What we do:
|We are a genealogy group, and some of our meetings focus on
genealogy topics. But a distinction of our group is
emphasize use of computers in genealogy. Many genealogists,
including many of our own members, did not have the benefit of having
computer technology taught in school, so they tend to be intimidated
about using computers. Thus, some of our meetings focus as much
on helping people get more out of their computers while they do
Subjects at our meetings have included normal genealogy topics, but also have included computer
topics such as backing up your data, Internet sites,
genealogy software, enhancing photos, publishing your tree on the
web, the latest in computer hardware (scanners, digital cameras,
etc), avoiding computer viruses, etc.
Would you benefit from our group? To get a better feel for our meetings topics, see our past meetings section below which shows all the topics we have covered for the past several years. If some of these topics look interesting to you, then you will likely be interested in our group. Browse around the rest of this site to find out more!
To reiterate, our group has a wide mixture of those who are both newcomers and experts, both at computers and genealogy. If you are new to computers, or you are new to genealogy, or both, do not be intimidated about our group. If you can't decide from our website whether you would benefit from our group, come to one of our meetings! You can come as a visitor with no obligation to join. See if you find our group helpful for you!
|Meetings:||Monthly, 2nd Saturday of each month.|
|Time:||9:30 AM to Noon|
|Place:||Roswell Family History Center, inside the LDS church in Roswell.|
|Directions:||From 400 North, take Exit 7B and go West toward
Roswell on Holcomb Bridge Road to the 3rd traffic light. At
the Olive Garden Restaurant, located on the left, turn left at the
light onto Warsaw St. Go to the roundabout and take the first
right onto Grimes Bridge Rd. You will see the Latter Day Saints
(LDS) church on your left. The church is at the junction of
Warsaw, Norcross, and Grimes Bridge Roads. Enter through
side door marked Family History Center. (We are not
associated with the LDS church, but we thank them for allowing us
to meet in their building.)
|To Join:||Dues are $15 / year (for a single or couple). For this, you will get access to our email list, contact information of other group members, etc. To join our group, just bring a check with you to one of our meetings and ask for our Treasurer, Peggy Greer. (Sorry but we do not accept credit cards.)|
Here are the topics presented at our meetings over the past several years. If you are thinking of attending and/or joining our group, peruse this section; it will give you a good feel for what our group is about. If several of these topics look interesting to you, then you will likely be interested in our group.
Don Thompson - Dragon Naturally Speaking; using familysearch.org.
December 10, 2011
1. Don Thompson will continue talking about life in the Colonies.
2. Annual Christmas party.
November 12, 2011
1. Howard Bryant - A Beginner's First Foray Into Genealogy.
2. Don Thompson - Life in the colonies - " How it Was Then.".
October 8, 2011
Marvin Tedjamulia from MartechPC - Computer Survival (viruses, malware, etc).
September 10, 2011
Don Thompson - Q&A and continuing August program, including funeral planning.
August 13, 2011
Don Thompson - things you need to do before you die (including estate planning).
July 9, 2011
Worked together as a group to build a family history.
June 11, 2011
Janice Sly - Blogs, Podcasts, & Webinars: How to stay up-to-date about genealogy via the Internet.
May 14, 2011
Gary Palgon - Publishing Your Family History.
April 9, 2011
Claudia Gibson and Erica Rohifs - researching in Libraries.
March 12, 2011
An overview of genealogy and family history, by Don Thompson.
February 12, 2011
Dave Moriarty - Newspaper Information.
January 8, 2011
Theresa MacDonald Quam - Picasa explained.
December 11, 2010
Janice Sly - selecting and hiring Professional Genealogists to aid in research. The second half will be devoted to our Christmas party.
November 13, 2010
Marvin Tedjamulia- the latest about computers.
October 9, 2010
Beth Mitchell and Chuck Rogers - Photography.
September 11, 2010
Don Thompson - genealogy software add-ons such as AniMap and GenSmarts.
August 14, 2010
Don Thompson - The Anatomy of Family History.
July 10, 2010
How-to for web browsing (tabbed browsing, bookmarks/favorites), etc.
June 12, 2010
Find a Grave
May 8, 2010
Family History Center
April 10, 2010
Ellis Island and Old Books
March 13, 2010
Andersonville POW Camp
February 13, 2010
Local book Fair - A research meeting with research requests and books supplied by members
January 9, 2010
Meeting cancelled due to weather (1st time ever!)
