Hardware & Software for the New Genealogist

A recording of the “Hardware and Software for Beginning Genealogists” presentation made by DGS Webmaster Tony Hanson at last October’s “Do You Know Who You Are?” workshop is now available on-line. See it now by clicking here. Be sure to see the Technology SIG page for several other informative (and free!) presentations.

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Society Online Intellectual Property Ownership

Does your society own all of the intellectual property contained on your website? How do you know?

When your society publishes a book, there usually is no doubt about intellectual property ownership.  But who owns the rights to the Surname Registry on your web site? What about the program written to provide access to your cemetery records? If your webmaster resigned from your society today, could s/he demand that you stop using code they developed?

As societies increasingly expand their on-line presence it is vital that these concerns be addressed. Members of the Dallas Genealogical Society can rest easy knowing that a formal agreement exists between their Webmaster and the Board of Directors.

In the interest of helping to raise this as an area of concern that should be considered by other societies, the DGS is making a copy of their generic agreement publicly available (View it by clicking here) and granting permission for others to use it as starting point for their own document.

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January Technology SIG Meeting to Focus on Twitter

Join DGS Webmaster Tony Hanson at the next Technology SIG meeting to learn about Twitter:

  • Understand how to read and send Tweets
  • Learn how the DGS plans to use Twitter to expand its on-line presence
  • Know how to use Twitter to be a more active participant at RootsTech (and other genealogy conferences)
  • Follow the activities of the DGS on Twitter at @DGStx

When: Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 pm

Where: In the Studio Room on the 3rd Floor of the Dallas Public Library (Directions).

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DGS Seeks Newsletter Editor

The Dallas Genealogical Society is looking for a motivated and qualified individual to act as the Editor of the DGS newsletter.  Become a part of our active Publications committee… See the job description for details.

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Record Their Stories

You may want to check into this new iPhone/iPad/iPod app before you travel for the holidays.  It allows you to plan, script, and record an interview with family members.

It is so new that there are no reviews yet on the iTunes App Store, but it looks very promising.  I have not yet tested it, but will update this blog post when I do.

From the publisher’s web page:

When you open the app and enter the names of the participants, you’ll find our ‘Questions List’ page.  You can write your own list of questions or select from over a hundred suggestions. Once you’re happy with your questions list, you can access the microphone and begin your recording.  At any time during your recording you can press the question mark to see your list and remind yourself of all the things you wanted to ask.  Once it’s all recorded you can go to our simple Edit page to trim your recording or add to it if you wish.

Will be interested to learn if anyone tries it out at family get-togethers.

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December Technology SIG Meeting

I hope that many of you are putting the finishing touches on your “Show ‘N Tell” project for this month’s  meeting. The $25 Fry’s Gift Card is eagerly waiting to meet its new owner… the runner up will receive a 8G Jump Drive and the consolation prize is a Digital Camera for a laptop PC.

Presentations are a lot more fun if there is somebody to present to, so please plan to attend even if you do not intend to present anything yourself. I’m certain that we will all be greatly impressed by each presentation and will all end the evening better informed and more motivated!

  • When: Thursday, December 1 starting at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Dallas Public Library (Directions) 3rd Floor Studio

If your plans won’t allow you to join us this month I sincerely hope that you and your families have a peaceful and joyous holiday, and that you will be able to meet with us on January 5 when 2011 & 2012 RootsTech presenter  Kathleen Murray will be discussing Optical Character Recognition.

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December eBlast Available

If you are not a member of the DGS then you are probably not aware that one of the benefits of membership is receiving this informative bi-weekly update. It is a great way to stay informed about local and regional activities. Recent examples can be viewed by anybody simply by going to Resources and selecting the eBlast link from the menu.

Of course, for as little as $35 a year you could have these sent directly to you as email… why not go to the Membership page and  join today to support this web site and all of the other activities of the DGS?

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November 2011 DGS Newsletter Available

The latest edition of the DGS Newsletter has been published… Current DGS members can view it on-line by going to the Resources page, selecting the Members Only menu option and logging in.

Not a member? You can view older versions by going to the Resources page and selecting the Newsletters link, and you can read copies of our annual Journal on the Portal to Texas History web site.

Why not consider becoming a DGS member and supporting our publication efforts? See our Membership page for details.

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My Society

I would like to recommend “My Society” – a weekly internet radio show sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  It is broadcast each Saturday afternoon live on the Internet at 1:00 pm Central time and focuses on the issues that confront genealogical societies.  The topic today was “Genealogy and the Vital Records Access Crisis”, presented by Fred Moss.

Recent episodes have included:  (1)How Special Interest Groups Can Add to Your Society,(2)If Your Society Folded Today, Would Anyone Care?, (3)Focus on Genealogy Society ByLaws, and (4)Your Society’s Facebook Presence.

In addition to the audio presentation by the speaker, listeners can type questions and add comments on a live chat board.  This often adds additional value to the speaker’s material.

Each episode is archived and can be played back at a later date.  “My Society” is available as a podcast via  iTunes, as well.

How to listen to FGS Radio


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Social Media and Genealogy

I posed this question at our November Tech SIG meeting and would like to pursue it further.  So far I have been doing my family history research pretty much as a loner; my immediate family is small and I have exhausted them as a resource.

I have not yet tried to find extended family members who can to add to my findings, used internet sites to find others who are researching the same family names, or posted my tree to public sites to see who responds, for example.

Rootsweb.com and the public trees on ancestry.com were suggested as resources.  I would like to hear about your success stories/experiences using these two sites and learn about others that I don’t know about.

What techniques have been successful for you as you have tried to find family connections on the internet?

Do any of you use Facebook to find family connections or is it more helpful for keeping in contact once you have names from other sources?

I guess that I am hesitant to dip my toes in the water and would like to hear how social media has worked for others.  Many thanks for your contributions.

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