Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 16 April - Exploring FamilySearch

From Judy Davis of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego:

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego 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.

The next meeting will be held on 16 Apr 2011 from 9:00 am to noon.

9:00 - User groups: Family Tree Maker and Macintosh; SIG:

10:00 - Break, refreshments

10:15 - Announcements followed by:

Exploring FamilySearch - The Very Best FREE Genealogy Website
by Randy Seaver

FamilySearch (owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has completely revised their website ( to host all of their past and future online offerings. There is a wealth of FREE historical record collections on the site, with more being added every month as a result of image processing and Volunteer Indexing. The online Research Wiki, which replaces the paper Research Guides, provides educational material about genealogy research techniques, historical record collections, and localities (countries, states, counties). The Family History Library Catalog has been improved with links to online books and records. Many online Research Courses (video presentations) have been provided for continuing education, with more added regularly. FamilySearch Forums provide an opportunity to interact with FamilySearch and subject matter experts. The new FamilySearch Family Tree is still in development, and may be available to all researchers later in 2011.

In this presentation, Randy Seaver will review the educational opportunities, the available record databases, the Family History Library Catalog, the Family Tree, and more.
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. He is a past 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, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (, The Geneaholic ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (
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 except those 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 for driving directions and a map.

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