Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18 Meeting

It was a fun evening of learning about Family Tree Maker.  Before we got into that subject, everyone was shown how to use Snipping Tool on their PCs - this tool helps capture selected portions of you computer screen into a jpg or clipboard file.  Tonight on FTM we did (1) an overview of the Tree and Person page on FTM, (2) How to backup FTM, and (3) how to use color coding on the new FTM.  Lot of great discussions.  A list of the other modules on FTM that will be discussed can be found on the April 18 DIRT Agenda document: Click here

Come join us to learn about all the great filter, media and use of FTM.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 11 Meeting

We focused on two countries for our Research Project.  A summary of information and key websites is included: For England: Click here, For Germany: Click here.  Each participant was also given at the meeting a set of digital webinars and documents (10-20) to help with their research into each of these countries when they want to go deeper into their research.  Each group continued to discuss their findings.

We then covered some "Tips" to help improve our computer and genealogy skills
Using Family Tree Maker to create a special report focused on a specific place: Click here
Forwarding your gmail from one account to another: Click here
How to Share your AncestryDNA results with someone else: Click here
Organizing your Favorite websites: Click here

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 4 Meeting

We reviewed the use of research logs and what members had found.  Then we reviewed a number of "free online genealogy resources", each member taking the time to use their computers to explore some of the sites and discover with everyone else what they had found.  Very hands-on session.

- Free Genealogy Resources list: Click here

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March 28 DIRT Meeting

We discussed tips on using Google free e-books, Windows PC snipping tool and creating your own pedigree custom chart to introduce you manuscript, click here to access the instructions for this effort.

We started the Country Research Project, focusing on England and Germany.  The suggestion is to look at "The Family History Guide", click on

1) Research Plan (Intermediate)
2) Routine Records Research Checklist
3) Records Coverage Table
4) Genealogist Checklist 21Feb18

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 21: Beginners meeting

We had a good review of the efforts so far on using a research log and the steps to achieving a good foundation.  Some of the notes from the video are posted: click here.

The tip of the week was on using Google books to get free e-books and how to easily find your information.  See link above for information.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 14 DIRT Meeting

Our focus was on Immigration, click here for the  handout, which includes some useful weblinks.  During the session each of the members used their own computers to explore some of the sources such as National Archives, Ellis Island and Online Passenger Lists.  We then explored the power of using The Family History Guide (click here) to find State and Country resources, with each member exploring the website and asking questions.
March 7, 2018 DIRT Meeting for beginners

We discussed what people discovered with Family Tree Maker and using the hints from FamilySearch.  Great discussion about sources and merging files.

Our main focus was on "The Family History Guide", CLICK HERE, this is a great organization of sources for all sorts of research materials.  Each participant used their own computers to do FamilySearch education, investigate country level resources and then dive into the State level resources.  Everyone found new sources of information and places to do further investigation.  It was a lot to digest, so we will do some further discussion and use of this website.