Monterey County Fair

I received this note from someone about the upcoming Monterey County Fair.  I understand some of you would like to enter your “genealogy” in the Fair.  But I need more information.  Please send a scanned copy of the details so I can post it here.

Please include information and deadlines on the county fair. Genealogy entry forms and payment ($1 per entry) are due July 31. www.montereycountyfair.com  p 38 of booklet.

If you write it, I might post it. If you don’t write it, I probably won’t either.

Send to jim.mocogenso@gmail.com

FamilySearch will Discontinue Microfilm Distribution, Soon

On Monday of this week, FamilySearch in Salt Lake City announced that they will soon stop distributing microfilms and fiche. We all knew this would happen eventually, but I for sure didn’t expect it to happen this soon. The last day to order microfilm will be August 31, 2017.

FamilySearch has made significant progress in the digitization of its vast collection of microfilm, making access to records easier than ever. This progress, coupled with changes in the microfilm industry, have made it possible and necessary to discontinue microfilm distribution services.

FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection, with over 1.5 billion images available online. The digitization of remaining microfilms is expected to be completed by 2020. The most requested collections are already available digitally, and all new records are being preserved using digital camera equipment.

Brass tacks:
• you can order films for the next 2 months, until Sept 1
• you can view recently ordered films for 90 days, last day Dec 1
• dinner party to celebrate Dec 7
• the locally stored films will remain here, for now.

This is not the end of the world. Most of the films are already digitized and online. Viewing a digitized “film” online is just like viewing a film, except you don’t turn a crank, you click a mouse button. It is true, scanning through an online film isn’t that fun, but truthfully, neither was hunching over a film reader.

What is good about the online versions is that they are slowly being indexed too! Indexing takes longer than simply copying the film to disk. And spelling errors in the indexes will require that you “crank” the “film” anyway.

There is a gap -> new records are being digitized now using cameras. They estimate the last films won’t be online until 2020. That means some old, not-so-popular films won’t be viewable anywhere for 2+ years. I assume FamilySearch has figured out the order to process films that will have the smallest impact on the fewest people. But if you are concerned, and are reading this now, don’t delay any longer. Order that film soon!

Different History Centers will have different return schedules. Local leaders will manage their collections on loan from FamilySearch and determine when to return films that are already published online. Since we have facilities here to handle storage, it is thought that we will be keeping our rather large library here locally for some time. But that time is unknown.

There are some films here in Seaside on long term storage that are “smoking guns” for my research. I will be making a plan to copy those important images to personal flash drive! And perhaps I might have to do more advertising for folks to index records!

(The one thing I worry about is viewing fiche online. I don’t see how….)


“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” – Thomas Hardy


RootsMagic releases Ancestry features!!

According to the dictionary, SURPRISE means “an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing”. Well, this week has been full of surprising things. Today, for example, we learned that RootsMagic has finally released the update that connects RM to Ancestry!

This is great news to me as I am in the process of switching from The Master Genealogist software to RootsMagic and have made more updates in the Ancestry tree that I have in TMG. I need to be able to blend the two trees without losing anything or anybody!

The “TreeShare for Ancestry” option allows you to upload a tree from RM to Ancestry or download from Ancestry to RM. You can also keep the two trees synchronized, keep them matching. When you upload or download trees, they include pictures as well as sources, notes and other expected items.

The other new option they have added is called “Ancestry Hints Integration“. This basically allows you to work with all those wonderful Ancestry Hints from inside of RootsMagic. If you accept a hint, it will also update your synchronized RM tree!

The upgrade is free to anyone with version 7.x. When you apply the upgrade, you are offered a chance to win a prize. Go for it.

If you have been setting on the sidelines about RootsMagic or Ancestry, perhaps watching a video that shows how the new system in RootsMagic works will help you decide. And if you already have RootsMagic and want a quick tutorial on how to use these new options, you should watch this. Trust me, it is worth it. Do note, it is 36 minutes long, and uses voice and video. https://youtu.be/oDOlq7EFIWA

I’m off to do some serious tree matching and merging now. 🙂


“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” – Clint Eastwood


DNA Notes from Junel Davidson

If you are interested in the free streaming videos of Southern California Jamboree sessions being held June 9-11, see list below. Link to register (free): http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/jamboree/

Don’t have to be a member.

Also DNA sessions on Thursday – ‘pay per view’ see website http://genealogyjamboree.com/

– All available through July 10th, if you can’t watch live.

Friday, June 9

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
FR009 Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FR018 Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
FR027 Treasures in Township Records
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
FR035 From Famine to Plenty – Finding My Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
SA018 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SA027 Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SA036 Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SA045 Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
Presented by Randy Whited

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
SA052 DNA vs. Irish Annals
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
SU009 Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
SU018 Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
SU027 What’s New in Eastern European Genealogy?
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SU036 Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books
Michael John Neill

Not able to watch live? No Problem!

If you can’t watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before midnight, July 10, 2017, on the Jamboree Registration & Viewing Portal (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

You do not have to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos.

Monthly Meeting – June 1, 2017: “Research like a pro: Dayna’s FamilySearch Power Tools” by Dayna Jacobs

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

Most people have used FamilySearch’s record search or family tree features, but few genealogists tap into the powerful research tools available on the free site. FamilySearch is one of the first places professional genealogists go to see what records are available for a locality, and they know how to access these records, whether online, on microfilm or as textual records. Dayna will take you deep into the records side of FamilySearch, and give you the tools to find sources you had no idea existed!

Dayna is one of our favorite speakers, her full biography can be seen here: Dayna Jacobs Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting!

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 at first you don’t succeed, search, search again. That is why we call it re-search.