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About the Computer Group

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You 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 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

For information on Email Scams, Phishing, Netiquette, Newsgroups, Mailing Lists, and Free Software Downloads, have a look at our:    Hints and Tips Online    

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:42


Contacts & next meeting CIG

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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: 



 WAGS Event Calendar 



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A happy and joyous Christmas to all Computer SIG members and safe computing and surfing in 2019! 





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


To be advised.


Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2018 07:39


Recent Meetings CIG

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If 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 

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

November 2018

Shane Clementson, Perth software developer, demonstrated his interactive 3D genealogy program, Clanview to a very appreciative audience.  Shane also brought CAKE for morning tea, as did the wonderful Wendy of course! As the day after our meeting was the 100th anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice, Robert presented a very timely presentation titled Medals gone missing. Another great CSIG meeting!

(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 November 2018 meeting notes

October 2018

Michael raised the tone of today's Computer SIG meeting with a Shakespearean recitation, Gwyn’s One Note definitely struck a few chords, Chris explained the difference between a search engine and a browser and Ray reminded us that the solution to a technical problem is often the obvious one! All in all, an informative and entertaining two hours!

pdfCSIG October 2018 meeting notes

September 2018

At last Saturday's Computer SIG meeting, Robert delved into Facebook terms and conditions and privacy settings and gave us a glimpse of the adventures experienced by the Himalayan Seven on motorbikes travelling from Tibet to Lhasa (he was the tribal elder!) Ray told us about the Emergency+ and MedAdvisor Apps which we should all have on our smartphones... a morning of interesting and useful items!

*[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area. Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG September 2018 meeting notes

August 2018

Ian recently purchased a new computer and shared his experiences of setting it up with CSIG Members 

*[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area. Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG August 2018 meeting notes

July 2018

We got to see how Edwina Shooter uses Evernote for her genealogical research and Geoff Brade dipped into his years of experience and extensive knowledge of printers to give us some insights into what might work best for each of us.

pdfCSIG July 2018 meeting notes

June 2018 

The June meeting of the Computer SIG was cancelled because of a conflict with the Unlock the Past two-day seminar at the State Library of WA 

May 2018

It was our FREE meeting and we looked at Flickr*, Kanopy, Print Friendly and PDF and some free overseas newspaper databases. Wendy's cake and the coffee were also free!

*[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area. Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG May 2018 meeting notes

April 2018

We looked at some Awesome Apps this April! Liana showed us some that had been featured at the AFFHO Congress, Chris Harris demonstrated her favourite new app - DNA Painter and Ian Dew showed us an app he'd created himself. It was an awesome meeting! 

pdfCSIG April 2018 meeting notes

March 2018 

The AGM was over quickly and we welcome two new committee members! Robert Holloway gave an excellent presentation on GPS* and we achieved a live cross to the AFFHO Congress. It seemed Ian Dew had developed a stutter when he began talking about Duck Duck Go but it was just another informative look at Scams and Spams and What's new on the Web. An enjoyable and informative meeting!

*[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area. Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG March 2018 meeting notes  

February 2018  

We welcomed back Shane Clementson for an update on his software ClanView and took a look at Familypedia and fake email addresses and IDs.

 pdfCSIG February 2018 meeting notes 

2017 Meetings  

December 2017 

A big thank you to Jenni, Robert, Edwina and Ray for spreading Christmas goodwill at yesterday's Computer Group Meeting. Jenni Ibrahim kicked off the last meeting for 2017 with her 'gift' to the group - points to consider when writing a genealogical and digital will - a sobering topic but one we all need to consider and address. An e-publication Take control of your digital legacy by Joe Kissell will soon be available in the WAGS Library.   

pdf2017, December - LIFE Personal Affairs Record Book ex Jenni Ibrahim.pdf

Robert Holloway gave two excellent short presentations on ICloud and Bitcoin. The meteoric rise in the value of the Bitcoin and its mysterious origins prompted some lively informal discussion. Edwina Shooter, the WAGS Librarian brought in some items of interest from the WAGS Library, most of which went out on loan immediately and Ray Smith finished up with two entertaining presentations - one concerning the repetition of events in his paternal family line and the other about creating his own story for his family which prompted much laughter from the audience and a sea of nodding heads.

Thank you to everyone who participated in WAGS Computer Group meetings during 2017 and we wish you a happy and safe Christmas and a new year free of software and hardware failures.

[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area.  Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG December 2017 meeting notes

November 2017 

Following a presentation commemorating the 99th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, Shane Clementson, a software developer from Vicinity View demonstrated ClanView, a program under construction which will enable genealogists to visually share family history information.

 pdfCSIG November 2017 meeting notes

October 2017  

Robert Holloway introduced members to WiFI Mesh and Ian Dew reported on the latest Spams and Scams, what he'd found recently on the Web and concluded his demonstration on ways to record what's being displayed on a computer screen.  

[Presentations can be viewed in the Computer Group Members Only Area.  Login into the WAGS website to access this MOA area]

pdfCSIG October 2017 meeting notes

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2018 07:31


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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