Category Archives: 2017

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 www.usgenweb.org 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


Monthly Meeting – March 2, 2017: “The Law of Unintended Consequences”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

Join Barbara Rae-Venter as she tells the full story about how her efforts helped one person discover her identify and, in the process, solve multiple murders too.

Topic: The Law of Unintended Consequences

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. (Attributed to Yogi Berra)

Summary: “A fork in my road that I took in March, 2015 was to volunteer my time to help a young woman, Lisa Jensen, find her birth family.” Lisa was abducted when less than a year old and did not know who she is or where she was from.

The fork Barbara took did lead to identification of Lisa’s mother and identifying her father as one of five brothers. A video on the technique used to accomplish this, DNA triangulation, is available for purchase as Lecture 9 at http://i4gg.org/conference-videos/.

The presentation will cover some of the highly unexpected, but serendipitous, consequences that have resulted from solving who Lisa is. They include enabling law enforcement to solve several cold case murders. Some details are still confidential at this time, but public disclosure in a press release was made in late January.

Who knew that choosing to help someone find out who she is would help solve a series of murders that have stumped detectives for decades?

Barbara is a volunteer at the Monterey Family History Center and founded and leads the DNA Sig for MoCoGenSo. She uses primarily online research tools and has made extensive use of genetic testing of herself and multiple family members to supplement her research into her own family. Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and a J .D. from the University of Texas at Austin Law School. Now retired from teaching and private legal practice, Barbara is helping those interested with their genetic genealogy efforts. To see her full biography Click Here. We are lucky to have her in our community.

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.


DNA Sig Meets tomorrow Feb 4th

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG will meet this Saturday February 4 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).

NOTE – This is not the standard schedule — we will revert to 2nd Saturday in March.

Schedule:

10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30 Update on Sequel to the Lisa Project Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15 “Revealing Cousins in Ireland” by John Light

Summary: 19th century genealogy research and 21st century genomics converge. John will discuss recent autosomal and X-DNA matches that are beginning to fill in the story.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

Next DNA SIG meeting: Saturday March 11, 2017 at 10 am


“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.” – old Irish wish


Monthly Meeting – Feb. 2, 2017: “Searching for Your Roots at the Public Library”, by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen, a Reference Librarian at the Monterey Public Library, as she shares her search for her family. Discover the treasures the Monterey Public Library offers to those researching their Monterey families, and to those searching for families who settled in other parts of the United States. She will inform us on the holdings of the “California History Room,” a repository specializing in California History on the Monterey Peninsula, extending from Moss Landing to Big Sur to Carmel Valley. She will demonstrate how to research families in the context of their time, and will share tips on how to access resources in Public Libraries and Archives throughout the United States.

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 Univ. of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in History at Hunter College, City Univ. of NY. After teaching history in schools for five years, she returned to U.C. Berkeley and obtained a Masters in Library Science. She then served as a school librarian. She incorporates her skills as a historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in 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.


“A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.” – Alan M. Dershowitz