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Tom Price, MoCoGenSo Historian


It saddens me to announce the untimely death of our long term friend and MoCoGenSo Board member Tom Price. Tom died last week (Jan 1) unexpectedly from complications due to a fall.

Born August 8, 1943, Thomas Aubrey Price has been our Historian/Archivist for many years. Many people knew him as a lecturer at our General Meetings, especially The Genealogist’s Dream Trip. Some may remember him as the organizer of all those trips to San Bruno and Sutro for the group. He was a true gentleman and avid supporter of MoCoGenSo.

He is survived by his wife Charlene. Other details will follow as they come available.

You can read his speaker biography here: Tom Price


2019 – Genetic Genealogy

Roberta Estes, in her blog DNA Explained, has written an excellent overview of the current state of DNA testing in genealogy, discussing companies, products, present and potential. If you have done DNA testing to support your genealogy or are considering it, this should be considered a must read. She includes many links to supporting documents, this is a wonderful overview. Just click on the link below.

https://dna-explained.com/2019/12/31/2019-the-year-and-decade-of-change/

Have a great 2020! (Sometimes that number seems like sci-fi to me.) Your ancestors brought you this far, now it is your turn to take the reins. Enjoy the search ….

Jim Robeson

Promethease: Free Until Dec 31, 2019

Last chance reminder…

MyHeritage acquired Promethease and has made it free until Dec 31, 2019

Now is a great time to upload DNA data to Promethease to obtain up-to-date health information for free. You can download your report and your uploaded DNA data will be deleted in a few days.

No one knows what will happen to Promethease after the year ends. It probably will become part of the MyHeritage Heath system; that is, no longer free.

If you have tested at multiple sites, you can upload all the data files and get one consolidated report!

Go to promethease.com, generate your report, DOWNLOAD it, and we will show you how to view the reports at our next DNA discussion meeting. But you gotta get the reports now! Only 3 more days.

Promethease reports are free through December

MyHeritage bought Promethease a few months ago. It is a site that provides reports from DNA data that you upload. MyHeritage bought them when MH decided to provide their own health reports.

Anyway, the regular Promethease reports were made to be free through 2019. They used to cost $10. If you have downloaded your autosomal DNA test data from any of the major sites, go to https://promethease.com and get your FREE reports.

DNA Discussion Group to meet 1st Wednesdays at Noon

The newly rescheduled DNA Sig aka Discussion Group will meet this coming Wednesday Nov 6 at 12 noon in the Monterey Family History Center in Seaside, CA. located at 1024 Noche Buena, the corner of Noche Buena & Plumas.

Park in left lot, come to left rear of the building.

The FHC itself is open all day Wednesday from 9:00 am until 7:30 pm, so you can come earlier or stay later to do research.

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Meanwhile, sales of DNA tests for genealogical purposes have started up again to celebrate Thanksgiving. Maybe now is the time for you to “just do it”.

Ancestry $59 (99)

23andMe ancestry $79 (99)
ancestry + health $99 (199)

MyHeritage $49 (79)

FTDNA Family Finder $59 (79)
Big Y $399 (649)

note: Ancestry and MyHeritage now also have optional Health tests, but I don’t know much about them so haven’t listed those prices

Old iPads need updating by Sunday

Apple is warning owners of older iPhones and iPads that if they don’t update their devices to the latest iOS software by Sunday, they won’t be able to connect to the internet.

IPhone and iPad products from 2012 and earlier will need the update before midnight UTC on November 3 in order to maintain accurate GPS location and continue using the App Store, iCloud, email and web browsing, according to Apple.

The worldwide GPS system uses a ten-bit parameter to count weeks. When the count gets to 1,024, the system “rolls over.” This roll-over will prevent the older Apple devices from connecting to the internet. You will need to update the older apple devices as follows:

  • iOS 10.3.4: iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • iOS 9.3.6: iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only), iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

You can find the iOS software version used by your device by going to the Settings app and then opening the General section and looking further in the About subsection.