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Monthly Meeting – Oct 3, 2019 – “Saving and Sharing with the Family Tree Phone App” by Dayna Jacobs , AG®

Have you thought about what will happen to all your research when you are gone? Do you want your children, grandchildren, and cousins to have easy access to photos, documents, stories, and your research findings all in one place, as well as the ability to collaborate and contribute? The answer is on your phone! Or it will be when you download the FamilySearch Tree app (by Family Search) and Dayna Jacobs shows you in a live demo how it can all be done on your phone. want hands-on experience? Bring a document and photo, and prior to the meeting download the FamilySearch Tree app plus a scanner app on your phone such as Genius Scan, TurboScan, or Scannable. You will also need a free FamilySearch account. (This can also all be done on a tablet device with the FamilySearch Tree app.)

Dayna Jacobs, AG®, is an accredited genealogist professional with credentials in the U.S. Mountain West and Southwest regions, and 30 years of research and teaching experience. She is on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association as well as the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. She has served on the staff of the Family History Center for over 20 years and enjoys helping people use all of the powerful FamilySearch tools.

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.

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Directors Meetings Schedule Changing

MoCoGenSo has a meeting of the Directors once a month. It is normally scheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month. The meetings have been switched to the 4th Monday of the month, until further notice.

Remember, any dues-paying member is invited to attend. If you have ideas or issues, please come. Meanwhile, the calendars will be adjusted. If you are a Director, be sure to change your calendar too!

“A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

from the blog:

Hosted by Daisy Fuentes, “A New Leaf” Highlights the Value of Understanding One’s Family History. Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC. We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!

MyHeritage Buys Promethease

Found on the MyHeritage blog today!

Today we are announcing MyHeritage’s acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease, through acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio, expanding our intellectual property in medical genetics. This marks our first consumer health acquisition and our 10th acquisition since MyHeritage’s founding. Promethease will be made free through the end of 2019 and SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.

Promethease is a literature retrieval service. It allows consumers to upload their raw DNA data (from services such as, 23andMe, and others) and automatically compare it to SNPedia to see relevant scientific findings regarding their genome. The Promethease service currently costs $12, and offers consumers the option to store their DNA data. Since its launch in 2008, Promethease has become one of the world’s most popular consumer health services by allowing customers to obtain information based on their unique genetic makeup. Following this announcement, MyHeritage is transforming Promethease into a free service, effective today, and this free promotion will run until the end of 2019. MyHeritage intends to keep Promethease separate from its MyHeritage DNA health product line. Unlike Promethease, MyHeritage does not provide any health reports based on DNA data uploaded from other vendors. All of MyHeritage DNA’s health reports are based on clinical validation of the underlying DNA data.

Find out more, read the full announcement at:

Monthly Meeting – Sep 5, 2019 – “The History of the Geography of New York City” by Stephen P Morse

New York City has undergone numerous changes in its geographical boundaries, both for its counties and for is boroughs. An understanding of these boundaries is important in order to know what archive to search in when looking for vital records. The talk discusses the changes to New York City’s geography over the years, and describes the difference between New York City and the City of New York.

Stephen was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in 2006, the APGQ Excellence Award, and the National Genealogical Society – Award of Merit in 2007. It was in recognition of exceptional contributions to the Field of Genealogy. His “One-Step” search tools have assisted genealogists greatly by making it easier to find their ancestors within existing large genealogical databases. He is a computer professional who holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

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.

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DNA Sig Announcement

Barbara Rae-Venter has resigned as facilitator of the MoCoGenSo DNA Special Interest Group (SIG).

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG was started by Barbara in the spring of 2016 and it has run for three years.  The Sig would not have been possible without her dedication.  We thank her for her service.

The Board of Directors is restructuring the Special Interest Group.  As we are working out the details, we solicit your input.  The date of the next meeting will be determined based on your feedback. 

You can contact MoCoGenSo officers at
or talk about it at the next Monthly meeting.

Utah Genealogy Association is having a Virtual Conference

The Utah Genealogy Association is holding a Virtual Conference this September. It will be held September 24-25, 2019. But you know what “virtual” means! The conference is being recorded and made available over the internet. One of the benefits of this virtual conference is unlimited access to the recorded presentations until October 26, 2019–that is a full 30 days to listen again and solidify new concepts. So if you can’t watch “real time”, you can easily watch the sessions later. You could say the conference is being held the whole month of October!

The first day features an exciting evening of DNA presentations from Blaine Bettinger, Kitty Cooper, and Patti Hobbs. Wednesday opens with the keynote address given by Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, at 9:00 a.m. MST, followed by a full slate of 5 other expert presentations.

There are fees involved. But the presenters are some of the best in the country in their given fields. They deserve our support and expenses need to be covered! Go to the web site and check it out. It sounds like a great deal to me!

Click here to go to the UGA Virtual Conference web site. While you are there, be sure to look around the Utah Genealogical Association is one of the finest!

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