December 12, 2009
Beth Mitchell - editing pictures for the first half of the program.
The second half of the program -(dddddd( a covered-dish Christmas party!
November 14, 2009
What genealogists need to do with their pictures
Marvin Tedjamulia - Computer Does and Don'ts.
American History, the element that brings family history alive. Will future generations appreciate your knowledge?
August 8, 2009
June 13, 2009
Gene Sidwell and Don Thompson -
Who owned the land? When did they acquire it? How did they acquire it? How important is this knowledge to genealogy researchers that have hit a brick wall following other research avenues? Where do you find the records?
May 9, 2009
Don Thompson - Emigration, Immigration, Migration and Naturalization.
April 11, 2009
Don Thompson - Overview of Genealogy. What is Genealogy? Where does it come from?
March 14, 2009
Neil Ferguson - techniques he has used to find living distant relatives
February 14, 2009
Don Barry - Newspaper research, Digital copying of documents, and updates on DNA
January 10, 2009
Don Thompson - Ethical Wills, and new Internet genealogy sites
December 13, 2008
1st half of program - Beth Mitchell on "Preserving Your Memories Through Video & Preservation of Photos".
2nd half of program - holiday celebration (food, drinks, socializing).
November 8, 2008
Don Thompson - software including AniMap, Personal Historian, and Family Atlas.
October 11, 2008
Marvin Tedjamulia - Computer survival
September 13, 2008
Don Thompson -
Early handwriting on a CD done by Kip Sperry, and Don will do a program about information preservation.
August 9, 2008
DVD Videos 'Organizing your genealogy' and 'How to record your sources',
with a follow-up discussion led by Don Thompson
July 12, 2008
CD about cemeteries that Don recorded; and Death Records, Wills and Obituaries.
June 14, 2008
Don Thompson - Basic genealogy research. Where can we find information? What can be found in the census and libraries? What can you do when you run into the "brick wall"?
May 10, 2008
Fred and Susannah Munguia discussed genealogy research based on their extensive experience in volunteering at the National Archives for over ten years where they assisted many visiting researchers.
April 12, 2008
Glen Engels did a review of Windows basics, including file management, for beginners. He emphasized topics of interest to genealogists, including: backing up genealogy data and photos, understanding the impact of file extensions (e.g. '.GED' is a GEDCOM file; what program will open GEDCOM files if you click on it?), etc.
March 8, 2008
Kurt Graham, co-author of "To Honor These Men" (a history of the Phillips Georgia Infantry Battalion), discussed Civil War history and records.
February 9, 2008
Al Johnson discussed the history of photography.
Beth Mitchell discussed the new features in Adobe Photoshop Elements, Version 6.
January 12, 2008
Don Barry discussed DNA research.
December 8, 2007
Don Barry and a few others discussed genealogy books they have read.
October 13, 2007
Marvin - the latest in Anti- virus, spyware, malware.
September 8, 2007
Beth Mitchell - Album Building, and Chuck Rogers - Photo Enhancement.
August 11, 2007
Myrnice Roberts - GenSmarts. GenSmarts is a program that helps you figure out what you are missing and how to find it. It works with most of the major genealogy programs.
July 14, 2007
Jane Splawn - Deciphering early handwriting.
June 9, 2007
Jack Bolton - "What can I find in the Family History Center and on familysearch.org when I am researching my ancestors?"
May 12, 2007
Don Thompson discussed writing your family history.
April 14, 2007
Bob Sapp discussed the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and a speaker (TBD) will discuss the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
March 10, 2007
Peter Roberts discussed using DNA for genealogy. He will explain more details of how different levels of DNA submissions helps in genealogy.
February 10, 2007
Ken Thomas, retired AJC Genealogy columnist, discussed "What to do when you receive your DNA results".
January 13, 2007
Jane Splawn discussed practical tips for writing your family history, and discussed the difference between family history and genealogy.
December 9, 2006
Glen Engels discussed GEDCOM files and PDF files.
November 11, 2006
Marvin updated the group on Genealogy using computers, Data Protection, and Security.
October 14, 2006
meeting cancelled due to renovations at the meeting site.
September 9, 2006
Chuck Rogers - still more on Photograph Editing and Organizing
July 8, 2006
Don Thompson - Family History: How to research it and publish it.
June 10, 2006
Don Thompson - Church records..
May 13, 2006
Bob Warnock and Jane Splawn - Georgia and out-of-state Land records, respectively.
