Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday 8/21: "Looking Up My Ancestors"

The next meeting of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) is Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

NOTE: Parking will be free. The previously announced charge for parking will not be in effect until September 1.

A special member’s meeting to discuss and vote on the proposal to merge with the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The User's Groups will not meet.

After a break and refreshments at 10:00, Gary Hoffman will present “Looking Up My Ancestors: Genealogy in the Cloud.”

Computing focus is rapidly transitioning from devices to cloud services. That is, innovations in cloud computing are replacing the concept of applications on individual computers as a way of delivering services to users. This change has implications for where, how, and when we can access information about our ancestors. New devices like iPhone, iPad, and netbook are changing our concepts of computing and changing how we use data, including genealogy data. Can we be part of this change or will we be left behind?

As past president and current webmaster for CGSSD, Gary has promoted genealogy access via the Internet since the birth of the World Wide Web. Gary learned the value of keeping good genealogy records as a youth raising prize-winning pedigreed livestock in Northern California. He earned a degree in broadcasting from Brigham Young University as a preface to his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He later worked in high technology and communications while earning MBA and JD degrees. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego.

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 will post a message from CGSSD President Del Ritchhart in a later post, and my own comments about the proposed merger of CGSSD into SDGS.

Gary Hoffman's programs are one of the highlights of the genealogy year for me. I hope that SDGS continues the tradition of having Gary talk about computer trends and genealogy databases in future years.

Thank you to Linda Hervig for providing these meeting notices via email to all CGSSD members.

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