Wednesday, May 12, 2010

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 15 May - Wikis for Genealogy

The next meeting of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) is Saturday, May 15, 2010.

The User Group for Family Tree Maker and SIGs for DNA and New Genealogy Websites meet at 9:00.

After a break and refreshments at 10:00, Randy Seaver presents the main program, “Wikis for Genealogy.”

What is a wiki, and why do I care? A wiki is a website that permits easy creation and editing of interlinked web pages using a markup language or WYSIWYG text editor. Wiki software is used to create collaborative and community websites, corporate intranets and knowledge management systems. The origin of the word: "Wiki-wiki" in Hawaii means something quick and fast. The best online example is Wikipedia ( - the online collaborative encyclopedia.

In this presentation, Randy will show and demonstrate some of the currently available wikis for genealogy that permit collaboration on genealogy information and family trees. The benefits and drawbacks of contributing to and participating in collaborative efforts will be discussed.

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan, a graduate of San Diego State University in Aerospace Engineering, and a retired aerodynamics engineer with a 38-year career at Rohr/Goodrich in Chula Vista. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forbears, and several 19th-century English immigrants.

Randy's activities include serving the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (former President, currently Newsletter Editor and Research Chairman); speaking occasionally to Southern California societies, libraries and groups; teaching Beginning Computer Genealogy senior adult classes at OASIS; and writing the Genealogy 2.0 column for the FGS’s FORUM Magazine. He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SDGS, and CGSSD, and blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (, The Geneaholic (, and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (

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.

I plan on being there, but probably won't publish a summary of the talk on this blog.


Lynn Palermo said...

On a another matter Randy, your tops on my list.

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