April 8, 2006
Don Thompson - Immigration and Naturalization.
March 11, 2006
Pat Arrants - identifying old pictures. She called her session, "What do you see?"
February 11, 2006
Marvin Tedjamulia - computer survival (eliminating viruses, trojans, malware, and ad-clickers) and digital media (converting photos + VHS movies, preserving/enhancing digital data, and video & photo editing).
January 14, 2006
Paul Graham is the author of the book 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. He discussed Land Acquisitions.
November 12, 2005
Glen Engels - Working with Family Files.
October 8, 2005
Neil Ferguson passed on tricks he's picked up over the years - Backup techniques, Producing GEDCOM files, Exporting and Importing files, Standards for Documenting your database, and other tricks.
Bill Reace talked briefly about system security -- what you can do.
September 10, 2005
Members' discussion - Organizing your Information.
August 13, 2005
Chuck Rogers - Photography for Genealogists.
July 9, 2005
Peter Roberts - DNA Research.
June 11, 2005
Don Thompson - Writing your Family History.
May 14, 2005
Jane Splawn and Bill Reace - Listing / entering genealogy Sources.
April 9, 2005
Myrnice Roberts - GenSmarts.
March 12, 2005
Glen Engels - continued his presentation from last November on Windows tools & utilities.
February 12, 2005
Ken Thomas, AJC Genealogy columnist, on Georgia Genealogy.
January 8, 2005
Immigration & naturalization was presented by Jane Splawn.
December 11, 2004
TMG Videos, sponsored by Myrnice Roberts.
Nov 13, 2004
Glen Engels presented Windows tools & utilities.
Oct 9, 2004
Marvin Tedjamulia shared the latest in computer technology, including converting video tapes to DVD, creating family websites, and the latest threat on viruses.
Sept 11, 2004
Doug McCreary's new book; Don discussed FTM 2005 and Land Records.
Aug 14, 2004
Adobe Photoelements 2.0, presented by Chuck Rogers.
July 10, 2004
Obituaries, presented by Don Thompson.
Jack Bolton discussed Flash memory and similar topics.
June 12, 2004
Members discussed what they like about these respective genealogy programs they use: Legacy, PAF, Family Tree Maker, Master Genealogist, RootsMagic. Also, Don Thompson demonstrated GenSmarts and Family Tree Legends.
May 8, 2004
Glen Engels discussed file management in Windows, using Windows Explorer. This program is geared for those who are computer novices and perhaps feel intimidated about doing a lot on the computer.
April 10, 2004
Publishing, presented by Jane Splawn and Bob Sapp.
March 13, 2004
Glen Engels discussed computer viruses and internet cookies.
February 14, 2004
Don Thompson discussed "hidden features” in genealogy software programs.
January 10, 2004
Don Thompson and Jane Splawn discussed how to best organize and enter your sources using a couple of genealogy programs.
December 13, 2003
Jack Bolton, who works in the Roswell Family History Center (FHC), discussed scanning pictures.
November 8, 2003
Don Thompson discussed RootsMagic, the successor to Family Origins. He also demonstrated how to use Microsoft Word to produce a report that includes an index. Specific features in Word, including Master Documents and Style, were discussed.
October 11, 2003
Marvin discussed the latest in computer hardware including scanners, digital cameras, printers, etc.
September 13, 2003
Jane Splawn discussed library research and ideas to get past "brick walls".
August 9, 2003
Bill Reace and Myrnice Roberts demonstrated The Master Genealogist (TMG) and Second Site (a program which takes a TMG database and produces fancy HTML pages for a website).
July 12, 2003
Glen Engels demonstrated working with Gedcom files by producing a Gedcom with Family Tree Maker and importing it into Legacy Family Tree.
June 14, 2003
Jan McLenton discussed the new location and facilities of the Georgia Archives. Don Thompson also demonstrated RootsMagic.
May 10, 2003
Ruth Roeder discussed Immigration research.
April 12, 2003
Our group participated in the "Family History Expo", a genealogy workshop held at the Roswell FHC which is our regular meeting location. Among the presenters were Don (Family Tree Maker ; Roots Magic), Glen (Understanding the Internet), Beth (Photo Enhancement), and Bill (Master Genealogist), as well as people not associated with our group. For more information on Family History Expo, click here.
March 8, 2003
Glen Engels - Home Networking, email attachments, organizing web browser bookmarks/favorites, and similar topics.
