Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Last night's meeting

Our second meeting in our room saw us use the data projector, for the first time.

Rowan did an excellent talk on The Master Genealogist (TMG). He started with an overview as to why we need programs to enhance our research, this was very informative and then he showed us how the program works.  Different pages for children and siblings, along with source and citing features make it a very good program.

Teresa spoke about her program for the Mac, as when we went to connect the cable, it didn't fit.

I then set up my PC to show Brother's Keeper and as with all things new,  I couldn't get the screen to show on the wall. Much fiddling and pushing of buttons and we got it to work! It was weird as the computer screen was blank and I had to operate it by the mouse on the data screen, then use the keypad for entering information. Technology!

Brother's Keeper has been around for years and is the only one I have used, so I am biased in my review. I find it very simple and easy to use, with help just a mouse click (F1)  or an email away. It has a good selection of charts, trees, reports, with the ability to print photos on several of the reports.

Gerry then showed us his hand drawn tree, going back to the 1600's and it is going to be done in tapestry. I look forward to seeing the finished tree, it should be stunning.

There were discussions about how much we should upload to the internet, with the concern about privacy and people taking your information for their trees. Other topics were discussed and ideas were suggested, for future meetings.

We had 18 attend, with three visitors, Natalie, Bridgette and Kerin, from the Canterbury & District Historical Society. We also welcomed back Elaine from her across Australia trip, which did include meeting new cousins in Perth. It is also wonderful to see now familiar faces each month. Ours financial  members have now increased to 30.

Kerin will be our guest speaker in October. Craig has volunteered to speak on military matters at our November meeting.

I will be the guest speaker on 24 June at the Canterbury & District Historical Society meeting. Something I am looking forward to.

Until next time, Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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