Category Archives: 2019

RootsTech 2019

RootsTech 2019 is ready to start!

The conference will start Wednesday, running Feb. 27 to March 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

RootsTech organizers have posted information on how to view some sessions (called live streaming) free at for those of us unable to attend.  (Remember that times shown are Mountain Time Zone.)

They will also record some classes, for viewing later. This is new this year, so be sure to watch as this list is updated. I see 12 classes, plus the daily keynote sessions. There will be something for everyone!

”Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut.” – Warren Buffet

Monthly Meeting – February 7, 2019 – “Breaking Down Your Genealogical Brick Walls” by Shelley McFadden

We have all encountered brick walls while searching our family tree. We are unable to find a family member or solve a family mystery. How many years have you been searching? Perhaps you are unsure if they are dead, alive, or simply changed their residence? As Detective Sergeant Joe Friday said in the TV series or movie – Dragnet, “Give me the facts Ma’am just the facts.” This presentation will demonstrate a process that will help you break down those brick walls!!

Shelley McFadden has been doing genealogy for over 40 years. She had two grandmothers who at the turn of the 20th Century were busy doing their family genealogy. Shelley is currently the lst Vice President of Programs for Monterey County Genealogy Society, always looking for Genealogy speakers. She is also a member of the local – Commodore Sloat Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Associate member in the Aloha Chapter in Hawaii. Shelley is a Charter Member for The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Hawaii (NSCDA).

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.

“Isn’t genealogy fun? The answer to one problem leads to two more!”

Last minute decision?

The 38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar is being held this next Saturday, January 26. Some folks couldn’t decide ahead of time as to whether they could come or not. Let me help you decide….

The word on the street says it will or won’t rain Saturday — you need not care, the event is being held indoors! And there are indeed seats still available at the conference. All you have to do to attend is show up at the LDS Church in Seaside between 8:00 am-8:30 am with $25! You can register easily and no one will notice you because it is always crowded at the “last minute desk”! Lunch is included! Last class ends between 3:30-4:00 pm. If you have the flu or are attending an inauguration event, you are excused. Otherwise….


  • Parking is tough if you are late. Try to car-pool. And remember, the Church is on a corner –> check the other side!
  • You can connect to Wi-Fi when in the building, the Name and Password is provided in the building. We do ask, though, that you silence your phone while in classes. Vibrate is OK.
  • Addicted to caffeine? None is provided. I bring my thermos and leave it in the car.
  • Need a mid morning boost? I also leave an apple in my car!
  • Tender bottom? Me too. Some chairs are hard. I bring a padded sports cushion!
  • Don’t forget to bring something to take notes with! Pencils and pens are not provided. I am no longer surprised by people trying to borrow my pencil! Yes, it is OK to bring your iPad.

Click here to get more details on the schedule and location.

” It is probable that that improbable things will happen; therefore what is improbable is probable. ” – Jordan Ellenberg


The Cambridge Dictionary defines SIG in Business English to be an abbreviation for Special Interest Group.

Wikipedia defines Special Interest Group (SIG) as a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize conferences. The term was used in 1961 by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an academic and professional computer society.[1] SIG was later popularized on CompuServe, an early online service provider, where SIGs were a section of the service devoted to particular interests.

In other words, SIG is old school!

Along came ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. which is the primo source of knowledge and education concerning the use of genetics for genealogical research. It wasn’t founded until 2006! They are Newcomers!

They decide to call their sub-groups DNA Interest Groups aka DIG. Get it… they dropped the “special” because, I guess, they didn’t know the rules. 🙂 (smile)

— whatever —

So, call it a DIG or a SIG, our DNA Interest Group is special and it meets normally on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am in the Monterey Family History Center located in Seaside, CA.. (why it is called Monterey FHC is another story entirely).

— Next Saturday Jan 12, 2019 —

Cynthia Stormer will discuss the What Are The Odds tool which is part of DNA Painter.

Come join us, I know I am really interested in this topic.

“I actually wanted to post a time traveling joke, but you guys didn’t like it.”


Yo, Banana Boy

January 2019 in Monterey FHC has 3 days to play in

DNA Land

Jan 3 – General Meeting
Jan 12 – DNA Interest Group
Jan 26 – DAR Ancestor Roundup

Never Odd or Even

Dost thou have it as a habit


Come join us as we party

Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam

Monthly Meeting – Jan. 3, 2019: “An overview of the coming DAR Seminars” by Barbara Rae-Venter

The first meeting of the year always includes voting for the Board of Directors for the coming year. If you are interested in volunteering for an open position, speak up before the meeting so we can get you on the slate! When the business is complete, Barbara will then take the floor and proceed with the program.

Barbara Rae-Venter will give us an overview of the upcoming Ancestor Round-Up Genealogical Seminar in which she is involved. She has been selected to be the Keynote Speaker ! She will also be teaching 4 classes. This presentation will cover “Using autosomal DNA to Answer Unknown Parentage Questions.” This meeting will give you a chance to learn about the Seminar and to also ask Barbara questions.

Barbara Rae-Venter is a retired intellectual property attorney who specialized in the patenting of biotechnology inventions. She earned a J.D. from Univ. of Texas at Austin, and a B.A double major in Psychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biology at UC at San Diego. She is a Search Angel with and also helps teach the online autosomal DNA classes they offer to help adoptees use their DNA match results to identify birth relatives. Barbara used this same technique to assist law enforcement with identification of suspects in violent crimes and victims of violent crimes. She is a frequent speaker at genetic genealogy conferences and to genealogy research groups. She is the founder and facilitator of the MoCoGenSo DNA Interest Group (DIG) and a volunteer at the Monterey Family History Center. She also offers fee-based consulting @

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.

AND on the eighth day God said, ‘OK, Murphy, take over.’