GENCOM wishes you a happy and prosperous new year for 2013 filled with the discovery of many new relatives and ancestors to add to your family tree. We ended the year with a very successful GENFEST celebration in October and a fun filled Christmas party in December. We are looking forward to many exciting activities for this year to fulfill the goals that GENCOM has set for 2013:
- Provide informative and educational programs emphasizing the use of computer technology in genealogy research.
- Encourage GENCOM members to start or continue writing their family history stories and biographies for future generations.
- Encourage member participation in GENCOM’s monthly meetings.
- Encourage GENCOM members to make DNA testing a part of their genealogy research.
Our programs for January and February will cover researching courthouse records using the internet and also some hints how to make your visit to the courthouse successful. In March we will take a look at the newly introduced FamilySearch Family Tree application from FamilySearch.org.
We will also have monthly meetings of our DNA Special Interest Group for anyone that is interested in learning more about DNA testing for genealogy research. See the right hand side bar for more information on our meetings.
If you are an experienced genealogist, an absolute beginner, or have just been thinking about starting to search out your family history, come join us at our GENFEST celebration. GENCOM members can help you get started on your exciting journey of discovering your roots.
Amazing! We passed the 5 million records goal in less than 16 hours and just kept going! Thank you to the 46,091 indexers and arbitrators who participated in this historic event.
Final Record Count:
- 7,258,151 Indexed
- 3,082,728 Arbitrated
- 10,340,879 Total
Celebrate with us. Print and/or share this badge online to let your friends know you helped make history!
The displayer of this badge certifies that he or she is a proud indexer of the 1940 Census.
1. Name: James G “Jim” Jones
2. First Indexed: April 2012
3. First Batch: New Castle County Delaware – Now concentrating entirely on Louisiana
4. Favorite experiences: Learning to read some of the Cajun names from South Louisiana
5. I learned about this award from the blog of: The Ancestry Insider (http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2012/04/1940-first-indexer-award.html)
If you want to help index, visit http://indexing.familysearch.org.
At the GENCOM meeting last Sunday we discussed a new virus that is going to effect infected computers on July 9, 2012. I have done some serious investigating since that time and have determined that this is not a hoax and is real. Here are some websites that you can look at if you have any doubts about the virus:
To determine if your computer is infected with the virus go to www.dcwg.org and follow the instructions. A green background means you are OK and a red background means your computer is infected. If your computer is infected, there is a fix on this site to remove the virus. Again, just follow the instructions. I have checked all of my computers and they are OK. I hope that yours checks out OK.