Category Archives: 2020

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.


DNA Discussion Group Meets on Wednesday March 4 at Noon

Rootstech 2020 is over, and lots of folks are now deep into researching their family again. Many people, perhaps some of your cousins, have purchased DNA test kits and are now, as we speak, spitting or swabbing. In a few weeks, there will be a rash of new matches appearing at the various sits. Will we be ready?

There were three streaming sessions at Rootstech about DNA. Junel Davidson is going to lead discussions about new findings and features.

Angie Bush talked about adding to your tree using DNA. Blaine Bettinger discussed DNA and the law! Robin Wirthlin taked about emotional family side of DNA. There was more of course.

I hope someone talks about the new Mitochondrial project called Million Mito. It will be attempting to trace the family tree of “womankind”! That sounds exciting, Both my wife and I want to find out how to participate.

Remember, this is a DNA discussion group for all levels. Come join the crowd.

”Like anything else, to get results, you have to feed the machine. Computers do their best work with more, rather than less, information.” – Roberta Estes


Monthly Meeting – March 5, 2020 – “Beginning Genealogy” by Shelley McFadden

Genealogy is a curiosity for most, a hobby for many and an obsession for some. Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree, others just jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration & support for genealogists. This can be particularly important when the inevitable roadblocks & brick walls become a factor. Some of the reasons people research their family tree are the following: Validate Family Stories; Famous People; Historical Event; Trace Medical Conditions; Trace a Family Inheritance; Trace Land Ownership; Trace a Family Portrait; Find Birth Parents; Proof of Paternity; Religious Tenet; Community History; Historic Studies; Heritage Societies; Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy; Preserving Family Traditions; Preserving Family Culture; Resolving Family Trees in Bibles; Understanding Family Letters/Diaries; Understand a Namesake; Settle Ownership of a Heirloom; Reconnect with Family; Family Legacy. Genealogy is a fascinating & compelling activity that demands the same kind of persistence & deductive reasoning as detective work. Tracing ancestors is really about solving a series of mysteries. Except in this case, the mystery is you.

Shelley McFadden holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from 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 & New England. She is serving as President for Monterey County Genealogy Society & is currently serving as 1st Vice President- Programs Chair. She is a member of the DAR Commodore Sloat Chapter, & Associate member of the Aloha Chapter. 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.


” The future’s already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson


RootsTech 2020

RootsTech 2020 is ready to start!

The conference will start Wednesday, running Feb. 26 to Feb. 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

RootsTech organizers have posted information on how to view some sessions free (called live streaming) at www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule for those of us unable to attend.  (Remember that times shown are Mountain Time Zone.)

They will also record some classes, for viewing later. But those 30 classes are pay-for-view this year.

There will be something for everyone!


”If you save a tree in the forest, but don’t send out a press release about it, did you save it at all?” – Hadley Freeman


New Basic Genealogy Support Group Starting Up

Come join us, and learn to be a better family genealogist. Bring your questions or problems about your family tree, specific software or websites. We will solve it together.

Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought, some want to include their family & children in the process. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists. This can be particularly important when the inevitable roadblocks and brick walls become a factor. What motivates the broader genealogy community is also helpful in understanding the future direction of ancestral research.


“Success is where preparation met opportunity.” – Neil Armstrong