Wednesday, March 19, 2008

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 3/22 - Alan Jones is speaking

The next Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meeting is on Saturday, March 22, 2008 from 9:00 am to noon. (The meeting is on the 4th Saturday instead of the 3rd Saturday this month). The schedule is:

9:00 - Brief Announcements and user groups for Family Tree Maker and Macintosh

10:15 - A break and refreshments

10:30 - Announcements followed by Program

The Program is "Free Access to Paid Websites at Family History Centers" by Alan Jones. Alan's presentation will cover the following subscription sites that can be accessed free at local Family History Centers:, HeritageQuest Online,, Godfrey Memorial Library and Kindred Konnections. These sites are available at the Family History Center, San Diego located in Mission Valley.

Alan Jones holds degrees in both Business (El Camino College) and Computer Science (Brigham Young University). He currently works as a senior IT consultant for Southern California Edison. He has been involved in family history for over 30 years, serving as an LDS Stake & Ward family history consultant and director of a Family History Center. He completed the Family History Training Program in Provo, Utah, and has taught classes in FHCs, colleges, and genealogy societies, and published several books. He also maintains several genealogy websites. He and his family live in southern Orange County. Alan loves genealogy on the Internet and often gives presentations on related topics. When Alan was a teenager, his dog, Mugs, had a full and complete pedigree chart with all the ancestors verified and certified, but Alan didn’t know all of his own great-grandparents. He and his mother decided they were as important as their dog and began the quest for their ancestors.

CGSSD meets at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pine Road turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any A, B, or S space. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to the website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for driving directions and a map (If you need information on handicap parking spaces, please contact Linda.)

My thanks to Linda Hervig for faithfully sending out these program notices. This will be an excellent program on a timely subject, although there is a lot to cover. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend because I'll be in Santa Cruz next weekend. I have explored the web sites mentioned while at the FHC, so I think I have a handle on them. I will be interested in hearing what my colleagues say about this presentation.

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