Category Archives: Meetings

DNA Discussion Group Meets on Wednesday July 1 at Noon via Zoom

is one of the most useful “tools” in the genetic genealogy arena. If you are really interesting in using DNA as a way to help grow your ancestral tree, then you need to learn to use parts of this site. Many/most of it’s tools are free.

There are Trees, Tools, and Chromosome Mapping!

Our DNA Discussion group has decided to concentrate on DNA Painter during the next few sessions. Join us Wednesday, July 1st as Terry Jackson shares some of his experiences at DNA Painter. We will continue into future sessions for as long as it takes….

Remember, this is a DNA discussion group for all levels. Come join the crowd.

The Zoom meeting will start at 12:00 noon sharp. For security reasons, the meeting invitation will be by posted on this site the day before the meeting. If you are already a “follower” here, you will receive the invitation by email. If not, you can return here in the afternoon before the meeting.

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”Did you know that you share at least one ancestor with everyone who belongs to the same haplogroup as you?” – 23andMe


Monthly Meeting – June 4, 2020 – “Genealogy and Local History at the Library” by Jennifer Smith via Zoom

Your local public library is a treasure-trove of resources for the genealogist, especially if you have family roots in Monterey County. Jennifer will describe Monterey County Free Libraries’ databases and services for the genealogist, and focus on less familiar resources for local history and biography. MCFL’s archives and local history collections include a wide variety of documents, letters, images, maps, and secondary sources that document communities, families, schools, homes and histories throughout the County. Finding aids include biographical and subject indexes, lists and inventories. The Library partners with other libraries, historical societies, museums, parks, and archives to maintain a Monterey County Local History Directory to help you find similar resources in more than forty local institutions.

Jennifer Smith is Local History and Special Projects Librarian at the Monterey County Free Libraries. She holds a BA in International Development from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In 1997, Jennifer completed the Society of California Archivists’ Western Archives Institute training. She has over 24 years’ experience in libraries and archives including the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, Stockton-San Joaquin County Library, and Santa Cruz Public Libraries. In 2010, Jennifer began developing Monterey County Free Libraries’ Local History Digital Archive while serving as Branch Manager at Carmel Valley Branch Library. She enjoys doing historical research and works to preserve, provide access to, and promote MCFL’s archival and local history collections

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. For security reasons, the meeting will be by invitation only.  If you are not a member and wish to attend, send an email with your email address to our Membership VP, Marilyn Ruccello .

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”It continues to be true that Flat-Earthers have supporters all around the globe.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


Virtual Meetings – first up: DNA Discussions

MoCoGenSo is going to try holding online meetings using an application called ZOOM. We will begin our experiment with the DNA Discussion group. Zoom is a video conferencing system that allows online real-time virtual meetings to be held with from 2 to 100 participants. If this first test works well, we will expand our virtual meeting menu for other meetings. The future is ours to make!

Setup:
Zoom will run on phone, tablets (iPads, etc), and/or laptop/desktop computers. Depending on which device you plan to use, your instructions are a bit different.  But for ALL devices, you will need to download and install the ZOOM application first – it’s FREE. If you plan to use a phone, your video will be very small but it still works fine. If you have a choice about which hardware to use, opt for the larger screen because you can see more! Once in the meeting, you can play with the video/audio options to see what works best for you.

Tablets/phones:
Go to your APP store and get the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app and install it. Once installed, you are ready to go when the meeting time comes around.

Desktop/Laptop Computers:
In your browser, go to www.zoom.us . In the upper right corner, click on RESOURCES, then click on DOWNLOAD ZOOM CLIENT FOR MEETINGS. The client will download into your DOWNLOAD folder. Go to that folder and just double click on the file called “zoominstaller.exe” and Zoom will automatically install onto your computer.

Joining the Meeting:
Once Zoom is installed you are ready to go. You do not have to create a Zoom account to join a meeting. You just have to have the software previously installed. On the day of the meeting, we will post a link here that you will just have to click on to join the meeting! This is the experimental part of this, we’ve never posted a link for public access before.  You will have to enter your name before joining — everyone in the meeting can see your name.  Be sure to agree to video and audio.

You should be able to see and hear each other. A presenter can display their desktop so we can show action just as if we were watching the screen during an in-person meeting. You can enable/disable video while in the meeting. You can also change video to “gallery” mode to see all of us at once or you can set it to “speaker” mode to see only the current speaker.

If anyone has trouble installing the software or connecting to the meeting, you can call me separately and I’ll see if I can help to get you in.

Go ahead, install Zoom and join us for our first “experimental” virtual DNA Discussion group on Wednesday April 1st at 12:00 noon. Like all MoCoGenSo meetings, they are open to all, you do not have to be a member to attend.

By the way, Zoom can be used for free to connect your family members too. Try it!


I will run a test or two before next Wednesday. If you have Zoom installed and are a follower here and receive a post with a scheduled meeting link, feel free to join in. We need to test this, after all.


Monterey California FHC Closed

We have received word that the Church building has been closed until further notice because of the Covid-19 virus.  This means that the Family History Center is closed, of course.  And all MoCoGenSo meetings are put on hold.  We do not know how long this closure will last.  This is a church-wide policy closure and is not due to anything unique in the Seaside building.

 Please stay safe and wash your hands a lot!!!

We will keep you posted on any developments or changes.

DNA Discussion Group Meets on Wednesday March 4 at Noon

Rootstech 2020 is over, and lots of folks are now deep into researching their family again. Many people, perhaps some of your cousins, have purchased DNA test kits and are now, as we speak, spitting or swabbing. In a few weeks, there will be a rash of new matches appearing at the various sits. Will we be ready?

There were three streaming sessions at Rootstech about DNA. Junel Davidson is going to lead discussions about new findings and features.

Angie Bush talked about adding to your tree using DNA. Blaine Bettinger discussed DNA and the law! Robin Wirthlin taked about emotional family side of DNA. There was more of course.

I hope someone talks about the new Mitochondrial project called Million Mito. It will be attempting to trace the family tree of “womankind”! That sounds exciting, Both my wife and I want to find out how to participate.

Remember, this is a DNA discussion group for all levels. Come join the crowd.

”Like anything else, to get results, you have to feed the machine. Computers do their best work with more, rather than less, information.” – Roberta Estes


Monthly Meeting – March 5, 2020 – “Beginning Genealogy” by Shelley McFadden

Genealogy is a curiosity for most, a hobby for many and an obsession for some. Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree, others just jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration & support for genealogists. This can be particularly important when the inevitable roadblocks & brick walls become a factor. Some of the reasons people research their family tree are the following: Validate Family Stories; Famous People; Historical Event; Trace Medical Conditions; Trace a Family Inheritance; Trace Land Ownership; Trace a Family Portrait; Find Birth Parents; Proof of Paternity; Religious Tenet; Community History; Historic Studies; Heritage Societies; Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy; Preserving Family Traditions; Preserving Family Culture; Resolving Family Trees in Bibles; Understanding Family Letters/Diaries; Understand a Namesake; Settle Ownership of a Heirloom; Reconnect with Family; Family Legacy. Genealogy is a fascinating & compelling activity that demands the same kind of persistence & deductive reasoning as detective work. Tracing ancestors is really about solving a series of mysteries. Except in this case, the mystery is you.

Shelley McFadden holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from 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 & New England. She is serving as President for Monterey County Genealogy Society & is currently serving as 1st Vice President- Programs Chair. She is a member of the DAR Commodore Sloat Chapter, & Associate member of the Aloha Chapter. 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.


” The future’s already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson


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