Fridays at FHC


Fridays at the Monterey Family History Center are interesting and fun! Part of the reason Fridays are great is because that is when I volunteer. I usually open the doors, take care of the computers, and give the others a hard time. I use RootsMagic, and have my tree at Ancestry and FamilySearch. You can find my DNA most everywhere.

Another reason Friday is “expert” day is Dayna Jacobs. Dayna works the first Friday of the month. She is an accredited genealogist, serves as a Commissioner on the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, is a blogger, a public speaker, and an expert in family history. She really can sense where elusive ancestors may be hiding. Her expertise is Western States, using FamilySearch, and Ancestry.com.

The other Fridays of the month brings in Barbara Rae-Venter. She is our DNA Sig leader. She is a retired lawyer, biologist, and college professor. When she is on site, we laughing call it “DNA discussion time”. The thing is,Barbara is a really good genealogical researcher too and loves to help others. She also volunteers at DNAAdoption.com where she is a Search Angel plus she help teach the online atDNA classes there.

Our other Friday guy is Charlie Biller. He comes in often to work on his own Hungarian ancestors, but he is also a substitute for the rest of us. So you will see him most Fridays. He is has a degree in Industrial Technology and is a whiz kid around the microfilm readers. He also is “into” DNA testing, his data can be found at Gedcom and he has recently done the Big-Y test at FTDNA. He loves to help beginners. As an ex Naval Aviator, he will get you going fast!

I feel intimidated and honored to work with these experts. You should read their full biographies elsewhere in this site.

If you have Friday mornings open, and need help with your genealogy or DNA testing, do drop in! 🙂

We are open 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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The FHC 3rd Shift


Are you having trouble doing genealogy because you have a day job?
Are you having trouble doing genealogy because your spouse runs the T-V all evening?

I am retired now, but I used to work “8 to 5”! The only time I had for genealogy was nights or weekends. And weekends was for chores and outdoor activities. So I began to come to the Monterey Family History Center on Tuesday evening on the way home from work. I came almost every Tuesday for a while and pretty soon, my tree began to blossom. You can see some of it in the halls of the FHC now.

Then my wife got jealous, and she began to come with me. She soon had her ancestors into the 1600’s in Croatia!

We had computers at home. The reason we came to the FHC was for personal help, for ideas, for films, books, and to use subscription web sites that we couldn’t afford at home.

The FHC “third shift” is for working people! 🙂

Open Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Genealogical Standouts


Do you want to be the one who stands out at your next family reunion? You can be by finding the most sources to prove that Uncle Jack really was a scoundrel. You could be the one with the only “printed” family tree. You could be the only one who knows the difference between autosomal and mitochondrial DNA. Just imagine the look on your cousins face when you name the family ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War, or when you announce that there was a witch in the family! (and can prove it.)

If you need help finding your ancestors, your local Monterey Family History Center is one place to start. There are resources, books, films, computers, free web sites, and people just waiting to help you get you ahead of the pack.

The only thing is…. you have to come to them, they don’t do webinars.

Hours:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Friday. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • 2nd Saturday of month. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • DNA Sig, 2nd Saturday of month. 10:00 am
  • Write your history group. 3rd Wednesday 2:00 pm

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!”


Monthly Meeting – October 5 “Researching in Washington, D.C. Without Leaving Home” by Dayna Jacobs

Washington, D.C. is home to the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the DAR Library – all treasure troves of records for genealogists, but few of us ever have the opportunity to visit these repositories in person. Come and learn how to access the records they hold without leaving home, including maps, land records, military files, newspapers, congressional records, DAR applications, Social Security, and U.S. patent records. Dayna Jacobs will share what she learned in the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy course titled, “Researching in Washington, D.C. Without Leaving Home.”

Dayna Jacobs serves on the board of the Utah Genealogical Assoc. and is one of the five Professional Accredited for U.S. Mountain West States Research. She will also be serving another term on ICAPGen as Public Relations Chair. She has taught at the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Washington, the BYU Genealogy Conference, and the New England Regional Genealogy Conference, also with Ancestor Roundup. Dayna has been researching, teaching, and writing since 1988 and has been on staff at the Monterey, FHC since 1998, where she serves as a consultant and former Staff trainer and Asst. Director. She enjoys educating and mentoring genealogists. She has her own genealogy blog “On Granny’s Trail,” which is a resource for Western States research and beyond.

Dayna is one of our favorite speakers. She is the go-to gal at the FHC when I have questions! Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo meeting.

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 will never be 100% ready, just start.” – Bill Gates


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.

DNA Sig – Saturday Sep 9

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this 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

10:15 to 10:30 Follow up discussion on Who’s your Mamma? Charlotte Jane’s many stories given by Patricia Burrow Barbara Rae-Venter and Pat Burrow

10:30 to 11:15 Use of the X chromosome in solving family history mysteries
by Barbara Rae-Venter
In March 2016, Barbara volunteered her time to assist “Lisa Jensen”, a woman in her 30’s, learn who her parents are and where she is from. Lisa was abducted when she was less than six months old. When arrested, her kidnapper refused to provide any information as to who Lisa was or where she was from.

The story of identifying Lisa and the surprising aftermath is summarized in the following newspaper article:

Boston Globe

In previous presentations on the “Lisa Project”, Barbara has focused on the methodology used to identify Lisa’s parents, namely autosomal DNA segment triangulation. In this presentation, she will discuss the use of the X chromosome in genetic genealogy and in particular, the role it played in identifying Lisa’s immediate family. In addition, Barbara will share some of the insights she learned from working on the Lisa Project.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

Next meeting: Saturday October 14, 2017

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.