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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.

Join me by staying with MoCoGenSo and getting the E-Newsletter.

Thank you for being a supporter!

A list of the DNA Sessions from Rootstech 2022

Roberta Estes created a list of the DNA Sessions that were presented at the 2022 Rootstech conference. The list is great, and I thank her much. But I wanted a FILE that I could keep on my computer which would allow me to make notes without having to go to her blog every time. I created a spreadsheet which you can download, see below. Please note that it first opens in a Read only mode, you have to actually download it to be able click the links.

I tried to create a PDF that would be “safer”, but formatting issues prevented creation. This is an XLSX file.

Top Ten RootsTech 2022 DNA Sessions + All DNA Session Links

She has done it again this year! Roberta Estes, the purveyor of the excellent DNAeXplained blog, has compiled a list of all the DNA session links for Rootstech 2022. She has included a list of the top 10 DNA sessions.

You can see them here. She has given us all permission for us to copy the list.

https://dna-explained.com/2022/03/08/top-ten-rootstech-2022-dna-sessions-all-dna-session-links/

Many thanks to Roberta.

Find Genealogy Meetings Near The Central California Coast

GSSCC => Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

https://scgensoc.org/ and https://scgensoc.org/event-calendar/

MoCoGenSo => Monterey County Genealogical Society

https://mocogenso.org/

Monterey Public Library

https://monterey.org/services/library/events/index.php

Salinas Public Library

https://salinaspubliclibrary.org/calendar

SVCGG => Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group

https://www.svcgg.org/ and https://www.svcgg.org/meetings.html

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.

Join me by staying with MoCoGenSo and getting the E-Newsletter.

Thank you for being a supporter!

Keeping up with the DNA Discussion group

We have talked about these things in our DNA Discussion group a few times. The regular March meeting has been cancelled, but we hope to resume in April. Meanwhile, you can catch up by reading these blog posts.

Jim Bartlett tells how to do manual clustering to find ancestors with Ancestry.com matches

https://segmentology.org/2022/02/26/manual-clustering-to-find-ancestors/

and

James Tanner mentions the book “Research Like A Pro with DNA”

https://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2022/02/research-like-pro-with-dna-new-book-by.html

and

Roberta Estes talks about doing DNA testing from items from deceased people

https://dna-explained.com/2022/02/25/preserving-items-for-future-dna-testing-teeth-stamps-envelopes-hats-hair-and-more/

and

Don’t forget to sign up for Rootstech, it is next week!

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/

and

on Thursday evening, you can attend the MoCoGenSo General meeting where we will be talking about Rootstech live! Check into this site and click on the announcement at 7:00 pm to attend for free!

https://mocogenso.wordpress.com/

🙂

Rootstech – Find My Relatives

ROOTSTECH 2022 is just around the corner. If you haven’t signed up yet, go to rootstech.org , yes it is free! Hopefully you also have a free account at familysearch.org because if you have both then you can see lots of your relatives from now to the end of Rootstech.

The above screen shot is from my iPad FamilySearch app. It shows that 1,906 relatives of mine have already signed up for Rootstech AND enabled the Find My Relatives function. The functionality won’t work unless you allow it, for security sake.

My closest relative is a 3rd cousin, only one of them. Then it skips to 5th cousins and beyond. I quit scrolling at 7C2R. So far, I haven’t found any relatives from MoCoGenSo!

Let me give you a hint…. If you are going to enable this Find my Relative function, please create a display name that is real. Like, I have a 7th cousin named “best grandma”. Give me a break, if you are afraid of someone finding you, just don’t enable the function. You can still enjoy all of Rootstech without Find My Relative.

But, if you enjoy finding cousins, do try it. It is fun. It is similar to Thrulines at Ancestry, only easier and without the DNA test.

So, if you think you are related to me, search for me at Rootstech — I am using my real name. And if you don’t know my real name, you should look around this web site a bit more! 🙂

Book: Research Like a Pro with DNA

The other day, Jonny Pearl of the DNA Painter web site distributed his monthly newsletter.  There was a link to a blurb about this book.  I was in a susceptible mood, and I have a great deal of respect for the DNA Painter web site, so I bought the book! I am NOT unhappy about it. 

The team at Family Locket Genealogists (https://familylocket.com/)  Diana Elder, AG, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin share the method they use in their professional research to incorporate DNA with documentary evidence. 

This book is easy to understand, detailed and comprehensive.  This will help if you just can’t seem to ‘get’ what to do with your DNA results! It is great for those who want to understand before they test too!

They have lots of “how to” stuff relating to the various web sites.  I have been building up a list of things from this book that I need to try at Ancestry, FTDNA and My Heritage and I thought I knew it all! 

This book is like having a college level course in genetic genealogy.  I wish we had a classroom environment with lectures and lab work where we could use our own DNA and family tree as the creatures we are to dissect!   

There is both a Kindle version (9.99) and a paperback version (27.87) available in Amazon. 


We don’t normally post advertisements for books here, but I promised the DNA Discussions group that I would review it for them.

Jim Robeson

Annual Officer Election

MoCoGenSo had another election for officers tonight!  These positions were filled:

Member At Large – Earl Cory

Genealogist – Kristina McGill

Congratulations to these brave folks!!  And thanks for helping our group.

You can see the full slate of officers here

Elected Officers

President		Gary Carlsen	
1st Vice		Shelley McFadden	
2nd Vice		Marilyn Ruccello	
Recording Secretary	Joe Donahue	
Corresponding Secretary	Ellen Riddick	
Treasure		Jeannie Pedersen	
Member at Large		Erica Burton	
Member at Large		Earl Cory	

Appointed Officers

Archivist/Historian	Joe Donahue	
Auditor		        Lucretia Portman	
Newsletter Editor	Gary Carlsen	
N.G.S. Delegate		Ellen Riddick	
Genealogist		Kristina Magill	
Hospitality 		Lucretia Portman	
Parlimentarian		Open
Publications		Open
Publicity		Sue Morris	
Web Master		Jim Robeson	

We still have a few open positions.  We are looking for a parliamentarian and a publications director.  Please contact someone in the above list if you can help out.