Monthly Meeting – October 4 — “Discoveries in Courthouse Deeds” by Junel Davidsen

Don’t miss important information about your family history! Deeds and other documents recorded at the local level contain more than property descriptions, names of buyers/sellers and legal jargon. Records kept by local officials for hundreds of years hold a treasure-trove of information. Finding these records can reward researchers with biographical information, evidence of relationship, clues to migration, and more. Junel Davidsen will discuss online and on-site research examples from various U.S. locations.

Junel Davidsen, a professional genealogist, worked for 18 years in the San Benito County Clerk/Recorder’s office and 10 years as Assistant Registrar of Voters for Monterey County. She obtained an AA degree in Family Research Studies from Monterey Peninsula College and has been a Board-certified genealogist for ten years. She has attended national genealogy conferences and training workshops, including RootsTech and Association of Professional Genealogists. She has held various positions on the Monterey County Genealogy Society board including President, and served as Legislative Watch Chair for the California State Genealogical Alliance.

Currently, Junel specializes in courthouse research and forensic genealogy. She assists estate administrators in finding missing heirs and helps clients locate missing relatives. Recently she has worked on solving unknown identities using genetic genealogy.

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.


“Thinking is hard work, which is why you don’t see many people doing it.” – Sue Grafton


DNA Sig this morning – just time to make it

Hear our very own sleuth discuss DNA.

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG (“DIG”) meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DIG Meeting:

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

Oct:  Bonnie and Karen

Nov:  Need a volunteer

Dec:  Daniel

10:15 to 10:30  Update on The Other DNA  Linda McNeal Millerick

10:30 to 11:15   The Leeds Method for Color-Clustering AncestryDNA Matches

                                        Cynthia Stormer

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Next meeting:  Saturday October 13, 2018 (Need facilitator)

Barbara is an invited speaker at the following events:

Genetic Genealogy Ireland October 19-Oct 21 2018 in Dublin, Ireland

i4GG San Diego December 7-9 2018

DAR Roundup January 2019 (26th or 19th; date to be confirmed)

Keynote Speaker plus additional four presentations relating to DNA

Junel is an invited speaker at the following events:

MoCoGenSo October 4 2018

DAR Roundup January 2019

Monthly Meeting – September 6 One-Step Webpages: “Finding Presidents and their Ancestors in the Strangest Places” by Stephen Morse

We normally start our meetings at 7:00 pm. Our speaker likes to start earlier to allow for questions and new additions. So we will be starting at 6:30 pm. Don’t be late!

Join Stephen Morse as he shows us that searching for Presidential records is no different than searching for ancestral records. We are used to looking for our ancestors in ship manifests and in census records. We have mastered a variety of tricks for finding people in spite of name misspellings and incorrect birth dates. You might think that United States Presidents are a breed apart from our ancestors, but they are not. They arrived on ships and have come face-to-face with the census taker. He will show you that we will encounter some of the same problems with both, and will use some of the same techniques for resolving them.

Steve was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in 2006, the APGQ Excellence Award, and The National Genealogical Society – Award of Merit in 2007. It was in recognition of exceptional contributions to the Field of Genealogy. His “One-Step” search tools have assisted genealogists greatly by making it easier to find their ancestors within existing large genealogical databases. He is a computer professional who holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

Stephen is one of our favorite speakers, his full biography can be seen here: Stephen Morse Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting!

Doors open at 6:00 pm, the meeting starts at 6:30 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


” Innovative people do not need to be told to do it, they need to be allowed to do it.” – Udi Manber


Immigration Records now at Family Search!

Given that Adam and Eve were born in some country other than the United States (Garden of Eden) then therefore everyone here in the USA is either an immigrant or is descended from immigrants. (Native Americans also immigrated — just longer ago than most!)

Many of our immigrant ancestors came to this country through the portals of Ellis Island. It has always been a challenge to search the records at Ellis Island. I know that Stephen Morse has made it easier on his One-Step web site. And he will be the September speaker here.

BUT — a recent blog post from FamilySearch.org announced that the complete archive of Ellis Island passenger records is now available on their website, today! They are completely indexed with the real imagine available too. Hooray.

Click here to see the blog announcement:

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/archive-ellis-island-records/

The free records include the following:

New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) 1820–1891

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1892–1924

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists 1925–1957

Start searching for your ancestors now. What are you waiting for!


“There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.” – Raymond Reddington


DNA Sig – August 11

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG (“DIG”) meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for SIG Meeting:

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

Sep:  Cynthia and Spenser

Oct:  Need a volunteer

Nov:  Need a volunteer

10:15 to 10:30  Update on The Other DNA  Linda McNeal Millerick

10:30 to 10:45   Patience and Persistence, Using DNA to Solve a Family Puzzle with Wee Bits & Pieces  Bonnie Hill

10:45 to 11:00  DNA Highlights from the 2018 NGS Conference Pat Burrow

11:00 to 11:15  Highlights from GRIP Forensic Genealogy Course July 2018

Barbara Rae-Venter

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Barbara is an invited speaker at the following events:

Genetic Genealogy Ireland Oct 19-Oct 21 2018 in Dublin, Ireland

DAR Roundup January 2019 (26th or 19th; date to be confirmed)

Keynote Speaker plus additional four presentations relating to DNA

The theme of the 2019 Roundup is going to be DNA.  Anyone interested in presenting please let me know and I will pass your name on to the program organizer.