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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 e-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.

BYOD = Bring your own device.
All meetings commence at 7.00pm.
2019 :      
February Thursday 28 February The future of GCG - group discussion.
March Thursday 28 March Cemeteries - records; how to record them. BYOD.
April Saturday 6 April Day visit to Waikaia Museum. Carpool WEA carpark 10am.
  Thursday 25 April Searching for military records, NZ and overseas.
May Thursday 23 May AGM. Organising the paperwork - files, foldeers, scrapbooks.
June Thursday 27 June Copying photos/records and transfer to your device. BYOD.
July Thursday 25 July Leaving your legacy - passing your work on to your family.
August Mon-Fri 5-9 August Family History Month: lunchtime seminars at the Invercargill Public Library.
  Wednesday 21 August Family History Month. Combined activities with Southland Branch 21 August.
September Thursday 26 September Free online genealogy sites.
  Saturday 28 September Social event: Visit LDS centre, North Road, Waikiwi 10am.
October Thursday 24 October Census records - what is there; what is not.
November Thursday 28 November Scottish theme supper (St Andrews Day). 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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Updated 08/05/2019