do.

These sessions are specifically designed for making FHC volunteers with an interest in genetic genealogy familiar with the basic tools made available by each company so they can field questions, but anyone with an interest in genetic genealogy is welcome to attend.

Schedule -> Fridays 11:00 am

  • June 12                     AncestryDNA
  • June 19                     FamiIyTreeDNA
  • June 26                     23AndMe
  • July 10            
  • July 17            

The FHC Needs Volunteers

There are now openings at the Monterey Family History Center!  Are you recently retired and looking for something to keep you busy?  Do you have a altruistic itch that needs scratching? Has the FHC helped you find your family and now you want to “pay it forward”?  These openings come around cyclically, now is the time to become a volunteer at the Monterey FHC in Seaside, California.

Benefits:  Access to the finest genealogy center on the Central California Coast!  Work on your own family tree during idle hours!  Meet folks with similar interests to your own.  Work only 4 hours per week.  Five weeks vacation every year!

Requirements: Can spend 4 hours at the FHC per week (see schedule). Willing to help strangers with their family research. Must have understanding of basic genealogical principles (training on FHC applications will be provided).

Tuesday: 3 shifts: 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday: 3 shifts: 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday: 1 shift: 9:00am-1:00pm

Contact: Call or email the Assistant Director of the FHC, Valerie Hillesheim, for more information at 333-1285 or