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.
The members of Tech Savvy Projects working on family history projects are continuing to make discoveries.
This month Jan Brown returned from her travels, bringing to class the beautiful photobook she has developed using text and photos from her Find Penguins travel blog. A number of Tech Savvy Projects members have now created a Photobook using Find Penguin's easy to use template. The books are wonderful to look at and soon become highly treasured reminders of travel experiences.
Family History projects are featuring at all of our sessions at the moment. It is so good to watch as people develop familiarity with ancestry.com and begin to move around it with greater ease. It’s not too long before people some people feel confident in working on their project at home while others like to come to our sessions to spend focused time on their project.
Over recent months we have been following our travellers through the ‘Find Penguins’ travel blogs they have developed on the internet. ‘Find Penguins’ is a versatile app which can be used on laptops, tablets and smartphones when travelling. It is quite intuitive to learn for people with good internet skills. ‘Tech Savvy Projects’ provides an opportunity to get support in setting up a ‘Find Penguins’ travel blog before you head off if you aren’t particularly confident. On returning home, there is the option of creating a beautiful photobook based on the Find Penguins travel blog to keep as a permanent record. While many photobook apps and programs are available, members with intermediate to advanced computer skills are finding Find Penguins a worthwhile option.
Photos downloaded from train buff Wende's 'Travels with Ted' travel blog on Find Penguins...
A reminder to ‘Be Connected’ short course members, you are welcome to come along to work on your modules at the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3 to 4.30pm sessions of Tech Savvy Projects.
‘Be Connected@Tech Savvy Projects’ is being offered as part of Tech Savvy Projects from 28th August. ‘Be Connected’ members can now join the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3 to 4.30pm sessions of Tech Savvy Projects, providing extra time to work through modules with support available from Bev (and other mentors if the numbers warrant). ‘Be Connected’ group members have been given a printed timetable of all dates involved. Sessions are also listed in the ‘What’s On’ page of the newsletter and on the calendars and timetables on the website.
The four Family History group members present at our late July Tuesday afternoon session of Tech Savvy Projects had a very productive time.The internet was working well, everyone seemed to make new discoveries and new things were tried.
Robyn had taken up her previous session’s challenge to add photographs to her family tree on ancestry.com, inspiring others to do this. We were all particularly impressed that Robyn had achieved this on her oldish iPhone. Val found a naturalisation certificate index for Frank’s Polish grandfather! Jan, following up the possibility that the best man at her grandfather’s wedding may have been his brother, found a shipping record in migration documents that verified that this was indeed the case. Wendy caught up on lost time on her family tree project as she has been away, and we checked out and discussed her Find Penguins travel blog of three recent trips, soon to become photobooks.
The Tech Savvy Projects Family History group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 1.30 to 3 pm, but often continue working on their projects through the general Tech Savvy Projects session from 3 to 4.30 pm, when people working on other projects join in. There is also a monthly Tech Savvy Projects session from 1 to 2.30 pm before the Tech Savvy Talks catch up session at ‘The Northo’.
If you are reasonably confident in using your computer or device & have a goal you would like to achieve on it, think about joining Tech Savvy’s ‘Other Projects’ class in Semester II.
While some people are working on web sites, travel blogs and slide shows; and others will begin working on photo books in Semester 2, you could, for example, set up a Facebook account; learn to use the U3A website and FB pages; organise your photos into folders, and so on. Just come along with a learning task which is of interest to you.
Tech Savvy’s ‘Other Projects’ sessions are timetabled from 3 to 4.30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and 1 to 2.30 pm on the 4th Thursday. There is also a Family History focused Tech Savvy Projects group from 1.30 to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.
If you think you might like to join ‘Tech Savvy Projects’ in Semester II, please give Bev a call on 5762 8171.
Sometimes the demands on our members – health and wellbeing; family connectedness and grandparenting responsibilities; travelling north or overseas; farewelling old friends for the final time—mean that U3A class numbers can vary, particularly at this time of the year. This is certainly affecting Tech Savvy Projects.
We are still happily proceeding with Family History Projects from 1.30 to 3 pm and ‘Other Projects’ from 3 to 4.30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. There’s also an ‘Other Projects’ slot from 1 to 2.30 pm on the 4th Thursday.
If you are thinking about taking up a new project and are considering joining 'Tech Savvy Projects' in Semester II, we do have spaces as some people are now running their projects independently while others are travelling overseas.
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