Category Archives: 2020

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


DNA Discusssions – Feb 5, 2020

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki (pronounced “Woh-JIS-key”) announced last week that the company is laying off 14% of its staff amid an industry-wide decline in sales of consumer DNA tests that has driven several companies in the industry toward other endeavors.

23andMe, like FTDNA, do not charge an annual “maintenance” fee. Ancestry and MyHeritage do charge big annuals fees. Given that the Pentagon has come out against at-home DNA testing (could it be that people in high places have something to hide?) and given that ethnicity reports haven’t been all that accurate, what does the future hold for those of us who have already tested? Tune in next week for the rest of the story. 🙂

Meanwhile, our very own DNA Discussion group had already decided to concentrate on 23andMe during the next session. Join us Wednesday, February 5th as Terry Jackson shares some of his experiences at 23andMe.

If you have tested with 23andMe or are considering it, we meet at 12 noon at the FHC in the Library. We would like to hear from you, too.


” The Internet is making smart people smarter and dumb people dumber.” – Kevin Drum


Monthly Meeting – February 6, 2020 – “History of Lands and Houses” by Kathy Nielsen

Ever wondered about the history the houses and the land where your ancestor lived? Curious about the history of you own home? Every place where you and your ancestors lived, loved, cried, and may have died has a story to tell. Every person or family has left their mark on their homes; just as these homes have left their mark on those who lived there. The census, directories, maps, deeds, wills, newspapers, photos, and local histories help us discover insights into our family histories. Join Kathy Nielsen as she guides you on a journey into your past, to where your family and ancestors lived. She will show you how she searched for information about the homes of some of her ancestors and for information about her own home, connecting the past with the present.

Kathy Nielsen is a Reference Librarian in the California History Room at Monterey Public Library. She earned a BA in History at Univ. of CA, Berkeley, and a MA in History at Hunter College, City Univ. of NY. After teaching history in high school and middle School, she returned to U.C.Berkeley and obtained a Masters in Library Science. She has shared her adventures with Monterey Public Library, Carmel Public Library, MoCoGenSo, Santa Cruz Genealogical Society, Gentrain, OLLI, and DAR Ancestor Round-Up. Kathy combines her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian with her love for travel and 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.


” I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges


Monthly Meeting – January 2, 2020 – “Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid-19th Century Ancestors” by Nancy Runyon

This meeting will start with a short, but required annual business meeting for election of Officers. Then we will have a presentation by Nancy Runyon, who attended the British Institute 5 day course in Salt Lake City, titled: “Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid-19th Century Ancestors” this past October. With morning lectures from Paul Blake, English research expert and author, and afternoons to spend researching in the world-renowned Family History Library, this was a great introduction to beautiful Salt Lake City & the best genealogy research facilities. Paul Blake is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists & President of the East Surrey Family History Society. Nancy will share about tips & resources she received from his course & evening presentations at the Family History Library.

Nancy Runyon grew up in the Sacramento Delta where her father’s family grew pears since the Gold Rush. As a volunteer historic preservation advocate, she served on the Board of Palo Alto Stanford Heritage from 1988-1998. She volunteered for and coordinated many of the Statewide California Preservation Foundation Conferences since 2000 (Monterey), and is a Founding Member of the Alliance of Monterey Area Preservation, serving as president for the last 3 years. To preserve a historic building, you often need to research the people who built or lived in it. Nancy has collected information on her family tree over the years. Nancy is a member of MoCoGenSo, and enjoys the never ending puzzle of ancestry 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.


“By the way, if you find that your DNA matches mine, watch out, as I have millions of ancestors” – Jim Robeson


The DAR’s Ancestor Roundup — January 25, 2020

You’ve been waiting for the Ancestor Roundup Order Form? Here it is!!


The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its 39th annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar again in January.

Many of you know this is the best genealogical meeting on the central California coast! As always, it will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here in Seaside, CA. If you are working on your genealogy, you really need to come to this seminar. I know I’ll be there.

The seminar will be held all day Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is provided.

There will be over 35 classes during the day. You can pick and choose from the calendar and actually attend up to 5 classes during the day, including the Keynote. The keynote speaker will be Karina Robinson! Karina currently serves as special assistant to the State Librarian at the California State Library. Also, for the DNA junkies in the audience, Katherine Borges from ISOGG, and Pamela Brigham from Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group will both be back.

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There are 2 ticket options, both include lunch! $25 gives you a downloadable syllabus, $35 gives you a printed syllabus. Get the signup form by clicking below. Print the signup form to mail in.

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Go ahead — download and print the above form and mail it in. You know you’re going to do it anyway!

“The main difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.