Category Archives: 2019

Monthly Meeting – August 1, 2019 – “Brick Walls in My Genealogy? How Did They Get There?” by Shelley McFadden

At some point, every family historian encounters a barrier in their genealogy research. In genealogy, these barriers are known as “Brick Walls” and they can often appear impossible to work around. We must remember Genealogy is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten, unknown or hidden identities, relationships, activities of families, individuals, and more. It borrows from fields like anthropology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, and sociology. Many pursue family history for pleasure and to learn more about their family ’s background, while most family historians, consider accurate results important. Genealogy is “Problem-Solving” – not a straightforward primary information with direct evidence. We will learn 16 reasons why we create brick walls in our Family Genealogy, and a disciplined approach to solving them.

Shelley McFadden holds a BFA in Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii and is a retired RN from CHOMP. She has worked for over 40 years on her family genealogy. Her focus Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, New York, Ohio, and New England. She has served as a past President for Monterey County Genealogy Society, and is currently serving as 1st Vice President-Programs Chair. She is a member of Commodore Sloat Chapter, and associate member of Aloha Chapter of the DAR. A Charter member of the Colonial Dames in Hawaii. She specializes in Newspaper 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.


“For the oldest man in the world, everyone that existed on the entire planet when he was born are now dead.” – Reddit


Ancestry DNA Circles going going gone by July 1

We only have 4 more days to preserve their contents.

Roberta Estes of the wonderful DNAeXplained blog has reminded us that DNA Circles are soon going to be a thing of the past.

This is reminder that Ancestry is permanently removing DNA Circles from customer accounts on July 1st. If you have not recorded the information held in your Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries, if you had any, do that NOW.

Circles provide you with information about people who match you that share a common ancestor, but they ALSO show you who else has tested and matches the people you match, but not you. That’s valuable information for numerous reasons. It verifies multiple children of that ancestor genetically and provides you with a genetic network to validate the ancestral connection for all of those people..

See her full posting here: DNAeXplained


” The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you look backwards, it looks flat, and when you look forward, it looks vertical. And it’s very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because it always looks the same.” – Sam Altman


Monthly Meeting – June 6, 2019 – “Genealogical Resources of the California State Library” by Karina Robinson

Join Karina as she takes us on a tour of the California State Library in both Sacramento and San Francisco. She will introduce us to the many collections available both physically on site and on their internet web sites along with the wealth of information available.

Karina Robinson is a Bay Area researcher and genealogist who specializes in the historical content and documentation of the Americas and Europe. She currently serves as special assistant to State Librarian Greg Lucas at the California State Library, where her focus is genealogical research and education. Karina received her B.A. from Mills College in art history and foreign languages (Spanish, German and Italian), earned her M.A. in history from Arizona State University, and has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. In addition to researching several hundred family histories, she has contributed scholarship to published monographs, including Dr. Anne Pruitt-Logan’s biography on Dr. Lucy Diggs Slowe, Faithful to the Task at Hand, and scholar Nancy Dallett’s At the Confluence of Change: A History of Tonto National Monument. She has also contributed articles to the online encyclopedia BlackPast.org and has given dozens of presentations throughout Northern California. An avid traveler, Karina has visited and conducted research in libraries and archives around the world.

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.


” Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye


Monthly Meeting – May 2, 2019 – “Identifying, Organizing and Restoring Photos” by Kathy Nielsen, MA, MLS

Where do we start? Our photo collection can be overwhelming and unwieldy. But photos are so important in discovering information about our ancestors. Join Kathy Nielsen as she shares some tips on photo identification, organization and restoration. She will introduce you to Restore, a new and easy photo editing application. There is hope.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy has been an educator and a librarian for over four decades. She has shared her adventures with the Monterey County Genealogy Society, the Monterey Public Library, the Carmel Valley Library, Gentrain, OLLI, and the DAR Ancestor Round-Up Seminar. Kathy incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in her search for her family’s history.

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.


“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein


Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential includes Barbara Rae-Venter

The leader and founder of our DNA Interest Group here at MoCoGenSo, Barbara Rae-Venter, was just announced to be one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2019“!

You may remember that earlier this year Barbara was selected as one of NATURE Magazine’s “10 People Who Mattered This Year“. This new honor is even more impressive when you realize that only two people are on both lists: Barbara for her work as a pioneer in using DNA to solve crimes and Mr. He Jiankui, the scientist who used CRISPR to edit the genomes of two infants in China. Time Magazine must feel that DNA is on the forefront of fields set to make major changes in our society.

This puts Barbara in the room with Lady Gaga, Jane Goodall, Xi Jinping, Robert Mueller, Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Greta Thunberg, Tiger Woods, Mark Zuckerberg and 90 more!

The full set of the 100 “Most Influential” list can be seen here: TIME 100 for 2019. Or find it by searching for TIME 100.

If you want to see Barbara in person, come to our monthly DNA Interest Group meetings. We are lucky to have Barbara in our group, helping us with our own genetic genealogy puzzles.

Congratulations again, Barbara.