Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 20 September

From the CGSSD VP of Administration, Linda Hervig:


The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 9:00 am to noon.

9:00 - Brief Announcements and user groups for Legacy, Macintosh, and Special Topic session, "Computer Genealogy 101," by Randy Seaver.

10:15 - A break and refreshments

10:30 - Announcements followed by Program "DNA for Genealogists" by Barbara Bowling Gosink, M.D.

This presentation is an update of Dr. Gosink's talk given to CGSSD last year. She will cover everything an intellectually curious non-scientist needs to know about DNA basics and current applications. You'll learn what DNA is, what it does, and how it is used in genealogical research. Time permitting, she will update you on DNA applications in other areas: medicine, ancestral human migration, and what DNA teaches us about our closest primate relatives. You'll laugh, learn, and leave with up-to-date information!

If you have any burning questions you would like Dr. Gosink to cover in her presentation, please submit them to her at by September 8 and she will attempt to address them. There will also be a Q&A following the talk.

Dr. Gosink is Professor Emeritus of Radiology at UCSD Medical School, where she worked 30 years as a clinician, teacher and researcher. She is a long-term volunteer for Paws'itive Teams (, a nonprofit organization which trains service dogs to assist mobility-disabled San Diegans. Not surprisingly, she loves giving presentations about ways these highly-trained dogs can assist their partners. Recently, Dr. Gosink completed a rigorous 6-month course to become a certified Master Gardener. Now she serves as one of many dedicated volunteers answering questions on the San Diego Master Gardener Hotline (858-694-2860).

We meet 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 our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for driving directions and a map.


Yep, I get 75 minutes (probably less computer setup and audience drift-in time) to present Computer Genealogy 101... that's a big task in a small time window. Right now, my presentation has 90 slides - I'll have to talk fast! My plan is to pass a list of links from the talk, in a PDF file, through the CGSSD email list after the talk so that everyone has a copy - even those that go to the Legacy and MacIntosh classes, and those that couldn't make it to the meeting.

Last chance for any suggestions for absolutely great web site suggestions - not many responded to my last call. For those of you that did comment or email me, thank you.

1 comment:

Renee Zamora said...

Randy-- You have received the "I love your blog" award from me at
Keep up the good work.