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:-)

Writing Group

This is old news for some folks, I am slow to catch up.

A Family History Writers Group has been formed in the Monterey/Salinas area that meets once a month in the Family History Center.  This group is probably 6 months old now, but I know new people are showing up every once in a while.  This group is being run by local librarians, not by MoCoGenSo and not by the FHC.  But many of our members are interested in writing their family history and this is a great place to get pointers, hints, ideas, etc.

The group meets in the Family History Center on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm in the library.

I have added this meeting to the monthly calendar that posts here to help us remember.  The next meeting is July 20.  I am not a member of this group, so I hesitate to suggest someone to call for more information.  If you are interested, just show up at some future meeting.  There is no cost, no obligation.

Remember, history isn’t history until it is written!:-)

On Granny’s Trail is Branching Out

Dayna Jacobs is now publishing online video tutorials in YouTube about various genealogical things. We know her as a past FHC Assistant Director, as a current FHC volunteer, as the brains behind the web site On Granny’s Trail and as a friend.

As I write this, there are two videos already posted. You can find them by clicking the following link to her “channel” in YouTube. Dayna’s YouTube Channel

If you misplace this link, to find her channel in YouTube, just search for On Granny’s Trail when in YouTube. You can also Subscribe to her channel so you don’t have to worry about forgetting!


and to think I knew her before she became famous. I will be able to tell all my friends….

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu


Old Monterey County Newspapers Now Online!

If you are doing genealogical research for folks in Monterey County and have wanted to view old newspapers, you had to go to the library to read old microfilms. If you didn’t live in the area, this could be kinda hard to do. Well, hallelujah, blow the horns and wave the flags…. The Monterey Public Library has digitized most of the old newspapers and has made them available online! For free!

The Monterey Herald Newspaper announced the opening of the system today 6/16/2016. This excerpt is from the Herald:

The Monterey Public Library has completed the digitization of its holdings of newspapers on microfilm spanning the years from 1846 to 1930. The papers are now available on the Monterey Public Library’s website and articles can be searched by date, name and event.

Available publications include Alta California, Monterey Argus, Monterey Weekly Cypress, Monterey New Era, Monterey Democrat, Monterey Republican, California Star and Peninsula Daily Herald, among others.

The library is currently continuing the process by digitizing the next batch of Monterey newspapers from 1930 to 1950. Microfilm reels spanning these years will be unavailable during the procedure.

Read the complete announcement in the Herald by clicking here.

You can go straight to the Library page describing what papers are digitized by clicking here www.monterey.org/library/History-Room/Historical-Newspapers

Or you can go straight to the online system by clicking here. My advice is to go to the Library page first so you know what is available and then bookmark the second location.

Meanwhile, I hope the new system can handle the load! It looks great. The Monterey Library deserves our thanks and support!

“Surprise tells us that we were expecting something other than what we got, even when we didn’t know we were expecting anything at all.” – Daniel Gilbert