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All Things Relative is on You Tube!

I did not know before, but the Monterey Public Library has a YouTube channel!   And they are putting the All Things Relative: Finding Family at the Library series on that channel. 

You can Subscribe to the Monterey Public Library channel and see these programs whenever, or you can click on these links to see the first two program in the series, and then subscribe!

Monterey Public Library | 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 646-2091 

California’s First Public Library ~ est. 1849

“Wear Masks. Save Lives. Meet the Moment for Monterey.”

Wouldn’t it be great if MoCoGenSo would put some of our presentations on You Tube.  If you agree, you could recommend to our Board that MoCoGenSo create a You Tube channel!! Contact one of the Member-At-Large officers, Erica Burton or Kristina McGill.

Free Online Genealogy Fall Classes

> OA 505 Discussion Group
> FALL 2021
> The following class meets ONLINE
> Section 2012 Tuesday 10:15am-11:45am (08/17-12/14) Advanced Genealogy- European Migration >
> Section 2882 Tuesday, 1pm- 2:30pm (08/17-12/14) Beginning Genealogy. >
> Section 3121 Tuesday, 2:45pm- 4:15pm (08/17-12/14) Database TOOLS for Genealogy >
> Section 2297 Wednesday,10:15am-11:45am (08/18-12/15) Beginning Genealogy. >
> Section 3022 Wednesday,1pm-2:30pm (08/18-12/15) Advanced Genealogy- > American Migration
> Section 3104 Wednesday, 2:45pm-4:15pm (08/18-12/15) Roadblocks/Brick Walls/DNA >
> Become Your Family’s Historian
> These classes are designed specifically for YOU if you are interested in learning how to develop methodology to do family research, discover ancestors in migration records, solve “brick walls or roadblocks”, learn about DNA and how to use computer databases for genealogy research. Open to all beginners or advanced students! > Now ONLINE!
> Classes are FREE, SRJC noncredit courses! No age limit for Older Adults Program courses, though they are tailored for seniors and students must have a CA mailing address to register. Access SRJC Students Discounts, and services, too! > How to register:
> • NEW STUDENT SIGNUP online Allow 7-10 days for processing!
> • Then, SIGN UP to Enroll in the listed Section numbers above or contact Instructor.
> • CONTINUING/RETURNING STUDENTS WITH A STUDENT PORTAL see the OA 505 Discussion Group; Section Number and ADD to your shopping cart! You will be added to that roster! > • You may contact the Older Adults Program at (707) 527-4533 or Instructor, > Denise Beeson at (707) 694-6826 for further assistance.
> The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities–including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics–and application for District employment. >

GEDCOM 7.0 is here

FamilySearch International is pleased to announce the release of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7.0 (Genealogical Data Communications). The latest version allows zip packaging capabilities for photos and files with genealogical information, plus new tools, and a public GitHub repository for ongoing maintenance. Technical information, specifications, tools, and guides can be found at

The GEDCOM Standard Specifications were last updated in 1996 with the introduction of Version 5.5. Now, after a lot of work by a lot of people we have a NEW version: GEDCOM Version 7.0.

With the introduction of GEDCOM Version 7.0 release candidate, the standard will now support the inclusion of media using a NEW utility called GEDZip. Previously, the older versions of the GEDCOM Standard did not have the ability to include, maintain, store, and share media files. With addition of the GEDZip utility, you can now link media from the Internet as well as from local files and include them with your GEDCOM Standard data files. What most users need to know is that more of their data will be able to be transferred from program to program and website to website, including their document images, photos, and other media items.

For good general info about this, go to

Diahan Southard is doing a sneak peak at a YDNA course

Why Do YDNA?

Get a sneak peek at the YDNA Course in my free webinar Why Do YDNA? on June 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET. Get inspired to think past the obvious use of YDNA (by a man, on his own paternal line) and see SO many more possibilities for this essential piece of genealogical fishing gear. Register for free, and we’ll send you a link after the webinar so you can watch it even if you miss it live.


Single nucleotide polymorphisms, frequently called SNPs (pronounced “snips”), are the most common type of genetic variation among people. Each SNP represents a difference in a single DNA building block, called a nucleotide. For example, a SNP may replace the nucleotide cytosine (C) with the nucleotide thymine (T) in a certain stretch of DNA.

A short tandem repeat (STR) occurs when a pattern of two or more nucleotides are repeated and the repeated sequences are directly adjacent to each other. The pattern can range in length from 2 to 16 base pairs (bp). By identifying repeats of a specific sequence at specific locations in the genome, it is possible to create a genetic profile of an individual. Autosomal STR analysis has become the prevalent analysis method for determining genetic profiles in forensic cases. Y-chromosome STRs (Y-STRs) on the Y chromosome) are used in genealogical DNA testing in surname DNA projects.

Generally, STR loci are named D + the chromosome the locus is on + S + the order in which the location on that chromosome was described. For example, D3S1358 is on the third chromosome and is the 1358th location described.

STRs are useful genealogically, to determine to whom you match within a recent timeframe, of say, the past 500 years or so, and SNPs define haplogroups which reach much further back in time. 10-15 years ago, Y-DNA matching and haplogroup definitions were done primarily with STRs. But in the last few years, sequencing technology has improved such that SNPs can be useful in genealogical years.

The FBI uses STR loci to identify/match persons. Their system is called CODIS (Combined DNA Index System). The original core group had 13 STRs, 7 additional were added in 2017.

The CODIS loci list can be found here.

The loci used in CODIS were chosen because they are in regions of noncoding DNA, sections that do not code for proteins. These sections should not be able to tell investigators any additional information about the person such as their hair or eye color, or their race. However, new advancements in the understanding of genetic markers and ancestry have indicated that the CODIS loci may contain phenotypic information

None of these are found in the Big-Y test at FTDNA.

DNA Discussions –zoom @ noon on Wednesday

MoCoGenSo’s DNA Discussion Group will be meeting Wednesday with an open forum. Join us via Zoom.

Don’t forget to sign into your various genealogy web sites periodically or they might forget you. DNA Land forgot me! Feel free to drop in for conversation and stay for lunch. 🙂

Check out this great page full of information for newcomers to genetic genealogy

Topic: DNA Discussions Meeting – via Zoom Time: Wednesday June 2, 2021 12:00 noon PT

Click to Join Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 1823 5118 Passcode: 738495
Go ahead, try to shout the word ‘whisper’.