Category Archives: Meetings

December 7, 2017 – Annual Joint Christmas Potluck with the Family History Center

Come join The Monterey County Genealogy Society and The Family History Center volunteers, as we celebrate this Christmas Season. We will be giving thanks for a wonderful year learning about the world of Genealogy, as well as thanking you for your participation. Please join us for this annual potluck event. All are welcome. This is a time for stories, games, and good cheer – so bring a dish to share. Join in the fun and merriment while we get to know others who are also interested in learning about their family histories. There will be lots of fun and good cheer, and the food is great! 🙂

Doors open at 5:30 pm, the party starts at 6:00pm in the Fireside Room. Enter through the FHC doors.

We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building. For Information: (831) 915-9465.
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Come join us for our Annual Christmas Celebration and Potluck.
This is a time to give thanks for a wonderful year.

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Monthly Meeting – November 2 “Searching For California Courthouse Records” by Junel Davidsen

Junel Davidsen will tell us about the many changes that have occurred over the years in the County courthouses involving record keeping, indexing, and storage, as well as, access limitations. Courthouse records are maintained by each of the 58 counties in California, and are not found at the State Archives (with a few exceptions). Procedures for accessing the records vary county by county. We will discuss these changes, historical background about California records, and give examples for searching onsite. Suggestions for preliminary work and where to find some digitized information online will also be discussed.

Junel Davidsen, is a Certified Genealogist, and former Assistant County Clerk/Recorder. She has worked in the San Benito County Courthouse for 18 yrs, and the Monterey County Elections for 10 yrs, She obtained an AA in Family Research Studies, and specializes in forensic genealogy and courthouse research. She Assists Estate Administrators in finding missing heirs and helping clients locate missing relatives. Recently she helped a person find her true identity using genealogy methods and DNA tools. Junel has assisted in documenting members of an American Indian Tribe, plus coordinated the descendant search for the Washington Territorial Sesquicentennial (150 Year) Celebration. She researched locally for a TV series “Faces of America.”

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.


” Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain


Monthly Meeting – October 5 “Researching in Washington, D.C. Without Leaving Home” by Dayna Jacobs

Washington, D.C. is home to the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the DAR Library – all treasure troves of records for genealogists, but few of us ever have the opportunity to visit these repositories in person. Come and learn how to access the records they hold without leaving home, including maps, land records, military files, newspapers, congressional records, DAR applications, Social Security, and U.S. patent records. Dayna Jacobs will share what she learned in the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy course titled, “Researching in Washington, D.C. Without Leaving Home.”

Dayna Jacobs serves on the board of the Utah Genealogical Assoc. and is one of the five Professional Accredited for U.S. Mountain West States Research. She will also be serving another term on ICAPGen as Public Relations Chair. She has taught at the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Washington, the BYU Genealogy Conference, and the New England Regional Genealogy Conference, also with Ancestor Roundup. Dayna has been researching, teaching, and writing since 1988 and has been on staff at the Monterey, FHC since 1998, where she serves as a consultant and former Staff trainer and Asst. Director. She enjoys educating and mentoring genealogists. She has her own genealogy blog “On Granny’s Trail,” which is a resource for Western States research and beyond.

Dayna is one of our favorite speakers. She is the go-to gal at the FHC when I have questions! Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting.

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 will never be 100% ready, just start.” – Bill Gates


DNA Sig – Saturday Sep 9

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this 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 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30 Follow up discussion on Who’s your Mamma? Charlotte Jane’s many stories given by Patricia Burrow Barbara Rae-Venter and Pat Burrow

10:30 to 11:15 Use of the X chromosome in solving family history mysteries
by Barbara Rae-Venter
In March 2016, Barbara volunteered her time to assist “Lisa Jensen”, a woman in her 30’s, learn who her parents are and where she is from. Lisa was abducted when she was less than six months old. When arrested, her kidnapper refused to provide any information as to who Lisa was or where she was from.

The story of identifying Lisa and the surprising aftermath is summarized in the following newspaper article:

Boston Globe

In previous presentations on the “Lisa Project”, Barbara has focused on the methodology used to identify Lisa’s parents, namely autosomal DNA segment triangulation. In this presentation, she will discuss the use of the X chromosome in genetic genealogy and in particular, the role it played in identifying Lisa’s immediate family. In addition, Barbara will share some of the insights she learned from working on the Lisa Project.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

Next meeting: Saturday October 14, 2017

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.