Category: CIG Meetings

Orange County Public Library *Parking*

By , September 15, 2011

Thanks to Bill Reid for bringing this to our attention:

**For those of you who are planning to attend the D-OGS Computer Interest Group that is starting back up again this Saturday at 9 am at the Orange County Public Library**

Hey Gang . Listen up! *PARKING !*:

The County has rented parking for the library on the BOTTOM floor of the
parking deck (which is between the library and Weaver Street Market). You
can enter the deck on the bottom by driving past the front of the Market all
the way to the end. Turn right through the gate and go straight as far as
you can and park there. Take the elevator (or climb the stairs) to library
level, turn right for the exit and walk down to the 2nd building.You’re


From Churton St. take Margret to the west. Turn left into the road next to
the library and park if you can find an open space (some are limited time).
If there in nothing open in front of the 2 buildings..Don’t panic. Drive
straight to the gate at the entrance to the Parking deck. It’ll open. Drive
to the bottom deck and park as described above.

I was told yesterday that you will need a number to get out of the Deck. You
can get it in the library.

Sorry this is so complicated but the deck is privately owned (County is
saving $$) and the owner is making all the rules.

Hope to see you there, I need lots of help… Bill Reid

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CIG Meeting at the Orange County Public Library, Sat 9/17, 9-11am

By , September 14, 2011

From Carol Boggs:

Finally!  We have heard from the library and we will meet at the  Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough for our “Rally ’round the CIG” get  together this Saturday, September 17, from 9am to 11am.

We may bring  food, drinks, etc. but must bag out what we bag in and try not to leave crumbs.  <G>

Please plan to bring a friend, neighbor, spouse, or any  newbie who may be interested in any way in what we do at our  meetings. Our meeting will be truncated by the dollar as you will have seen from  the previous message, but that’s all right this time. Two hours will do.

Bring along articles, URLs, resources (or resource people!) to share with  the group. We will discuss what we want to do from here forward and see if there  is a pattern or system that meets our needs. Please think this through ahead of  time so we won’t waste any of our valuable fun learning time head-scratching  over administrative details.

So much has gone on in the world of genealogy since we last met that we  will have no lack of subjects to discuss. Did you see that Ancestry’s stock took  a dive recently? What else is new that pertains to technology and rooting around  in our ancestors’ lives? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

With great relief,


Let’s meet this Saturday at Chapel Hill Library to Watch Videos from the So Cal Jamboree!!

By , June 9, 2011


I have reserved the small conference room (downstairs) at the Chapel Hill library for this Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. Here’s the map to the library:

We will watch the first 3 videos that will be streamed lived from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank California.

Following the video presentation will be a brief discussion with questions and answers about the videos moderated by yours truly.

You do not have to register to attend this event on Saturday.
Here is the schedule:
11:30-12:30  Lisa Louise Cooke – Google Search Strategies for Genealogists

Frustrated by thousands of irrelevant search results in your recent Google searches for your family history? Do you want to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time? Learn the art of online search with genealogy podcaster and Google expert, Lisa Louise Cooke.  in this class you will expand your Google search repetoire and learn techniques, tricks and tips to achieve better genealogical search results.

1:00 – 2:00  Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF – Fingerprinting Our Families – Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key

This lecture explores how the concept of “America, the Great Melting Pot,” may really be a flawed concept, and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s ancestor or potential ancestor can pay significant resarch dividends. Topics covered in this lecture include how to build a historical context for one’s ancestor, studying population clusters, paying attention to patterns of all sorts (naming, migration, settlement, etc.), understanding the “push and pull” of migration (i.e. the reasons behind families or inidividuals migrating), and locating repositories for various ethnic groups.

2:30 – 3:30  David A. Lambert – Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors

This lecture will discuss the resources available from local, state, and federal sources to research your Union Civil War soldier. Descriptions of a variety of documents that will better enable you to learn your ancestor’s story from enlistment to the end of his service. Also life after the war will be discussed using records from the Pension Department and the Grand Army of the Republic.

3:30 – 4:30 Discussion with Questions and Answers

Refreshments will be provided.

CIG Meeting Program Change – Sept 11

By , September 2, 2010

The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the New Durham South Regional Library located at 4505 S. Alston Avenue in Durham, NC, 27713. We will meet at the South Regional Meeting Room on the left side of the building.

Program details **Note change**:

They say there is nothing so constant as change, and the CIG usually proves it. Although we had planned to have Mike tell us about images and embedded information, that is not to be. We will plan that for a later date. For September, let’s all pitch in and bring our knottiest problems and questions, as well as the usual helpful web sites and see how we can help one another make the most of our time and energy in genie land. We all collectively know enough to be very helpful to one another and I defy anyone to come away from a CIG meeting without picking up something new and useful.

We are scheduled for the library we met in last month so come join us. Sorry we have to keep making these changes, but that’s what happens sometimes.

– Carol Boggs

Here is a clickable map to the new library:

If you have any problems finding the library, please feel free to call them at (919) 560-7409

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CIG Meeting, August 14, 2010

By , August 12, 2010


We will be meeting at the brand new Durham South Regional Library this Saturday, August 14, 2010. (Click the photo to go to the Library’s website and get directions)

Durham South Regional Library

We will meet at the South Regional Meeting Room on the left side from 9:30 to 12.

