Last minute decision?

The 38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar is being held this next Saturday, January 26. Some folks couldn’t decide ahead of time as to whether they could come or not. Let me help you decide….

The word on the street says it will or won’t rain Saturday — you need not care, the event is being held indoors! And there are indeed seats still available at the conference. All you have to do to attend is show up at the LDS Church in Seaside between 8:00 am-8:30 am with $25! You can register easily and no one will notice you because it is always crowded at the “last minute desk”! Lunch is included! Last class ends between 3:30-4:00 pm. If you have the flu or are attending an inauguration event, you are excused. Otherwise….

Hints:

  • Parking is tough if you are late. Try to car-pool. And remember, the Church is on a corner –> check the other side!
  • You can connect to Wi-Fi when in the building, the Name and Password is provided in the building. We do ask, though, that you silence your phone while in classes. Vibrate is OK.
  • Addicted to caffeine? None is provided. I bring my thermos and leave it in the car.
  • Need a mid morning boost? I also leave an apple in my car!
  • Tender bottom? Me too. Some chairs are hard. I bring a padded sports cushion!
  • Don’t forget to bring something to take notes with! Pencils and pens are not provided. I am no longer surprised by people trying to borrow my pencil! Yes, it is OK to bring your iPad.

Click here to get more details on the schedule and location.


” It is probable that that improbable things will happen; therefore what is improbable is probable. ” – Jordan Ellenberg


Bring a flash drive to your Family History Center

The printer in the Monterey Family History Center will be out of commission for about a week.

This is a good reminder to bring your Flash drive, aka thumb drive, jump drive, usb stick, etc. with you when ever you come to the FHC. Always keep one in your purse or on your key chain.

“Loosing weight doesn’t seem to be working, so I’m going to concentrate on getting taller.”

DNA Interest Group – 12 Jan 2019 10:00am

This is a reminder for the DIG meeting January 12, 2019 at the Seaside FHC at 10:00 am.  

We will meet in the Library.

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. 

 

10:15 to 10:30  The Collins’ Leeds clustering tool  by Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15  Introducing the What are the Odds? tool from DNA Painter by Cynthia Stormer

From Cynthia: “This tool has been built to help solve DNA puzzles (including unknown parentage cases). I’ll review the tool using an ongoing case study from my own research.

38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, 26 January 2019
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seaside, California, on the Monterey Peninsula

This year’s seminar will emphasize using DNA in your genealogy research.

The keynote speaker is nationally known genetic genealogist, Barbara Rae-Venter, JD, Ph.D, who is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.com, which helps adoptees identify birth relatives through DNA matching. She has also assisted law enforcement in the identification of crime victims and perpetrators.

Another major player in the genetic genealogy world who will be teaching classes is Katherine Borges, a co-founder and Director of ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. which is the primo source of knowledge and education concerning the use of genetics for genealogical research. Katherine is a member of Southern California Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.

Both Barbara and Katherine will be presenting 4 classes. Oh my, how to choose…. ISOGG has that Y-Haplogroup Tree that I so love! And their Wiki is a tremendous source of hard-to-remember data!  And there are 27 other classes to attend too…. (is it time to create a 2-day seminar)

We have posted the full class schedule in a previous Post: see here.

For those in a hurry who want to just get the Order Form, Click Here and just mail it in.

For directions to the Church where the Seminar is held:  see here.


“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.” – Oliver Herford


DIG or SIG

The Cambridge Dictionary defines SIG in Business English to be an abbreviation for Special Interest Group.

Wikipedia defines Special Interest Group (SIG) as a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize conferences. The term was used in 1961 by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an academic and professional computer society.[1] SIG was later popularized on CompuServe, an early online service provider, where SIGs were a section of the service devoted to particular interests.

In other words, SIG is old school!

Along came ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. which is the primo source of knowledge and education concerning the use of genetics for genealogical research. It wasn’t founded until 2006! They are Newcomers!

They decide to call their sub-groups DNA Interest Groups aka DIG. Get it… they dropped the “special” because, I guess, they didn’t know the rules. 🙂 (smile)

— whatever —

So, call it a DIG or a SIG, our DNA Interest Group is special and it meets normally on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am in the Monterey Family History Center located in Seaside, CA.. (why it is called Monterey FHC is another story entirely).

— Next Saturday Jan 12, 2019 —

Cynthia Stormer will discuss the What Are The Odds tool which is part of DNA Painter.

Come join us, I know I am really interested in this topic.


“I actually wanted to post a time traveling joke, but you guys didn’t like it.”


DNA Detective

The leader and founder of our DNA Interest Group here at MoCoGenSo, Barbara Rae-Venter, was just featured in NATURE Magazine as one of “10 people who mattered this year”!

This is impressive because NATURE is one of the most recognizable scientific journals in the world, which has been ranked as the world’s most cited scientific journal, making it one of the world’s top academic journals. It is one of the few remaining academic journals that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields.

Nature’s 10 is the journal’s annual list of ten people who mattered in science this year. Their role in science may have had a significant impact on the world, or their position in the world may have had an important impact on science. In ten short profiles we reveal the human stories behind some of the year’s most important discoveries and events.

This year, Barbara was picked as one of the 10. They labeled her DNA Detective.

The full set of 10 “mattered” list can be seen here: NATURE 10 for 2018. Or find it in the printed 20 December 2018 issue of NATURE.

If you want to see Barbara in person, come to our monthly DNA Interest Group meetings (free) or come to the DAR Ancestor Roundup this year where Barbara is the Keynote speaker. We are lucky to have Barbara in our group, helping us with our own genetic genealogy puzzles.

Palindromes

Yo, Banana Boy

January 2019 in Monterey FHC has 3 days to play in

DNA Land

Jan 3 – General Meeting
Jan 12 – DNA Interest Group
Jan 26 – DAR Ancestor Roundup

Never Odd or Even

Dost thou have it as a habit

Aibohphobia

Come join us as we party

Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam