Category Archives: Meetings

Monthly Meeting – May 2, 2019 – “Identifying, Organizing and Restoring Photos” by Kathy Nielsen, MA, MLS

Where do we start? Our photo collection can be overwhelming and unwieldy. But photos are so important in discovering information about our ancestors. Join Kathy Nielsen as she shares some tips on photo identification, organization and restoration. She will introduce you to Restore, a new and easy photo editing application. There is hope.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy has been an educator and a librarian for over four decades. She has shared her adventures with the Monterey County Genealogy Society, the Monterey Public Library, the Carmel Valley Library, Gentrain, OLLI, and the DAR Ancestor Round-Up Seminar. Kathy incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in her search for her family’s history.

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.


“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein


Monthly Meeting – April 4, 2019 – “My 4 Favorite Things to Do on FamilySearch” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

It’s time to learn a few new tricks on FamilySearch! Dayna will share how she uses the Memories area, show how to attach sources from Records Hints, demonstrate how to find both unindexed and indexed digitized records in the FamilySearch Catalog, and share her favorite ways to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki. If you are stuck in a FamilySearch rut, this will give you some new research ideas.

Dayna Jacobs has been on the staff of the Monterey Family History Center since the mid-1990s and has taught classes on many different topics at various conferences and societies over the years. She enjoys helping and mentoring patrons as they search for their ancestors and served for many years as staff trainer and Assistant Director of the FHC. Dayna also serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, chairing their outreach and public relations committees. She holds the credential of Accredited Genealogist®, with a specialty in Mountain West States, and recently wrote the credentialing exam for the Southwest states.

Websites: ongrannystrail.com; fairytalegenealogy.wordpress.com
APG page: www.apgen.org/directory/search.detail.html?mbr_id=8834
Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/dayna-jacobs-ag/

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.


“We may not know yet where we’re going, but we’ve already left where we’ve been.” – D.T.Max


DNA Sig Meeting Saturday March 9 @ 10 am


This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DIG meeting
 March 9, 2019 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. 

10:15 to 10:30  An introduction to Genetic Affairs auto-clustering for your matches at 23andMe, Ancestry and FTDNA.  This is a simple to use, fun, efficient and very affordable service that delivers very professional results.  John Light

10:30 to 11:00   Using 23andMe Map to Find Matches.  I found matches near home. I’ll show how.  Also, Demonstration of New Ancestry Tools.  Jim Robeson

11:00 to 11:15  Group Think Adoptee Puzzle:  brainstorming with our group.  Bonnie Hill

11:15 to 11:30  Questions


Monthly Meeting – March 7, 2019: “The Monterey County Historical Society & Its Resources”, by James Perry

The Monterey County Historical Society was founded in 1933 and its collections are vast and varied. They are essentially the custodians of the majority of local/regional records from the 1770s through the 1930s. This presentation delves into the history of the Historical Society, and resources they care for, and how we can assist researchers.

James Perry has a M.A. in Museum Studies with an emphasis on Collections Management & Public History. He has served as Curator of Collections & Exhibits for the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive in Valdez, Alaska, as well as, the Museum of the Aleutians in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Locally, he has served as consultant to various organizations for special project initiatives, including the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Royal Presidio Chapel and Missions Carmel, San Juan Bautista, Soledad and San Antonio de Padua. He has served the Monterey County Historical Society in various capacities in 1990, and is currently the Society’s Archivist & Curator.

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 you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton


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!”


DNA Interest Group – 12 Jan 2019 10:00am

This is a reminder for the DIG meeting January 12, 2019 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. 

 

10:15 to 10:30  The Collins’ Leeds clustering tool  by Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15  Introducing the What are the Odds? tool from DNA Painter by Cynthia Stormer

From Cynthia: “This tool has been built to help solve DNA puzzles (including unknown parentage cases). I’ll review the tool using an ongoing case study from my own research.