Program Details:

Midsummer is a good time to take it easy and not spend too much energy on unnecessary things, so this month we will discuss freeware and shareware for the genealogist found in a recent issue of “Internet Genealogy”. We’ll also go through the list of new sites or interesting news sent to us by the group. There’s always plenty of great stuff that comes across my desk and so we’ll look at it together.

If you’re curious about the role of technology in genealogy or want to make your research a bit more effective, come join us. You don’t have to belong to D-OGS to enjoy the CIG and we all seem to say every week that we learned several things at the meeting so you’ve nothing to lose. You might get a few laughs out of the meeting as well, that’s not unheard of. All in all, a pleasant way to spend a hot August Saturday with folks of like mind.

– Carol Boggs

CIG Meeting, July 10, 2010

By , June 15, 2010

The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

The topic to be presented by Peg Edwards will be “Using Excel Spreadsheets to Assist In Your Genealogical Research”. If you have made use of spreadsheets for your genealogy, bring along some examples and add to the discussion.

Please continue to send your web sites of interest to Carol Boggs as you come across them. There are new sites showing up every day, and genealogists all across the country spend hours of volunteer time transcribing and indexing records for all of us to use. Send along your favorites to share with the group.

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CIG Meeting, June 12, 2010

By , May 25, 2010

The June meeting of the D-OGS Computer SIG will be held on 12 June, in the large meeting room in the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly, safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.

Here is a list of links that were reviewed during the meeting. Please feel free to comment or share your thoughts on these programs or websites if you’ve had experience with them:

WSJ article today – of general interest about genealogy moving up to the # 2 hobby

MS Office is now live on SkyDrive! – You can now  log into your MS Live account, and upload or create new MS Office documents and save and share to your SkyDrive – your free online storage drive provided with your MS Live account

Who Owns the Genealogy Companies? – A nine-part series from the award winning Genealogy’s Star Blog

Fifty Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks – from Online University’s blog, placed into categories

Fifty Best Genealogy Websites for 2010 – from ProGenealogists

Diana The Goddess of the Hunt: For Genealogists – A word on Copyright – What every genealogist should know

From the Green Valley News and Sun – Genealogy: Alternative genealogy Web sites to consider

Genealogy Electronic Resources List – from the New York Public Library

TMG Cheat Sheets – from DeAnna’s blog

Preceden – Make a timeline – See a review here

Historical Markers Database

Information about the 1940 Census – when it will be available and what information was included

Historical Directories – a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.

Train Your Voice Recognition Software To Do Your Genealogy – Launa Darby says you can save 40-50% of your time by using Voice Recognition software to transcribe your genealogy records, but you need to train your voice and your software to recognize your voice

African Ancestry Seminar – from Dick Eastman’s blog

Save a Buck: Trade in Those Outdated Electronics

My Blood Version 1.2 for Windows and Macintosh – Nice export to HTML capabilities

Forty Best Genealogy Blogs – from Diane Haddad at the Genealogy Insider

Gary Minder’s Census Tools – over 40 various excel spreadsheets you can download and use to input data from the census records you collect and research. Check out Dick Eastman’s review from his blog here

Attention Human Genetic History Buffs

CIG Meeting Summary May 8, 2010

By , May 20, 2010

The D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) met Saturday, May 8 in the Chapel Hill Public Library and our featured speaker was Luba lsawczyn, the reference librarian. She demonstrated the features that are available to the home user who has a library card in the Orange or Durham County libraries. NC Live and the use of Heritage Quest may help you find things that are not generally available on the web. At least it’s worth taking a look at these sites as part of your research plan.

We talked a lot about a variety of subjects, but as the web connection at the library was unavailable, we were not able to visit the web sites on the agenda. They will be saved for the next meeting or two.

The June meeting will consist of the various email programs we all use, and how to archive emails as well as other files so that they are easily retrievable and more importantly, safe. This should be a topic that is good for everyone.


CIG Meeting, May 8, 2010

By , May 5, 2010

The next D-OGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

Program: I wouldn’t doubt that you may be tired of hearing it, but this time we
really are going to have a presentation by the CHPL Head Reference  Librarian,
Luba Sawczyn, who will discuss and demonstrate library tools that we  can
use from home such as NC Live and Heritage Quest. Your questions are
welcomed, and if you are even the least bit new at genealogy you will find
something useful here.

Please try to be punctual if possible, we will try to be all set up  and
ready for her to start at 9:30 AM in the small downstairs conference room.
The presentation will be thirty minutes in length with time for questions

As usual, bring along or send in advance any useful sites or  techniques
you have come across since we last met. We’ll share progress on our  work, and
share tips and tools to help each other  problem-solve.

Carol Boggs

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CIG Meeting – Mar 13, 2010 – Cancelled

By , March 11, 2010

Due to scheduling conflicts with the Chapel Hill Public Library, our Saturday, March 13, 2010 CIG meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

The March meeting of the D-OGS Computer Special Interest Group will be held on 13 March, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon downstairs in the small conference room in the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Click here for map.

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