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Potluck Tonight

Just a quick reminder — the potluck is tonight, starting at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

The weather is nice, you are gonna eat anyway, why not come enjoy the party!

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DNA SIG meeting Saturday October 14 10:00 am

This is a reminder about the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting on Saturday October 14, 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.

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

10:00 to 10:15 Discussion future meeting topics of interest – volunteer for future presentations

10:15 to 11:00 Question and Answers:
Each person bring one topic or question to review.

We will focus on each topic for 5 minutes.

After everyone has had an opportunity to ask their question, we will return to topics for further discussion.

11:00 to 11:30 Discussion

Next Meeting: 9 December 2017


“Genealogy is sometimes about proving that bad family traits came from the other side of the tree!”


FHC has new hours

The Monterey FHC has made a minor change in it’s hours.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the FHC is now open from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. You can come straight from work to the FHC, do some research and still get home for dinner! Hours on other days remain the same as before.

Remember, they have 11 free subscription sites available. These are accounts that would cost you money at home are free inside the FHC.

See FHC Page for more information and location.

Monterey County Fair 2017

The Monterey County Fair is being held this year August 31 through September 4th. You can find out more details at their own web site here montereycountyfair.com/.

The Adult Home Arts division is including a section for Genealogy! You can win a ribbon just by displaying your family tree! Or old letters or pictures or whatever. See various Classifications here.  Each entry will cost $1.00.   (note – clicking on the image will make it larger, perhaps easier to read)

The dates you need to worry about are:

July 31 – Entry Form due at their office (mail or online)
August 19, 26, 27, 28 – Exhibits turned in
September 5 – Exhibits returned

The Entry Rules are here: Entry Rules

A PDF copy of the Entry Form can be found here: Entry Form

There are some copies of the full County Fair guide in the Family History Center or you can reach a PDF version here: Guide Book.


I hope someone from MoCoGenSo wins all the Blue Ribbons. Bring them to our next meeting to show us! 🙂


“When I was researching the County Fair processes, I discovered that they are holding the Scottish Games & Celtic Festival at the Fairgrounds August 5 & 6! Some of us have traced our ancestors back into Scotland and might get a kick out of seeing clan memorabilia and listening to the old Celtic music. Besides, some of those guys look cute in their kilts. 🙂 My surname trails into Kelso, Scotland. I have just tested the Big-Y test trying to determine if I got there from Norway or Denmark.


RootsMagic releases Ancestry features!!

According to the dictionary, SURPRISE means “an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing”. Well, this week has been full of surprising things. Today, for example, we learned that RootsMagic has finally released the update that connects RM to Ancestry!

This is great news to me as I am in the process of switching from The Master Genealogist software to RootsMagic and have made more updates in the Ancestry tree that I have in TMG. I need to be able to blend the two trees without losing anything or anybody!

The “TreeShare for Ancestry” option allows you to upload a tree from RM to Ancestry or download from Ancestry to RM. You can also keep the two trees synchronized, keep them matching. When you upload or download trees, they include pictures as well as sources, notes and other expected items.

The other new option they have added is called “Ancestry Hints Integration“. This basically allows you to work with all those wonderful Ancestry Hints from inside of RootsMagic. If you accept a hint, it will also update your synchronized RM tree!

The upgrade is free to anyone with version 7.x. When you apply the upgrade, you are offered a chance to win a prize. Go for it.

If you have been setting on the sidelines about RootsMagic or Ancestry, perhaps watching a video that shows how the new system in RootsMagic works will help you decide. And if you already have RootsMagic and want a quick tutorial on how to use these new options, you should watch this. Trust me, it is worth it. Do note, it is 36 minutes long, and uses voice and video. https://youtu.be/oDOlq7EFIWA

I’m off to do some serious tree matching and merging now. 🙂


“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” – Clint Eastwood


Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

There is another genealogical society across the bay, to the north, in our sister city Santa Cruz. Some of our members drive to Santa Cruz regularly and some even lecture there. And some folks in Santa Cruz come to our meetings. We will experiment with posting their meeting schedule here, for a while. I am not sure if this will last, but we can try.

The bad news is that they meet the same day of the month that we do: first Thursday. You can go to their meetings in the middle of the day and then come to ours in the evening. Call it your “genealogy day”.

The best way to stay fully informed about the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is to go their own website: scgensoc.org/

All meetings are located in

  • Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch
    • 224 Church Street
    • Meeting room, 2nd floor
    • Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    • 831-427-7707, ext. 5794


Meeting Schedules – June 2017

  • General Meeting
    • June 1 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Rosemarie Capodicci – Finding Your Immigrant in Modern Day Records

  • DNA Workshop
    • June 1 – 11:00am – 12:15pm
    • Dan Speice


Vulcan Hand

The Lisa Project

The Lisa Project was a roaring success! The team pulled together by Barbara Rae-Venter and the DNA Special Interest Group here was able to identify the missing child and in the process helped solve a serial killer’s rampage. The Lisa Project is finished, but the DNA Sig here at MoCoGenSo is still going strong, and the DNA Adoption site is still helping to discover the ancestry of adopted folks. Volunteers are still wanted.

Meanwhile, if you like a good mystery story, or would like to read about the results of the Lisa Project, the Boston Globe has just this morning published a great article about “Lisa” and the serial killer who abducted her. To find out the real birth name of Lisa, click the following link. (You can click Close in the upper left to not sign up for an account.)

Finding Lisa

The article is long, but interesting all the way to the end. Barbara, Junel Davidsen and the Monterey County Genealogy Society are all mentioned!

And remember, the DNA Sig that cracked this case meets at the FHC on the 2nd Saturday of most every month. (Always check here for the schedule.) Perhaps Barbara will let you help solve the next mystery! (Which might be your own brick wall.)

Congratulations to Barbara. Without her gumption and persistence, this puzzle would have never been solved.


Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. — J.C. Watts