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About the Computer Group

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Blogging artYou don’t need to be a computer ‘nerd’ or expert to get some benefit from the Computer Interest Group (CIG). 
We welcome new WAGS members who want to get the most out of their computers to help them with their genealogy research.


Our monthly meetings are designed to cover items of interest to the group and we generally follow an agenda like this:


  • Items of general interest from the Computer World
  • Keeping your computer safe and healthy from viruses, malware, scams and spam
  • Genealogy programs – who’s using which one, problems, queries
  • Update on Genealogy sources, mostly websites
  • Open forum – queries, comments, successes, problems
  • WAGS/CIG business
Usually this is followed by a session using the big screen; either a demo of a pay-site or a website that may not be well-known, or a workshop/presentation/demo of some technique or genealogy software.
Download a copy of the CIG brochurepdf

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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:38


Contacts & next meeting CIG

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2cig << WAGS CIG Forum

Contacts: Co-Convenors

Ian Dew and Julie Martin:         

Email:                       SIGS Contacts - Convenors - Computer SIG  

Committee (CIGCOM): Ian Dew, Julie Martin, Geoffrey Brade, Robert Holloway, Christine Harris, Terri Usher.

Next Meeting/s - Have a look at: 


Saturday 9 March 2019 -  11:00 to 13:00                      

Topic:  It’s the Computer Group's AGM this meeting and included will be an update of changes to WAGS/FHWA IT. We’ll conclude with something a little different… Julie will take you on a meander through some family and WA history to arrive at what is, for her, a very satisfying IT solution. Remember, TryBooking.....

Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2019 13:35


Recent Meetings CIG

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2cigWAGS Computer Interest Group Forum

Join us on Twitter

Join us on FacebookIf you would like an answer to a burning question on any topic of interest discussed at any of the Computer Interest Group Meetings, perhaps on an aspect of Computers and Genealogy, a Genealogy software program, or a particular website that we have visited, post your question on the WAGS CIG Forum. One of our members will answer as soon as possible. 

WAGS Members are already registered and just need to log in to post a message. Members of the public are also welcome, but need to register before being able to post, read the Forum FAQ's to find out how.

Recent Meetings - demos and workshops  

2019 Meetings

February 2019 

Those attending the February meeting were asked for their opinions on a name change for the Group and an indication of topics they would like covered over the next ten months.

Robert then gave us an insight into the NBN - the past, the present, the future and everything we need to know before we connect up. 

(Robert's presentation can be viewed in the Members' Only Area of the CSIG page.  Login into the WAGS website to access this area)

pdfCSIG February 2019 meeting notes

2018 Meetings

December 2018

We got right down to business!  Chris Harris WAGS IT Manager talked about Cloud Computing and new developments in the WAGS IT world, including the Society's new email addresses and the WAGS website move to a new hosting service. 

Julie Martin followed up with a look at how Powerpoint can be used to create customised family trees. 

pdfCSIG December 2018 meeting notes


Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2019 22:41


Genealogy Programs on the Net

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Please Note: WAGS does not recommend any particular Genealogical program. Whatever you choose, make sure that the program supports the import and export of GEDCOM files.

Many of the programs listed here are used by WAGS members; have a look at the various features and select one that suits you best. Most can be purchased on line and many have trial or demo versions freely downloadable. Most of these programs have User Groups on the Internet to help solve problems and get the best out of the program.

A recent survey (well, a few years ago now...) of the Computer Interest Group members showed that most members use one of the following popular programs (listed alphabetically, not in order of preference)

  • Family Tree Maker -- Was to be discontinued from 2016 & as at end 2017 all support was to cease - @ March 2016 Ancestry sold the software to developers who will continue to develop & support the program.
  • Legacy
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF) No longer available (July 2013) - defunct
  • Reunion for Macintosh
  • The Master Genealogist -- Under a cloud from late 2014 as the author is retiring and no longer supporting it - @ end 2015 the TMG community is providing support to users.

UPDATE: February 2015.

We have run another poll to see what the current trend is.
Go here to see the results: WAGS Poll results - or here for the: Genealogy Software Use - 2015 Update - and here for the 2016 update

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 10:52


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