26 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Randy W. Whited

Randy W. Whited has been an avid genealogist for over thirty years and is an active member of several genealogical organizations. A Director with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Randy is co-chair of the 2014 Program Committee and Chair of its Technology Committee. He is also host of FGS’ web radio program, My Society. He is also Director of Development with the Texas State Genealogical Society and is leading its technology initiatives.

A lifelong Texan, Randy is an alumnus of the University of Texas, having graduated with a BA in Astronomy. He resides in Pflugerville, Texas with his wife and twin daughters.

FR-000E Friday June 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Making the Case: Change and Technology in Your Society

This session will confront the "we’ve always done it that way" mentality within a lot of societies, especially when faced with new technology or interacting with our membership or the public. We will tackle how to ‘sell’ the effort to the leadership and the tools needed to be successful.

SA028 Saturday June 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Photo and Document Digitization and Organization

How to get that pile of papers or box of photos scanned, stored and searchable? This session will cover the process of digitizing your documents and old photos, including file formats and organization. We’ll finish off with how to virtually "label the back" of each image to make it easier to find and share.

SA032 Saturday June 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sprinkling Weather into Your Family History

Historical daily weather records from observers stationed across the United States and territories, some from as early as the mid-19th century, exist and are available online. Learn how this data can add unique details to life events.

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