The purpose of the Technology SIG is to investigate technologies relevant to the pursuit of Genealogy. The goal will be to help members understand and incorporate current technology into their personal genealogy tool kit and to improve their ability to perform research and to share and/or publish the results of what they discover.


Leader: Suzan Younger

When: 1st Thursday of each month (September -> May) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Where: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Stone room on the 7th floor


Some past meetings were recorded and can be viewed be clicking the appropriate link below:

September 7, 2017 Land Records: Using County Central Appraisal District Websites & County Clerk Websites
County central appraisal district websites offer a wealth of information about real property.  Most counties in the United States have a central appraisal district (CAD) for all towns and cities in the county which provides ownership and county tax and property valuation information.  County Clerk office websites are not standardized in the same way as the CAD websites and content differs from county to county.  The September  SIG presentation will provide an overview of how to use central appraisal district websites and a demonstration of the Dallas County Clerk’s Office ROAM website with access to digital copies of real property records through a paid subscription or per document cost.

Read:  2017_09_07_TechSIG_Land-DCAD-ROAM

September 5,  2015 Recording & Publishing Software

  • Review software to record and publish our research results
  • Overview of integrated applications for word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations
  • Overview of note taking applications
  • Overview of publishing options
  • Overview of miscellaneous software tools
  • Share best practices and tips & tricks

Read: Presentation

View: Recording

April 2, 2015 De-Mystifying Digital Images
Digital images are now a vital part of a genealogist’s life. We pay to access them on commercial web sites and we create our own using scanners and digital cameras. This session will help you understand some of the terminology and basic concepts surrounding digital images so you have a better understanding of how to manage your files.

February 5, 2015 Understanding Your Smart Phone
Is your wireless phone smarter than you are? Remember when a cell phone could only be used to make phone calls? Things have changed a lot. This session will help you understand how the wireless cellular network has evolved to provide amazingly high speed data connections directly to your smart phone. You will walk away with a better undestanding of the technloogy which will allow you to take full advantage or your personal wireless devices and to make informed purchasing decisions.

January 8, 2015 Security
We are all becoming increasingly dependent on computers, tablets smart phones and wireless technologies. In this session well discuss how you can protect yourself and your information from identity theft or malicious damage.

December 4, 2014 Archiving 2: Storage Methodologies
While backing up your data is an important component of your archiving strategy there are several additional steps you need to take to preserve your data for the future. We will discuss the importance of using preservation file formats and review backup strategies and then discuss the importance of keeping multiples copies in many locations and the need to utilize archival quality media.

November 6, 2014 Home Networking
We will discuss the variety of wired and wireless options you now have to available to you to connect all of your computing devices to the internet in your home.

October 2, 2014 Archiving 1: Organizing Your Files
Personal archiving is a journey, not a destination. In this, the first of four presentations on the topic, we will examine how you can (and should!) name and organize your genealogical files, how to apply metadata.

September 4, 2014 Backing up Your Data
Determine what your priorities are and understand the alternatives you can choose from to protect your digital files, images and pictures.

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