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2021 ANCESTOR ROUNDUP: SAVE THE DATE!

The 40th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Seminar will be held as a virtual online event on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  The local DAR is in the process of setting up the classes and will provide more detailed information at a later date.

This seminar, put on by the local Commodore Sloat Chapter of the DAR, is always a highlight of the year for genealogists of all experience levels. The covid-19 virus has forced them to hold the meetings online. I think this is actually a blessing in disguise — I will be able to drink coffee all morning and eat popcorn all afternoon! And there will be no line at the restroom! What a deal… Yes, I will miss meeting everyone at the great luncheons. Those deserts were always great. But, I do plan to attend! Hopefully you can make it too.

The seminar is an all day event, so plan accordingly. Reserve Saturday, January 23, 2021 for genealogy reasons!

If you are interested and did not receive an email about this, contact Suzanne Schultz with your questions at monterey.californiadar.org/ or DAR.AncestorRoundup@gmail.com .


July was a busy month for some

Lots of things made the news in July 2020.

<:> Jeff Bezos said he would double any Bitcoin sent to him! So did Warren Buffet, Barack Obama and Bill Gates. A 17 year old kid will probably be found guilty, and then hired since he is obviously well skilled in Twitter tricks!

<:> Gedmatch was hacked so that, temporarily, all kits were eligible for search by police! And unreal kits appeared. Who was hurt? The owners of Gedmatch, Verogen, Inc., were a bit embarrassed. But it doesn’t seem that any real people were hurt. (I doubt we ever figure who was responsible. Hopefully lots of unsolved cases get solved this year!)

<:> MyHeritage users are possibly being targeted by phishing emails. If you get an email from ‘info@myheritaqe . com” instead of “info@myheritage . com” (note the “q” instead of “g”), hit delete quick! This actually could be quite dangerous, do watch out for MyHeritage emails that want you to click on something.

<:> And big noisy news came from AncestryDNA. They are making changes again, some of which lots of people do not like! More on that later.

<:> July was so exciting that the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to wait until August 1st to quietly announce that they are beginning to accept autosomal DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership!

CLICK HERE to see the announcement on their Blog. What a deal. Of course, there are gotcha stuff in the details. It only works for the first 3 generations, and only when traditional documentation does not exist or cannot be obtained due to sealed records. I need to be honest, I haven’t read the fine print, but this could be quite exciting news for adoptees and children of adoptees. If you are considering joining the DAR, be sure to read more about this on your own.

SAR has accepted autosomal DNA for a while. When I Googled SAR DNA, I discovered that they require the cM segment size to be 7 cM or more! And you have to have 30 cM or more composed of 7 cM segments! Leave to the SAR to complicate things. Hopefully we will get details from a Daughter or Son on this “quiet” news.

AncestryDNA

First off, if you use Chrome with the extension MedBetter, please uninstall MedBetter. Then Google it to find out why.

The changes:
1) More accurate number of shared segments (goes live in early August)
2) Ability to see the length of the longest shared segment (goes live in mid August)
3) Distant DNA matches must share 8 cM or higher (goes live in late August)

Please note the difference between the SAR and AncestryDNA. They should have discussed their differences first! Not very empathetic of AncestryDNA!


Hopefully some of you will join us at the next DNA Discussion Group and explain these Newsy items more clearly!


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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.

for a clearer larger PDF image, Click Here

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.

for the full Signup Form in PDF format Click Here

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.

Last minute decision?

The 38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar is being held this next Saturday, January 26. Some folks couldn’t decide ahead of time as to whether they could come or not. Let me help you decide….

The word on the street says it will or won’t rain Saturday — you need not care, the event is being held indoors! And there are indeed seats still available at the conference. All you have to do to attend is show up at the LDS Church in Seaside between 8:00 am-8:30 am with $25! You can register easily and no one will notice you because it is always crowded at the “last minute desk”! Lunch is included! Last class ends between 3:30-4:00 pm. If you have the flu or are attending an inauguration event, you are excused. Otherwise….

