Category Archives: 2017

Monthly Meeting – June 1, 2017: “Research like a pro: Dayna’s FamilySearch Power Tools” by Dayna Jacobs

We have our general meetings on the first Thursday of the month. It just so happens that in June, the first Thursday is also the first day of the month! Don’t let the calendar confuse you.

Most people have used FamilySearch’s record search or family tree features, but few genealogists tap into the powerful research tools available on the free site. FamilySearch is one of the first places professional genealogists go to see what records are available for a locality, and they know how to access these records, whether online, on microfilm or as textual records. Dayna will take you deep into the records side of FamilySearch, and give you the tools to find sources you had no idea existed!

Dayna is one of our favorite speakers, her full biography can be seen here: Dayna Jacobs 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.

If at first you don’t succeed, search, search again. That is why we call it re-search.

DNA Sig Meets May 13

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  The Meeting will be in the room across the hall from the FHC office.

Topic: mitochondrial DNA

Definition of mitochondrial DNA. : an extranuclear double-stranded DNA found exclusively in mitochondria that in most eukaryotes is a circular molecule and is maternally inherited —abbreviation mtDNA.


Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from mothers to both sons and daughters, but sons cannot pass along their mothers’ mtDNA to their children. This is because mtDNA is transmitted through the female egg. … You inherited your mtDNA exclusively from your mother.

Great topic for Mother’s Day – 1

Monthly Meeting – 4 May 2017: “Preparing For A Genealogy Road Trip”, by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen as she shares delights and pitfalls in organizing a genealogy road trip. Travel with her overseas and to locations within the United States and Canada. She will make suggestions on how to begin planning, whom to contact, and what to see. Much depends on your goals. Are you planning a serious research trip or a chance to get an overview of the land from which your ancestors came? Who are your travel companions? Are they genealogists or friends and family? These questions will have a bearing on your plans. Join Kathy as she walks you through the process, and shares some of her successes and her challenges..

Kathy Nielsen is a Reference Librarian at the Monterey Public Library. She works at the Library Help Desk and in the California History Room. Kathy earned a B.A. in History at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M. A. in History at Hunter College, City University of New York. After teaching history in high school and Middle school, she returned to U.C. Berkeley and obtained a Masters in Library Science. Kathy combines her skills as a historian, a storyteller, and a librarian with her love for travel and her search for her family’s history. See more about Kathy here.

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.

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” – Neil Gaiman

Monthly Meeting – 6 April 2017: “U.S. Gen Web Project”, by Gary Carlsen

Join Gary Carlsen, the MoCoGenSo President, as he shares his wisdom about volunteers in the genealogical world. The US GenWeb Project at consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and state of the United States. The project is non-commercial & fully committed to free access for everyone. State and county sites vary in makeup, but all offer a wide variety of genealogical information. Join Gary as he explores this valuable free online site.

Gary has been a member, and officer of the Monterey County Genealogy Society from 1990 to present. He is currently the President, and has held many positions on the Board of Directors, currently – Editor of the MoCoGenSo Newsletter, and Genealogist and Publications Chairperson. He has transcribed two publication for MoCoGenSo – “The First Soldiers and Census,” and “1889 Monterey County Directory.” He is a volunteer librarian at our local Family History Center for the past 25 years. In 1996 he completed “Across the Sea Across the Prairie” a 300 page history on his mother’s family back to the early 1700’s in France. Gary began in 1990, researching his family and his wife, Carolyn’s family, a seventh generation native Californian. In that time, he has located over 20,000 family members to which he and his wife are related. He has given many presentations over the years for MoCoGenSo, the DAR and other Societies. He has been a great source of genealogical information, as well as, for our Monterey County. See more about Gary here.

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.

“It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.” – Bill Watterson