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Computers in Genealogy

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists fosters a Genealogical Computing Special Interest Group; nationwide there are 3 sub-groups. Members have a particular interest in the use of home PC's for recording their family history on one of several programs specifically written for maintaining a genealogical database and presenting information in a variety of ways. The Genealogical Computing Group annual subscription is $15; a quarterly magazine 'GenCom News' is produced for its members. To visit their website,  click here.

There is an active sub-group in Invercargill (re-formed in 1994), which meets regularly to discuss, demonstrate, and learn more about computers in genealogy. Recent meetings have seen demonstrations and discussions of genealogy software, digital image photography, GEDCOM, basic web page construction, computer housekeeping, and utilities. A regular 'Problem Corner' attemps to solve members' current problems to the best of collective experience.

The Invercargill Sub-group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 7.00pm, in the SeniorNet Rooms on the ground floor of the Southland Education Building (formerly the WEA building), 100 Esk Street, Invercargill.   Admission is $2 per meeting (to cover room hire and supper). Anyone interested in combining genealogy and computers is welcome.

icon In addition to the notified programme below, the group also arranges field visits to various places/institutions on a monthly basis, however the fixtures (although often 3 days after the monthly meetings) do not occur on a regular timetable and the times and places are often arranged at short notice. Consequently they do not appear as part of the regular programme. You can download a copy of the Group's 2017 Information Brochure by clicking the Information icon at left.

The Convenor of the Invercargill Sub-group is Wendy Smith, Ph. 03-217 3595.

GROUP MEETING PROGRAMME FOR 2017

(This is provisional, as it is subject to the availability of some speakers.)
TBC = to be confirmed.

All meetings commence at 7.00pm.
2017 :      
January Thursday 26 January Informal gathering at Wendy Smith's home. 85 Ritchie Street; 7.30pm.
February Thursday 23 February Back to Basics research - another look at primary web sites.
March Thursday 23 March Genealogy programs - a look at what's available.
April Thursday 27 April WW1 records in New Zealand - CDs, websites and books.
May Thursday 25 May Annual General Meeting. Soup, buns and genealogy goals.
June Thursday 22 June Scanning, PDFs and attachments - unocking the mysteries.
July Thursday 27 July Newspaper databases.
August Thursday 24 August Backing up your data - using the Cloud, sticks and hard drives.
September Thursday 28 September Heritage buildings - follow on talk on local buildings.
October Thursday 26 October TBC.
November Thursday 23 November Programme for 2018 - supper and ideas for next year.


A brief history and a list of the office holders of the Invercargill Sub-group of the GCG can be found  here.


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