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From: "Craig Scott" <>
Subject: [APG] E: Computers in genealogy
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2007 10:09:52 -0400
I began using my Apple II computer in my personal research in September of
1978 using cassette tapes for storage. I was soon in the Philippines and as
soon as the Apple floppy disk drive was available I was one of the first to
buy one in the country.
It was not a genealogy program but I got by.
My first was a program written by Steve Vornenberg (did I spell that
right???) and I don't even remember the name of the program, which is sad. I
upgraded to a Mac as soon as they were available and began using dBase as
soon as it was available.
Craig R. Scott, CG
President and CEO
Heritage Books, Inc.
65 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
2266 books in print and growing. Visit www.HeritageBooks.com
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Of Chad Milliner
Sent: Saturday, September 08, 2007 7:07 AM
Subject: [APG] Computers in genealogy
Richard Pence proposes 1982 as being a possible starting year for computers
in genealogy. Perhaps that would be a seminal year for when genealogists
personally would have started to use THEIR OWN computers in genealogy, but
computers were involved in genealogy much earlier than that.
One important year was 1969, the year in which the Genealogical Society of
Utah began to use computers in the tabulations of its IGI and other
genealogical indexes (via a mainframe program called GIANT, which, if I
rememer correctly, stood for Genealogical Information And Names Tabulation).
Other important early computerized genealogical projects were undertaken by
Everton (its Roots Cellar) and by Accelerated Indexing Systems (although I
don't have dates for these two right at hand).
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