Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CGSSD Mini-Fair on Saturday, 15 October 2011

The next meeting of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego will be held on 15 Oct 2011 from 9:00 am to noon. Here are the details:

Two sessions and two topics per session
No user groups or SIGS this month.

9:00 - SESSION 1:
A. "Using Google Earth to Map Your Ancestor's Home." Part one of a two-part workshop conducted by Anne Miller and David Armstrong. Participants are required to bring a laptop computer and to download Google Earth  prior to the workshop (free at You are also encouraged to practice the navigation tools prior to the sessions. Fee (covers Sessions 1A and 2A): $10; $15 at the door. This workshop is limited to 30 people. Only 7 slots remain. The registration form can be downloaded at
David J. Armstrong is a professional genealogist specializing in combining historical records with technology in order to enhance our understanding of ancestors' lives. David’s background as a leader in math and computer education has served him well in his genealogical endeavors. He is a member of NGS, APG, and numerous regional and local genealogical societies. Anne J. Miller, Ph.D. is a professional genealogist, an historian, and a psychologist specializing in combining genealogical and historical resources to provide a better understanding of people. Anne does genealogical and historical research for others and gives presentations. She has published in both genealogical and historical journals.

B. "Tips on Great Family History Gifts for Special Occasions." Del Ritchhart has been giving framed family trees, photo books, family history books and other items for several years to his children and grandchildren for special events in their lives. Del is the immediate past President of CGSSD and has spoken to our group previously on other topics. He will demonstrate and talk about these various gifts that he has created using on-line Shutterfly, Kodak, COSTCO, and Ancestry programs. With Christmas only a few months away you might get some excellent ideas for family gifts.

10:00 - Break, refreshments.
10:20 - SESSION 2:
A. "Using Google Earth to Map Your Ancestor's Home." Part two of the two-part workshop conducted by Anne Miller and David Armstrong.

B. "Family Finder DNA Testing." Corlee Morris will discuss a genetic genealogy product offered since early 2010 by Family Tree DNA, called “Family Finder.” It is one of only a very few autosomal genetic genealogy tests available to consumers. This test detects any linked blocks of DNA that indicate a common ancestor with other testers. The number and size of these linked blocks is used to determine how recently or closely two people are related. If you are related within five generations (3rd or more recent cousins) then Family Finder is almost sure to detect your relationship. How this test differs from the normal Y-Chromosome or Mitochondrial tests that we are more familiar with will be covered. Attendees who have taken the test and received results are encouraged to share their experience. Corlee is a past president of CGSSD and has been leading our DNA Special Interest Group discussions for the past three years.

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 for driving directions and a map.

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