Category Archives: 2018

MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday April 14 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:
10:00 to 10:10 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations. Please consider volunteering! Work In Progress is Fine.

10:10 to 10:20 Follow up on Using an iPad for Genealogy Research – James Robeson

10:20 to 10:30 Photograph tips – John Light

10:30 to 11:15 Irish Institute Review – Junel Davidson

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

11:30 to 12:00 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Next meeting: Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA

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

 

  • Barbara is an invited speaker at the following event:
  1. Southern California Jamboree May 31-June 2, 2018,
  2. On May 31 at 3:30 pm: Cold Case Solved: The Continuing Story
  3. On June 1 at 5 pm:
    DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT.

“All else being equal, the most likely hypothesis is the one with fewer assumptions.” – Occam’s razor


Genealogy in Indian Country

Brad Stimson, the new Director of the Monterey Family History Center, has announced that there will be a special meeting about American Indian genealogy.

This meeting isn’t on our normal calendar since it is new and unusual and is not sponsored by MoCoGenSo.  But Brad has invited us all.  So if this applies to you, be sure and include this meeting in your schedule.

Presented by Lorraine Escobar   Tribal Vice Chairnan for the Escolan Tribe of Carmel Valley

FRIDAY April 6, 2018

5:30-7:30 pm

Monterey Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside,, CA., Left year of building.

This is the normal MoCoGenSo meeting place.

Monthly Meeting – April 5, 2018: “How to Be a Document Detective” by Cynthia Stanford

Most documents about our families will give us some obvious direct and pertinent information. But what about “the rest of the story?” What else can we learn from the documents we use for family research? How can we detect further information that will help us solve our genealogical mysteries? This session will be interactive. So dust off your Sherlock Holmes hat and come prepared to think like a detective.

Cynthia Stanford has been researching her family history, and that of her husband, for more than twenty years. She has interest in several states, particularly Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Iowa and Illinois. She has French Canadian and Holstein ancestors. Her most recent pursuits include a major study and writing about her husband’s Irish roots. Cynthia is delighted to return to speaking about her genealogy passion.

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 can observe a lot by just watching.” – Yogi Berra


Local Land Records

A couple of weeks ago, Junel Davidsen gave a talk at the Santa Cruz Genealogical Society. her talk was about Researching Local Land Records.

I wish I had been able to be there. The lecture was about finding and using local land records. Local land records 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 relationships, clues to migration and more.

Junel has made the handout she created available for downloading, not only at the Santa Cruz site, but also here. Having this file, which is full of hot links, is almost as good as being there!

To get the file, Click here.

Meanwhile, if you see Junel, perhaps Wednesdays at the FHC, give her a big thanks.


Monthly Meeting – March 1, 2018: “Organize Your Genealogy to Optimize Your Research Time” by Cynthia C . Stormer

Researching your family history can soon become overwhelming when the piles of records, documents, photographs, letters and memorabilia expand as you find more and more relatives and ancestors. Each new name on your family tree means there are two more people to find and this often results in endless stacks of paper on the desk or closet shelves. What is the best way to sift through these piles to retain the treasures? Can you truly digitize everything? What is the best method to keep originals so you can easily find them? Can color coding assist you’? Cynthia will share some of her tips to assist you in devising your own approach to reducing the piles and increasing your research time.

Cynthia’s interest in genealogy began in high school by the pedigree chart and autobiography of great grandfather Alexander Sharp, a Union veteran of the Civil War. She was spurred on in early adulthood with the list of heirs for Aunt Maude Thompson who died intestate. Then there was that Reed-Dempsey reunion booklet picked up by her father containing 500+ names, including a Revolutionary War patriot. Computers made it all easier, and finding great grandfather Sharp’s name on a ship manifest from Scotland to America sealed the deal. Cynthia has a BA in French and an MBA in International Management.  She currently works as a Vice President of Talent Management for HSBC.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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 used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” – Emo Philips


DNA SIG Meeting Saturday February 10 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:
10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations. Please consider volunteering! Work In Progress is Fine.

10:15 to 10:30 Probability Tool at DNA Painter Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15 The Other DNA Linda McNeal Millerick

Linda will share with us her work on her McNeal/Macneill ancestry using her bother’s Y DNA test results.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

March: Need a volunteer
April: Junel will review the week-long Irish Institute she attended
May: Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA


“Yo, is it true that, even tho there are 7 billion more people today than 3 million years ago, that the world weighs the same now?” – @neiltyson