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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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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Dallas Public Library Research Assistance

The Dallas Public Library offers a limited reference service through the US mail. They charges a $10.00 nonrefundable research fee that entitles you to 30 minutes of staff time and up to 2 photocopies (additional photocopies are $1.00/page). They will also provide copies of obituaries.

See the Mail Reference Requests and the Obituary Requests sections at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/mailReference.php for more information.

 

 

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Two new initiatives from FGS

The FGS has started a new internet radio show each Saturday afternoon on Blog Talk Radio (My Society Online Radio by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio). Their web site describes it this way: “…each week we tackle the issues that confront genealogy societies”.  Two episodes have already been archived and are available to listen to on-demand: 1) “Bringing Genealogy Societies into the 21st Century” and 2) “Genealogy Society Initiatives That Work”.  The topic for Saturday, May 7 is “Planning Your Genealogy Society Event”.  You can also subscribe to the episodes in podcast form via iTunes.

They are also developing a webinar series, Society Management Education Delivered Online.  The first one (“Social Networking for Genealogy Societies“, a presentation by Thomas MacEntee) was held yesterday. FGS members have access to recorded webinars and syllabus materials in the members-only section of the FGS website at Federation of Genealogical Societies – About FGS. For more information see their press release.

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Does DGS offer research services?

DGS is a volunteer organization without the people resources to do lookups or research as a service. So we must decline all requests for research and lookups. Neither can we recommend individual professional researchers. However, there are two organizations who can help you locate a record or a professional suitable for your needs.

  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has volunteers around the country who will do simple lookups or photograph cemetery stones, for free or the reimbursement of copy costs.
  • Association of Professional Genealogists membership is based on genealogists who do research for others for a negotiated fee. This fee is negotiated between the client and the professional researcher. Many APG members are certified genealogists. All APG members are bound to a code of ethics.
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Free FGS Webinar on Social Networking

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is offering a free webinar on ‘Social Networking for Genealogy Societies’.

This is the first of a series of planned webinars and will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 . FGS Board member Thomas MacEntee will demonstrate how genealogy societies are currently leveraging the power of Facebook, Twitter and blogs to expand their online presence and recruit new members. Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/401693254.

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