As a parent we learn that children should not be told things until they are ready. But they become ready generally sooner than we expect. As a child we soon learn that our parents do not know everything.

With these opening words, I am going to mention a new website that perhaps no one should know about. Yet if we don’t find out about it, we can’t protect ourselves. Yet perhaps as genealogists we might want to use it!

There is a new site called that will let you build a family tree and share it with others. This is a “genealogical” site.

Yet, it allows anyone, for free, without an account, to search for living people and discover information that you might not want available so publicly.

From their website:

Our mission is to create the best free genealogy site in the world. We want it to be super easy to use for new users yet powerful for experienced genealogists.

From Snopes:

The web site in question,, allows users to look up a person by first and last name. The site then pulls up information about the named person obtained from public records, such as age, month and year of birth, immediate family members and “associates,” and past and current addresses. The searches are provided free of charge.

Persons whose information appears on the web site can use the “opt out” to block their information from being displayed to users, and our tests so far indicate that that option does work. However, as we have noted about similar search services in the past, your personal information will still be available through the underlying public record sources used by FamilyTreeNow (and others). Those third-party records will still exist and will remain publicly accessible, so the same information provided by FamilyTreeNow will remain available to others, either working on their own or using information aggregators similar to FamilyTreeNow.

In short, removing your personal information from display by Internet aggregators isn’t a one-time deal, but rather more like a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole: You might swat down an aggregator site or two, but more of them will inevitably pop up. was launched in 2014, so I am slow to notice. But no one I know has heard of it either. So I decided to let you know about it. You can quickly go find details about your cousins! Or you can quickly go block your own personal data from view.

You can be the parent and the child….

DNA SIG Meets Saturday Jan 14

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG will meet this Saturday January 14 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).


10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 11:15 True Identity of A Man with Multiple Names Determined after 88 Years Using DNA
Who My Maternal Grandfather Really Was

by Junel Davidsen

Summary: The focus of this presentation is on the importance of ‘building-out’ family trees with information from selected DNA matches and other genealogical sources. In this case, with no real surname to start with, DNA match information was used to build collateral lines in order to determine families where direct relationships might exist. The value of testing at 3 companies: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FTDNA is also emphasized.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

“The hardest thing in the world is waiting until the movie starts to eat your popcorn.”

21 Jan 2017 – DAR Ancestor Roundup reminder

The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its 36th annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar again in January.

Many of you know this is the best genealogical meeting on the central California coast! As always, it will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here in Seaside, CA. If you are working on your genealogy, you really need to come to this seminar. I know I’ll be there.

The seminar will be held all day Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is provided.

There will be over 25 classes during the day. You can pick and choose from the calendar and actually attend up to 5 classes during the day, including the Keynote. The keynote speaker will be announced soon!

There are 2 ticket options, both include lunch! $20 gives you a downloadable syllabus, $30 gives you a printed syllabus. Get a copy of the flyer with signup form by clicking below. Print the signup form to mail in.

for mail-in Signup Form ==> Click Here

Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Monthly Meeting – Jan. 5, 2017: “How to Find Your American Civil War Ancestor”, by Shelley McFadden

The first meeting of the year always includes voting for the Board of Directors for the current year. Please come vote. And if you are interested in volunteering for an open position, speak up before the meeting so we can get you on the slate! When voting is complete, Shelley will then take the floor and talk about finding Civil War ancestors.

Ever wonder if one of your ancestors fought in the American Civil War from April 12, 1861 to May 10, 1965, ending with the capture of President Jefferson Davis. Most soldiers and sailors were men between the ages of 18 and 30, so they would have been born between 1831 and 1846. Some were as young as 10 or as old as 70, which widens the birth years to between 1791 and 1854. Did one your ancestors die between April 1861 and June 1865? Did he die in a Southern state or a different state than where his family was living? These might indicate that he died as a soldier in the Civil War. Learn more about finding you American Civil War Ancestor. Come learn about the travel routes used by our ancestors.

Shelley has been doing genealogy research for over 35 years. She is the 1st Vice President, and Program Chair for Monterey County Genealogy Society. She is also a speaker at the Ancestor Round-up Conference in January 21, 2017 in Seaside.

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.

“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

DNA Sig Meets Saturday December 10

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting Saturday December 10 at the Family History Center in Seaside.  The Meeting will be across the hall from the FHC office.

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

10:00 to 10:15   Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 11:15  “Identifying David Volk’s Parents

                           by Barbara Rae-Venter
David Volk was abandoned as a newborn baby in the ladies room of a McDonalds in Newark, New Jersey on 22 December 1977.   Wth some interesting twists and turns, his parents have been identified using autosomal DNA testing.

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Next meetingSaturday January 14, 2017 at 10 am

Hope to see you there.

Researching Genealogy in Silicon Valley

Junel Davidsen gave a really interesting talk during our November 2016 monthly meeting about researching in Santa Clara County, CA, also known as Silicon Valley, and historically known as The Valley of The Heart’s Delight!

We have here the handout containing resources and instructions that Junel provided at the meeting. It includes a map of the area showing where to go. The file is a PDF with “live” links. Download and enjoy.

Researching Santa Clara County