Coping with plateaus and lulls, a lack of enthusiasm by family members? A supportive group for family historians learning to use genealogical computer apps such as ancestry.com!
Family History projects appear to go through different phases. An early 'trial' phase is often followed by an intensive working phase with a high level of motivation and lots of reinforcing and addictive 'Ah Ha' moments. This can be followed by plateaus and lulls, then renewed waves of enthusiasm. 'Tech Savvy Projects--Family History' provides a supportive space in which to work on family history projects whatever phase you are in, with complete freedom to come and go when you have a 'lull' or other priorities intervene. Another plus of attending this group? Family historians often comment that family members and friends don't always show the levels of interest, enthusiasm and support for their successes they expected! 'Tech Savvy Projects--Family History' group provides a supportive space for class members to talk about and share what they are working on with others, as well as gaining support from each other!
The Tech Savvy Projects ‘Family History’ group met on Thursday afternoon 27 June. Four people spent the afternoon working on their individual projects on Ancestry.com. As is the usual case with this type of research, it is time consuming with many brick walls to overcome. Working in a group allows for idea/experience sharing and celebrations when a ‘find’, no matter how small or large, is made. Bev Lee was taking a well-earned break but will return next month to continue to lead the group.
'Tech Savvy Projects--Family History' sessions continue to result in people making discoveries which give them much pleasure, even though there are frustrations which can occur along the way. This is a small class, with members appreciating taking time out from other demands to learn more about, or spend focused time working on, their family history.
Tech Savvy Projects - Family History'’ aims to support participants to use internet based programs, particularly ancestry.com, to research their family history.
We have been approached by a number U3A members who have already done a lot of work on their family history who would like to deepen their understanding and skills in geneology.
If you have skills in geneology and would be happy to either develop a 'Geneology' course or facilitate a guided self support group, please contact Bev Lee on 5762 8171.
Five people gathered on Anzac Day afternoon to work on their Family History projects using ancestry.com - with members taking it in turn to connect their laptop through its HDMI port to the overhead projector, making sharing of progress to date and problem solving easy and enjoyable. The speed and internet connectivity we now have in the U3A meeting room is excellent. This is in stark contrast to the first Tech Savvy Projects class held in 2018 when class members could barely access the internet if at all and the connection through the laptop to the overhead projector froze. Thank you so much to the U3A Executive for being proactive in arranging for the installation of the NBN!
Family history project directions for the year were identified at our first session in late February, with a month between sessions providing time for members to work towards goals ready to report back to the next session. The project goals are diverse and interesting. It’s always a buzz when someone has a breakthrough, always frustrating when a ‘black hole’ (often a family secret) remains unresolved.
We meet on the fourth Thursday from 1 to 2.45pm as a full group, with access to the room & support available until 4pm for those not proceeding to the Tech Savvy Talks catch-up at the Northo. We will meet on Anzac Day in April.
DNA detectives and the end of family secrets https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/dna-detectives-and-the-end-of-family-secrets-20190306-p5124t.html
'Every One Loves Trove' Podcast Late Night Live Live://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/everyone-loves-trove/10921848
Our first meeting falls after the newsletter deadline this month. I'm looking forward to encouraging group members to develop a title and focus for their project. Maggie already has a wonderful title in mind ‘In Search of Betsy Trim’!
Ancestry.com buff Wendy Sturgess will be helping to support the group this year. Thank you Wendy!
We meet from 1 to 2.45pm as a full group, with access to the room and support available until 4pm for those not proceeding on to the Tech Savvy Talks catchup at the Northo.
"Tech Savvy Projects (Family History) provides the opportunity for members to develop skills in using internet based family history resources including Ancestry.com; My Heritage; Trove; Scotland’s People; online Births/Deaths/Marriages to research their family history. Group members who travel overseas are encouraged to develop photobooks drawing upon travel blog programs such as Find Penguins. Small group sessions."
Tech Savvy Projects offerings may be extended in Semester 2 to allow members to work on other projects. Any changes in Semester 2 will be notified via this page and the Newsletter.
Each year we try to come up with ‘the answer’ in terms of delivering ‘hands on’ Tech Savvy courses such as Tech Savvy Projects to meet the needs of U3A members with confident computer skills who are keen to develop or update them. We are still searching - and are keen to hear from members interested in offering courses to intermediate level members.
Next year only one intermediate level session will be offered in Semester 1. ‘Tech Savvy Projects – Family History Projects’ will continue, meeting monthly on the 4th Thursday from 1 to 2.45 before Tech Savvy Talks meets at the Northo. It will be interesting to follow the growth in participant’s family trees using Ancestry.com and other online programs and to read their travel blogs and photo books when they visit family history sites.
About 'Tech Savvy Projects - Family History'
Tech Savvy Projects (Family History) provides the opportunity for members to develop skills in using internet based family history resources including Ancestry.com; My Heritage; Trove; Scotland’s People; online Births/Deaths/Marriages to research their family history. Group members who travel overseas are encouraged to develop photobooks drawing upon travel blog programs such as Find Penguins. Small group sessions.
Convenor/s Contact Details
4th Thursday 1 to 2.45 pm before Tech Savvy Talkers meeting at the Northo.
Links and resources
'Over Eighties' website (Marg Walshe)
'Lee Devitt Family History Blog'(Bev)
Neville Gibb's Weebly Blog...
A sample Find Penguins Travel Blog
A sample Weebly site to attract lifestyle buyers to a property at Molyullah
Apps and Resources
Photobooks express help guide
Arduino Project Hub
Developed and maintained by members, this website showcases U3A Benalla & District.
Photographs - acknowledgment to U3A members;
Weebly 'Free' images;Travel Victoria and
State Library of Victoria