Ten hardy Chula Vista genies celebrated completing our income taxes by attending the CVGS Computer Group meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library today, including two visitors. Gary had another commitment, and Shirley had a doctor's appointment, so Randy was elected to hook the projector up and chair the meeting at the mouse podium.
Since he had nothing pre-planned, he asked for research problems from the attendees. Almost everybody had a problem to pursue, but we only solved one out of the 12 or so challenges - a Washington Death record from 1955 found in the Washington State Digital Archives.
During the meeting, we visited (often several times!) the following web sites:
* www.Google.com to find information about people or places
* www.Wikipedia.com to find information about people or places
* www.FamilySearch.org to find records in the Family History Library Catalog
* www.USGenWeb.org to find information about specific states and counties.
* www.CanadaGenWeb.org to look for Quebec resources
* www.USGWArchives.org to search for user-contributed information about specific persons in specific places
* www.WorldCat.org to search for repositories for certain books and periodicals.
* www.deathindexes.com to lead us to death records in specific states
* www.ancestry.com for specific databases
* www.worldvitalrecords.com for specific databases
Unfortunately, the computers in the library Computer Lab are fairly old - probably 2003 hardware and software, and don't have Flash installed. This limits the genealogy web sites we can use during our computer time. The web sites that currently use Flash, and therefore cannot be accessed from the Lab, include www.Footnote.com, www.pilot.FamilySearch.org (Record Search), and the BYU Family History Archive at http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php. There are probably others.
A good time was had by all and we hope that everybody learned something today at the Computer Group meeting.
Post a Comment