Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 20 March: Roger Bell of Footnote.com

I received this notice from Linda Hervig of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD):


The next meeting of CGSSD is Saturday, March 20, 2010.

The User Group for Legacy and Special Interest Groups on Web-based Cloud Computing and Beginning Computer Genealogy begin at 9:00. Check the CGSSD website, http://www.cgssd.org/, for last minute changes.

After a break and refreshments at 10:00, Roger Bell presents the main program, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Footnote.com.”

Roger Bell, Senior Vice President for Products for Footnote, Inc., will discuss Footnote.com's capabilities and how to most effectively use the website in doing your research. Footnote.com currently has over 61 million historical documents online with millions of documents being added monthly. Many are from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Allen County Public Library, FamilySearch Archives, and Pennsylvania Archives, as well as other state and local libraries. Additionally, many documents are uploaded daily from the personal archives of contributing members wanting to share their treasures with others. Footnote.com has years of experience in the digitization business as iArchives, Inc. Starting in 1999, iArchives digitized historical newspapers and other archive content for leading universities, libraries and media companies across the United States.

Prior to joining Footnote in January 2006, Roger Bell was the Senior Director of Product Management at The Generations Network (TGN), where he managed the product teams responsible for Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. Before joining TGN, Roger held the following positions: Director of Product Management at Sorenson Media, Inc., Co-founder and Vice President of Product Development at Digital Harbor, Inc. (sold company after three years of operation) and Director of Product Management at Novell, Inc.

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 http://www.cgssd.org/; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website http://irps.ucsd.edu/about/how-to-find-us.htm for driving directions and a map.

I look forward to reading a description of Roger's program. Unfortunately, I will be away from San Diego on this date and won't be able to attend.

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