Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been a resource both for community planning and for genealogists. The wealth of information can help establish or confirm details about an ancestor’s life. We’ll talk about all the things that Census has and doesn’t have for genealogical research including supplementary documents and unexpected notations.
Cathy Andrews is Senior Librarian for Adult Services with the Salinas Public Library, where she teaches the “Genealogy Basics” series and oversees genealogy resources, services and programming. Growing up in a family where stories and details about ancestors were woven into every family gathering, she has a deep appreciation for genealogy’s challenges and rewards.
The other day, Jonny Pearl of the DNA Painter web site distributed his monthly newsletter. There was a link to a blurb about this book. I was in a susceptible mood, and I have a great deal of respect for the DNA Painter web site, so I bought the book! I am NOT unhappy about it.
The team at Family Locket Genealogists (https://familylocket.com/) Diana Elder, AG, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin share the method they use in their professional research to incorporate DNA with documentary evidence.
This book is easy to understand, detailed and comprehensive. This will help if you just can’t seem to ‘get’ what to do with your DNA results! It is great for those who want to understand before they test too!
They have lots of “how to” stuff relating to the various web sites. I have been building up a list of things from this book that I need to try at Ancestry, FTDNA and My Heritage and I thought I knew it all!
This book is like having a college level course in genetic genealogy. I wish we had a classroom environment with lectures and lab work where we could use our own DNA and family tree as the creatures we are to dissect!
There is both a Kindle version (9.99) and a paperback version (27.87) available in Amazon.
We don’t normally post advertisements for books here, but I promised the DNA Discussions group that I would review it for them.
We are a genealogy group for people who like to think outside the box and beyond the chart. We exchange support for our work and excitement about how we’re sharing it. Our meetings include topics and speakers on writing, crafts, photo projects, organization, trips, reunions, issues, and much more.
Wednesday January 19th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.
This Month: “New Year’s Review and Resolutions”
It’s time to look back over the old year and share our accomplishments. Then we will take a look at our intentions for the new year. Come and bring your goals, hopes, or dreams, and your challenges or tips for reaching them. We can help each other to move forward.
Do you have ideas about how to organize files or get started on a new photo project, experience with hiring an expert or buy a new product, tips on how to start turning research into writing, etc. Send me your ideas for new steps, questions for the group, or practical tips you’d like to share. Karen email@example.com.
Every meeting includes a chance to connect, ask questions, and update genealogy friends on your latest discoveries or roadblocks. We also have an opportunity to receive inspiration from others and to help.
MoCoGenSo had another election for officers tonight! These positions were filled:
Member At Large – Earl Cory
Genealogist – Kristina McGill
Congratulations to these brave folks!! And thanks for helping our group.
You can see the full slate of officers here
President Gary Carlsen
1st Vice Shelley McFadden
2nd Vice Marilyn Ruccello
Recording Secretary Joe Donahue
Corresponding Secretary Ellen Riddick
Treasure Jeannie Pedersen
Member at Large Erica Burton
Member at Large Earl Cory
Archivist/Historian Joe Donahue
Auditor Lucretia Portman
Newsletter Editor Gary Carlsen
N.G.S. Delegate Ellen Riddick
Genealogist Kristina Magill
Hospitality Lucretia Portman
Publicity Sue Morris
Web Master Jim Robeson
We still have a few open positions. We are looking for a parliamentarian and a publications director. Please contact someone in the above list if you can help out.
The word from the FamilySearch Tech Guys is that the 1950 Census will be available this year in FamilySearch sometime in April, May or June. More detailed information will be announced at Rootstech 2022.
Rootstech 2022 is free and will be available online. To sign up, go to rootstech.org
Suppose you just got a new DNA test, what should you do now?
Presume it is an autosomal test you took at AncesterDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage or FTDNA:
• Update all your account settings, put in genealogy information, make it easy for others to match to you
• Join a DNA discussion blog or meeting where you can ask questions (hint hint)
• Download your raw data and save where it is findable and safe
• Review your ethnicity, does it seem reasonable, record the info
• Scan your matches, look for anything unusual
• Build a tree, even if just thru grandparents. Give matches something to work on, give the computer matching algorithms food too
• Create account at MyHeritage, FTDNA and Gedmatch and upload raw DNA file there “to fish in many ponds”
• Use the same display name everywhere
”When my turn comes, I plan to talk about my experiences doing Clustering!
Interested in searching for your ancestors? Join us for our All Things Relative: Finding Family at the Library, as we explore a different genealogy topic with Historian and Librarian Kathy Nielsen. This month’s topic will be exploring the different online genealogy resources that are available through your local library and beyond.
Kathy Nielsen: Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator. She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula. She has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses. She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s special interest writing group, Off the Charts. Kathy incorporates her skills as a historian, storyteller, and librarian in her search for her family’s history.
This program takes place on Zoom, or participants may join by phone. Registration closes an hour before the program. The Zoom access information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins. Use of video camera and level of participation is determined by each person.