Friday, 18 May 2007

OGS Seminar presentation choices

Looking over the program for the OGS Seminar in Ottawa, June 1-3, there are many presentations I'd like to hear. I have several other commitments so may not get to them all.

One is "Using Unorthodox Ways and Websites to Break Down Brick Walls" by Bob Dawes. He is addressing computer technology in the modern genealogist’s kit beyond the Internet: a genealogy program, a web browser, an email program and an office suite. All are available commercially at a wide range of prices or for free. He will also discuss some favourite web sites you may not think of in the context of genealogy.

Another presentation I'd like to hear is "Full Text on the Web: What the Digitization Revolution Means to Genealogists" by Marian Press. With an estimated 900,000 works published in English prior to 1923 (the current cut off date for U.S. copyright) there is a massive effort underway to digitize these. Marian will review the projects digitizing works of interest to family historians.

I'll mention other picks in days to come.