Category Archives: 2018

Monthly Meeting – November 1: “Webinars and Podcasts for Genealogists” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Genealogists have so many opportunities for learning these days, and some of the easiest are through webinars and podcasts. Webinars are online presentations you can watch from home, and podcasts are like radio shows you can listen to on the go—in your car, while exercising, gardening, or sitting on an airplane. Dayna Jacobs will show us how to find popular webinars and podcasts (both free and subscription-based) and will demonstrate some apps we can use to watch and listen to them. If you’ve wanted to get started watching and listening to webinars and podcasts, this is your “How-to” opportunity!

Dayna Jacobs is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with over 30 years experience in researching, writing, and teaching. She serves on the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). She has her own genealogy blogs (On Granny’s Trail and The Fairy Tale Genealogist), and also maintains the blogs for ICAPGen and UGA.

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.


“There is nothing better than realizing, right after you wake up, that you won’t have to face repercussions for the terrible choices you made in your dream.” – Reddit


Monthly Meeting – October 4 — “Discoveries in Courthouse Deeds” by Junel Davidsen

Don’t miss important information about your family history! Deeds and other documents recorded at the local level contain more than property descriptions, names of buyers/sellers and legal jargon. Records kept by local officials for hundreds of years hold a treasure-trove of information. Finding these records can reward researchers with biographical information, evidence of relationship, clues to migration, and more. Junel Davidsen will discuss online and on-site research examples from various U.S. locations.

Junel Davidsen, a professional genealogist, worked for 18 years in the San Benito County Clerk/Recorder’s office and 10 years as Assistant Registrar of Voters for Monterey County. She obtained an AA degree in Family Research Studies from Monterey Peninsula College and has been a Board-certified genealogist for ten years. She has attended national genealogy conferences and training workshops, including RootsTech and Association of Professional Genealogists. She has held various positions on the Monterey County Genealogy Society board including President, and served as Legislative Watch Chair for the California State Genealogical Alliance.

Currently, Junel specializes in courthouse research and forensic genealogy. She assists estate administrators in finding missing heirs and helps clients locate missing relatives. Recently she has worked on solving unknown identities using genetic genealogy.

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.


“Thinking is hard work, which is why you don’t see many people doing it.” – Sue Grafton


Monthly Meeting – September 6 One-Step Webpages: “Finding Presidents and their Ancestors in the Strangest Places” 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!

Join Stephen Morse as he shows us that searching for Presidential records is no different than searching for ancestral records. We are used to looking for our ancestors in ship manifests and in census records. We have mastered a variety of tricks for finding people in spite of name misspellings and incorrect birth dates. You might think that United States Presidents are a breed apart from our ancestors, but they are not. They arrived on ships and have come face-to-face with the census taker. He will show you that we will encounter some of the same problems with both, and will use some of the same techniques for resolving them.

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.


” Innovative people do not need to be told to do it, they need to be allowed to do it.” – Udi Manber


Monthly Meeting – August 2, 2018: “Building a Family Tree in PowerPoint” by Caleb Smotherman

Join Caleb as he guides you on how to use PowerPoint to manage projects, organize information, and build a family tree. Throughout the lesson, he will give tips and tricks for taking full-advantage of PowerPoint. He will also tell ways to inspire our younger generations to get interested in their own family ancestry, but more importantly, on ways in which they can get involved.

Caleb Smotherman was raised in Savannah, Tennessee. Having served in the military for 9 years, he is currently attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, studying Korean. He has used PowerPoint for about 10 years, and has received Microsoft Advanced Certificates in Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint. He has worked for 4 years in Satellite Communications, and currently working in the Military Intelligence Branch, which uses exclusively Microsoft products for daily work. Caleb got started in genealogy because of his grandfather, and other close relatives who wanted to preserve the family genealogy electronically. He realized there was no proprietary software available that met his needs, or budget. So he used what he knew would manage information. He was able to bring his family tree to digital-life using PowerPoint!

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 know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know how, if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed to write it down, it will be completely gone the next morning? Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab the pencil and start writing.” – Larry Page


Monthly Meeting – June 7, 2018: “Share Your Family’s Stories… Just Jump In and Do It” by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen as she demonstrates ways to share your family’s stories. Self-publish a book, create a video, interview a relative. Family stories may be lost in just three generations. Don’t let your family’s stories end up in the cardboard box in the garage or worse yet in the trash. Create a legacy for your family now. Pass on your stories and those of your ancestors. Kathy will inspire you to get started.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy earned a BA in history at the University of California, Berkeley and a MA in history at Hunter College, City University of New York. After teaching history to high school and middle school students for five years, Kathy returned to UC Berkeley and received a master’s degree in library science. She incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian with her love for travel and 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.


“I have more ancestors than all my ancestors!”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday May 12 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming 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:

Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). (I like to think of mtDNA as the “white part of the egg”.)

Also, Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT



I have just discovered a great place to help me learn about tricks and techniques regarding DNA testing, using Gedmatch, creating dummy trees, and on and on. Perhaps you can learn from this place too. The only gotcha is that it is a group within FaceBook. Aww… If you are a user of FaceBook and you have or are considering DNA testing for genealogy sake, then go to FaceBook and join the group called:

Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques

It is a closed group, you have to name one of the DNA testing companies to get in. It is monitored by Blaine Bettinger. You get new postings whenever they show up. The topics are almost always questions from people — the answers are in the comments. Sure, they won’t all apply to your case, but hang in there! There are over 40,000 members, and your questions are bound to show up! And some really smart people are giving answers!


“If an only child marries an only child, they will never become an aunt or uncle.