Category Archives: 2017

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

Monthly Meeting – Aug. 3, 2017: “Rootstech & Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conferences’”, by Bill Hannah

Join Bill as he recounts his experience at RootsTech 2017, the premier annual genealogy conference in Salt Lake City. He will discuss the event organization, highlight several of the world-class speakers, and give an overview of the 200+ classes available. He will present several specific topics from some of the classes that you will be able to use in your genealogy research. Bill will conclude with a brief discussion of our recent Board decision to join the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), what it means to the society as a whole, and to the individual members. He has been designated our society’s contact person and delegate for FGS. The FGS Conference this year will be “Building Bridges to the Past”, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 30-September 2, 2017.

Bill Hannah is a retired Army Officer, and defense contractor. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics (Clemson), and M.S. in Operations Research (NPS). He enjoys applying research skills gained through these degrees and throughout his career into his genealogical quests. Bill has a rich family history from the South, Midwest, and from Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. He has been a member of Monterey County Genealogy Society since 2010, and is currently serving on its board. He is a member of our local SAR. He has also been a speaker for — The Annual Ancestor Round-up Conference, and The Monterey Bay Colony of the Mayflower Society.

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.

“Mathematics is the extension of common sense by other means.” – Jordan Ellenberg

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