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Tom Price, MoCoGenSo Historian


It saddens me to announce the untimely death of our long term friend and MoCoGenSo Board member Tom Price. Tom died last week (Jan 1) unexpectedly from complications due to a fall.

Born August 8, 1943, Thomas Aubrey Price has been our Historian/Archivist for many years. Many people knew him as a lecturer at our General Meetings, especially The Genealogist’s Dream Trip. Some may remember him as the organizer of all those trips to San Bruno and Sutro for the group. He was a true gentleman and avid supporter of MoCoGenSo.

He is survived by his wife Charlene. Other details will follow as they come available.

You can read his speaker biography here: Tom Price


2019 – Genetic Genealogy

Roberta Estes, in her blog DNA Explained, has written an excellent overview of the current state of DNA testing in genealogy, discussing companies, products, present and potential. If you have done DNA testing to support your genealogy or are considering it, this should be considered a must read. She includes many links to supporting documents, this is a wonderful overview. Just click on the link below.

https://dna-explained.com/2019/12/31/2019-the-year-and-decade-of-change/

Have a great 2020! (Sometimes that number seems like sci-fi to me.) Your ancestors brought you this far, now it is your turn to take the reins. Enjoy the search ….

Jim Robeson

Promethease: Free Until Dec 31, 2019

Last chance reminder…

MyHeritage acquired Promethease and has made it free until Dec 31, 2019

Now is a great time to upload DNA data to Promethease to obtain up-to-date health information for free. You can download your report and your uploaded DNA data will be deleted in a few days.

No one knows what will happen to Promethease after the year ends. It probably will become part of the MyHeritage Heath system; that is, no longer free.

If you have tested at multiple sites, you can upload all the data files and get one consolidated report!

Go to promethease.com, generate your report, DOWNLOAD it, and we will show you how to view the reports at our next DNA discussion meeting. But you gotta get the reports now! Only 3 more days.

Monthly Meeting – January 2, 2020 – “Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid-19th Century Ancestors” by Nancy Runyon

This meeting will start with a short, but required annual business meeting for election of Officers. Then we will have a presentation by Nancy Runyon, who attended the British Institute 5 day course in Salt Lake City, titled: “Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid-19th Century Ancestors” this past October. With morning lectures from Paul Blake, English research expert and author, and afternoons to spend researching in the world-renowned Family History Library, this was a great introduction to beautiful Salt Lake City & the best genealogy research facilities. Paul Blake is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists & President of the East Surrey Family History Society. Nancy will share about tips & resources she received from his course & evening presentations at the Family History Library.

Nancy Runyon grew up in the Sacramento Delta where her father’s family grew pears since the Gold Rush. As a volunteer historic preservation advocate, she served on the Board of Palo Alto Stanford Heritage from 1988-1998. She volunteered for and coordinated many of the Statewide California Preservation Foundation Conferences since 2000 (Monterey), and is a Founding Member of the Alliance of Monterey Area Preservation, serving as president for the last 3 years. To preserve a historic building, you often need to research the people who built or lived in it. Nancy has collected information on her family tree over the years. Nancy is a member of MoCoGenSo, and enjoys the never ending puzzle of ancestry research.

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.


“By the way, if you find that your DNA matches mine, watch out, as I have millions of ancestors” – Jim Robeson


Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage for FREE for the next few days.

Sorry I am late posting this, but…

MyHeritage has a great deal going whereby you can upload DNA data files for whomever and not have to pay the normal $29 fee to process the file and get into the DNA Matching system! This deal lasts for a few more days, until midnight of December 18, 2019.

These days there are many people who have tested their DNA and are looking for a safe, free, and law-enforcement-free service where they can upload their DNA data and receive DNA matches. Now is the time to do it!!

Please go to their blog here for more information. MH BLOG

Gotta go now, I am going to go upload a data set for my sister-in-law now!


”Ancestry.com went down today, so I spent some time with family. They seem like nice people.”