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Open Positions at MoCoGenSo – Nov 2022

The Monterey County Genealogical Society has some open positions that might interest you. Take it from me, these positions become what you make of them. Flexibility is built in! Each position is a one-year term.

Member At Large shall:

  • Attend Board meetings.
  • Represent membership at Board meetings.

Publicity Chairperson shall:

  • Be responsible for all publicity on behalf of the Society, including advertising for special projects such as fund-raising activities, Society seminar, etc., and work with officers and committee chairpersons.
  • Be in charge of Society displays.
  • Appoint assistants as necessary to perform the duties of office.
  • Present an Annual Summary Report for the Annual Business Meeting.
  • Send or cause to be sent proper notices of all meetings.
  • Notify officers, committees, delegates, and the general membership of any special meeting as necessary.

Publications Chairperson shall:

  • Be responsible for all incoming and outgoing publications of the Society with the exception of the newsletter.
  • Publish all materials except the newsletter.
  • Be responsible for publication sales.
  • Recommend the purchase of items identified by the local genealogy library and members, and act as liaison between libraries and the Society.
  • Present an Annual Summary Report for the Annual Business Meeting.

Parliamentarian shall:

  • Give procedural advice to the Presiding officer and to any member.

If you are interested in genealogy and would like to volunteer, please contact Gary Carlsen, President, at garyc188@comcast.net.


” Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt


Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) : meets on 3rd Wednesdays via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

We are a genealogy group for people who like to think outside the box and beyond the chart. We exchange support for our work and excitement about how we’re sharing it. Our meetings include topics and speakers on writing, crafts, photo projects, organization, trips, reunions, issues, and much more.

Wednesday November 16th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: Jennifer Coile will tell us about her husband’s grandmother, illuminating research methods in the process.

Emma Wahl Robrock, 1883-1951: a life half hidden by ten years of hospitalization- the life story of a journey from a northeastern Iowa farm and 8th grade education to Chicago, Mitchell SD, and Los Angeles, despite being hospitalized three times for many years at Iowa’s Independence State Hospital for the Insane. 1883-1951. Today’s descendants knew almost nothing about her until OTC, a PI, a feminist historian and other surprises in 2020-22 revealed pieces of her story: hospital records, album of 180 postcards, online newspapers, emails with cousins, court records, census, photos, and ancestry hints.

Every meeting includes a chance to connect, ask questions, and update genealogy friends on your latest discoveries or roadblocks. We also have an opportunity to receive inspiration from others and to help.

Monthly Meeting – November 3, 2022 – “Early Settlers, Pioneers and First Families: Focusing on Your Ancestor’s Place in History” by Junel Davidsen, CG®

There are a lot of local and statewide groups that offer recognition of early settlers and their descendants who can document lineage. There is an application process and some offer certificates, pins, etc., as well as, preserving the ancestor’s information in their files. Examples will feature various websites across the U.S. with information for those interested in documenting their pioneer ancestors. Researchers may also find information such as ancestor lists, collection information and finding aids. Maybe you will find your elusive pioneer? Cyndi’s List – cyndislist.com is a good place to start.

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 14 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 .

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


”Your baby teeth are out there somewhere!” – Reddit


Monthly Meeting – October 6th, 2022 – “Using the Internet Archive for Genealogy” by Dayna Jacobs, AG®

Very few genealogists have tapped into the resources of the Internet Archive, a free-to-use worldwide repository of over 38 million books and texts, 13 million audio recordings, 7 million videos, and 4 million images—-not to mention 624 billion archived web pages. We will explore a sampling of records any genealogist can find in this vast resource, and demonstrate how to download them, check them out, or create your own personal archives with favorites. Who wouldn’t want to tap into a resource whose “mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge?”

Dayna Jacobs, AG®, is credentialed in U.S. Mountain West and U.S. Southwest states research and has been teaching and mentoring genealogists since the mid-1990s. She has presented at conferences in the Pacific Northwest, New England, Utah, California, and most recently at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Sacramento. She lives in King City, California and has been on the staff of the Monterey County Family History Center for 25+ years.

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.


”It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra


Monthly Meeting – September 1st, 2022 – “1950 Census Updates: Searching with and without a Name Index” by Stephen P. Morse

The 1950 Census was released in April 2022, and a name index has slowly become available. Are you familiar with the 1950 Census, and the many updates since its release? We must remember finding people in the census can involve searching by location. There will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration District (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present various tools, and show circumstances in which each can be used.

Stephen P. Morse was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association Jewish Genealogical Societies in 2006, the APGQ Excellence Award, and the National Genealogical Society – Award of Merit in 2007. It was in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field of Genealogy. His “One-Step” search tools have assisted genealogists greatly by making it easier to find their ancestors within existing large genealogical databases. He is a computer professional who holds a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

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.


”Still, it might not be a bad idea, every time you commit an antisocial act, to make a note of it in your diary, and then, at the appropriate season, push an acorn into the ground.” – George Orwell


The Family History Center in Seaside is now open on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, and people are coming in.

Gary Carlsen, one of the volunteer Librarians, reported we once had 14 Librarians, and now have 2. Volunteer positions are available.

Gary stated that the Monterey Public Library has Ancestry.com available, as do the Monterey County Free Libraries, and that his first Ancestry subscription cost $26 in 1990.

The Family History Center has Ancestry.com of course, for free, as well as training with FamilySearch.org.

A Sideview Quickie Observation

When you view the Ethnicity breakdown by parents, be careful in your interpretation to others. The system can only show parts that you inherited! It is accurately split by side, but it is only showing the 50% that you received and retained from that parent.

A given parent had 50% of something else that isn’t showing and we don’t know what that is unless you test your parent.

Perhaps my Dad was 50% Prince and my Mom was 50% Princess and I only inherited the Leprechaun-ish stuff.