Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CGSSD Program on Saturday 15 February Features Barbara Renick

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See our web page  for directions.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, 15 February 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Here are the details:

Two Presentations by Barbara Renick

 9:00 AM  Presentation 1:  Eleven Layers of Searches at FamilySearch 

10:00 AM Break

10:20 AM Announcements 

10:30 AM  Presentation 2:   Think You Know How to Search Library Catalogs? Think Again!

Note:  No User Groups or SIGs this month

Presentation 1: Eleven Layers of Searches at FamilySearch

No one search method works all the time. Both online and classic search methods have their advantages and limitations. Knowing when to switch from one type of online search to another and from detailed online searches to more classic media (such as books and microfilms) brings greater success. Often overlooked ways to search online (from No Name searches to refined Alphabetical Browsing techniques) are combined here with examples of the success achieved by adding these layered Internet search results to classic searches.

Presentation 2: Think You Know How to Search Library Catalogs? Think Again! 

Most genealogists go to library Web sites, find the online catalog, make a search using that catalog's basic search features, and assume they have found everything. Not only are there many ways to use online library catalogs for genealogical research, but such sites often provide access to a wide variety of additional resources and databases.I will demonstrate how to use the FamilySearch Catalog to go to WorldCat and how to search WorldCat for entries exclusively from the FamilySearch Catalog.

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Barbara Renick teaches at national genealogy conferences and the regional Family History Center in Orange California; was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for eleven years; authored Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage sponsored by NGS for their 100th Anniversary; and currently serves on the NGS Board of Directors as secretary. The ‘Z’ Links page at her Web site is also very popular among genealogists who use it as their browser home page.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website (click here) for driving directions and a map.

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