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Monthly Meeting – August 2, 2018: “Building a Family Tree in PowerPoint” by Caleb Smotherman

Join Caleb as he guides you on how to use PowerPoint to manage projects, organize information, and build a family tree. Throughout the lesson, he will give tips and tricks for taking full-advantage of PowerPoint. He will also tell ways to inspire our younger generations to get interested in their own family ancestry, but more importantly, on ways in which they can get involved.

Caleb Smotherman was raised in Savannah, Tennessee. Having served in the military for 9 years, he is currently attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, studying Korean. He has used PowerPoint for about 10 years, and has received Microsoft Advanced Certificates in Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint. He has worked for 4 years in Satellite Communications, and currently working in the Military Intelligence Branch, which uses exclusively Microsoft products for daily work. Caleb got started in genealogy because of his grandfather, and other close relatives who wanted to preserve the family genealogy electronically. He realized there was no proprietary software available that met his needs, or budget. So he used what he knew would manage information. He was able to bring his family tree to digital-life using PowerPoint!

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 know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know how, if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed to write it down, it will be completely gone the next morning? Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab the pencil and start writing.” – Larry Page


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday June 9 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

10:00 to 10:10 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations. Please consider volunteering! Work In Progress is Fine.

10:10 to 10:40 “How do you identify an unknown person using autosomal DNA testing?” Barbara Rae-Venter

10:40 to 11:30 “Phasing at GEDmatch: Focus on Father’s autosomal DNA” Junel Davidsen

11:30 to 12:30 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Barbara is a speaker at the following event:
Adoptee Camp Denver, Colorado June 21-June 24 “DNA testing for Adoptees: Tips and Considerations”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it..” – Yogi Berra


Monthly Meeting – June 7, 2018: “Share Your Family’s Stories… Just Jump In and Do It” by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen as she demonstrates ways to share your family’s stories. Self-publish a book, create a video, interview a relative. Family stories may be lost in just three generations. Don’t let your family’s stories end up in the cardboard box in the garage or worse yet in the trash. Create a legacy for your family now. Pass on your stories and those of your ancestors. Kathy will inspire you to get started.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy earned a BA in history at the University of California, Berkeley and a MA in history at Hunter College, City University of New York. After teaching history to high school and middle school students for five years, Kathy returned to UC Berkeley and received a master’s degree in library science. She incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian with her love for travel and 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.


“I have more ancestors than all my ancestors!”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday May 12 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). (I like to think of mtDNA as the “white part of the egg”.)

Also, Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT



I have just discovered a great place to help me learn about tricks and techniques regarding DNA testing, using Gedmatch, creating dummy trees, and on and on. Perhaps you can learn from this place too. The only gotcha is that it is a group within FaceBook. Aww… If you are a user of FaceBook and you have or are considering DNA testing for genealogy sake, then go to FaceBook and join the group called:

Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques

It is a closed group, you have to name one of the DNA testing companies to get in. It is monitored by Blaine Bettinger. You get new postings whenever they show up. The topics are almost always questions from people — the answers are in the comments. Sure, they won’t all apply to your case, but hang in there! There are over 40,000 members, and your questions are bound to show up! And some really smart people are giving answers!


“If an only child marries an only child, they will never become an aunt or uncle.


Monthly Meeting – May 3, 2018: “Genealogy Blogs Made Easy… You Can Do It” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Would you like to share your family’s history and photos with children, grandkids, and cousins? It’s easy to do with a genealogy blog. Learn how to create a free blog where you can post stories, pictures, and documents—a plane where your family is sure to take interest in their ancestors. Choose to make your blog public or private and have fun sharing your research discoveries. Dayna will show you how easy it is to get started, and give you ideas for how to use a blog.

Dayna Jacobs is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with over 30 years experience in researching, writing, and teaching. She serves on the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). She has her own genealogy blogs (On Granny’s Trail and The Fairy Tale Genealogist), and also maintains the blogs for ICAPGen and UGA.

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.


“My husband calls cemeteries ancestor farms.”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday April 14 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:
10:00 to 10:10 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations. Please consider volunteering! Work In Progress is Fine.

10:10 to 10:20 Follow up on Using an iPad for Genealogy Research – James Robeson

10:20 to 10:30 Photograph tips – John Light

10:30 to 11:15 Irish Institute Review – Junel Davidson

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

11:30 to 12:00 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Next meeting: Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA

Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT

 

  • Barbara is an invited speaker at the following event:
  1. Southern California Jamboree May 31-June 2, 2018,
  2. On May 31 at 3:30 pm: Cold Case Solved: The Continuing Story
  3. On June 1 at 5 pm:
    DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT.

“All else being equal, the most likely hypothesis is the one with fewer assumptions.” – Occam’s razor