Category Archives: Writers Group

Off The Charts – June 17

Off the Charts…on Zoom (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 17, 1:30-3:30
The first hour will involve updates and sharing by the members.  The second hour will feature our Speaker, Gary Nolan, THE POLISH CONNECTION:  Tracing the Polish Origins of my Orphaned Mother: Helen Anastasia Kolasa..
Anyone interested in joining and receiving the Zoom invitations can email Kathy Nielsen at

Monterey County Fair 2017

The Monterey County Fair is being held this year August 31 through September 4th. You can find out more details at their own web site here

The Adult Home Arts division is including a section for Genealogy! You can win a ribbon just by displaying your family tree! Or old letters or pictures or whatever. See various Classifications here.  Each entry will cost $1.00.   (note – clicking on the image will make it larger, perhaps easier to read)

The dates you need to worry about are:

July 31 – Entry Form due at their office (mail or online)
August 19, 26, 27, 28 – Exhibits turned in
September 5 – Exhibits returned

The Entry Rules are here: Entry Rules

A PDF copy of the Entry Form can be found here: Entry Form

There are some copies of the full County Fair guide in the Family History Center or you can reach a PDF version here: Guide Book.

I hope someone from MoCoGenSo wins all the Blue Ribbons. Bring them to our next meeting to show us! 🙂

“When I was researching the County Fair processes, I discovered that they are holding the Scottish Games & Celtic Festival at the Fairgrounds August 5 & 6! Some of us have traced our ancestors back into Scotland and might get a kick out of seeing clan memorabilia and listening to the old Celtic music. Besides, some of those guys look cute in their kilts. 🙂 My surname trails into Kelso, Scotland. I have just tested the Big-Y test trying to determine if I got there from Norway or Denmark.

Writing Group

This is old news for some folks, I am slow to catch up.

A Family History Writers Group has been formed in the Monterey/Salinas area that meets once a month in the Family History Center.  This group is probably 6 months old now, but I know new people are showing up every once in a while.  This group is being run by local librarians, not by MoCoGenSo and not by the FHC.  But many of our members are interested in writing their family history and this is a great place to get pointers, hints, ideas, etc.

The group meets in the Family History Center on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm in the library.

I have added this meeting to the monthly calendar that posts here to help us remember.  The next meeting is July 20.  I am not a member of this group, so I hesitate to suggest someone to call for more information.  If you are interested, just show up at some future meeting.  There is no cost, no obligation.

Remember, history isn’t history until it is written! 🙂