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Don’t forget, MoCoGenSo does NOT have a monthly meeting in July.

BTW, is having a big “firecracker” sale (they call it a “flash” sale). You can get good prices, but only for the next 2 days! As they say, “Cheap ancestors for sale”!

Order the DNA test, order 50% off membership account, work like crazy, get addicted to genealogy, and then join us at the next DNA Sig meeting!

“Let’s put smart to work!” – IBM

FamilySearch interview with Dayna airing this afternoon, 1-2pm on KSQD 90.7fm

This afternoon, June 29, from 1-2 pm, Daniel Spelce will air an interview with Dayna Jacobs on the Family Sparks Family History Radio Hour on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 fm on the radio dial, and streaming live on the internet. Click on the first tab on the home page, LISTEN. Then click LIVESTREAM. That’s live programming.

If you’re not able to listen to the live broadcast, click LISTEN, then AUDIO ARCHIVE. Look up “Family Sparks” for June 29, 1:00-2:00 pm. Then you can listen at your convenience.

number of SNPs tested by chip

I am testing the process of creating a Post here via Email. If it works well, perhaps we can get other folks to create postings too. This particular post might come or go rather quickly, so be-aware!

On a more serious note, I am going to create a table showing the number of SNPs tested by chip for the different testing companies. I was hoping to find what I wanted online somewhere, but alas, I will create one myself using these links.







As long as we remember, they never die!

“Now I’ve heard everything!”. The older one gets, the more often one might say that. Yet the world keeps surprising. This morning I discovered that someone sells gravestone cleaning solution kits!

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a great idea. They say that solving puzzles causes a dopamine rush which in turn causes addictive behavior. Which, they go on to say, is how genealogy can become addictive! Let me warn you, finding “lost” tombstones can also become addictive.

This picture is known as “The Genealogist Adventure Park.”. A copy of it is hanging in the Monterey Family History Center in Seaside.

This picture is of a genealogist getting a dopamine rush!

And this picture is of a tombstone cleaning kit which is available to buy at Next time you go sleuthing for someone’s grave site and you know it is going to be an old one, perhaps you should carry a bottle of D/2 Biological Solution. Just to honor your ancestor, of course.

40% off Sale Price

The Original

How To Clean

What makes this especially rewarding is that just last night at the MoCoGenSo Board meeting, we discussed creating a “tour a graveyard” excursion for locals in the Monterey County area. If you are interested, contact any Board member. See Board of Directors

“You know you’re a genealogist if you’ve ever had your photo taken in front of a tombstone and you were actually smiling!” — my Quote excel file

Wisdom Words

Because I did a show-n-tell on using ThruLines from AncestryDNA, I feel sorta responsible that some people might trust what I say too much! I read lots of blogs about genealogy and genetics and so feel personally cautious when I am doing research. And as Charlie can tell you, my own trees might not be perfect 🙂

If you are jumping into ThruLines with gusto this week, my advice is to read this posting about it by Roberta Estes in her blog DNA Explained soon.

She and I are not saying don’t use ThruLines. Instead, we are saying to be cautious about what you put into your tree! As Roberta says, you are entering Gator land ….


Perhaps I should hold a session again on using Feedly as a blog consolidation tool. Humm. Anyone interested in a “team teaching” session at the MoCoGenSo or the DNA Sig meetings? If so, send an email or talk to Shelley or Barbara.