Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

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There is another genealogical society across the bay, to the north, in our sister city Santa Cruz. The best way to stay informed about the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is to go their own website: http://scgensoc.org/

All meetings are located in

  • Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch
    • 224 Church Street
    • Meeting room, 2nd floor
    • Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    • 831-427-7707, ext. 5794


Meeting Schedules – February 7, 2018

  • General Meeting
    • February 7 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Junel Davidsen/ – Researching Local Land Records

Don’t miss important information about your family history! Local land records 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 relationships, clues to migration and more.


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DNA SIG – Saturday Jan 13

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG 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 DNA 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.

Bonnie Hill and Barbara Rae-Venter both attended the FamilyTreeDNA 2017 Project Administrators’ Annual Meeting in Houston and the 2017 i4GG Conference in San Diego.  They are each going to cover some of the presentations from those conferences.

10:15 to 10:45  Bonnie:  LivingDNA* presentation by Katie Welka

FTDNA Group Administrator Pages (GAP) Breakout Session

*LivingDNA is a new consumer DNA testing company:  www.livingdna.com

10:45 to 11:15   Barbara:  Pedigree Triangulation by CeCe Moore

Science the Heck out of Your DNA by Leah Larkin

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Reminder:  The DAR Ancestor Round Up is on Saturday February 3, 2018 at the FHC 8:30 to 3:30.

Barbara is giving two presentations at the Roundup:

  1. Can DNA Testing Help Me With My Brick Wall?  This is an introductory level presentation
  2. New Tools For Making The Most Of Your Autosomal DNA Matches.  This is an advanced level presentation.

Barbara is also giving a presentation at the MoCoGenSo monthly meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7 pm:

  1. I Have Taken a DNA Test: Now What Do I Do? This is an intermediate level presentation.

“One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.” – Franklin P. Jones


Ancestor Roundup by the DAR February 3, 2018

reserve the date — 3 February 2018 — is coming

The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its 37th annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar again in January.

Many of you know this is the best genealogical meeting on the central California coast! As always, it will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here in Seaside, CA. If you are working on your genealogy, you really need to come to this seminar. I know I’ll be there.

The seminar will be held all day Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is provided.

There will be over 25 classes during the day. You can pick and choose from the calendar and actually attend up to 5 classes during the day, including the Keynote. The keynote speaker will be Karen Clifford!

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There are 2 ticket options, both include lunch! $20 gives you a downloadable syllabus, $30 gives you a printed syllabus. Get the signup form by clicking below. Print the signup form to mail in.

Or, for Signup Form in PDF format Click Here

“Start with what you know.”

Transferring DNA from one company to another

If you have taken an autosomal DNA test at one company, sometimes you can transfer the data to another company and get a discount on the new reports.  Sometimes the volunteers at the FHC get asked “what can be transferred where?”  Personally, I can never remember.

I found this chart online at the blog of Roberta Estes at DNAeXplained that shows what can go where and thought you might find this useful.

Monthly Meeting – Jan. 4, 2018: “How Our FHC Can Help You”, by Shelley McFadden

The first meeting of the year always includes voting for the Board of Directors for the current year. If you are interested in volunteering for an open position, speak up before the meeting so we can get you on the slate! When voting is complete, Shelley will then take the floor and proceed with the program.

The Family History Center (FHC) is a branch of FamilySearch, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. These FHCs are located all over the world, 4,700 FHCs in 134 Countries. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history. They do this by: 1) Giving personal one-on-one assistance. 2) Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet, and/or with their local library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.

Come find out how our FHC can help you do your research.

Shelley has been doing genealogy research for over 35 years. She is the 1st Vice President, and Program Chair for Monterey County Genealogy Society. She is also a regular speaker at the Ancestor Round-up Conference.

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.


“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – Barack Obama