Category Archives: 2019

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


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


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…


“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” – Sheryl Sandberg


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


Monthly Meeting – March 7, 2019: “The Monterey County Historical Society & Its Resources”, by James Perry

The Monterey County Historical Society was founded in 1933 and its collections are vast and varied. They are essentially the custodians of the majority of local/regional records from the 1770s through the 1930s. This presentation delves into the history of the Historical Society, and resources they care for, and how we can assist researchers.

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 in 1990, and is currently the Society’s Archivist & Curator.

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.


“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton


38th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, 26 January 2019
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seaside, California, on the Monterey Peninsula

This year’s seminar will emphasize using DNA in your genealogy research.

The keynote speaker is nationally known genetic genealogist, Barbara Rae-Venter, JD, Ph.D, who is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.com, which helps adoptees identify birth relatives through DNA matching. She has also assisted law enforcement in the identification of crime victims and perpetrators.

Another major player in the genetic genealogy world who will be teaching classes is Katherine Borges, a co-founder and Director of ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. which is the primo source of knowledge and education concerning the use of genetics for genealogical research. Katherine is a member of Southern California Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.

Both Barbara and Katherine will be presenting 4 classes. Oh my, how to choose…. ISOGG has that Y-Haplogroup Tree that I so love! And their Wiki is a tremendous source of hard-to-remember data!  And there are 27 other classes to attend too…. (is it time to create a 2-day seminar)

We have posted the full class schedule in a previous Post: see here.

For those in a hurry who want to just get the Order Form, Click Here and just mail it in.

For directions to the Church where the Seminar is held:  see here.


“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.” – Oliver Herford