We seasoned genealogists remember what it was like to search the census index volumes and then go to the microfilm to look at the census images. REALLY seasoned genealogists remember what it was like BEFORE there were printed census indexes. Researchers today jump online, type in a name, and Voila! There is the nicely digitized census image right on the computer screen. When did you first start using a computer in your genealogical research?
Dick Eastman, founder of Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter, had a head start on most of us. In the computer field by occupation, he began entering his family information on punch cards using a mainframe computer back in the early 1970s!
Eastman will draw on his nearly 40 years of experience in genealogical computing when he is the featured speaker at the Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual seminar at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne on April 10. His topics will be:
- Genealogy Searches on Google
- Blogging for Genealogists
- Conservation: Keeping Up with Technology
- Grandpa in Your Pocket: Portable Gadgets for Genealogists
The two-track seminar also will feature the following topics:
- Our Golden Door: Introduction to Immigration, by Ron Darrah
- Voyages at Your Fingertips: Online Immigration Records, by Melissa Shimkus
- “Our Military Heritage” & WeRelate: Two Digital Initiatives of the ACPL Genealogy Center, by Curt Witcher
- Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop, by Kay Spears
Festivities begin the evening of April 9, when the Genealogy Center of ACPL will be open extended hours from 6 p.m. to midnight for conference attendees. Registration and exhibit browsing will begin at 9 a.m. April 10. Sessions will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with lunch on your own and a 1 p.m. Society of Civil War Families of Indiana Induction Ceremony and IGS annual business meeting.
Advance registration for the seminar is $30 for IGS members and $35 for non-members. Registration at the door will be $40. Online registration is available at the IGS website.