DNA Interest Group meets Saturday

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA Interest Group (“DIG”) meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  We will meet in the book library itself rather than the room next door.


10:00 to 10:15   Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations.  Please consider volunteering!  Work In Progress is Fine. 

10:15 to 10:30  Why am I so different from my siblings? by Karen Cnunningham  

Karen will talk about her use of DNA testing to answer this question.

10:30 to 11:15  Helping Law Enforcement Develop Suspects in Violent Crimes by Barbara Rae-Venter  

I have been invited to give a half day workshop on Wednesday November 14, 2018 on this topic by the Alameda DA’s office.  Attendees will include members of the DA’s office as well as local police departments, including Oakland and Livermore.   This is a practice presentation for that Workshop.  All comments and suggestions for improvement are welcomed.

Barbara is an invited speaker at the following events:

i4GG San Diego December 7-9 2018

Santa Clara Law School January 14, 2019

DAR Roundup January 26 2019

Keynote Speaker plus additional four presentations relating to DNA

DENT Santa Fe, New Mexico March 23-26, 2019

GFO Days, Seattle Genealogy Society March 30-31, 2019

Dartmouth College Symposium May 2, 2019 Keynote Speaker

Junel is an invited speaker at the following events:
DAR Roundup January 2019

Genetic Genealogy DNA Sig Nov 10

Barbara Rae-Venter’s lecture to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference has made it’s way to YouTube You can see it here: Barbara in Ireland

There were many other big names in the Genealogy/DNA field at the conference! You can subscribe to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland channel at YouTube and watch them all for free as they appear.

Of course, you can see Barbara and many other LOCAL folks who are interested in DNA and genealogy at the next DNA Sig, right here in the Monterey Bay Area at 10:00 am this coming Saturday Nov 10 at the Family History Center in Seaside. FHC location

“Why do you never see elephants hiding in the trees? – Because they are really good at it.”

Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Lectures Are Coming Online

The recordings of the live-streamed lectures from the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 are going to be put on YouTube over the next few weeks. It appears they may already be available on Facebook. These recordings are available for free.

The conference was held 19-21 October 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. We here at MoCoGenSo are interested because our DNA SIG leader, Barbara Ray-Venter, was one of the presenters! Her presentation should be on YouTube in the next few days.

A complete list of the presentations along with the site addresses of the conference, of the YouTube channel, and Facebook Group can be found here. Barbara’s talk is the third in the list.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland

“The true hallmark of genius is the ability to explain things simply.” – Richard Feynman

Monthly Meeting – November 1: “Webinars and Podcasts for Genealogists” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Genealogists have so many opportunities for learning these days, and some of the easiest are through webinars and podcasts. Webinars are online presentations you can watch from home, and podcasts are like radio shows you can listen to on the go—in your car, while exercising, gardening, or sitting on an airplane. Dayna Jacobs will show us how to find popular webinars and podcasts (both free and subscription-based) and will demonstrate some apps we can use to watch and listen to them. If you’ve wanted to get started watching and listening to webinars and podcasts, this is your “How-to” opportunity!

Dayna Jacobs is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with over 30 years experience in researching, writing, and teaching. She serves on the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). She has her own genealogy blogs (On Granny’s Trail and The Fairy Tale Genealogist), and also maintains the blogs for ICAPGen and UGA.

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.

“There is nothing better than realizing, right after you wake up, that you won’t have to face repercussions for the terrible choices you made in your dream.” – Reddit

Elizabeth Warren’s Native American DNA Results: What They Mean

The link below goes to the website DNAeXplained, by Roberta Estes. The link takes you to a very complete review of the current state of Native American DNA testing and how it applies to Senator Elizabeth Warren. This is NOT a political piece.

The article is very well written and very complete. If you are at all interested in genetic testing and applying it to genealogy in the real world, you should give it a go.


As Roberta says “This is the first of a series of two articles.” You will have to read the 2nd article on your own, so save the link to her website for future use.

“The left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird.”