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Monterey Family History Center begins to Slowly Reopen

The 2020/2021 pandemic is not over, but Monterey County, CA has moved into the “orange” zone. Beginning May 1st, the Monterey California Family History Center will slowly begin to reopen! Yey, this is good news.

Access will start out by appointment only.

Do not just “show up” and expect to get in. Getting an appointment with a consultant will be an easy process. Call Jo Ann Robinson at 404-219-3425 to arrange for your FHC visit!

CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced. Masks will be required for everyone. Social distancing rules will apply, adjacent computers will be marked as “do not use”. Water fountains will be not used. Only one restroom will be available. Hand sanitizer dispensers and Lysol wipes will be available and their use encouraged. We will clean everything before each visit & each person will clean their own work station before leaving.

Do not attend if you or a member of your household has had a diagnosis COVID‐19 in the prior 10 days or any of these symptoms without an obvious alternative explanation: fever of 100 or higher, feeling of fever or chills, sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, body aches/fatigue, cough, new loss of senses of smell or taste, headaches that are unusual for you, runny nose or congestion different from pre‐existing allergies.

It is not required that you have had your covid vaccine before you visit, but between you and me, it sure would be a good idea.

Find your family history in our Family History Center

Montery California Family History Center Address:

  • 1024 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, CA 93955 United States
  • The center is located at the corner of Noche Buena and Plumas Streets in Seaside
  • Please notice the signs on the outside of the left side of the building
  • Again, call Jo Ann at 404-219-3425 to arrange for your visit

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) meets Wed. 4/21/2020 via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

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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.

Third Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: What to Do With Our Family History Research and our Family Heirlooms?.

Handout from Kathy Nielsen’s Connecting with Cousins meeting

Last night, Kathy Nielsen gave a talk at the MoCoGenSo General Meeting via Zoom. A handout was distributed to those in attendance. The talk and handout are about CONNECTING WITH COUSINS: REUNIONS, ROAD TRIPS, AND ZOOM!.

Kathy has made the handout available for downloading by all. Having this file is almost as good as having been there!

To get the file, Click here.

If you see Kathy out and about, give her a big thanks.


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!

DNA explained blog has listed all 129 Rootstech sessions

Now here is something to talk about at our DNA Discussions SIG on Wednesday!

Tonight, Roberta Estes in her DNAeXplained blog has listed all 129 sessions at Rootstech that related to DNA. And she has included their Youtube addresses. You can watch these free for the next year!

Go to her blog to see the list. Hers is a must-read post if you are interested in genealogy and DNA.

https://dna-explained.com/2021/03/02/rootstech-connect-2021-comprehensive-dna-session-list/

I will post the links to our Discussion group in the morning…..

Sorry if I sound excited, but I am. I can’t wait to cut her table into an Excel spreadsheet with hot links so I can work my way through these videos. Thanks to Roberta Estes.

MyHeritage is in the news again!


Oh my gosh, you gotta see this to believe it. MyHeritage has figured out how to animate still photos. Seriously, this is spooky. Called Deep Nostalgia™, this is another free photo option. I tested this new “AI” function on a picture of myself, and it was really weird. One hint — full face pictures work best. The following quote is from the MyHeritage website.

The remarkable technology for animating photos was licensed by MyHeritage from D-ID, a company specializing in video reenactment using deep learning. MyHeritage integrated this technology to animate the faces in historical photos and create high-quality, realistic video footage. The Deep Nostalgia™ feature uses several drivers prepared by MyHeritage. Each driver is a video consisting of a fixed sequence of movements and gestures. Deep Nostalgia™ can very accurately apply the drivers to a face in your still photo, creating a short video that you can share with your friends and family. The driver guides the movements in the animation so you can see your ancestors smile, blink, and turn their heads. This really brings your photos to life!

Go here to see an example: https://www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia


Meanwhile, MyHeritage has just been sold! A company called Francisco Partners has acquired MyHeritage for only $600M. Francisco Partners is an American private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Founded in August 1999, it is based in San Francisco and London, while MyHeritage is an Israeli company.

I really hope this is good for MyHeritage. They are really a creative bunch!

Read more here: https://www.franciscopartners.com/news/myheritage-to-be-acquired-by-leading-private-equity-firm-francisco-partners


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