Category Archives: Meetings

DNA Sig Meeting August 10th at 10:00am

23AndMe recently released a trait report looks at a customer’s likelihood of having a fear of public speaking. While a fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia, doesn’t present any serious health consequences, it can hamper career advancement or your speech at the next DNA Sig.

The issue was that my wife and I tested at 23AndMe way back in 2010 on their chip #2. The SNPs necessary to get new trait reports, including glossophobia, were not included on that model. 23AndMe is now using chip #5. We needed to upgrade.

June 24th, 23AndMe sent us an email saying we could purchase an Upgrade test using chip #5 for only $125. This would include, of course, both Health and Ancestry options. Needless to say, both Sandra and I purchased the upgrade. Our DNA extraction is in process, with expected due date being August 22.

I don’t need a DNA test to prove that I have glossophobia. No matter, I am still going to monitor our monthly DNA Sig this Saturday Aug 10 starting at 10:00 am.

Topics covered by me at the Sig will be:

• A case study in which I solved an adopted person’s quest to find her father (in my wife’s family)
• More about the 23AndMe upgrade option
• The new 23AndMe collaboration with FamilySearch which is in beta test now
• Some brief mentions for beginners in their genetic genealogy quest.

Since I am glossophobic, I will also bring a load of questions for the group to answer! And if you have questions about your recent DNA test, please bring them along. We are depending on you to cover for me…


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Monthly Meeting – August 1, 2019 – “Brick Walls in My Genealogy? How Did They Get There?” by Shelley McFadden

At some point, every family historian encounters a barrier in their genealogy research. In genealogy, these barriers are known as “Brick Walls” and they can often appear impossible to work around. We must remember Genealogy is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten, unknown or hidden identities, relationships, activities of families, individuals, and more. It borrows from fields like anthropology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, and sociology. Many pursue family history for pleasure and to learn more about their family ’s background, while most family historians, consider accurate results important. Genealogy is “Problem-Solving” – not a straightforward primary information with direct evidence. We will learn 16 reasons why we create brick walls in our Family Genealogy, and a disciplined approach to solving them.

Shelley McFadden holds a BFA in Fine Arts at 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, and New England. She has served as a past President for Monterey County Genealogy Society, and is currently serving as 1st Vice President-Programs Chair. She is a member of Commodore Sloat Chapter, and associate member of Aloha Chapter of the DAR. 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.


“For the oldest man in the world, everyone that existed on the entire planet when he was born are now dead.” – Reddit


Monthly Meeting – June 6, 2019 – “Genealogical Resources of the California State Library” by Karina Robinson

Join Karina as she takes us on a tour of the California State Library in both Sacramento and San Francisco. She will introduce us to the many collections available both physically on site and on their internet web sites along with the wealth of information available.

Karina Robinson is a Bay Area researcher and genealogist who specializes in the historical content and documentation of the Americas and Europe. She currently serves as special assistant to State Librarian Greg Lucas at the California State Library, where her focus is genealogical research and education. Karina received her B.A. from Mills College in art history and foreign languages (Spanish, German and Italian), earned her M.A. in history from Arizona State University, and has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. In addition to researching several hundred family histories, she has contributed scholarship to published monographs, including Dr. Anne Pruitt-Logan’s biography on Dr. Lucy Diggs Slowe, Faithful to the Task at Hand, and scholar Nancy Dallett’s At the Confluence of Change: A History of Tonto National Monument. She has also contributed articles to the online encyclopedia BlackPast.org and has given dozens of presentations throughout Northern California. An avid traveler, Karina has visited and conducted research in libraries and archives around the world.

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.


” Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye


Monthly Meeting – May 2, 2019 – “Identifying, Organizing and Restoring Photos” by Kathy Nielsen, MA, MLS

Where do we start? Our photo collection can be overwhelming and unwieldy. But photos are so important in discovering information about our ancestors. Join Kathy Nielsen as she shares some tips on photo identification, organization and restoration. She will introduce you to Restore, a new and easy photo editing application. There is hope.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian in the California History Room at the Monterey Public Library. Kathy has been an educator and a librarian for over four decades. She has shared her adventures with the Monterey County Genealogy Society, the Monterey Public Library, the Carmel Valley Library, Gentrain, OLLI, and the DAR Ancestor Round-Up Seminar. Kathy incorporates her skills as an historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in 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.


“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein


Monthly Meeting – April 4, 2019 – “My 4 Favorite Things to Do on FamilySearch” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

It’s time to learn a few new tricks on FamilySearch! Dayna will share how she uses the Memories area, show how to attach sources from Records Hints, demonstrate how to find both unindexed and indexed digitized records in the FamilySearch Catalog, and share her favorite ways to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki. If you are stuck in a FamilySearch rut, this will give you some new research ideas.

Dayna Jacobs has been on the staff of the Monterey Family History Center since the mid-1990s and has taught classes on many different topics at various conferences and societies over the years. She enjoys helping and mentoring patrons as they search for their ancestors and served for many years as staff trainer and Assistant Director of the FHC. Dayna also serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, chairing their outreach and public relations committees. She holds the credential of Accredited Genealogist®, with a specialty in Mountain West States, and recently wrote the credentialing exam for the Southwest states.

Websites: ongrannystrail.com; fairytalegenealogy.wordpress.com
APG page: www.apgen.org/directory/search.detail.html?mbr_id=8834
Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/dayna-jacobs-ag/

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 may not know yet where we’re going, but we’ve already left where we’ve been.” – D.T.Max