Friday, May 19, 2017

Genie Happenings 5/19/17

We had a fantastic meeting this week.  A smaller group with lots of sharing.  

A new book getting rave reviews from our group is The Foundling, the true story of a kidnapping, a family secret, and my search for the real me by Paul Joseph Fronczak.  We have three copies and three on order in Whatcom libraries.  It’s a real page turner.  Don’t miss it!

People have been asking for a combination of content and hands-on at our meetings.  This month we went overboard on content.  Four topics resulted in four new blog pages.

In “Planning a Research Trip” I talked about my trip to North Carolina and provided a tip list on the blog.  Hand-in-hand with the Research Trip was the topic “Researching by Place” with lots of links for online searching from home. 

In our Tech Time we talked about using Google for more effective targeted genealogy searches.  A variety of operators are listed on the “Tech: Google” blog page.  Then we revisited “Tech: Keyboard Shortcuts”. Today I was worried when an email I was typing disappeared but I went straight to the blog page where I found Redo: CTRL Y and recovered my email quickly. 

We all agreed that we know a lot more operations than we actually use on a regular basis.

Find these new pages in the left sidebar of our blog  There are local resources, event schedules, and lots of genealogy and technology tips.  We welcome guest posts and we could use some help on “Favorite Websites”.

Our June meeting is on June 19.  We have some possible topics but always need your suggestions for topics you need.  During Tech Time we’ll learn to create a simple Excel spreadsheet.  Come to the meeting and find out how to use spreadsheets.

We have a Getting Started class on Tuesday, May 30 from 1-4 pm.  You will hear the genealogy basics, use our blog to find resources and information, and use to begin building your tree and researching your family.  Good for beginners and second-timers.  Three spaces are available.  Leave a comment to reserve a place.

Until next time, Happy Hunting, Judith