Monday, March 21, 2011

A Tech 'Care Package'

The most recent AARP Bulletin (American Association of Retired People) had a brief story titled
“A Tech ‘Care Package’ for Mom and Dad.” A man who worked for Google found that whenever he visited his parents they had a “to do” list for him. Not the usual type of list, but a “tech to do” list. He found that others received similar lists. His solution was to create a website which is part of Google. There are more than 50 short videos that address many computer, word processing, and online issues. You may even email the videos to someone you think needs the advice.

FGS member societies may want to let their own members know about this helpful site. A sampling of the short instructional videos:
  • Take a screenshot
  • Change Your Screensaver (for both PCs and Macs)
  • Shorten a Long URL
  • Create a Mailing List
  • Resize a Picture
  • Transfer Files Between Computers
  • Use Google as a Calculator
Submitted by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, member of the FGS Board of Directors and Co-chair of the Federation of Genealogical Societies/Illinois State Genealogical Society 2011 Conference.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Announces New Online Interview for March

NGS invites you to enjoy the March offering in the NGS online interview series: Learning in a Supportive Community with Laura DeGrazia, CG, former BCG president and co-editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Laura’s learning sets an example as she describes how she has benefitted from rubbing elbows with the experts, attending conferences, and reading the NGSQ. Film by Kate Geis and Allen Moore.

Also showing for our members:
· Leslie Anderson, MSLS
· Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
· Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
· David E Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
· Willis H. White, CG

Log in at, click on the Members Only tab, and then click on NGS Videos in the sidebar menu.

Now showing for everyone:
· Thomas Adams, 2009 Rubincam Youth Award Winner
· Helen F. M. Leary, CG (EMERITUS), FASG, FNGS
· Paths to Your Past
· Home Study Course
· NGS Conferences
· Finding Your Family at the National Archives
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