Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Computer Group Highlights - 20 April 2011

We had ten attendees at the 20 April CVGS Computer Group meeting, in the Computer Lab of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library, led by Shirley Becker.  Some highlights:

*  Allen County Public Library site - The Genealogy Center ( has 222 online databases with mainly northern Indiana indexed material (no images).  The online catalog for the library holdings is useful if a researcher is planning a trip there.

*  The Internet Archive ( has not only online book texts, but also audio and video collections - all free.  The Wayback Machine was discussed - it has historical images of defunct or revised websites.

*  Several features on were explored for the beginners in the group - the WorldConnect family tree database (, the U.S. Town/County Name Database ( and the Surname and Locality Mailing Lists ( 

*  The group explored the Find-a-Grave burial database (, and noted that not every burial is listed here, but it is the largest online database for burial information. 

The next Computer Group meeting will be the third Wednesday in May, the 18th, at 12 noon in the Computer Lab of the Civic Center Library.  Please come if you need help on the computer, or if you want to explore online databases and need some help.

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