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“Genealogy for Computer Geeks” presented by Dana A. Repouille Assistant Stake Clerk for Computers Council Bluffs Iowa Stake Family History Fair What is a Geek? Definition: An odd or ridiculous person A fool, a simpleton A carnival freak

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“Genealogy for Computer Geeks”

presented by

Dana A. Repouille

Assistant Stake Clerk for Computers

Council Bluffs Iowa Stake

Family History Fair
what is a geek
What is a Geek?
  • Definition:
    • An odd or ridiculous person
    • A fool, a simpleton
    • A carnival freak
    • People who are unusually interested in technical matters to the detriment of their social life, especially people who work with computers
  • Are you a geek?
  • Take a quiz!
computer geeks and genealogy geeks
Computer Geeksand Genealogy Geeks
  • Computers are very useful for genealogy
    • Research
    • Storage
    • Maintenance
    • Communication
    • Publishing
  • Computer geeks love toys and gadgets!
  • They maintain public journals, called web logs, or just “blogs”
  • Genealogy Geeks have blogs,
genealogy geeks get organized
Genealogy Geeks Get Organized
  • Daughters of the American
  • Iowa Genealogical
  • Pottawattamie County Genealogical
  • Nebraska State Genealogical
  • Greater Omaha Genealogical Society
genealogy geeks love to share
Genealogy Geeks Love to Share
  • Software users
  • Groups, forums, and mailing lists
      • AncestralQuest
      • FHCNET
      • FHCTECH
      • PAF5-USERS
      • PAFInsight
    • Major genealogy sites have similar forums
sharing and collaboration
Sharing and Collaboration
  • Make your family history information available to others through the Pedigree Resource
  • Find people with similar research interests and share information through e-mail collaboration
  • Major genealogy sites have similar features
  • Be aware of privacy and ownership issues!
genealogy conferences
Genealogy Conferences
  • Want to meet fellow geeks face-to-face?
  • GenTech
      • “What do you get when you cross a room full of Computer geeks with a bunch of Fanatic Genealogists? I mean besides a very messy office and 16 pizza delivery boxes. You get GenTech, an organization obsessed with the Technology that is involved with Genealogy.”
      • GENTECH 2005 Conference will be held 1-4 June 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, in combination with NGS's twenty-seventh Conference in the States.
genealogical uses for technology
Genealogical Uses for Technology
  • Find and record data
  • Store data
  • Maintain and update data
  • Organize data into usable information
  • Share data with others
  • Preserve data
offline research
“Offline” Research
  • Ancestral File, IGI, etc
  • Pedigree Resource File
  • Family History Resource Files
  • Vital Records Indexes
  • Censuses on CD
    • 1851 British
    • 1880 United States
    • 1881 British
    • 1881 Canadian
  • Microfilm, microfiche, and those old fashioned things called “books”
online research
“Online” Research
  • Google is a verb!
recording text
Recording Text
  • Handwritten and printed source documents are the foundation of true research
  • Microfilm scanners can capture and store images of documents
    • Canon MS-300
    • Minolta MS 6000
  • Printed text can be scanned, and converted to text files using Optical Character Recognition software
    • CanoScan LiDE 30 USB Flatbed Scanner
    • ScanSoft's OmniPage OCR
language translation tools
Language Translation Tools
  • Foreign language source documents?No problem!
recording sound
Recording Sound
  • Tape recorders are being replaced by digital
  • Cell phones can record short messages
  • Record your notes as you walk through cemeteries, etc
  • Record your interviews with family members
  • Transfer interviews to a computer via USB
  • Convert WAV files to MP3 format
recording images
Recording Images
  • Digitize your photographs before they fade!(flatbed scanner works well)
  • Use a digital camera
  • Make a slide show of your family album
  • Record and store your interviews
  • Transfer your videotapes to
  • Capture snapshots from tape or broadcasts
  • Store photos and videos of your home for insurance purposes and personal history
  • Use your imagination – anything is possible!
the floppy disk is dead
The Floppy Disk is Dead
  • History of the floppy disk (diskette)
  • 1998: Apple's iMac has no floppy drive
  • 2003: Dell Computers no longer come with standard floppy drive
  • "I think this is the first time I can say that the floppy disk is dead," Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, 4 May 2004
  • Note: Temple submissions must still be on diskette
storage media
Storage Media
  • LS-120 and LS-240 SuperDisk
  • Iomega
    • Zip Disk (100MB & 250MB)
    • Jaz Disk (2GB)
  • USB Drives
  • USB Hard Drives
  • “Memory Sticks”www.memorystick.com
  • Online storage
  • Isolinear optical chips
organize data into usable information
Organize data into usable information
  • Personal Ancestral File
  • Family Tree Maker
  • Legacy
  • Ancestral Quest
  • Roots Magic
  • Other helpful
maintain and update data
Maintain and update data
  • Family Searcher
  • PAF Insight
  • PAF
  • GenSmarts
present data to others
Present data to others
  • Write your personal
  • Publish your family history on
  • PAF 5 has a Create Web Page feature
  • PAF 5 has a Print Book feature
  • Distribute your GEDCOM file
    • Protect privacy of living individuals
    • Protect your ownership of the
  • PAF Companion
preserve data
Preserve data
  • Compact Disc (CD)
    • 700MB
    • “Burn” a CD all at once
    • Universal Disk Format (UDF) makes CD-R and CD-RW discs into “big floppies”
  • DVD
parting thoughts
Parting Thoughts
  • Don't believe everything you read
  • Without a source document, it's a rumor!
  • Overcome your shyness, and interview people face-to-face
  • "And [Elijah] shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming."
  • Send questions and comments to