Monthly Meeting – September 1 “Genealogy Beyond the Y Chromosome: Autosomes Exposed” by Stephen Morse

We have our general meetings on the first Thursday of the month. It just so happens that in September, the first Thursday is also the first day of the month! Don’t let the calendar confuse you.
In addition, 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!

This lecture is a follow-up to a previous lecture that Stephen delivered entitled “From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask”. That lecture described the use of DNA for learning about direct male ancestors and direct female ancestors. This lecture deals with all your ancestors. Stephen is one of our favorite speakers, his biography can be seen here: Stephen Morse Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting!

Doors open at 6:00 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.

“You call it procrastinating, I call it thinking…” – Aaron Sorkin

Monthly Meeting – Aug 4, 2016: “How To Find Your American Revolutionary Ancestor “, by Shelley McFadden

The Revolutionary War lasted for eight long years, beginning with the battle between British troops and local Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord, Mass., on 19 April 1775, and ending with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. If your family tree in America stretches back to this time period, it is likely you can claim descendancy from at least one ancestor who had some type of service related to the Revolutionary War effort. Boys as young as 16 were allowed to serve, so any male ancestors who were between the ages of 16 and 50 between 1776 and 1783 are potential candidates. Women also participated, often accompanying their husbands to battle. Not everyone served in a military capacity, but helped – by providing goods, supplies, or non-military service.

Shelley McFadden began her family genealogical research in 1980’s. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Shelley has served as a past President of the Monterey County Genealogical Society, and as Vice President for Programs. She is a member of the Commodore Sloat Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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.


“Although some things are forgotten because they are unimportant, others lose importance because they are forgotten.” – Rebecca Lemov

Don’t forget your ancestors.


FamilySearch Will Be Down This Monday

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12 midnight MDT(6am UTC), and may be down for up to 24 hours as they test the system. (This will be 10pm Sunday night on the edge of the Western world!)

The entire FamilySearch system will be down, including the APIs that connects to outside applications, such as RootsMagic or the IOS app.

This is a big deal. Nobody shuts their website down for up to 24 hours. Something really important must be in the works.  This presumably involves the cutover to the New Tree Foundation. Once the link between NFS and Family Tree is broken, Tree functionality should improve, especially regarding merging duplicates. This should be better after the cutover occurs.

This is a major upgrade to the FamilySearch back end.  Scheduling up to 24 hours implies FamilySearch is going to do everything they can to insure no lost data.

Tune in Tuesday morning to see how things went.  Join the party at our own local Family History Center all day Tuesday as we learn how to use the new system🙂

Writing Group

This is old news for some folks, I am slow to catch up.

A Family History Writers Group has been formed in the Monterey/Salinas area that meets once a month in the Family History Center.  This group is probably 6 months old now, but I know new people are showing up every once in a while.  This group is being run by local librarians, not by MoCoGenSo and not by the FHC.  But many of our members are interested in writing their family history and this is a great place to get pointers, hints, ideas, etc.

The group meets in the Family History Center on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm in the library.

I have added this meeting to the monthly calendar that posts here to help us remember.  The next meeting is July 20.  I am not a member of this group, so I hesitate to suggest someone to call for more information.  If you are interested, just show up at some future meeting.  There is no cost, no obligation.

Remember, history isn’t history until it is written!🙂