Category Archives: Meetings

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


December 5, 2019 – Annual Christmas Potluck with the Family History Center

Come join The Monterey County Genealogy Society and The Family History Center volunteers, as we celebrate this Christmas Season. We will be giving thanks for a wonderful year learning about the world of Genealogy, as well as thanking you for your participation. Please join us for this annual potluck event. All are welcome. This is a time for stories, games, and good cheer – so bring a dish to share. Join in the fun and merriment while we get to know others who are also interested in learning about their family histories. There will be lots of fun and good cheer, and the food is great! 🙂

Doors open at 5:30 pm, the party starts at 6:00pm in the Fireside Room. Enter through the FHC doors.

We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building. For Information: (831) 915-9465.
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Come join us for our Annual Christmas Celebration and Potluck.
This is a time to give thanks for a wonderful year.

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!