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All Things Relative is on You Tube! #2

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.

Ancestry.com Puzzle

I have always wondered if it was possible to put two names within the surname field in Ancestry.com and not screw up the searching algorithms in Ancestry. Everyone I have ever asked either doesn’t know or says try it and see. Ya well, time marches on and then tonight I accidentally copied a record with a graphic character in the name field. And the copy took!

See the funny character after my grandfather’s name? That is some kind of a UTF-8 or UTF-16 character that can be copied from place to place! Yes, I know it is a picture of a DNA strip. I can envision hanging this character on my DNA match people.

But meanwhile, my original question has yet to be answered. Is it possible to put two names in a surname field, like for example “Tenorio Franich”? If it is, there should be no difference if the surname field contained a regular name followed by a space followed by that funny character above.

I will try to place it here: “Robeson 🧬” . Humm, this blog system takes it. Trust me, it shows up in color some places, and not others. The important thing is that Ancestry shows it in color. Perhaps you too, if you are so inclined, can copy it from here and use it in your own Ancestry tree! Give it a go… 🧬 🧬 🧬

Meanwhile, can someone answer my original question?

And now I need to see if I can find a list of all the possible UTF-8/16 characters. There might be a different picture that we could use, like a ball, or bullet, or whatever. possibilities abound.

Monthly Meeting – Sept. 2, 2021 – “The Jewish Marriage Contract and What It Really Says” – by Stephen Morse

Vital records (birth, marriage, death) have always been a valuable source of family information and sought after by genealogist. The Jewish Marriage Contract (Ketubah) is no exception. The information in the Jewish record complements the information in the civil record: the civil record typically identifies the bride and groom by giving their family names whereas the Jewish record gives their fathers’ names instead. There is a basic difference between the civil and religious marriage records in that one focuses on the union and the other on the termination of the union. This talk discusses what is contained in the Jewish marriage contract, tells what it really means, and provides information that can be useful to family historians.

Stephen P. Morse was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association 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 doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

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.


”The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care much.” – Stephen Fry


 

fun genealogically speaking

Here is a simple diagram with a simple challenge.  First fill in names of people that are related in parent/child relationships.  For example, put you at the bottom and fill in your parents and grandparents. The challenge then => add some other information.

  • For example, put in everyone’s birth date and birth place.
  • Or, place of birth and place of death.
  • Or, inheritable illness’s they had and cause of death.
  • Or, religion, politics and socioeconomic status.
  • Or, height and weight at mid-life.
  • Or, haplogroups, mitochondrial for all and Y-DNA for males.

For example, my wife’s maternal grandfather was described as 5’ 11”, 135 lbs, and swarthy with grey hair at 69 years of age in his Petition for Naturalization. We know his religion but have no idea where he stood politically.  

But I am really puzzled over his haplogroups.   A haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on either their paternal or maternal line. Particular haplogroups are associated with well-known ancestral groups such as the Vikings, Aboriginal Australians, and the Celts. We know he was born on an island in Croatia, we know the mitochondrial  haplogroup of his wife.  My wife knew him until she was about 12.  But there aren’t enough descendants testing at 23andMe to figure out his ancestral group!

This chart can be a challenge to any genealogist, amateur or otherwise.  Take a copy and give it a go. Below is a chart for a female with haplogroups.  I cannot figure out the mitochondrial groups for 2 of the men, but I am still working 😊

Haplogroup teasers

According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, a haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on either their paternal (Y-DNA) or maternal (mitochondrial) lines.

Not every DNA testing companies show us our haplogroups. AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and FamilyTreeDNA kits do not test for the specific SNPs required to determine haplogroup, while 23andMe and Living DNA do test segments of the mtDNA and Y-chromosome and display our haplogroups and, most importantly, those of our shared matches.

FTDNA also includes Y haplogroup and mtDNA haplogroup information, only if you buy specific tests related to those traits. Gedmatch displays haplogroup info that is self-reported.

I have found the haplogroup information displayed automatically at 23andMe to be invaluable in some of my research.  In a future DNA Discussion meeting, I will give a show-n-tell of how this additional information helped unlock puzzles in our family trees.

