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.
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’.
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