Monthly Meeting – May 5, 2016: “Genealogy and the iPad”, by Jim Robeson

At the May 5th meeting, our speaker will be Jim Robeson, who is currently the MoCoGenSo Hospitality Director, the MoCoGenSo webmaster and is a volunteer at the Family History Center. One of his primary jobs at the FHC is computer maintenance.

We discovered that, with the right adapter plug, the iPad displays really well in VGA mode on our projectors. In fact, it is easier than using a computer! Jim has an iPad Air loaded with a few genealogy applications that he will display. The iPad is a great machine to carry to display pictures and family trees when you travel to see relatives. It is a great camera replacement, and can even be used to record interviews when visiting.

After watching a session at the local computer user group (MBUG) done on an iPad, Jim decided “I can do that!”. So, Jim will start off by displaying some of the basics about iPad usage, and then display the various genealogy apps that he has installed. We will touch on Ancestry Tree and DNA, FamilySearch Tree and Memories, Rootsmagic, Gedview, FindAgrave and possibly one or two more.

You need to know that Jim loves his little iPad and may go on and on. But he does not work at Apple, so hearing how others use their iPads will be an important part of the meeting. If we run out of things to talk about, Jim will show how to “use” the MoCoGenSo.org web site, yes, with the iPad.

Bring your iPad to the meeting if you have one to take notes. We do have wi-fi in the FHC. If you don’t already have one, this session may help you decide if you want or need one.

Jim has been an amateur genealogist for as long as he can remember. Many of his family roots in this country can be traced back to early colonial days. Jim has used computers in his entire professional career, his first job was programming on a computer with 8KB of memory that was housed in a desk! Retired now, he is working on his genealogy “as often as he can!“ He has been using the internet for research since it became available, is stuck in Windows 7 and loves the iPad.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“The older I get, the earlier it gets late.” – Brian Crane, in Pickles


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