GSSCC and the Santa Cruz Public Library present Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Terry Jackson

FamilySearch.org — How It Has Helped Me in My Research

Terry Jackson’s family has been submitting family histories to what is now called FamilySearch for many, many years. As that information has come online, it has provided lots of interesting stories and has helped to clear up some family mysteries. Using some examples from his own research, Terry will demonstrate how FamilySearch can help us with our own research. We will also look at some fun things that come with a free FamilySearch account.

Terry Jackson is a retired Social Worker who now spends his time fishing, or finding more questions than answers in his genealogical research. He also enjoys what has become a rare opportunity to spend time with his grandkids! Terry is the descendant of Mormon immigrant families. His paternal grandmother’s parents arrived in the 1890s; his paternal grandfather’s forebears came in the 1850s. Terry’s maternal line stretches back to the early 1600s in Virginia and New England. His maternal ancestors were early converts to Mormonism and were among the first Mormon settlers in what became Utah and Idaho. All the family lines that Terry has traced from the U.S. have gone back to English, Scottish, and Irish roots. Terry is a 35-year resident of Seaside.

NOTE:  You MUST register at this address in order to attend. 

https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/8437715

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) meets 3rd Wednesdays via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

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 October 20th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: “David Bunzel”

David Bunzel will be presenting his “Curious Case of Frank Button”, which might also be called “The Clue in the Old Documents” or “The Mysterious Wedding Date”. Learn how David, whose ancestors are German and Irish, began his current attraction to history and genealogy way back, with a childhood interest in old family stories. See how he adds new research (and serendipity?) to those old family tales..

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.

Google and YouTube Tips for Genealogists

Last night, Dayna Jacobs gave a talk at the MoCoGenSo General Meeting via Zoom. A handout was distributed to those in attendance. The talk and handout are about Google and YouTube tips for genealogists. Dayna has made the handout available for downloading by all. Having this file, which is full of searching examples, is almost as good as having been there!

To get the file, CLICK HERE.

If you see Dayna out and about, give her a big thanks. It was a great meeting and I learned quit a few new things.

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County DNA SIG

Today at the MoCoGenSo DNA Discussion Group meeting it was announced that the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County has started a DNA Special Interest Group (SIG)!

They are meeting in person (not video) in the Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch, located at 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  See map below.  It was recommended that you park in the “Locust Garage.”  The library is at number 16 on the 2nd map.  

This new group is meeting on the first Tuesday of the month in the upstairs meeting room.  For the next 2 months, they will meet at 1:00 PM.  Starting in January 2022, they switch to 10:00 AM. 

See https://scgensoc.org/ for information about the Society. There is nothing about the new SIG on the web site yet. This information came directly from the organizers!

Don’t forget to wear a mask! 🙂

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DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – October 6th

MoCoGenSo’s DNA Discussion Group will be meeting Wednesday with an open forum. Join us via Zoom. Feel free to drop in for conversation and stay for lunch.

Check out this great page full of information for newcomers to genetic genealogy isogg.org/wiki/Wiki_Welcome_Page

This meeting will start with Terry Jackson and Jim Robeson discussing how they discovered they are related in a “way back” sense. See description below.

Click to Join Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118
Passcode: 738495

To get a clear description of the Y DNA haplogroup, go to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Y-chromosome_DNA_haplogroup

To get a brief overview of Y DNA tests, go to

https://isogg.org/wiki/Y_chromosome_DNA_tests

To find out why the male determining chromosome is called Y (blame Edmund Beecher Wilson), go to

https://www.the-scientist.com/foundations/how-chromosomes-x-and-y-got-their-names–1891-65508

To find out why there is a model Y Tesla automobile, go to

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/tesla-s-elon-musk-rolls-out-model-y-completing-automaker-n983581

Jim:

I1a-M253 > DF29 > CTS6364 > S4795 > S4767 > S4770 > Y13495/Y13016 > Y29634/S4774 > A13294 > FTA86767

Terry:

I1a-M253 > DF29 > CTS6364 > Z2337/CTS10028 > S6346 > L22 > FGC83305 > FGC28756 > FGC28751 > Y49398 > FT377135

Meanwhile, did you know that YNT means “why not” in modern text jargon?  🙂

Monthly Meeting – Oct 7, 2021 – “Better Genealogy Searches on Google and YouTube” by Dayna Jacobs

A Google search can unearth hidden genealogy gems from all corners of the internet, but how many times do your searches turn up the same results? Over 85% of internet content is now in video form, and YouTube is the place to find much of it, but have you tapped into that resource for your genealogy research? We will explore different strategies for both Google and YouTube that will improve your odds for success as you search for your ancestors.

Dayna Jacobs, AG® is a professional genealogist who holds the credential of Accredited Genealogist® with two specializations: one in U.S. Mountain West States research and one in U.S. Southwest States research. She has been researching, teaching, and writing since 1988 and has been on staff at the Monterey, California Family History Center since 1998. Dayna is a past Commissioner on the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, known as ICAPGen℠, and served on the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association. In recent years she has worked as an investigative genetic genealogist, and currently volunteers with the ICAPGen Study Group program as a mentor to individuals who are credentialing. She has presented classes at the local Ancestor Roundup, the Northwest Genealogy Conference, the BYU Genealogy Conference, and the New England Regional Genealogy Conference.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent by invitation only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, send an email with your email address to our Membership VP, Marilyn Ruccello .

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” – Robert Frost


Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories meets Wed. 9/15/2021 via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

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 Sept 15th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: “Family Reunion Planning” with Linda Sanders and Kathy Nielsen

Linda Sanders, just back from a family reunion, and  Kathy Nielsen, will be presenting, and probably many others will be participating.  Come and bring YOUR ideas, questions, and frustrations.

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.

 

Merger Mania

Geneanet (based in France) has just announced that it has been acquired by Ancestry . com.

https://en.geneanet.org/genealogyblog/post/2021/08/geneanet-joins-ancestry-the-world-largest-genealogy-company?utm_source=geneanet&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_campaign=SITE_en_geneanet-ancestry

Last month, Filae (also based in France) was acquired by My Heritage.

https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/08/myheritage-to-acquire-filae/

It seems that the French genealogists have decided that if you can’t beat them, then you better join them!

In case you forgot….

12 months ago, Blackstone acquired Ancestry . com.

8 months ago, myDNA and Gene by Gene (owner of FamilyTreeDNA) merged.

7 months ago, Francisco Partners acquired MyHeritage.

1 month ago, 23andMe became a publicly traded company (symbol ME). You can become an “owner” today for about $9 a share!

Everybody keeps saying that nothing negative will happen, things will only get better. Crossing fingers, here. From my perspective, when mergers occur, either customer growth occurs or employment decreases.

I just wish one of these companies would merge with an Artificial Intelligence company!

Rare 23andMe Sale

The 23andMe ancestry DNA test kits are for sale at Amazon!

In the Amazon store, you can buy the standard 23andMe Ancestry + Traits test kit for $79. Regularly $100 or so, this is 20% off the going rate, and matching the lowest we have tracked all year at Amazon.

Sourcing over 2,000 regions across the globe, this test kit will trace your lineage back as far as possible to tell you where you’re genetics come from and to help build out your family tree. It also optionally offers up details on living relatives and dives into the genetic traits that make you who you are, with no hidden fees attached. You’ll find the more advanced 23andMe test kits on sale below.

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