Category Archives: Meetings

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.”


DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – December 1st

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


Things to ponder until then:

DNA Geek – Experienced?


DNA Explained – MyHeritage Labels


DNA Explained – Genetic Affairs new AutoKinship tool


Eventually, all genealogists come to their census.


Monthly Meeting – Dec 2, 2021 – “Working on My Waterburys” by Gail Burk

Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Gail Burk

Working on My Waterburys

For more than 40 years, Gail has been trying to find the parents of her second great-grandfather, the elusive James Foster Waterbury. She has finally made a bit of recent progress in cracking this brick wall through the slow amalgamation of clues gleaned from many diverse sources. Gail uses a multi-faceted approach that combines traditional genealogical research with DNA analysis. This presentation outlines some of the strategies she has employed in the process of working on her Waterburys, and will focus on the many tools available at ancestry.com.

Gail Burk is a long-time member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, where she has served in a number of Board positions, including President. Gail graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in art, and minored in history. She has been an active genealogist since 1977. For many years, Gail also participated in a weekly writing group and a monthly sketching group. During the pandemic, she has devoted much time and effort in attempting to break down some of her genealogical brick walls. As Gail’s granddaughter says, Gail has become very “sleuthy.”

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.


”The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.” – Arthur Schopenhauer


DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – November 3rd

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 Maria Mueller bringing us up to date with her desire to get DNA from the back of a stamp that had been used by her father. Then we will move on to your topics.

Click to Join Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118
Passcode: 738495


Things to ponder until then:

Roberta Estes: The hair of Sitting Bull

Copying atDNA from one testing company to another

The best websites for DNA family history research/

Roberta Estes: Genetic Affairs new AutoKinship tool


My ancestors are so hard to find, they must have been in a witness protection program! 🙂

Monthly Meeting – Nov 4, 2021 – “Online Courthouse Tour” by Junel Davidsen

Courthouse documents are rich with genealogical information. These documents include a variety of records such as: birth, civil matters, criminal, death, divorces, estates, marriage, land transactions, maps, name changes, and more. Many courthouses throughout the United States now have digital access to their early record collections as well as current information. These records can be accessed directly from the record keeper’s website at no charge or for a small fee. In addition, courthouse records for some locations can be found at the FamilySearch website by browsing non-indexed collections. This session will highlight digitized record collections that are name searchable and also provide a step-by-step process for browsing FamilySearch collections.

Junel Davidsen, CG®,, worked in San Benito County Clerk/Recorder’s office and as Assistant Registrar of Voters of Monterey County. After retirement, she obtained an AA degree in Family Research Studies from Monterey Peninsula College and has been a Board-certified genealogist for 13 years. She has attended several genealogy conferences and training workshops, most recently the 2021 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. Junel has held various positions on the Monterey County Genealogy Society board including President. She is a regular speaker at family history events including the annual Ancestor’s Roundup. She is a professional genealogist specializing in courthouse research. She assists families in finding missing relatives and estate administrators in locating living next-of-kin.

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.


”I am slow to learn and slow to forget that which I have learned.” – Abraham Lincoln


DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – October 6th

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 Terry Jackson and Jim Robeson discussing how they discovered they are related in a “way back” sense. See description below.

Click to Join Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118
Passcode: 738495

To get a clear description of the Y DNA haplogroup, go to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Y-chromosome_DNA_haplogroup

To get a brief overview of Y DNA tests, go to

https://isogg.org/wiki/Y_chromosome_DNA_tests

To find out why the male determining chromosome is called Y (blame Edmund Beecher Wilson), go to

https://www.the-scientist.com/foundations/how-chromosomes-x-and-y-got-their-names–1891-65508

To find out why there is a model Y Tesla automobile, go to

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/tesla-s-elon-musk-rolls-out-model-y-completing-automaker-n983581

Jim:

I1a-M253 > DF29 > CTS6364 > S4795 > S4767 > S4770 > Y13495/Y13016 > Y29634/S4774 > A13294 > FTA86767

Terry:

I1a-M253 > DF29 > CTS6364 > Z2337/CTS10028 > S6346 > L22 > FGC83305 > FGC28756 > FGC28751 > Y49398 > FT377135

Meanwhile, did you know that YNT means “why not” in modern text jargon?  🙂

DNA Discussions – zoom at noon on Wednesday – August 4th

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 we will have a special presentation by Gail Burk about her search for ancestors. See description below.