Hints:

  • Parking is tough if you are late. Try to car-pool. And remember, the Church is on a corner –> check the other side!
  • You can connect to Wi-Fi when in the building, the Name and Password is provided in the building. We do ask, though, that you silence your phone while in classes. Vibrate is OK.
  • Addicted to caffeine? None is provided. I bring my thermos and leave it in the car.
  • Need a mid morning boost? I also leave an apple in my car!
  • Tender bottom? Me too. Some chairs are hard. I bring a padded sports cushion!
  • Don’t forget to bring something to take notes with! Pencils and pens are not provided. I am no longer surprised by people trying to borrow my pencil! Yes, it is OK to bring your iPad.

Click here to get more details on the schedule and location.


” It is probable that that improbable things will happen; therefore what is improbable is probable. ” – Jordan Ellenberg


38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, 26 January 2019
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seaside, California, on the Monterey Peninsula

This year’s seminar will emphasize using DNA in your genealogy research.

The keynote speaker is nationally known genetic genealogist, Barbara Rae-Venter, JD, Ph.D, who is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.com, which helps adoptees identify birth relatives through DNA matching. She has also assisted law enforcement in the identification of crime victims and perpetrators.

Another major player in the genetic genealogy world who will be teaching classes is Katherine Borges, a co-founder and Director of ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. which is the primo source of knowledge and education concerning the use of genetics for genealogical research. Katherine is a member of Southern California Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.

Both Barbara and Katherine will be presenting 4 classes. Oh my, how to choose…. ISOGG has that Y-Haplogroup Tree that I so love! And their Wiki is a tremendous source of hard-to-remember data!  And there are 27 other classes to attend too…. (is it time to create a 2-day seminar)

We have posted the full class schedule in a previous Post: see here.

For those in a hurry who want to just get the Order Form, Click Here and just mail it in.

For directions to the Church where the Seminar is held:  see here.


“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.” – Oliver Herford


Ancestor Roundup by the DAR January 26, 2019

reserve the date — 26 January 2019 — is coming

The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its 38th 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 26, 2019 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 Barbara Rae-Venter, our very own DNA Sig leader!

for a clearer larger PDF image, Click Here

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.

Or, for the full Signup Form in PDF format Click Here

Go ahead — print the above form and mail it in. You know you’re going to do it anyway, get it over with now!

” Do what you’ve gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.” – Denzel Washington

Ancestor Roundup by the DAR February 3, 2018

reserve the date — 3 February 2018 — is coming

The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is holding its 37th 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, February 3, 2018 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is provided.

There will be over 25 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 Karen Clifford!

for a clearer PDF image, Click Here

There are 2 ticket options, both include lunch! $20 gives you a downloadable syllabus, $30 gives you a printed syllabus. Get the signup form by clicking below. Print the signup form to mail in.

Or, for Signup Form in PDF format Click Here

“Start with what you know.”

Last minute decision?

The 36th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar is being held this Saturday, January 21. Some folks couldn’t decide ahead of time as to whether they could come or not. Let me help you decide….

The word on the street says it will not rain Saturday. And there are indeed seats still available at the conference. All you have to do to attend is show up at the LDS Church in Seaside between 8:00 am-8:30 am with $20! You can register easily and no one will notice you because it is always crowded at the “last minute desk”!  Lunch is included! Last class ends between 3:30-4:00 pm. If you have the flu or are attending an inauguration event, you are excused. Otherwise….

Hints:

Parking is tough if you are late. Try to car-pool. And remember, the Church is on a corner –> check the other side!

You can connect to Wi-Fi when in the building, the Name and Password is provided in the building. We do ask, though, that you silence your phone while in classes. Vibrate is OK.

Addicted to caffeine? None is provided. I bring my thermos and leave it in the car.

Need a mid morning boost? I also leave an apple in my car!

Tender bottom? Some chairs are hard. I bring a padded sports cushion!

Don’t forget to bring something to take notes with! Pencils and pens are not provided. I am always surprised by people trying to borrow my pencil! Yes, it is OK to bring your iPad too.

Click here to get more details on the schedule and location.


“If I give you a penny, then you’re a penny richer and I’m a penny poorer, but if I give you an idea, then you will have a new idea but I’ll have it too.” – Eric Schmidt