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Membership Renewal Time

Spring is coming and this is the time of year when we remind everyone that your MoCoGenSo membership will be expiring, and it is time to renew. The dues for both Membership and Electronic-Newsletter are $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 for families (add $7.50 to also receive a paper copy).

An important way to learn more about your ancestors and their lives is to join a genealogy society that focuses on the area in which your ancestors lived. Genealogy societies conduct research and preserve information about a specific area, and most publish some sort of newsletter, journal, or other periodical. The articles offer insight into the area and the people, and can provide help in conducting your research in an area. There are genealogy societies at the national, state, county, parish, province, and other levels. Annual membership fees are reasonable and the benefits are considerable.

The Monterey County Genealogy Society is one of these organizations right here in your own back yard. It serves its members in many ways. The board of directors is made up of members just like you.

Remember our society is only as strong as our membership, and those who get involved.

OUR MEMBERSHIP YEAR RUNS FROM APRIL 1 TO MARCH 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. For renewing members, you can renew using the membership form in your recently received newsletter.  New (or renewing) members can download and print a PDF copy of the Membership Application by clicking here.  There will always be copies of this form at our monthly meetings.

Join me by staying with MoCoGenSo and getting the E-Newsletter.

Thank you for being a supporter!

DNA Meeting handout available for download.

Barabara Rae-Venter, our DNA Sig leader, has had a busy week. She was the lecturer at the MoCoGenSo monthly meeting last Thursday evening and today at the annual DAR Ancestor Roundup, she taught two sessions. And she will be leading our DNA Sig next Saturday too!

She passed out a sheet Thursday evening that had various pointers, web sites, programs name, etc.. She has graciously agreed to let us post the document here for you to download. The links in the PDF file are live.

The programs mentioned in the advanced DNA meeting at the Ancestor Roundup are included in this file.

To download the file, CLICK HERE.

This file will be made a permanent fixture here later, in our Meetings page.

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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


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