Meanwhile, when searching the internet for haplogroup information, I found this page which has lots of comparative details about the various DNA testing companies.  Eupedia is a great sight for exploring.  And this page in particular should interest most everyone who has read this far!  Do page through it.

https://www.eupedia.com/genetics/which_ancestry_dna_test_to_choose.shtml


My Y-DNA haplogroup is I1a-​A13294 and my mitochondrial haplogroup is ​H1e1a.


23andMe Tree Recalculation

Go ahead, drag the above slider left and right!

I have mentioned in the past about recalculating my tree in 23AndMe.  I said you had to find out how to do it within the Help system.  Arghh, finding where the function is located is a royal pain! But I did find it, and wrote the attached PDF document. If you are interested, you can download it. This is only for advanced folks. This worked for me, but let the buyer beware.


“If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.” – Alan Turing

Google Alerts

Google Inc. makes lots of tools available to people, some of which are not often talked about.  Besides Searching, my favorite tool is called ALERTS.  Simply put, you create a regular Google search and then have Google run it for you every day! The system will email you if it finds something matching your criteria from the past 24 hours (older stuff is ignored). The service sends emails to the user when it finds new results—such as web pages, newspaper articles, blogs, or scientific research—that match the user’s search term(s). 

To use Alerts, sign in to your Google account using the Gmail you want new discoveries to be sent to, then go to https://www.google.com/alerts .  Then create a search and save it!  That’s it. You can have multiple alerts, each one is treated individually.

Presumably you have previously tested your search! Alerts doesn’t validate a search, it just runs it. Here are a couple of searches that I am running daily:

“snorkel ai”

starlink OR spacex AND ipo

Yes, of course you can include genealogical searches too.  But remember, the results will be newly published stuff, not previously published. Try it, free it is.


“We were born at just the right moment to help change everything.” – Eric Holthaus


Family History Fanatics Virtual Conference

MoCoGenSo receives lots of adverts for seminars and such.  This one sounds interesting and the price is right.  Perhaps some will be interested.

If any members of the Monterey County Genealogical Society are looking for an opportunity to learn more about genealogy research, Devon Noel Lee (#1 genealogy YouTube channel – Family History Fanatics) and Lisa Louise Cooke (#1 genealogy podcast – Genealogy Gems) will be producing a Back to Research virtual conference on Saturday, September 11th.  Speakers and topics will include:

Lisa Louise Cooke – How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Devon Noel Lee – Creating Simple and Complex Clue Webs to Solve Family Mysteries
Lisa Louise Cooke – The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology 
Devon Noel Lee – Sifting Through the Townsends 

The online sessions will begin at 10 AM Eastern Time on September 11th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by two of the most popular genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

The Early Bird Price is only $19.99 until August 31st and then it will be $24.99

More information is available on the website: https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/back2research

Family Sparks: The Family History Radio Hour at 90.7 fm

There is a local radio program that features Family Histories run by Daniel Spelce, a regular at some of our MoCoGenSo meetings.  The Family History Radio Hour airs on the 4th and 5th Monday of every month, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. There’s a 4th Monday in every month; a 5th Monday occurs only four months of each year.

Listeners can tune in to KSQD Community Radio for the Central Coast at 90.7 fm on the radio dial; KSQD also streams live over the internet at www.ksqd.org. If a listener wants to hear a program again, or misses the scheduled broadcast, the KSQD Two-week Archive at the station’s web site allows a convenient flexibility.

The 40th Family Sparks program is coming up on Monday, August 23, when Aptos pharmacist Maria Mueller, shares some of her family stories.  She is another genetic genealogy enthusiast.

Believing all family histories are interesting and important, Daniel interviews people from all walks of life. A reasonably clear, strong voice and desire to share family are the simple necessities of Family Sparks guests. Folks can contact Daniel about their interest in sharing family history stories with KSQD listeners or suggest others who may be interesting in doing so, at danielspelce@ksqd.org.

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories meets Wed. 8/18/2021 via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

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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 Aug 18th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month:”Grow Your Story with Land Research” by Junel Davidson

Land records are a good source of genealogical and biographical information about our ancestors. Although often overlooked, land records can provide facts not included in other sources. Researchers may find evidence of relationships, dates and locations of events and proof of migration in addition to property information. Deeds and other documents may have clues that lead to new sources. Land research can help to fill in gaps in your story!

This online session will demonstrate how to access digitized land records available at FamilySearch and selected local recordkeeper sites in the United States.