If you don't know computers, you need us;  If you do know computers we need you.

If you don’t know computers, you need us;  If you do know computers we need you.

Next Meeting: Saturday October 15th 10:00 a.m.

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August Meeting Topic: TBA


Google Nik

The Google Nik Collection is now FREE.  Rumor has it that Google is discontinuing work on it to focus on Mobile apps, but the fact remains that these tools that were formerly over $500 are now available for free.

These are add-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and, yes, Elements version 9 and above.  (Note: The HDR tools do not work in elements, everything else does.

Click on the picture above to go to the download page.

Free software for organizing Photos

FastStone – BJ demonstrated this at the meeting.


Click on Picture for Details

Upcoming Meetings of the Computer Genealogy Group.

Each meeting will be held at 1 P.M. in the Auditorium at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

Genealogy Meeting Notice

Thursday September 8, 2016 1PM

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury

Irvington, VA

Speaker: Mary Elizabeth Stewart

Topic: Where did your ancestor live? Platting deeds to find them.

Mary will demonstrate the software program DeedMapper using a case study to show how she found a family home.

With DeedMapper Software one can plat old land patents, grants, and deeds, and place them on a modern map.

It is particularly useful when surveys are done with metes and bounds, as was customary in our area. It also works with Public Lands.

A few examples of some of its uses include:

  • Find the location of a particular plot by anchoring a group of neighboring plots against a stream.
  • Discover genealogical relationships by showing that person X sold a part of person Y’s land.
  • Untangle people having the same name by analyzing their landholdings and transfers.
  • Create a map of original landholders in a region.
  • Trace changes in parcel ownership over the years.


For more information about this software including how to purchase it, go to:    http://www.directlinesoftware.com/home


I am taking a six month sabbatical from arranging the programs for our group. My life is too chaotic with paperwork, travel, medical appointments, having work done on our home, etc. Mary has graciously agreed to do the September, November and January programs. In March we will resume with DNA. Please have your DNA tested in the interim so that you will learn how to use your results to find ancestors and living relatives. Another email will follow shortly listing several articles and websites that you should find helpful in getting started with DNA research.

More Genealogy notes and announcements can be found here

The Tablet SIG

will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. before the NNCUG regular meeting on Saturday, October 15th at Westminster-Canterbury.   It will include hands-on help, Q&A, and sharing info about what new apps you’ve discovered.

Photo SIG

Next meeting: Tuesday, September 13th at 9:30 at the library.

It’s “dealer’s choice” so please bring your questions, answers, projects, images to share and congratulations to our members who won ribbons at the art league’s labor day show  and kudos to members who participated, ribbon or no.  we had some beautiful photographs hanging, worthy of ribbons.
see you Tuesday.  m

Click here for the August 2016 edition of the newsletter. Older editions can be found under “newsletters” on the menu at the top of the page.

If You Don’t Want to Upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft is making it increasingly difficult to avoid updating a Windows 7 or 9 (um 8, whatever 😉 )  machine to Windows 10.  The files to do so have probably already been downloaded, and are taking around 8 GB of disk space in a hidden directory.

In addition, Microsoft will be changing the priority of the Windows 10 install from “optional” to “recommended” in January.  This means that with default Update settings, it will install.

If you want to stop this behavior, there is a free program called GWX control panel that will do this.  It installs easily, and the features are self-explanatory.

It is available here

You can still upgrade later if you decide you want to, this isn’t an irreversible process.  While the program is free, the author does accept donations.

I have used GWX control panel on my Workstation, and it works as advertised.  No PUPS, adware, or anything else unsavory come with it.

Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade until July 2016


 Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurers report is included in each month’s issue of the computer link which is available on the menu at the top of this page.

NNCUG Meeting Site

April Meeting

16 April, 2016

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