Wednesday, July 11, 2012

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 14 July Features ... Randy Seaver!!

The Saturday, 14 July meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) starts at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd. in San Diego).  The program speaker will be Randy Seaver for both sessions.

In between the sessions, the annual Ice Cream Social ($3 for two scoops, and a topping of your choice) will make it difficult for attendees to stay awake for the second session!

The two sessions will cover:

1) “Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England.”  – Randy Seaver

In this presentation, Randy will explore the research journey to find the ancestors of his wife's great-grandmother, Jane (Whittle) McKnew (1847-1921).  She married in Gold Country, had a family of 11 children, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and died in San Francisco.  Jane was born in Australia to parents who were born and married in England.  Most of the research was done with online resources and in a collaborative environment.  Come watch Randy unveil a fascinating family history worthy of a “Who Do You Think You Are?” television episode.

2) “ Genealogy and Cloud Computing” – Randy Seaver

Can we do all of our genealogy research, data organization, analysis, collaboration, and writing online – in the “cloud” on remote servers and computers rather than on our desktop or laptop computers?  What about using smart phones and tablets for genealogy?  This talk will discuss the elements of cloud computing, including mobile devices, and their application to genealogy tasks, along with an evaluation  of the benefits and drawbacks for these exciting technologies.

Randy's genea-biography is:

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan.  His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants.  He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair.  He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS, and writes the Genealogy 2.0 column for the FGS FORUM magazine.  He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS.  Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe ( 

I hope to see many of my Genea-Musings readers there!  Two presentations and a bowl of  ice cream - what's not to like?  Come and enjoy a genealogy day!

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