OGS Meeting on 9 April 2014

Bring finger food to share after the meeting.

OGS Basic Genealogy class through OTC

Community Enrichment Schedule


CEG 405: Basic Genealogy

Learn to find, organize, & evaluate family information using various records, including mementos, census, military, & court records.  Ozarks Genealogical Library can be found at 534 West Catalpa at corner of Main and Catalpa off of Campbell.  Regular rate $69.

Dates:  March 20 - April 17, 2014
Thursday evenings 07:00PM-09:00PM
Taught by the Ozarks Genealogical Society Education Committee

Preregistration is required and it must be completed through the Ozarks Technical Community College.  Registration may be online www.otc.edu/workforce and click "Register Online" link, by phone
(417) 447-8888 or by visiting their office at 800 E. Central St. in Springfield.

Used Books for Sale

We have a new offering of used books available for sale HERE.




Free Software 2013

Virus, spyware, and other malicious software protection:

Microsoft Security Essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014: http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
Avira Free Antivirus 2014: http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

Backup and sharing important files:

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All I Want for Christmas 2013

These are the notes from our discussion about genealogy hardware and software on December 2. Ihavealsoincludedsomeexcellentfreesoftwarethatmaybeofinterest.

Computers: With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, people are looking at replacements. Now is an opportune time due to price reductions and the availability of Windows 7. Most moderately priced desktops will complete our common tasks: e-mails, genealogy research, browsing the web. Laptop considerations include battery life, durability (especially plastic cases) and screen size.

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Sale! Sale! Sale!

We will be holding a White Elephant/Better Books Sale on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the OGS Library, 543 W. Catalpa Street.

Everyone is invited to browse other people's gently used items that may turn out to be a treasure for you! The OGS Library will be open for researching during normal hours that day.

This is also an Open House to introduce our library to the public and to members who have not yet been to our library.

If you would like to volunteer to help that day, please see a member of the Executive Board for more information.

E-Books for Genealogists

An electronic book (variously: e-book, eBook, digital book, or e-edition) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices. (Wikipedia). It is not really a “book,” but rather a piece of software that you lease (not own). It is usually subject to Digital Rights Management, which further restricts your usage, i.e. you can’t sell or give it to someone else.

You need some sort of electronic device to “read” your book. These devices are usually tied to the company providing the e-book. The most common are Nook from Barnes and Noble and Kindle from Amazon. In addition to Nook and Kindle dedicated readers, there are also apps that can be used on a personal computer or mobile device. There is also specialized software such as Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions that is used by libraries to lend books.

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New Member Orientation

There will be a new member orientation on October 24th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the OGS library on West Catalpa. You don't have to be a new member to come. Come learn about the library and resources available to members. 

2013 Conference Cancelled

We regret that the 33rd annual Ozarks Genealogical Society conference has been cancelled.  The Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center closed on short notice as of September 1.  We have looked at several other venues, but were unable to locate a suitable site at this late date.

Thank you to the many people who have registered for the conference. You will be receiving a full refund of your conference fees shortly.

We are in the process of making plans for the 2014 conference.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Mara Strycharz
Norma Hunter 
OGS Conference Co-Chairs

Back Up Your Genealogy Data

Have you ever accidentally erased an important genealogy file? Has your hard drive ever “crashed” taking all your important files with it? If it hasn’t happened yet, consider yourself fortunate and start planning on avoiding a crisis.
There are several ways to back up your important data, including your genealogy files. All work with either the Windows operating system or with a Mac. In this discussion, I’m only concerned with data. We do not need to back up programs, the operating system, or large media files (movies).

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