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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, 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

Websites of Possible Interest

By , December 12, 2009

The following announcement was taken from the D-OGS December 2009 Newsletter.

North Carolina Folklife Institute – Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina. They invite you to make our website a resource for information about North Carolina’s most authentic folk cultures and traditional arts and artists. Check back often for news and regular updates.

Their website has tabs for “NC Travel”, “NC Food” and other areas of interest. If you would like to buy a CD of traditional Piedmont fiddle music from Joe Thompson from Mebane, you can get it here. Thompson is one of the very last African American fiddlers in the region’s tradition. A North Carolina Folk Heritage winner, he has played Piedmont stringband music for audiences around the world. He is also the inspiration and mentor of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group of young African American talents who are attempting to carry on Joe’s tradition in music.

Contact the NCFI

The North Carolina Folklife Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


190,000 Welsh Wills Online – The BBC recently published an article about the end of a five-year project to make 190,000 wills available online has been completed. The project is complete and the wills are available now. About 800,000 pages of documents have been placed on the National Library of Wales’ website.

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth said the wills dated from the 14th Century until 1858, when civil probate was introduced, and 1,000 of them were written in Welsh. It said the project was “good news for family historians, social historians…and the inquisitive”.

You can read more at the BBC web site here and on the National Library of Wales web site here

(This article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

Got Native American Connections?

By , December 12, 2009

The following announcement was taken from the D-OGS December 2009 Newsletter.

The following was received from

We are excited to announce the release of our latest interactive collection: the Native American collection. Working together with the National Archives and Allen County Library, has created a collection featuring over 1.8 million records that will help people discover new details about Native American history and genealogy.

Visit the Native American Microsite today and explore records only found on

  • Ratified Indian Treaties – dating back to 1722
  • Indian Census Rolls – featuring personal information including age, place of residence and degree of Indian blood
  • The Guion Miller Roll – perhaps the most important source of Cherokee genealogical research
  • Dawes Packets – containing original applications for tribal enrollments
  • And other documents relating to the Five Civilized Tribes

Please know that this is a “for pay” site. You can look check out the collection and decide if it is worth your own time and money.

Free genealogy software

By , December 12, 2009

According to an article in a recent Dick Eastman genealogy newsletter, RootsMagic version 4 now has a free “Essentials” version available for download from their website. This free “lite” version has many core features found in the retail version but it not as complete as what you pay for. Their website is if you want to give it a try.

Also, Legacy Family Tree software is available in a free version as well as a retail version. You can download the free version from their website at Their current free version is 7.0. They will require you to register with them for the “freebie” so they can send you notices of updates and other news.

These software titles are designed to run on any Windows platform. Both of these firms are very reputable and offer fine products. However, D-OGS does not endorse either of these firms. Use at your own risk. Remember, genealogy research is habit-forming.

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