Monthly Meeting – Oct 6, 2016: “Free Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Online Learning”, by Dayna Jacobs

Dayna Jacobs began her genealogical career way before the internet was invented. She has actually worked with un-digitized microfilms! But she has kept up with the modern world. She is now an accredited genealogist, and in addition to a Facebook presence, she has her own blog On Granny’s Trail and a YouTube channel Dayna’s Channel about genealogy.

She will be sharing with us some of the ways she has found for us to learn more about genealogical methods ourselves. We can expand our knowledge through free genealogy classes, and webinars, and online learning. This meeting should be helpful to all levels of genealogical “searchers”.

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.


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Identity Puzzle Solved by Local DNA Researchers

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

This weekend’s DNA SIG has an exciting story to tell. The identity/ancestry of Lisa Jensen has been solved. For over a year now, a team put together by Barbara Rae-Venter, including Junel Davidsen, has been working on the real criminal case using DNA analysis and good old genealogical methods and lots of plain hard work. Come to this meeting of the DNA SIG to hear how our detectives cracked the case and gave Lisa her history!

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:
10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30 Bring a Question Genetic Genealogy Question for DNA SIG members
(topic suggested by John Light)

10:30 to 11:15 “Who is Lisa Jensen? How We Found the Answer” by Barbara Rae-Venter and Junel Davidsen

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion


“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee


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🙂