DGS Web Site Recognized by the TSGS

I am very pleased to announce that the DGS web site has been awarded First Place in the 2011 Texas State Genealogical Society’s ‘Partner Society Website Design’ competition. I believe that this is a great tribute to all of the members who have spent countless hours providing the great collection of material that we are able to offer, and to Barbara Ware who is responsible for the ‘back end’ of our web presence that manages our memberships, handles event registrations and the DGS store. Well done us!

I would also like to extend my congratulations to the other societies who were recognized by the TSGS: The Franklin County Genealogical Society (2nd place) and the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society (3rd place)!

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November Technology SIG Meeting

The November Technology SIG meeting will be an open discussion loosely focused on the December “Show Your Project” competition. We discuss ideas for projects you might consider and will answer any questions you have on this or any other topic.

I’d also like to discuss ideas for topics (and speakers) for next year’s meetings.

  • When: Thursday, November 3 starting at 6:30 PM
  • Where: Downtown Dallas Public Library 3rd Floor – Studio (Directions)
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Cemetery Database Update

New records have been added to the DGS Cemetery Database for the following cemeteries: Trinity, Gravel Slough and Kleberg. They can be accessed from the Resources -> Cemeteries page.

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Technology SIG Contest

The December 1 meeting will be a chance for you to show off YOUR project and compete for the $25 Fry’s gift card that will be awarded for the “Best” presentation/project. Here are a few ideas for possible projects (Information on all of these topics is available on the Technology SIG web page).

  • Create a presentation in PowerPoint, Jing or Camtasia
  • Create a Blog
  • Create a Wiki (I have just added some new references to the web page)
  • Add some information to the Family Search wiki
  • Add information and pictures to Find a Grave
  • Create or enhance your own web site
  • Scan some genealogy related documents or pictures
  • Do something interesting with Google Tools
  • Participate in a Family Search scanning project
  • Enhance some pictures you took or images you scanned
  • Show off some genealogy-related images you photographed

The judging criteria include: the degree of difficulty, how much you learned and the quality of your presentation.

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Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and C, dies

Dennis Ritchie died last week. While all the world knew and admired Steve Jobs the death of Dennis has gone by largely un-noticed. That should not be.

Dennis was part of the small group of visionaries at AT&T Bell labs who created the Unix operating system and the C programming language used to create much of what we now call the internet. Unix and its many variations (of which the Mac operating system is one) still run many (if not most) of the computers in use today.

I still have my copy of the The Bell System Technical Journal” (July/August 1978, Vol. 57, No 6, Part 2) dedicated to the “Unix Time-Sharing System”. The titles of the articles that Dennis authored or co-authored frame his place in history:

  • The UNIX Time Sharing System
  • The C Programming Language
  • Portability of C Programs and the UNIX System
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Photo Retouching Guide Available

Sandra Crowley made a fascinating and informative presentation on “Photo Retouching” at the Oct. 6 Technology SIG meeting. She has also provided a 4 page quick reference document for Photoshop Elements users… it is available on the Technology SIG page.

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Learn about Scanners and Scanning

The Dallas Genealogical Society Technology Special Interest Group will be meeting again this week:

  • When: Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:00
  • Where: Studio room on the 3rd floor of theDallas Public Library

This week’s discussion will focus on Scanners and scanning technology. By the end of my presentation you will (hopefully!)

  • Understand how a scanner works
  • Be knowledgeable of key terms and concepts
  • Know the different scanning techniques available on most scanners
  • Understand that not all images contain the same level of detail
  • Understand the limitations of printers and monitors
  • Know which formats to use to save your files

I hope to see you there, but if you can’t join us this month please consider participating in an upcoming meeting:

  • October 6  – Digital Photography: Repair and Retouch by Sandra Crowley
  • November 3 – Tying it all together. This will be an open discussion on any of the topics we have covered in previous SIG presentations
  • December 1 – Show Your Project night. Make a brief presentation to the group about a project you have worked on that was inspired by something you learned at a Technology SIG meeting. Tell us what you have done with your Blog, Wiki, Web Site, Photography project, Scanning Project or whatever. The best/most entertaining presentation of the night will win a $25 gift certificate to Fry’s Electronics!
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Birth mother and her family

The Society recently received a request from a woman in East Texas whose husband (adopted soon after birth) had finally been able to find his original birth certificate in Dallas County. It provided the name and age of his biological mother, but little more data.

In addition to identifying his mother’s parents and grandparents, she and her husband want to develop a medical history of the family.  She is following several avenues of research, but particularly asked if there are any specialized groups/organizations that offer advice and tips to adoptees in their family history research.

I welcome comments and suggestions and will pass them along.

Thanks for helping.

 

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On-Line Genealogy Book Index

Just heard about a web site that you may want to investgate… Genealogybooklinks.com is an index of freely available digital books of interest to genealogists. I took a quick look and saw many titles of interest, and the document links I clicked on do appear to be freely available with no gimicks.

It has been added as a link on the National/International page in the Resources section on the DGS web site.

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Upcoming Technology SIG Meetings

Make plans now to attend these upcoming meetings of the Technology Special Interest Group:

  • September 1 – Understanding and using scanners
  • October 6 – Digital Photography: Repair and Retouch by Sandra Crowley
  • November 3 – Tying it all together. This will be an open discussion on any of the topics we have covered in previous SIG presentations
  • December 1 – Show Your Project night. Make a brief presentation to the group about a project you have worked on that was inspired by something you learned at a Technology SIG meeting. Tell us what you have done with your Blog, Wiki, Web Site, Photography project, Scanning Project or whatever. The best/most entertaining presentation of the night will win a $25 gift certificate to Fry’s Electronics!

All meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month at the Downtown branch of the Dallas Public Library. See the Technology SIG web page for more information.

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