Genetic Genealogy DNA Sig Nov 10

Barbara Rae-Venter’s lecture to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference has made it’s way to YouTube You can see it here: Barbara in Ireland

There were many other big names in the Genealogy/DNA field at the conference! You can subscribe to the Genetic Genealogy Ireland channel at YouTube and watch them all for free as they appear.

Of course, you can see Barbara and many other LOCAL folks who are interested in DNA and genealogy at the next DNA Sig, right here in the Monterey Bay Area at 10:00 am this coming Saturday Nov 10 at the Family History Center in Seaside. FHC location

“Why do you never see elephants hiding in the trees? – Because they are really good at it.”

Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 Lectures Are Coming Online

The recordings of the live-streamed lectures from the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2018 are going to be put on YouTube over the next few weeks. It appears they may already be available on Facebook. These recordings are available for free.

The conference was held 19-21 October 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. We here at MoCoGenSo are interested because our DNA SIG leader, Barbara Ray-Venter, was one of the presenters! Her presentation should be on YouTube in the next few days.

A complete list of the presentations along with the site addresses of the conference, of the YouTube channel, and Facebook Group can be found here. Barbara’s talk is the third in the list.

Genetic Genealogy Ireland

“The true hallmark of genius is the ability to explain things simply.” – Richard Feynman

Monthly Meeting – November 1: “Webinars and Podcasts for Genealogists” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Genealogists have so many opportunities for learning these days, and some of the easiest are through webinars and podcasts. Webinars are online presentations you can watch from home, and podcasts are like radio shows you can listen to on the go—in your car, while exercising, gardening, or sitting on an airplane. Dayna Jacobs will show us how to find popular webinars and podcasts (both free and subscription-based) and will demonstrate some apps we can use to watch and listen to them. If you’ve wanted to get started watching and listening to webinars and podcasts, this is your “How-to” opportunity!

Dayna Jacobs is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with over 30 years experience in researching, writing, and teaching. She serves on the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). She has her own genealogy blogs (On Granny’s Trail and The Fairy Tale Genealogist), and also maintains the blogs for ICAPGen and UGA.

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.

“There is nothing better than realizing, right after you wake up, that you won’t have to face repercussions for the terrible choices you made in your dream.” – Reddit

Elizabeth Warren’s Native American DNA Results: What They Mean

The link below goes to the website DNAeXplained, by Roberta Estes. The link takes you to a very complete review of the current state of Native American DNA testing and how it applies to Senator Elizabeth Warren. This is NOT a political piece.

The article is very well written and very complete. If you are at all interested in genetic testing and applying it to genealogy in the real world, you should give it a go.


As Roberta says “This is the first of a series of two articles.” You will have to read the 2nd article on your own, so save the link to her website for future use.

“The left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird.”

Searching for DNA links?

Are you searching for a link to a third cousin?  Your DNA matches but you are still faced with a tree that looks like this?  

Then you should come to our monthly DNA SIG (Special Interest Group) that meets on the 2nd Saturday at the Family History Center.  This month, we meet next Saturday Oct 13 at 10:00 am.  Perhaps there is a way to fill in those blanks!


Discoveries in the Courthouse

Junel Davidsen gave a really interesting talk during our October 2018 monthly meeting about researching Deed records and other similar documents and other discoveries you can make in Courthouses!

We have here the handout containing resources and links that Junel provided at the meeting. The file is a PDF with “live” links. Download and enjoy.

Discovering in Deeds