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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.

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

Thank you for being a supporter!

FaceBook

The Monterey County Genealogy Society now has a seat at the Facebook table!  New postings here (including this one) will magically appear in our Facebook page.  The purpose of this media hookup is to connect to folks who only use Facebook and don’t use email much.

Anyone with a Facebook account can see our page by searching for “Monterey County Genealogy Society” or “mocogenso”.

If you see us now in Facebook, great. You should not ignore this website though.  We have static pages here that contain valuable information (links, meeting handouts and schedule, hints, etc) that never appear in the posts.

Thanks to Jackie Allison for all her work in setting up the Facebook system. And thanks to Theresa Henderson for volunteering to support the site in the future.  I prefer to stay grounded here in the blog-o-sphere.

Now you know why the previous post appeared twice, it was a test! 🙂


“The future’s already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson


Tom Price’s Life Celebration

The obituary of Tom Price has been published in the Monterey Herald today. CLICK HERE
to read the full obit.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Tom held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Cementario El Encinal, 798 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.

Tom was the Archivist/Historian for the Monterey County Genealogical Society. He loved travel and he enjoyed talking about traveling with genealogy in mind. In 2008 he presented at one of our monthly meetings about preparing for his “Dream Trip”. I enjoyed it enough to get copies of the presentation a few years later. You can get a copy here. DREAM TRIP


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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.