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National Ice Cream Day

In 1984, July was proclaimed as National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day was declared to be the third Sunday in July.

This year July 19th is the day to splurge! Treat yourself, have a scoop (or two). This year especially, it seems to be deserving.

🙂



Irish Archives – free webinar

Free BCG-Sponsored Webinar
Tuesday, June 16, 8 p.m. Eastern
“Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives”
by David Ouimette, CG, CGL

An enormous variety of Irish manuscripts tell the stories of our ancestors. Parish registers, census returns, Griffith’s Valuation, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide a great beginning for Irish family history research. However, a careful search of record repositories in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom reveals many more Irish archives of great worth. These include collections of estate papers, tenement and townland valuations, valuation revision books, tithe applotments, poor law registers, vestry minutes, ordinance survey maps, deeds and memorials, National School registers, militia lists, electoral rolls, Petty Sessions court registers, Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records, outrage papers, and much more. This presentation highlights the value of these Irish records, where they are found, and fruitful research strategies.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree will present “Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives” by David Ouimette, CG, live and free to the public, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, June 16, 2020. In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the webinar may be accessed at no charge for one week after the broadcast on our partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars (https://familytreewebinars.com/).

David Ouimette, CG, CGL, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing records of genealogical value worldwide for digital preservation and online publication. David has researched in hundreds of archives in over sixty countries spanning all continents. A Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and former board member of the National Genealogical Society, he authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.

President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, says, “Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience. The board promotes excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner.”

Register for “Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives” by David Ouimette, CG, CGL, before June 16, 2020. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619.  To see and register for the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2020, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at: https://bcgcertification.org/bcg-2020-free-webinars/.


World Wind Map

Life isn’t all about genealogy. Here is a bit of a diversion that is real life and not scary! 

Showing surface winds for the Earth at earth.nullschool.net

The link below is a highly visual and zoomable dynamic wind map from Cameron Beccario at nullschool.net.

Click here to see the default Earth map.

Click anywhere in the page, use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out, and click’n’drag to move the display around, similar to Google Earth. It will show full global data. By default it will be showing surface wind speeds and directions for northern Europe and the eastern Atlantic. The data is updated every three hours. Click the ‘earth’ text in lower left corner for more options.

Click here for credits and more information.

(We are not displaying the page in-line because the iframe code is not allowed in WordPress.com sites for safety/security reasons.)

Click here to see the Natural Earth Data site.


Monterey California FHC Closed

We have received word that the Church building has been closed until further notice because of the Covid-19 virus.  This means that the Family History Center is closed, of course.  And all MoCoGenSo meetings are put on hold.  We do not know how long this closure will last.  This is a church-wide policy closure and is not due to anything unique in the Seaside building.

 Please stay safe and wash your hands a lot!!!

We will keep you posted on any developments or changes.

Membership Renewal Time is Here!

Spring has come and it is time to remind everyone that MoCoGenSo memberships will expire soon, and it is time to renew. The dues will remain the same at $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 for families (add $7.50 for paper copy).

An important way to learn more about your ancestors and their lives is to join a genealogy society that focuses on the area in which your ancestors lived. Genealogy societies conduct research and preserve information about a specific area, and most publish some sort of newsletter, journal, or other periodical. The articles offer insight into the area and the people, and can provide help in conducting your research in an area. There are genealogy societies at the national, state, county, parish, province, and other levels. Annual membership fees are reasonable and the benefits are considerable.

The Monterey County Genealogy Society is one of these organizations right here in your own back yard. It serves its members in many ways. The board of directors is made up of members just like you.

Remember our society is only as strong as our membership, and those who get involved.

OUR MEMBERSHIP YEAR RUNS FROM APRIL 1 TO MARCH 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. For renewing members, you can renew using the membership form in your recently received newsletter. New or renewing members can download and print a copy of the Membership Application by clicking here. There will always be copies of this form at our monthly meetings.

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Thank you for being a supporter!