DNA Interest Group Today!

This is a reminder for the DIG meeting December 1, 2018 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.

Jan 2019: Cynthia Stormer: DNA Painter

10:15 to 10:45 Update on Family History Research by Terry Jackson

Terry will provide an update on his research

10:45 to 11:30 The use of Haplogroups in Family History Research by Daniel Speice

From Daniel: “Sorting out and identifying the individuals, times, and places where African and European genetic inheritances converge I find compelling research. My father’s paternal haplogroup (PH) is E-U290, a PH common among men in Sub-Saharan Africa between Senegal and Cameroon.

My cousin JoAnne Heron is a direct maternal descendant of Susannah Smothers, whose maternal haplogroup (MH) is H5a. Susannah is the mother of Elizabeth Milledge, who I presented to the group a couple of years ago. Elizabeth is the maternal grandmother of my father’s father. I’ll use screen shots to show this for our conversation tomorrow. Susannah I wonder about bearing some African genetic inheritance.

A cousin I match with at 23andMe is Johnnie Swindoll nee Skaggs. The Skaggs family appears in my father’s paternal line in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. I’ve traced this family to a Spelce (including Spelse, Spelts, Speltz, Pelts, and Peltz).

At 23andMe, I share both PH and autosomal DNA with five men of a high percentage of African genetic inheritance. I’m planning next steps for exploring these relations.

I am also researching the genealogy and family histories of my wife, Yolanda, born in Chile, and our daughter, Vanessa, also born in Chile. We became an adoptive family in 1985. I’ve found genetic evidence that convinces me Yolanda and Vanessa are fairly recently related through their mothers’ lines. I’d like to determine the convergence of Indigenous American and European genetic inheritances in the family.

Lastly, I’m beginning to consider use of haplogroups to sort out Irish family relations in Ireland. Many matches who share haplogroups make the challenge mighty.”

Next DIG meeting: January 12 , 2019

23andMe Upgrade Policy Coming?

I tested my DNA at 23andMe in February 2010 on what was called their “chip 2”. Time marches on and 23andMe has developed new chips and new Wellness reports. They are on “chip 5” now. Some of these reports are not available for people who tested early because the SNPs used in the new reports were not included on the older chips.

A couple of weeks ago, I sent a note to the 23andMe Helpdesk asking about an upgrade policy wherein I could retest AND keep all of my ancestry matches I have collected over the years and not have to respond again to all of those health questionnaires.

The Customer Care team responded within a few days with some optimistic news. I don’t think it is wrong of me to share part of their response with you, especially since they did not say it was a secret. This is the salient part:

“Customers genotyped on our latest genotyping chip are eligible for the reports. Upgrades are unavailable at this time. We are currently working on an upgrade policy for our customers and would encourage you to wait for this policy to be finalized. The upgrade policy will allow you to be genotyped on our most up-to-date chip at a discounted rate. More information about upgrades will be available in the coming months.”

I am excited about what this “upgrade policy” will include. They did not specifically say my matches would be retained, but the very idea that they are thinking about it sounds hopeful. “Willing to wait, I am.”

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

December 6, 2018 – Annual Christmas Potluck with the Family History Center

Come join The Monterey County Genealogy Society and The Family History Center volunteers, as we celebrate this Christmas Season. We will be giving thanks for a wonderful year learning about the world of Genealogy, as well as thanking you for your participation. Please join us for this annual potluck event. All are welcome. This is a time for stories, games, and good cheer – so bring a dish to share. Join in the fun and merriment while we get to know others who are also interested in learning about their family histories. There will be lots of fun and good cheer, and the food is great! 🙂

Doors open at 5:30 pm, the party starts at 6:00pm in the Fireside Room. Enter through the FHC doors.

We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building. For Information: (831) 915-9465.

Come join us for our Annual Christmas Celebration and Potluck.
This is a time to give thanks for a wonderful year.

DNA Interest Group meets Saturday

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA Interest Group (“DIG”) meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  We will meet in the book library itself rather than the room next door.


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  Why am I so different from my siblings? by Karen Cnunningham  

Karen will talk about her use of DNA testing to answer this question.

10:30 to 11:15  Helping Law Enforcement Develop Suspects in Violent Crimes by Barbara Rae-Venter  

I have been invited to give a half day workshop on Wednesday November 14, 2018 on this topic by the Alameda DA’s office.  Attendees will include members of the DA’s office as well as local police departments, including Oakland and Livermore.   This is a practice presentation for that Workshop.  All comments and suggestions for improvement are welcomed.

Barbara is an invited speaker at the following events:

i4GG San Diego December 7-9 2018

Santa Clara Law School January 14, 2019

DAR Roundup January 26 2019

Keynote Speaker plus additional four presentations relating to DNA

DENT Santa Fe, New Mexico March 23-26, 2019

GFO Days, Seattle Genealogy Society March 30-31, 2019

Dartmouth College Symposium May 2, 2019 Keynote Speaker

Junel is an invited speaker at the following events:
DAR Roundup January 2019

Genetic Genealogy DNA Sig Nov 10

Barbara Rae-Venter’s lecture to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference has made it’s way to YouTube You can see it here: Barbara in Ireland

There were many other big names in the Genealogy/DNA field at the conference! You can subscribe to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland channel at YouTube and watch them all for free as they appear.

Of course, you can see Barbara and many other LOCAL folks who are interested in DNA and genealogy at the next DNA Sig, right here in the Monterey Bay Area at 10:00 am this coming Saturday Nov 10 at the Family History Center in Seaside. FHC location

“Why do you never see elephants hiding in the trees? – Because they are really good at it.”