Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CGSSD Mini-Fair on Saturday - 4 Presentations!

Linda Hervig sent this notice about the CGSSD meeting on Saturday:

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) meets on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 9:00 am to noon.

CGSSD hosts the annual mini-fair in celebration of Family History Month at this meeting.

Select a presentation from 2 sessions. Session 1 meets from 9:00 – 10:00; Session 2 meets from 10:30 – 11:30. A break, refreshments and announcements are scheduled from 10:00 – 10:30. User groups will not meet. The presentations are detailed below.

CGSSD Mini-Fair! Two sessions, 2 choices per session;

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Session 1:

A. "Using" by Randy Seaver. has become one of the "must-use" genealogy web sites because of their unique record subscription databases and their free user-contributed "Footnote Pages." Randy will discuss the genealogy records available on, the site's search capabilities and user interface, and how researchers can save their precious family information using

B. "How a Senior Computer Geek Becomes a Computer Genealogist" by Gene Powell. We'll pose some questions to the group such as what is a senior computer geek? What is a Genealogist? What is a computer Genealogist? If we can answer those questions perhaps we may gain some insight as to what it takes for a Senior Computer geek to become a Computer Genealogist.

10:00 - Break, refreshments.
10:15 - Announcements.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Session 2:

A. "Now That You Started a DNA Project, What Now?" by Corlee Morris. Corlee will provide an overview of how to administer a DNA Project.

B. Ellen Barbieri will present two topics:"Tarsia, Italy - Database of Passengers." Ellen will describe elements of her research and how data can be used to further the quest. She recently completed an Excel database of 808 passengers whose last residence was Tarsia, using's search tools for Ellis Island (Gold Form), Italians to America, and Missing Manifests. She found the town name spelled 18 different ways and even found a few passengers arriving in Boston on Ancestry. "Compiling Records from Secondary Sources." With no primary sources available for Lubowo, Poland (now Liubavas, Lithuania), Ellen will demonstrate how she was able to recover significant data using periodicals, books, taxpayer lists and other source documents which she used to compile a database of Lubowo Jews, including emigration and death records.

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.

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