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Monthly Meeting – Nov 7, 2019 – “Native American DNA and Ethnicity” by Junel Davidsen

This session will review the various definitions of ‘Native American’ applicable the DNA testing with an explanation of blood quantum, basics of tribal eligibility and the importance of reference populations in estimating ethnicity. Examples from various testing companies will examine differences in test results and the need for documentation and genealogical research.

Junel Davidsen is a professional genealogist specializing in courthouse and forensic research. She routinely assists estate administrators in finding missing heirs and families looking for missing relatives, including adoptees. Recently she has been helping to solve unknown identities using genetic genealogy. Her work experience includes 17 yrs in San Benito Co. Clerk/Recorder’s office and 10 yrs as Assistant Registrar of Voters of Monterey Co. She has obtained an AA degree in Family Research studies , and has been a Board-certified genealogist for 10 yrs. Junel has attended many genealogy conferences and training workshops, most recently the 2019 Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy and earned a certificate in Native American Research. She is a member of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Washington state and completed a descendant project for the tribal enrollment office in 2014. She has held various positions on the MoCoGenSo board including President. She is a member of the ‘Off The Charts’ writing group, DNA special interest group and volunteered at the Family History Center. Junel currently volunteers at the Monterey and San Benito County Historical Societies and organizes tours to local archives and repositories.

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.


“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” – Cree Prophecy


Genealogy with DNA Discussion Group to Meet on 1st Wednesdays

MoCoGenSo, in cooperation with the FHC, is going to form a new “discussion” group to explore genealogy and the use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) therein.

We are going to have our meetings discussion oriented, talking about using DNA to enhance our genealogical efforts. Our goal is to help each other learn.

The big deal about this restructuring is the scheduling: we are going to meet on the ”1st Wednesday of the month at 12 noon.


We will hold our first meeting November 6th in the Film room at the FHC. We will provide the large display monitor for computer screens when needed to enhance discussions. I will bring my laptop, you can bring yours. iPads work if you have the right adapter.

I have decided to monitor this group because I myself really do want to learn more. If we provide the forum, perhaps others will share too. We will open the door and see who comes in!


” Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.” – Tom Clancy


Monthly Meeting – Oct 3, 2019 – “Saving and Sharing with the Family Tree Phone App” by Dayna Jacobs , AG®

Have you thought about what will happen to all your research when you are gone? Do you want your children, grandchildren, and cousins to have easy access to photos, documents, stories, and your research findings all in one place, as well as the ability to collaborate and contribute? The answer is on your phone! Or it will be when you download the FamilySearch Tree app (by Family Search) and Dayna Jacobs shows you in a live demo how it can all be done on your phone. want hands-on experience? Bring a document and photo, and prior to the meeting download the FamilySearch Tree app plus a scanner app on your phone such as Genius Scan, TurboScan, or Scannable. You will also need a free FamilySearch account. (This can also all be done on a tablet device with the FamilySearch Tree app.)

Dayna Jacobs, AG®, is an accredited genealogist professional with credentials in the U.S. Mountain West and Southwest regions, and 30 years of research and teaching experience. She is on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association as well as the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. She has served on the staff of the Family History Center for over 20 years and enjoys helping people use all of the powerful FamilySearch tools.

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.


“We spend a huge percentage of our lives at work, so it’s important that we love what we do and do what we love.” – Richard Branson


Directors Meetings Schedule Changing

MoCoGenSo has a meeting of the Directors once a month. It is normally scheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month. The meetings have been switched to the 4th Monday of the month, until further notice.

Remember, any dues-paying member is invited to attend. If you have ideas or issues, please come. Meanwhile, the calendars will be adjusted. If you are a Director, be sure to change your calendar too!

DNA Sig Announcement

Barbara Rae-Venter has resigned as facilitator of the MoCoGenSo DNA Special Interest Group (SIG).

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG was started by Barbara in the spring of 2016 and it has run for three years.  The Sig would not have been possible without her dedication.  We thank her for her service.

The Board of Directors is restructuring the Special Interest Group.  As we are working out the details, we solicit your input.  The date of the next meeting will be determined based on your feedback. 

You can contact MoCoGenSo officers at https://mocogenso.wordpress.com/business/officers/
or talk about it at the next Monthly meeting.