Using a computer for researching and drawing up family trees.
Notes taken of a talk given by Boyd Miller of North Shore Computer Genealogists
to the Browns Bay U3A Computer Group, 11/08/2009
Finding Data: CDs and the internet will be the chief sources.
Software useful for finding data: (Some sites are not free.)
- Personal ancestral files – software designed by the Mormons
- IGI (International Genealogical Index) a database of general records compiled from varying sources, including records of births marriages and deaths.
- Ships that came to New Zealand. Passenger lists with info too, especially occupations.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission for those who were killed in the wars.
- Census records. You can also get a CD of the 1881 census, which gives a lot of information – addresses, family members, neighbours, where ce. There are free and paid versions. It’s a big programme, don’t try to download it if you are on dial-up. A CD is available from Janet Gow, Beehive Books, Glendowie 521 1518.
- Legacy 7.people were on census night etc.
- School records give useful info like dates of birth, name of last school etc.
- The NZ Society of Genealogists has CDs. New Zealand Burial Locator is a useful one, with cemetery details.
Software useful for storing and presenting data:
- Family Tree Maker - a popular programme which can be downloaded free.
- Brother’s Keeper – a Windows genealogy programme. Also available free.
- Legacy 7 – Boyd’s choice