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Wisdom Words

Because I did a show-n-tell on using ThruLines from AncestryDNA, I feel sorta responsible that some people might trust what I say too much! I read lots of blogs about genealogy and genetics and so feel personally cautious when I am doing research. And as Charlie can tell you, my own trees might not be perfect 🙂

If you are jumping into ThruLines with gusto this week, my advice is to read this posting about it by Roberta Estes in her blog DNA Explained soon.

She and I are not saying don’t use ThruLines. Instead, we are saying to be cautious about what you put into your tree! As Roberta says, you are entering Gator land ….


Perhaps I should hold a session again on using Feedly as a blog consolidation tool. Humm. Anyone interested in a “team teaching” session at the MoCoGenSo or the DNA Sig meetings? If so, send an email or talk to Shelley or Barbara.

New Genealogy Work Group is Forming in Salinas

Here is an interesting announcement.  There is a “genealogy work group” forming in Salinas and you can be part of the founding group!

meet at:
John Steinbeck Library
350 Lincoln Ave
Salinas, CA
Tuesday March 26
6:00-7:00 pm

Disclaimer: This group is not affiliated with MoCoGenSo, we are simply supporting the local genealogical community. Personally, if I lived in Salinas, I would attend this first meeting.

23andMe Maps

Honestly, I don’t hang out in the DNA testing sites as much as you might think. And when I do go to a site, I usually have a purpose, so I don’t try out new stuff that often. 23andMe has a new feature I just noticed a couple of days ago called MAPS. It is located in the DNA Relatives section, under either Ancestry or Family & Friends. Today it is highlighted in bright orange. I wasn’t expecting much as Maps at other sites are usually pretty boring. But I needed to try it.

When you see a match, you can click on it and it shows you the person’s name, relationship and city. Clicking on that display links to the DNA Comparison section with you and that person compared, which includes the segment comparison. It is slick indeed.

The MAP covers the world, wherever 23andMe has customers. I saw a few matches in Northern Europe, cool. Perhaps they can help me with some brick walls.

I decided to look around my local area, the Monterey County section, where much to my amazement, there are two 4th cousins showing! I was flabbergasted. Neither surname is known to me. But they are real 23andMe customers who are related to me somehow and they live just down the road. I am going to have to contact them.

Of course, my first email has to be gentle. I don’t want them to think I am stalking them! I need to locate some of those “recommended introductory” email examples that are floating around. I might even invite them to come to the FHC to meet me!

Then I stopped to think: “Could they see me all this time and have never contacted me?” Humm. Remember, I don’t know how long the MAP feature has been around. That thought led me to wonder about my own personal Profile in 23andMe. The current City was showing for people in my MAP, so that meant the Profile had to allow current location to be visible to everyone. Humm again. I had setup my profile so long ago that I couldn’t remember what it said. So I decided to check it, because I want my relatives to be able to find me!

I went to Settings under my name, clicked Edit under Personal Information and found Current Residence. It was blank! Darn…. I quickly changed it and am now waiting for someone to find me!

My recommendation to you, if you are a 23andMe customer, is to try the MAP. Look around, look where you were born, look where you live now, etc.. Then, if you like what you see, check your Profile too. Make sure you have Sharing allowed and Current Residence filled in. And then send your own “recommended introductory” emails.

And if you get an introductory email from a cousin, answer it!

”Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity.” – Andrew Ng ==> then plug me in

Bring a flash drive to your Family History Center

The printer in the Monterey Family History Center will be out of commission for about a week.

This is a good reminder to bring your Flash drive, aka thumb drive, jump drive, usb stick, etc. with you when ever you come to the FHC. Always keep one in your purse or on your key chain.

“Loosing weight doesn’t seem to be working, so I’m going to concentrate on getting taller.”

DNA Interest Group Today!

This is a reminder for the DIG meeting December 1, 2018 at the Seaside FHC at 10:00 am.

We will meet in the Library.

Schedule for DIG meeting:

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

Jan 2019: Cynthia Stormer: DNA Painter

10:15 to 10:45 Update on Family History Research by Terry Jackson

Terry will provide an update on his research

10:45 to 11:30 The use of Haplogroups in Family History Research by Daniel Speice

From Daniel: “Sorting out and identifying the individuals, times, and places where African and European genetic inheritances converge I find compelling research. My father’s paternal haplogroup (PH) is E-U290, a PH common among men in Sub-Saharan Africa between Senegal and Cameroon.

My cousin JoAnne Heron is a direct maternal descendant of Susannah Smothers, whose maternal haplogroup (MH) is H5a. Susannah is the mother of Elizabeth Milledge, who I presented to the group a couple of years ago. Elizabeth is the maternal grandmother of my father’s father. I’ll use screen shots to show this for our conversation tomorrow. Susannah I wonder about bearing some African genetic inheritance.

A cousin I match with at 23andMe is Johnnie Swindoll nee Skaggs. The Skaggs family appears in my father’s paternal line in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. I’ve traced this family to a Spelce (including Spelse, Spelts, Speltz, Pelts, and Peltz).

At 23andMe, I share both PH and autosomal DNA with five men of a high percentage of African genetic inheritance. I’m planning next steps for exploring these relations.

I am also researching the genealogy and family histories of my wife, Yolanda, born in Chile, and our daughter, Vanessa, also born in Chile. We became an adoptive family in 1985. I’ve found genetic evidence that convinces me Yolanda and Vanessa are fairly recently related through their mothers’ lines. I’d like to determine the convergence of Indigenous American and European genetic inheritances in the family.

Lastly, I’m beginning to consider use of haplogroups to sort out Irish family relations in Ireland. Many matches who share haplogroups make the challenge mighty.”

Next DIG meeting: January 12 , 2019

December 6, 2018 – Annual Christmas Potluck with the Family History Center

Come join The Monterey County Genealogy Society and The Family History Center volunteers, as we celebrate this Christmas Season. We will be giving thanks for a wonderful year learning about the world of Genealogy, as well as thanking you for your participation. Please join us for this annual potluck event. All are welcome. This is a time for stories, games, and good cheer – so bring a dish to share. Join in the fun and merriment while we get to know others who are also interested in learning about their family histories. There will be lots of fun and good cheer, and the food is great! 🙂

Doors open at 5:30 pm, the party starts at 6:00pm in the Fireside Room. Enter through the FHC doors.

We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building. For Information: (831) 915-9465.

Come join us for our Annual Christmas Celebration and Potluck.
This is a time to give thanks for a wonderful year.