Author Archives: MoCoGenSo Webmaster

All Things Relative is on You Tube!

I did not know before, but the Monterey Public Library has a YouTube channel!   And they are putting the All Things Relative: Finding Family at the Library series on that channel. 

You can Subscribe to the Monterey Public Library channel and see these programs whenever, or you can click on these links to see the first two program in the series, and then subscribe!

Monterey Public Library | 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 646-2091 

California’s First Public Library ~ est. 1849

“Wear Masks. Save Lives. Meet the Moment for Monterey.”

Wouldn’t it be great if MoCoGenSo would put some of our presentations on You Tube.  If you agree, you could recommend to our Board that MoCoGenSo create a You Tube channel!! Contact one of the Member-At-Large officers, Erica Burton or Kristina McGill.

Kathy Nielsen Presents….DNA: The Key to Uncovering Your Family History

Register now for the program in August, a reminder will be sent!

On Zoom….August 12, 2021 4:00, Hosted by the Monterey Public Library

DNA has had a major impact on the traditional study of genealogy and on law enforcement. Adoptees employ DNA to locate their birth families and law enforcement agencies use DNA to identify potential suspects. Join us as we explore what DNA might reveal about our own ancestors and living relatives. We will examine test options, identify DNA companies, interpret results, discuss how to connect with “cousins,” and touch on the future of this fascinating science. 

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. 

Program Registration.  Check out the EVENTS Page at the Monterey Public Library.

Volunteering at the FHC

In reply to: What are the requirements to be a volunteer librarian.

There is not a real requirement list, and you do not have to be a member of MoCoGenSo nor the LDS Church. You would be working for the Family History Center.

What you do need is an interest and experience in genealogy and a willingness to help other people learn about their own family history. Volunteer workers usually spend about 4 hours a week in the FHC in Seaside helping one-on-one who ever drops in.

Jo Ann Robinson is the Director and volunteers report to her. She is the “hiring manager”. Obviously you would need to contact her.

But, if I were you, I would first go over to the FHC first and look around. Talk to the current volunteers and see if you are still interested. Then call Jo Ann.

The FHC is open this week Tuesday 9-12 and Thursday 1:30-4:30.

Do drop in….

Jim Robeson, a 10 year FHC volunteer, and the Webmaster at MoCoGenSo

Monterey Family History Center is Open

We have received word from Jo Ann Robinson, Director of the Monterey Family History Center that the church has reopened which includes the FHC Library. The library is still taking appointment’s due a shortage of librarians, you can call Jo Ann Robinson (404) 219-3425. 

But the FHC is open Tuesday mornings 9:00 to noon, and Thursday afternoons 1:30 to 4:30.  You can drop in without an appointment at these times.  The hours will expand as more librarians return to the center. Patrons are now allowed to use the facilities on an individual basis without masks and social distancing, but county parameters are still in flux.

Find your family history in our Family History Center

Free Online Genealogy Fall Classes

> OA 505 Discussion Group
> FALL 2021
> The following class meets ONLINE
> Section 2012 Tuesday 10:15am-11:45am (08/17-12/14) Advanced Genealogy- European Migration >
> Section 2882 Tuesday, 1pm- 2:30pm (08/17-12/14) Beginning Genealogy. >
> Section 3121 Tuesday, 2:45pm- 4:15pm (08/17-12/14) Database TOOLS for Genealogy >
> Section 2297 Wednesday,10:15am-11:45am (08/18-12/15) Beginning Genealogy. >
> Section 3022 Wednesday,1pm-2:30pm (08/18-12/15) Advanced Genealogy- > American Migration
> Section 3104 Wednesday, 2:45pm-4:15pm (08/18-12/15) Roadblocks/Brick Walls/DNA >
> Become Your Family’s Historian
> These classes are designed specifically for YOU if you are interested in learning how to develop methodology to do family research, discover ancestors in migration records, solve “brick walls or roadblocks”, learn about DNA and how to use computer databases for genealogy research. Open to all beginners or advanced students! > Now ONLINE!
> Classes are FREE, SRJC noncredit courses! No age limit for Older Adults Program courses, though they are tailored for seniors and students must have a CA mailing address to register. Access SRJC Students Discounts, and services, too! > How to register:
> • NEW STUDENT SIGNUP online Allow 7-10 days for processing!
> • Then, SIGN UP to Enroll in the listed Section numbers above or contact Instructor.
> • CONTINUING/RETURNING STUDENTS WITH A STUDENT PORTAL see the OA 505 Discussion Group; Section Number and ADD to your shopping cart! You will be added to that roster! > • You may contact the Older Adults Program at (707) 527-4533 or Instructor, > Denise Beeson at (707) 694-6826 for further assistance.
> The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities–including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics–and application for District employment. >

GEDCOM 7.0 is here

FamilySearch International is pleased to announce the release of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 (Genealogical Data Communications). The latest version allows zip packaging capabilities for photos and files with genealogical information, plus new tools, and a public GitHub repository for ongoing maintenance. Technical information, specifications, tools, and guides can be found at

The GEDCOM Standard Specifications were last updated in 1996 with the introduction of Version 5.5. Now, after a lot of work by a lot of people we have a NEW version: GEDCOM Version 7.0.

With the introduction of GEDCOM Version 7.0 release candidate, the standard will now support the inclusion of media using a NEW utility called GEDZip. Previously, the older versions of the GEDCOM Standard did not have the ability to include, maintain, store, and share media files. With addition of the GEDZip utility, you can now link media from the Internet as well as from local files and include them with your GEDCOM Standard data files. What most users need to know is that more of their data will be able to be transferred from program to program and website to website, including their document images, photos, and other media items.

For good general info about this, go to

Diahan Southard is doing a sneak peak at a YDNA course

Why Do YDNA?

Get a sneak peek at the YDNA Course in my free webinar Why Do YDNA? on June 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. Get inspired to think past the obvious use of YDNA (by a man, on his own paternal line) and see SO many more possibilities for this essential piece of genealogical fishing gear. Register for free, and we’ll send you a link after the webinar so you can watch it even if you miss it live.