The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego.

Visit our website for more information and driving directions.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

RootsTech 2014 Is Here!

Can't make it to Salt Lake City this year to attend RootsTech? No worries. The organizers at FamilySearch have graciously allowed 15 of it's presentations to be viewed "live" online starting tomorrow at 8:30 am pacific time. For the next 3 days you can hear some of the top genealogists in the world give their presentations like your right there in the classroom with them.

To view the live online stream simply go to RootsTech and follow the instructions.

What about the syllabi? Well, for a short time you can download all the syllabi or just the sessions you want by clicking here. It's like getting a whole book on genealogy for free! You can't beat that.

Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in pacific standard time (PST):

Thursday, February 6
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next by Ron Tanner
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc
Friday, February 7
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero by David Adelman
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comby Crista Cowen
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider
Saturday, February 8
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

Monday, February 3, 2014

Meeting Notice - November 15th.


The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See our web page www.cgssd.org  for directions.

The next meeting will be held on 15 Feb 2014 from 9:00 am to noon. Here are the details:

Two Presentations by Barbara Renick

 9:00 AM  Presentation 1:  Eleven Layers of Searches at FamilySearch 
10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM Announcements 
10:30 AM  Presentation 2:   Think You Know How to Search Library Catalogs? Think Again!

Note:  No User Groups or SIGs this month

Presentation 1: Eleven Layers of Searches at FamilySearch

No one search method works all the time. Both online and classic search methods have their advantages and limitations. Knowing when to switch from one type of online search to another and from detailed online searches to more classic media (such as books and microfilms) brings greater success. Often overlooked ways to search online (from No Name searches to refined Alphabetical Browsing techniques) are combined here with examples of the success achieved by adding these layered Internet search results to classic searches.

Presentation 2: Think You Know How to Search Library Catalogs? Think Again! 

Most genealogists go to library Web sites, find the online catalog, make a search using that catalog's basic search features, and assume they have found everything. Not only are there many ways to use online library catalogs for genealogical research, but such sites often provide access to a wide variety of additional resources and databases.I will demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch Catalog to go to WorldCat and how to search WorldCat for entries exclusively from the FamilySearch Catalog.

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Barbara Renick teaches at national genealogy conferences and the regional Family History Center in Orange California; was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for eleven years; authored Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage sponsored by NGS for their 100th Anniversary; and currently serves on the NGS Board of Directors as secretary. The ‘Z’ Links page at her ZRoots.com Web site is also very popular among genealogists who use it as their browser home page.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website www.cgssd.org; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website (click here) for driving directions and a map.

Linda Brady