Category Archives: 2020

Refreshing the 23andMe Tree

23andMe builds a nice tree using DNA matches which can be augmented yourself with people who have not tested. The tree is usually small, and, except for your additions and the recently deceased, only has living people. The tree is fun, since it is DNA driven! There are issues with it which we have discussed in our DNA SIG meetings, but most people like it.

Kitty Cooper writes a great blog about “genealogy, genetics and gardening”. Kitty Cooper is an American bridge player and genetic genealogist from New York City. I enjoy her posts and her blog has a permanent place in my Feedly sites. See her blog CLICK HERE .

She just wrote another posting about the 23andMe tree! Most of the post is interesting personal views, but the thing that caught my eye was the part about recalculating the tree. 23andMe doesn’t include a simple push-button method of refreshing the tree, Kitty shows how to do it!

See the whole posting here: CLICK HERE.

Be sure to save a picture of the tree with your additions before you try this! 😊


“It’ll all work out in the end; if it isn’t worked out, it ain’t the end.” – Betsy Johnson


Monthly Meeting – June 4, 2020 – “Genealogy and Local History at the Library” by Jennifer Smith via Zoom

Your local public library is a treasure-trove of resources for the genealogist, especially if you have family roots in Monterey County. Jennifer will describe Monterey County Free Libraries’ databases and services for the genealogist, and focus on less familiar resources for local history and biography. MCFL’s archives and local history collections include a wide variety of documents, letters, images, maps, and secondary sources that document communities, families, schools, homes and histories throughout the County. Finding aids include biographical and subject indexes, lists and inventories. The Library partners with other libraries, historical societies, museums, parks, and archives to maintain a Monterey County Local History Directory to help you find similar resources in more than forty local institutions.

Jennifer Smith is Local History and Special Projects Librarian at the Monterey County Free Libraries. She holds a BA in International Development from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In 1997, Jennifer completed the Society of California Archivists’ Western Archives Institute training. She has over 24 years’ experience in libraries and archives including the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, Stockton-San Joaquin County Library, and Santa Cruz Public Libraries. In 2010, Jennifer began developing Monterey County Free Libraries’ Local History Digital Archive while serving as Branch Manager at Carmel Valley Branch Library. She enjoys doing historical research and works to preserve, provide access to, and promote MCFL’s archival and local history collections

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. For security reasons, the meeting will be 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.


”It continues to be true that Flat-Earthers have supporters all around the globe.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore Stars in New ABC Series, ‘The Genetic Detective’

Starting Tuesday, May 19, the renowned investigative genetic genealogist will show viewers exactly how she solves decades-old murder cases on ABC News’ new primetime series, The Genetic Detective.

Airing on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 p.m. ET, the series follows Moore, the Chief Genetic Genealogist at Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia, and her team, who’ve helped solve more than 100 cold cases using crime scene DNA, state-of-the-art technology and Moore’s genealogy tracking skills.

Her passion began as a hobby when she started researching her own family tree. She honed her skills over the years by helping adoptees find their birth families. Sound like anyone you know? I know my DVR will be recording this one!


“People should read every day, because knowledge builds up, like compound interest.” – Warren Buffet


Virtual Meetings – first up: DNA Discussions

MoCoGenSo is going to try holding online meetings using an application called ZOOM. We will begin our experiment with the DNA Discussion group. Zoom is a video conferencing system that allows online real-time virtual meetings to be held with from 2 to 100 participants. If this first test works well, we will expand our virtual meeting menu for other meetings. The future is ours to make!

Setup:
Zoom will run on phone, tablets (iPads, etc), and/or laptop/desktop computers. Depending on which device you plan to use, your instructions are a bit different.  But for ALL devices, you will need to download and install the ZOOM application first – it’s FREE. If you plan to use a phone, your video will be very small but it still works fine. If you have a choice about which hardware to use, opt for the larger screen because you can see more! Once in the meeting, you can play with the video/audio options to see what works best for you.

Tablets/phones:
Go to your APP store and get the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app and install it. Once installed, you are ready to go when the meeting time comes around.

Desktop/Laptop Computers:
In your browser, go to www.zoom.us . In the upper right corner, click on RESOURCES, then click on DOWNLOAD ZOOM CLIENT FOR MEETINGS. The client will download into your DOWNLOAD folder. Go to that folder and just double click on the file called “zoominstaller.exe” and Zoom will automatically install onto your computer.

Joining the Meeting:
Once Zoom is installed you are ready to go. You do not have to create a Zoom account to join a meeting. You just have to have the software previously installed. On the day of the meeting, we will post a link here that you will just have to click on to join the meeting! This is the experimental part of this, we’ve never posted a link for public access before.  You will have to enter your name before joining — everyone in the meeting can see your name.  Be sure to agree to video and audio.

You should be able to see and hear each other. A presenter can display their desktop so we can show action just as if we were watching the screen during an in-person meeting. You can enable/disable video while in the meeting. You can also change video to “gallery” mode to see all of us at once or you can set it to “speaker” mode to see only the current speaker.

If anyone has trouble installing the software or connecting to the meeting, you can call me separately and I’ll see if I can help to get you in.

Go ahead, install Zoom and join us for our first “experimental” virtual DNA Discussion group on Wednesday April 1st at 12:00 noon. Like all MoCoGenSo meetings, they are open to all, you do not have to be a member to attend.

By the way, Zoom can be used for free to connect your family members too. Try it!


I will run a test or two before next Wednesday. If you have Zoom installed and are a follower here and receive a post with a scheduled meeting link, feel free to join in. We need to test this, after all.