Feb 8, 2003
Beth Mitchell - Adobe Photoshop Elements - "Enhancing Photos".
January 11, 2003
Karen Opp gave a summary of CDs and similar resources available at FHCs, and Don presented other CD resources, including AniMap.
December 14, 2002
Jane Splawn - GA libraries; migration routes.
November 9, 2002
Bob Warnock - Computer Timelines.
October 12, 2002
Marvin Tedjamulia - What's new in computers, printers, scanners, and digital cameras.
September 14, 2002
Researching your German ancestors, presented by Hans Thiele.
August 10, 2002
Glen Engels continued his tutorial on various Windows topics.
July 13, 2002
Glen Engels gave a tutorial oriented for computer beginners on Windows 95/98/Me.
June 8, 2002
Members discussed reference books which have helped them, and Jane Splawn discussed GA libraries.
May 11, 2002
Michael Brubaker from the Atlanta History Center discussed the Center's resources.
April 13, 2002
Jean Manker, Records Chairman of the Georgia DAR, discussed accuracy of genealogical evidence.
March 9, 2002
Gene Sidwell discussed the topics:
- Livestock Brands as a Genealogical Source
- Construction of a Useful Data Base.
Also, Jane Splawn gave an intro to the 1930 Census.
February 9, 2002
Bob Sapp presented "Time Line Analysis for Family Historians".
January 12, 2002
Hugh McKee discussed his book "War Family Letters".
Also, Beth Mitchell reviewed part of the "Digital Imaging" video seen in the August meeting, and led a discussion on how to make the most of your scanner.
December 8, 2001
Jane Splawn presented a program about cemeteries called "Bones and Stones."
November 10, 2001
Bill Reace demonstrated a new program, "Family Tree Super Tools", and also answered people's questions on The Master Genealogist.
October 13, 2001
Marvin spoke on computer hardware including the latest in scanners and digital cameras.
September 8, 2001
We had a general discussion time, and watched a video on Putting your Family History on the Internet. This video is available in the library for members to check out.
August 11, 2001
We watched two videos: Digital Imaging for Genealogy; Painless Organization for Genealogists. These videos are available in the library for members to check out.
July 14, 2001
We showed a video about Legacy Family Tree.
June 9, 2001
We showed a video about Clooz, and demonstrated the LDS 1880 census.
May 12, 2001
Ruth Roeder enlightened us on “Immigration and Emigration.”
April 14, 2001
How to use Family History Centers (FHCs), presented by FHC staff.
March 10, 2001
Karen Opp talked about “Organizing your research.”
March 3, 2001
NOTE: This was *not* a GCSGA meeting but rather a GGS meeting. This is only being listed here because GCSGA members were the principal speakers. Topics were Family Origins, The Master Genealogist, Searching Genealogy on the Web, and Putting your Family Tree on the Web. For more info on this meeting, click on the GGS meeting page here. (Note: This link was correct at the time, but the meeting subject will probably reflect the then-current meeting if you browse this in the future.)
February 10, 2001
Michael Hitt discussed a “Trail of Tears” during the Civil War, when Sherman ordered the “Roswell [Ga] Women” who worked in the cotton mills in Roswell, Georgia to be sent north beyond the Ohio River. Many of them ended up in Indiana.
Don discussed Internet Search Engines, especially for searching genealogy. If you want to use the web to find your ancestry but are having trouble, this program was for you!
Glen Engels finished his session on web Browser features and the Internet and then talked more about general Windows features such as Safe Mode and backing up the Windows Registry, as well as use of Norton Utilities & AntiVirus.
Glen Engels gave a general "how to" session oriented towards computer novices on browsing the Internet, including web Browser features, downloading files, firewalls, etc.
Marvin shared the latest on computer hardware.
Bill Reace presented features of The Master Genealogist (TMG) software.
Glen Engels gave a general "how to" session, oriented towards computer novices, on using Windows 95/98.
Presentation on features of Family Tree Maker (FTM) genealogy software.
Heard about providnc conference
Karen Opp discussed using the Internet as a genealogy research tool.
Brooke Hunter, Charles Mormon, and Karen Opp presented "How to Document Your Findings" and "How to Enter the Evidence Into Your Database." A comparison of the Source facilities in the programs FTM, FO, and UFT was begun.
This was an open discussion session.
Linda Geiger, Certified Genealogical Research and Lecturer, spoke about land records.
Two people shared their experiences in having a book published about their family histories.