Category Archives: Meetings

Monthly Meeting – August 4th, 2022 – “Monterey County Historical Society and Pat Hathaway Collection” by James Perry

James will provide a fascinating presentation with the introduction of the Monterey County Historical Society, its institutional history, campus, collections and highlighting the breadth and depth of Mr. Pat Hathaway’s Collection, followed by Q and A time.

James Perry has a M.A. in Museum Studies with an emphasis on Collections Management & Public History. He has served as Curator of Collections & Exhibits for the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive in Valdez, Alaska as well as the Museum of the Aleutians in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Locally, he has served as consultant to various organizations for special project initiatives, including the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Royal Presidio Chapel and Missions Carmel, San Juan Bautista, Soledad, and San Antonio de Padua. He has served the Monterey County Historical Society in various capacities since 1990, and is currently the Executive Director.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” – Yogi Berra


Mocogenso DNA Group is Paused through 2022

The MoCoGenSo DNA Sig is on hold for the remainder of the year. We will reevaluate its resumption in 2023.

In the meanwhile, there are many great DNA Sigs and Discussion groups throughout the country that are free for the joining. In fact, we have a few right here on the West coast. For example, have you heard of Randy Seaver? He is a long time genealogist who runs a DNA Sig for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society. This link goes to their main page where there is link to the next DNA meeting! Their meetings are via Zoom and are quite interesting. The last one I attended had 32 folks present!

chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org

For those who want pure genealogy, Randy Seaver runs a blog that is worth checking out.

www.geneamusings.com/p/randys-genealogy.html

And do not forget the Genealogy Society of Santa Cruz County right here in the Monterey Bay area. They also have a DNA Sig that can be found the calendar on their main page at:

https://scgensoc.org/

Find Genealogy Meetings Near our Central California Coast

GSSCC => Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

https://scgensoc.org/ and https://scgensoc.org/event-calendar/

MoCoGenSo => Monterey County Genealogical Society

https://mocogenso.org/

Monterey Public Library

https://monterey.org/services/library/events/index.php

Salinas Public Library

https://salinaspubliclibrary.org/calendar

SVCGG => Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group

https://www.svcgg.org/ and https://www.svcgg.org/meetings.html

Monthly Meeting – June 2, 2022 – “MyHeritage DNA Tools” by Pamela Brigham

MyHeritage has several great tools available for evaluating your DNA results. We’ll look at everything from ethnicity results to how to use the tools for evaluating your relationship to your DNA matches. We’ll also look at their Chromosome Browser, Auto Clusters, and the Ethnicity Map. All of these tools can help you with evaluating your DNA results. Come learn how these tools can help you!

Pamela Brigham is the President of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group. She has been using technology to advance her research into her family’s past. She believes in using technology as a tool to help break through brick walls and effectively document her genealogy. She was in the technology industry for almost 20 years, and since she started researching her genealogy – 11 years ago – she has applied that knowledge to tech to effectively document her family history. She enjoys teaching classes in genealogy, including classes in the Mac, FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast and searching in newspapers. She has received a certificate in genealogy from Boston University.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


” An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski


Monthly Meeting – May 5, 2022 – “Local History and Creativity in Your Research and Story-Telling” by Mary Smathers

When twenty-something Nicole Sinclair stumbles on DNA reports that document an ancestry far different from her father’s narrative of a white, northern European background, she enlists the help of her great grandmother to investigate their roots. As they search, their true Californio ancestors come to life. They include a Spanish soldier in the Portola expedition to explore Alta California, a captured Ohlone native and a girl whose family walks with the De Anza settlers eighteen hundred miles from Sinaloa to the San Francisco Bay. In This Land of Plenty’s family saga introduces the diverse cast of characters and complex social issues that populate California’s rich history while drawing a direct line to today’s residents.

Come listen to Mary as she tells us how to write your own family’s story using her book IN THIS LAND OF PLENTY as an example.

Mary Smathers grew up in Los Altos, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and another MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. From 1983 to 2013, she worked in public schools throughout California as a high school teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, grant writer and educational entrepreneur. Since then, she has focused on writing, publishing a collection of short stories and the award winning In This Land of Plenty, a family saga based on California history. She recently published her first children’s book, the first in a bilingual series featuring jungle and ocean animals. She divides her time between the Monterey Peninsula and Costa Rica.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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.

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein


Monthly Meeting – April 7, 2022 – “What to Do with All of Your Family Stuff…Heirlooms and Research” by Kathy Nielsen

We have all collected family heirlooms and research over the years. But will our family want to continue collecting these items? Let’s talk about how we might pass on these family “gems” to future generations.

Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and historian. She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula. She hosts a virtual monthly program at the Monterey Public Library. All Things Relative: Finding Family at the Library. Kathy has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses. She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s special interest writing group, Off the Charts. Kathy incorporates her skills as a historian, storyteller, and librarian in her search for her family’s history.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”You will be exactly half as old as your mother only once in your life, and that is when you are the same age she was when she gave birth to you.” – Reddit


Monthly Meeting – March 3, 2022 – “RootsTech Open Forum” by Shelley McFadden

We will have an open forum to exchange experiences, and assist your questions about RootsTech 2022 FamilySearch. RootsTech is a FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE – March 3 – 5, 2022, that is the World’s Largest Family History Conference. All you have to do is sign up on RootsTech.org .

