MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday June 9 at 10 am

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

10:10 to 10:40 “How do you identify an unknown person using autosomal DNA testing?” Barbara Rae-Venter

10:40 to 11:30 “Phasing at GEDmatch: Focus on Father’s autosomal DNA” Junel Davidsen

11:30 to 12:30 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Barbara is a speaker at the following event:
Adoptee Camp Denver, Colorado June 21-June 24 “DNA testing for Adoptees: Tips and Considerations”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it..” – Yogi Berra


Monthly Meeting – June 7, 2018: “Share Your Family’s Stories… Just Jump In and Do It” by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen as she demonstrates ways to share your family’s stories. Self-publish a book, create a video, interview a relative. Family stories may be lost in just three generations. Don’t let your family’s stories end up in the cardboard box in the garage or worse yet in the trash. Create a legacy for your family now. Pass on your stories and those of your ancestors. Kathy will inspire you to get started.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy earned a BA in history at the University of California, Berkeley and a MA in history at Hunter College, City University of New York. After teaching history to high school and middle school students for five years, Kathy returned to UC Berkeley and received a master’s degree in library science. She incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian with her love for travel and her search for her family’s history.

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.


“I have more ancestors than all my ancestors!”


Family Tree Visualization

This is a quick note to tell you about a web based tool I just discovered tonight. It is so much fun that I had to pop this post so you can try it too (before it goes away?).

The tool is called “Family Tree Visualization” and it can be found here:
https://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/

The tool analyzes your family tree (from the gedcom you upload) and then gives you an interactive display of the tree on your screen. But don’t stop there, move the mouse pointer around, click on the places where I have marked in red below (see left side too), scroll the mouse wheel, experiment => the darn thing is full of information about your tree. This is an excellent tool that is both fun and useful.

The display only shows your ancestors, but the statistics include summarizations from all of your tree! So upload a full gedcom. Use this on your desktop or laptop computer because you need the mouse. No iPads here!

“Wow, this is amazing.” If this is old news to you, then I can only say “Why didn’t you tell me before?”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday May 12 at 10 am

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:

Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). (I like to think of mtDNA as the “white part of the egg”.)

Also, Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT



I have just discovered a great place to help me learn about tricks and techniques regarding DNA testing, using Gedmatch, creating dummy trees, and on and on. Perhaps you can learn from this place too. The only gotcha is that it is a group within FaceBook. Aww… If you are a user of FaceBook and you have or are considering DNA testing for genealogy sake, then go to FaceBook and join the group called:

Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques

It is a closed group, you have to name one of the DNA testing companies to get in. It is monitored by Blaine Bettinger. You get new postings whenever they show up. The topics are almost always questions from people — the answers are in the comments. Sure, they won’t all apply to your case, but hang in there! There are over 40,000 members, and your questions are bound to show up! And some really smart people are giving answers!


“If an only child marries an only child, they will never become an aunt or uncle.


Monthly Meeting – May 3, 2018: “Genealogy Blogs Made Easy… You Can Do It” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Would you like to share your family’s history and photos with children, grandkids, and cousins? It’s easy to do with a genealogy blog. Learn how to create a free blog where you can post stories, pictures, and documents—a plane where your family is sure to take interest in their ancestors. Choose to make your blog public or private and have fun sharing your research discoveries. Dayna will show you how easy it is to get started, and give you ideas for how to use a blog.

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.


“My husband calls cemeteries ancestor farms.”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday April 14 at 10 am

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

10:10 to 10:20 Follow up on Using an iPad for Genealogy Research – James Robeson

10:20 to 10:30 Photograph tips – John Light

10:30 to 11:15 Irish Institute Review – Junel Davidson

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

11:30 to 12:00 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Next meeting: Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA

Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT

 

  • Barbara is an invited speaker at the following event:
  1. Southern California Jamboree May 31-June 2, 2018,
  2. On May 31 at 3:30 pm: Cold Case Solved: The Continuing Story
  3. On June 1 at 5 pm:
    DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT.

“All else being equal, the most likely hypothesis is the one with fewer assumptions.” – Occam’s razor