Thursday, June 18, 2009

Genealogy in the Cloud

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See our map page for directions.

The next meeting will be held on 20 Jun 2009 from 9:00 am to noon.

*Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego Web Site

Genealogy in the Cloud
Gary B. Hoffman
These days, storing your genealogy data in your hard drive and viewing it through a program installed on your computer is about as cool as driving your father's Oldsmobile or using a black landline telephone. Today's researchers upload their genealogy to a specialized website, either one you control yourself or a shared pedigree system. These programs are not on your computer but in the Internet "cloud," giving rise to the term "cloud computing." Some benefits include having your entire pedigree available wherever you connect to the internet and being able to make links to cousins you didn't know. After all, genealogy is the ultimate social networking activity. (Are your ancestors on Facebook?) In this presentation, Gary will review the latest developments in cloud genealogy applications, including MyAncestry,, and new FamilySearch and several programs you can install on your own web site. After looking at the advantages of cloud genealogy, Gary will demonstrate some weaknesses and offer pointers to protect your research from poaching by others.
Gary Hoffman is former President and webmaster for CGSSD and works at U.C. San Diego in IT support. He has been making technology presentations for nearly 20 years at national and local genealogy venues. He also runs the Tarvin Family Association website and is actively researching his Hoffman, Harpold, Webster and Tarvin lines through Kentucky and Indiana.

cloud genealogy applications - Google Search

my thanks to:-
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Computing in the Clouds: "The newest technology these days in computers is called “cloud computing.” Indeed, we already see several examples of this in today's genealogy software and I am certain we will see even more within the next two or three years."


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