The RootsTech Conference can assist you with: Connecting with your Family; Discover your story; Explore your heritage and Culture; Learn from the Experts; Try innovative products; Expo Hall – See new products and get hands-on instruction, and enjoy exclusive opportunities. Companies to name a few are: FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, AncestryQuest, Collectionaire, FamiyTreeDNA, GenealogyBank, Photomyne, Vivid-Pix, AAHGS, Assoc. of Professional Genealogists – apg, CBG, Iajgs – International Assoc. of Jewish Genealogical Societies, American Ancestors, National Genealogical Society, NYG&B, Ontario Ancestors, Society of Genealogists, The Family History Guide, Utah Genealogical Assoc., KAWAI, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Soc., and many more Exhibitors you are able to contact directly with your questions.

Shelley McFadden holds a BFA in Fine Arts at the Univ. of HI and is a retired RN from CHOMP. She has worked for over 40 yrs on her family genealogy. Her focus has been on PA, MD, DE, NC & SC, NY, OH, and New England. She is currently the 1st VP – Programs Chair. She is a member of the DAR Commodore Sloat Chapter, and Assoc. member of the Aloha Chapter in Hawaii. A Charter member of the Colonial Dames in Hawaii. She specializes in Newspaper and Cemetery Research.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”


DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – February 2nd

MoCoGenSo’s DNA Discussion Group will be meeting Wednesday with an open forum. Join us via Zoom. Feel free to drop in for conversation and stay for lunch.

Check out this great page full of information for newcomers to genetic genealogy isogg.org/wiki/Wiki_Welcome_Page

This meeting will start with discussions about our latest finds. Then we will move on to questions and discussions.

Click to Join Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118
Passcode: 738495


Making your own charts

Sometimes it is useful to create a chart of people in your tree to see how they fit together before you actually put them into a permanent tree. Perhaps you are checking centimorgan levels for DNA matches, for example. In the “old days” we would use Visio to create these charts. There are a couple of internet applications that can be used now, one of which I have come to like. It is free to use and does not need to be installed, it runs in your browser. You can find it at DIAGRAMS.NET.

Join us Wednesday at the DNA Discussion Group and I will show how easy it is to use. It can create things like these charts. I will even make blanks of these two available to give you a head start. Join us if you can.


”It goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you!” – Nancy Pelosi


Monthly Meeting – Feb 3, 2022 – “U.S. Census” by Cathy Andrews

Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been a resource both for community planning and for genealogists. The wealth of information can help establish or confirm details about an ancestor’s life. We’ll talk about all the things that Census has and doesn’t have for genealogical research including supplementary documents and unexpected notations.

Cathy Andrews is Senior Librarian for Adult Services with the Salinas Public Library, where she teaches the “Genealogy Basics” series and oversees genealogy resources, services and programming. Growing up in a family where stories and details about ancestors were woven into every family gathering, she has a deep appreciation for genealogy’s challenges and rewards.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

For additional information, call (831) 915-9465.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


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


Monthly Meeting – Jan 6, 2022 – “Monterey County Cemeteries” by Shelley McFadden

This meeting will start with a short, but required Annual Business Meeting for Election of Officers. This will be followed by a presentation and group interaction with Shelley McFadden, exploring Monterey County Cemeteries. She will explain a process that everyone can use to research their own family cemeteries. Monterey County Genealogy Society over the years, since their existence, has been working on researching, collecting, and preserving the burial information for many cemeteries found in Monterey County. It has been a small, dedicated group of volunteers, that have spent many hours and years, obtaining information from the many headstones in these local cemeteries. In recent projects we have worked with the Monterey County Historical Society to achieve the most complete list of burials in selected cemeteries, plus adding many of the missing. With the combination of Newspapers, Ancestry, FamilySearch, and Find_a_Grave websites, we have learned more deeply about the burials in Monterey County and their family connections. We will review some our findings and learn our process to achieve a more complete understanding of burials.

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 yrs on her family genealogy. Her focus has been on PA, MD, DE, NC & SC, NY, OH, and New England. She is currently the 1st VP – Programs Chair of the Monterey County Genealogical Society. She is a member of the DAR Commodore Sloat Chapter, and Assoc. member of the Aloha Chapter in Hawaii. She is a Charter member of the Colonial Dames in Hawaii. She specializes in Newspaper Research. She is currently working on research in the Monterey County Cemeteries with Jeannie Pedersen, Tina Magill, Barbara Brown, Graig Stephens, Soledad Historical Society, and with James Perry, the Director of the Monterey County Historical Society.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Zoom meeting details will be sent 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 .

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


She said “My husband calls cemeteries ancestor farms.”