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Why Genealogists Should Use Computers by Paul Blake President, Rochester Genealogical Society. Rochester Computer Society April 8th, 2003 Webster, NY. Agenda. Definition of Genealogy & some background As a genealogist why do you need a computer Organization Discipline

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Why Genealogists Should Use Computersby Paul BlakePresident, Rochester Genealogical Society

Rochester Computer Society

April 8th, 2003

Webster, NY


Agenda

  • Definition of Genealogy & some background

  • As a genealogist why do you need a computer

    • Organization

    • Discipline

    • Facilitation of storage

    • Communications

    • Research

  • Genealogical Software Offerings

  • Q&A


Definition of Genealogy

  • The study of family origins & History

  • The word comes from 2 Greek Words

    • genea meaning race or family

    • logia meaning theory or science

    • i.e. to trace ancestry

  • Genealogists compile lists of ancestors

    • arranging them in pedigrees

    • or other written forms


Definition of Genealogy

  • Thought pedigrees were what dogs had

  • Pedigree comes from Latin

    • pes which means foot

    • grus which means crane

    • derived from a sign resembling a crane’s foot

    • used to denote lines of descent by early west European genealogies


Some More Background

  • Genealogy has gone through 3 periods

    • Oral tradition - memorized list of names

    • Written pedigrees - primarily nobility

    • About 1500 AD in western Europe and later in the English-speaking world during which the whole basis for genealogy widened to such an extent that the majority of people in western Europe can trace their ancestry.


Some More Background

  • Modern Genealogy

    • Has increased dramatically since 1945

    • The United States has had a long interest

      • Societies like the New England Historic Genealogical Society

      • The Augustan Society & many other state societies

      • The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormans)


Some More Background


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Organization

    • As you research you accumulate information

    • The more years - the more paper

    • How do you find anything?


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Computers bring organization & discipline

  • Key data required

  • Syntactical checks for date fields

  • Error checking, i.e. person born after death of mother


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Computers facilitate storage of data

  • Digital images require much less space


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Communications

  • Electronic Mail to fellow researchers and relatives

  • Bulletin Board and chat rooms for genealogists researching the same lines

  • Sharing research


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Research

  • Incredible wealth of information on CD ROMS

  • Complete books

  • Indexes

  • Pictures

  • etc.


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Research - CD ROM Example


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Research

  • The internet

  • Literally millions of sites

http://www.cyndislist.com/


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Research

  • Many are voluntary organizations

http://www.usgenweb.org/


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Many are commercial and require subscription

  • Research

http://www.ancestry.com/main1.htm


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Some are sponsored by local government agencies

  • Research

http://www2.cityofrochester.net/cs/MarriageRecords/index.cfm


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Some are sponsored by US government agencies

  • Research

http://www.archives.gov/index.html


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • LDS Church is a huge sponsor for genealogical research

http://www.lds.org/


Why do Genealogists need computers

  • Plug for Rochester Genealogical Society web site

http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyrgs/


What to Buy - Software

  • There several popular Genealogical programs available

  • PAF is supplied by LDS for free

  • Family Tree Maker is the most popular program in the RGS CIG

  • Generations, Ultimate Family Tree, Master Genealogist, Family Tree, etc.


What to Buy - Software

  • Genealogy programs seem to have similar features

  • The Rochester Genealogical Society CIG from time to time does presentations on various genealogical software.

  • It is important to select a product that supports the GEDCOM standard which will allow you to share your data


Last but not least

  • Lets look at Family Tree Maker


In Summary...

  • Definitions

  • Organization

  • Discipline

  • Facilitation of storage

  • Communications

  • Research

  • Brief Look at Software


Q&A

Pedigree

GenWeb

FTM

Cyndi’s List


  • Login