Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 18 August - "Genealogical Proof Standard" and More!

The next Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) meeting is this Saturday, 18 August 2012 at 9 a.m. on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See this map page for directions.

The details:
9:00 - User Group: FamilyTreeMaker.
9:00 - SIG: Beginning Computer Genealogy 101.
10:00 - Break, refreshments.
10:20 - Announcements followed by program:

Finding Your Elusive Ancestor:
The Genealogical Proof Standard,
and Doing an Exhaustive Search
by Randy Seaver

The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) deals with information, sources, evidence, analysis and proof, and was developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). It is the "standard" methodology for professionals proving assertions of genealogical facts. The first element of the GPS is "to do a reasonably exhaustive search." In this presentation, Randy Seaver will explain the GPS, take a whirlwind tour through traditional and online resources that should be included in a search, discuss his favorite search strategies and techniques, and describe several case studies of his still elusive ancestors that illustrate the ideas of the GPS.

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. Randy is Chula Vista Genealogical Society former President, and currently 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's Forum magazine. He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SDGS, and CGSSD. Randy blogs daily at Genea-Musings (, The Geneaholic (, and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (
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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

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