Posts tagged: Computers

Protect Yourself and Your Data – Make Your Computer Safe for Data!

By , December 31, 2012

databackupThe January 2013 D-OGS Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, January 9th at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church offices in Southern Village, south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501. The street address is 105 Market Street, rooms 103 & 105. Here is a map: http://tinyurl.com/cby3fyt. This address is the office building for Christ Church and is across the street from the church. There is parking on the streets around the church and the lot behind the offices.

 

 

The speaker will be long-time D-OGS member Richard Ellington. Richard’s program topic will be: Protect Yourself and Your Data – Make Your Computer Safe for Data! He will be talking about things that you need to do to protect your computer and precious data from damage from all sorts
of potential problems – hardware, software, malware, backups and such.

PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING DATE OF JANUARY 9. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FELT
THAT MEETING ON THE DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY WOULD NOT HAVE VERY HIGH ATTENDANCE AND OPTED TO MOVE THE MEETING DATE TO THE 9TH.

Free Webinar on Backing up Your Data

By , March 10, 2011

 

Legacy software is sponsoring a free webinar on data backup tools and processes on March 23.

“Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Not yet? Well if not, have you prepared for what might happen if your hard drive fails? What if your laptop is lost or stolen?

Join webinar host Geoff Rasmussen and dynamic presenter, Thomas MacEntee (author of Google for Genealogists webinar-on-CD) for this 90-minute free webinar, Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. You will learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available! Participants will learn various methods for backing up their genealogy data including many free online programs such as DropBox, Google Docs, Picasa and more!

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2011, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.”

 

About the presenter

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Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 6pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here’s how to attend:

  1. Register at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp today. It’s free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Other upcoming webinars

Wednesday, March 2, 2011. More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLERegister here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Building a Research Toolbox with Thomas MacEntee. Register here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present with Maureen Taylor. Register here.

View past webinars

Our webinars are available in the archives at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp for at least 30 days. Select webinars are now available to purchase on CD:

 

 

 

Free Web Tutorial for New Genealogists

By , September 27, 2010

Free Web Tutorial

Family Tree Magazine is offering a free online tutorial to help new genealogists trace their roots. If you are new to genealogy and not sure where to start, then this is the place to be!

When: Sat, Oct 16, 2010 2pm-3pm EDT (1 CDT, 12 MDT, 11 am PDT)
Where: Your computer!

You’ll learn:
• The best places to gather information
• Tips for online searching and genealogy websites
• Records that contain information about your ancestors
• Ways to record and share what you find, including genealogy software

Who should attend:
• People who are completely new to genealogy
• “Armchair researchers” who’ve dabbled a bit with genealogy websites but want more direction
• Intermediate genealogists looking for a refresher on research fundamentals

CIG Meeting, August 14, 2010

By , August 12, 2010

NEW LOCATION


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, 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 – 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.

D-OGS CIG Meeting Summary – January 9, 2010

By , January 9, 2010

The Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) Computer Interest Group (CIG) met on Saturday, 9 January 2010 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. There were 10 members in attendance.

Carol Boggs moderated. She opened the meeting with a call for a new monthly CIG moderator to take over. Some of the duties she outlined of the moderator include the following:

- Organize speakers and meeting presentations

- Build an agenda and email it to the D-OGS members mailing list, the CIG members list (Carol’s own personal email distribution list – members email addresses are hidden by using the “BCC” method of emailing – this is maintained within an excel spreadsheet that was built from the roll call lists Carol collects during each meeting) to Richard Ellington to include in the newsletter and to the webmaster, Ginger Smith, to include on the meeting announcement page of the D-OGS website

- Secure and utilize a laptop to hook up to the projector that is provided by the library

- Collect relevant website addresses emailed from members that can be discussed during the meeting

The group discussed having members rotate as moderators each month. A sign-up sheet was passed around for people to sign up for a month that they would like to moderate. Carol has already secured a speaker for February’s meeting – Luba Sawczyn will discuss the general tools you can use online from home, including NCLive and HeritageQuest. Five other members have already identified a month they will moderate the group. We hope others will sign up for the remaining months.

