Category Archives: 2017

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.

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.

Monthly Meeting – September 7 “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools” by Stephen Morse

We normally start our meetings at 7:00 pm. Our speaker likes to start earlier to allow for questions and new additions. So we will be starting at 6:30 pm. Don’t be late!

Stephen Morse will talk about his One-Step website, which started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards the site was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last minute bidding on eBay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

Steve was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in 2006, the APGQ Excellence Award, and The National Genealogical Society – Award of Merit in 2007. It was in recognition of exceptional contributions to the Field of Genealogy. His “One-Step” search tools have assisted genealogists greatly by making it easier to find their ancestors within existing large genealogical databases. He is a computer professional who holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

Stephen is one of our favorite speakers, his full biography can be seen here: Stephen Morse Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting!

Doors open at 6:00 pm, the meeting starts at 6:30 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein


August 2017 Meeting Notes

Bill Hannah, our VP of Ways and Means, spoke the other night about his experiences at the RoosTech 2017 conference. He also showed us about the Wolfram Alpha web site.

He has made his presentation slides available and a copy of the Wolfram Alpha handout he provided. You can download them here by clicking on the respective link:

Presentation Slides
There are Presentation Notes for some of the slides. Your PDF viewer should be able to show them. But you have to look for them.

WolframAlpha Handoute Book


You can learn more about RootsTech 2018 by Clicking Here.

Next year, the Conference is Feb 28 – March 3, 2018


And you can go straight to the Wolfram Alpha site by Clicking Here.

When you get to Wolfram Alpha, type this request into the window: My Grandfather’s Niece’s Daughter to get a sense of how this site can be used for genealogy!


“Creativity is the residue of time wasted. – Albert Einstein