Click to Join Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118
Passcode: 738495


For more than 40 years, Gail has been trying to find the parents of her second great-grandfather, the elusive James Foster Waterbury. She has finally made a bit of recent progress in cracking this brick wall through the slow amalgamation of clues gleaned from many diverse sources. Gail uses a multi-faceted approach that combines traditional genealogical research with DNA analysis. This presentation outlines some of the strategies she has employed in the process of working on her Waterburys, and will focus on the many tools available at Ancestry.com.

Gail Burk is a long-time member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, where she has served in a number of Board positions, including President. Gail graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in art, and minored in history. She has been an active genealogist since 1977. For many years, Gail also participated in a weekly writing group and a monthly sketching group. During the pandemic, she has devoted much time and effort in attempting to break down some of her genealogical brick walls. As Gail’s granddaughter says, Gail has become very “sleuthy.”


”Maybe if we tell people the brain is an app, they will start using it.” – Morgan Freeman


Monthly Meeting – August 5, 2021 – “Connecting the Italian-Swiss Families of Our Central Coast” by Midge Buchert & Sandy Peterson

Sandy Peterson shares clips from a 2019 video interview with Midge Buchert, who discusses her experiences tracking down long-lost ancestors of many Italian-Swiss families now living on the Central Coast of California. Her story is both inspiring and fascinating, and not just for those interested in searching for their roots.
Learn some of Midge’s research strategies and the tools she uses in her pursuit of Swiss ancestors. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Midge Buchert was first introduced to the Santa Maria LDS Church’s Family History Center in August 1992 and has been haunting it ever since, doing genealogy research for herself, and then serving as a volunteer for several years. Over 10 years ago, she
began researching Catholic Church records of Ticino, Switzerland for a friend whose Donati ancestors came from the village of Broglio. These records were written in Latin, and because she has knowledge of the language, she’s been researching Ticino records
ever since for the many California Central Coast families who are descendants of Ticino Swiss immigrants. It has been challenging, rewarding and addictive – she is still involved today!

Sandy Peterson has always lived on the Central Coast. She has been researching her family history since 1988. A few years later, she began volunteering in the Santa Maria Family History Center, and began teaching a few “how to” classes. From 2015-2019, she
served as the Family History Center director in Santa Maria and has served as the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society president two times. She loves researching her Polish, Danish, German, Welsh, English (etc.) ancestry, plus helping others to discover their roots and make connections with cousins. One of Sandy’s favorite pastimes is to create graphic art collages from the documents, photos, and maps relating to her ancestors.

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.


”The young will get old, if they are lucky!” – Francine Prose


Kathy Nielsen Presents….DNA: The Key to Uncovering Your Family History

Register now for the program in August, a reminder will be sent!

On Zoom….August 12, 2021 4:00, Hosted by the Monterey Public Library

DNA has had a major impact on the traditional study of genealogy and on law enforcement. Adoptees employ DNA to locate their birth families and law enforcement agencies use DNA to identify potential suspects. Join us as we explore what DNA might reveal about our own ancestors and living relatives. We will examine test options, identify DNA companies, interpret results, discuss how to connect with “cousins,” and touch on the future of this fascinating science. 

Kathy Nielsen: Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator. She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula. She 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.

This program takes place on Zoom, or participants may join by phone. Registration closes an hour before the program. The Zoom access information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins. 

Program Registration.  Check out the EVENTS Page at the Monterey Public Library.  https://montereypl.libcal.com/event/7789709