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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.

iconIn 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 2018 Information Brochure by clicking here.

The Secretary of the Invercargill Sub-group is Wendy Shaw, Ph. 027-431 5714.


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

All meetings commence at 7.00pm.
2018 :      
January Thursday 26 January Informal gathering at Wendy Smith's home. 85 Ritchie Street; 7.30pm.
February Thursday 22 February Youtube tutorial. [via Wendy Shaw.]
March Thursday 22 March Research logs and time management - a look at what's available.
April Thursday 26 April Annual General Meeting. Keyboard shortcuts.
May Thursday 24 May Evernote.
June Thursday 28 June TROVE newspaper archive; Australian brick walls.
July Thursday 26 July Using iPhones and tablets for your research trip.
August Thursday 23 August Burial locators and cemetery databases.
September Thursday 27 September Canadian research - what's available for each state.
October Thursday 25 October FamilySearch updates.
November Thursday 22 November Programme for 2018 - supper and ideas for next year.
2019 :      
February Thursday 28 February The future of GCG - group discussion.

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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Updated 05/12/2018