The group also brainstormed about some CIG program ideas that would be of interest to our members:

-          One member suggested a program on how to do African American research in Orange County. Two of our members are currently doing this in North Carolina and could offer suggestions on how to find the records you are looking for. Carol thought this would make a great publication idea as a Resource Guide as well.

-          Currently two of our CIG members are writing books. We talked about how one decides on various formats and distribution of the books. Carol is using TMG to write her book and is already at 513 pages without pictures or charts! Barbara hopes to put her book on a CD which she will then distribute to family members. She will leave printing options up to the family members. Lulu.com was suggested as a good Print On Demand (POD) publisher source for family members to use to print copies of their family history books. Lulu.com will print either paperback or hardback books on demand and ship.

-          Taking a field trip to a local library

-          How to do Native American research in Orange County and/or North Carolina.

-          A “show and tell” of a research problem that can be shared with the group with the hopes of help on finding or locating resources that would assist in the research efforts

Carol showed pictures of the genealogy section of the new Hillsborough branch of the Orange County Public Library and a layout of where and how it is situated in the library. She showed pictures of equipment, stacks, and the exit door. We are concerned about where all of the materials were transferred to and that the security system is not yet working at the exit, but we understand that it will shortly be in operation according to the library director, Lucinda Munger.

The following links and information were shared with the group:

-          Carol shared the Harvard University Open Collection Program which contains immigration records to the US from 1789-1930

-          Carol shared the Information about social security numbers and what they mean in genealogy terms

-          UNC-G’s Digital Library on American Slavery

-          Nerissa mentioned the book, Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory. Volume 7 which was published in 1890 and is available in full text at Google books. It is divided by counties and is an excellent genealogy resource. Ginger pulled it up at Google books and we took a look at it

-          Holt Anderson reminded us of the Candlelight Tours that go on every December. Hillsboro has its historic homes open each year. They are open and decorated for Christmas

-          What Darwin Never Knew program on the Nova Channel aired on 29 December 2009. Check the website for a transcript or video of this program.

Carol shared her big find on the Reed family she is researching that resulted from an internet query she submitted.  One person of interest to her was Samuel Burrage Reed, a Manhattan architect. He built the James A. Bailey House in Harlem. The new owner contacted her to see if she had any information on this house.  Ginger googled the house and we watched a video tour of the house.

Ginger showed how to use the Dropbox online utility to store and share files between multiple computers and the internet. This utility can be downloaded from Dropbox.com and installed on your PC or Mac. If you are using a PC, the utility will install a folder called “My Dropbox” in the “My Documents” section of windows explorer. Files and folders can then be dropped into this folder. Contents of this folder are then automatically uploaded to the website. Contents can be accessed from any computer with the Dropbox utility. Carol and Ginger are still trying to work out the kinks with the sharing feature of this utility. A file can be shared and in doing so, a link is created which can then be emailed to the person you would like to share the file with. They can use the link to access and download the file.

Our meeting closed with Nerissa who sent around a copy of a will she is transcribing for the Duplin County NCGenWeb site. She needed help transcribing a few words from the will.  We were able to decipher all four words!

CIGS Meeting – Dec 12, 2009

By , December 12, 2009

Computer Interest Group (CIG):

The next computer interest group (CIG) meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) will be held on Saturday, 12 December 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the downstairs small conference room of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Click here for map.

“My Native American Cousins Are On Footnote!”

No kidding!! To illustrate that almost everything comes across your path when you utilize some of the genealogy search engines and other digital and electronic tools available to us these days we’ll look at some of them a bit more closely. And did you hear that microfilms may be coming back? Just as we’re learning that CDs won’t last as long as our Polaroid photos did, we come to another twist in the road. Come to the CIG and let’s talk about what these changes mean to us. We will also discuss the items that were on the agenda for the November meeting that was canceled. Please send any interesting URLs for emerging tools and events to Carol Boggs

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