All I Want for Christmas 2014

Free (mostly) Software:

Virus, spyware, and other malicious software protection:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7):

AVG AntiVirus FREE 2015:

*Avira Free Antivirus 2015:

Backup and/or sharing important files:

Dropbox Online Backup (2 gb):

Microsoft Onedrive (15 gb):

Google Drive (15 gb):

Mozy (2 gb):

PDF viewing and creation:

Primo PDF:

Cute PDF Writer:

Foxit Reader:

*Adobe Reader 11:


*Thunderbird E-mail Client:

Hint:  Transfer Thunderbird e-mail and Firefox browser settings painlessly:

*Google Gmail:


Office Suite:

*LibreOffice (OpenOffice spinoff):

*WPS Office Free 2014:

*Google Documents:

     --Mobile Apps now available:

OfficeSuite Professional 8 (Android) $.99 at (download)

Microsoft Office (IOS) free at App Store

Genealogy Software:

Rootsmagic Essentials:

Note:Mac Users:  Roots Magic – Bridge for Mac, doesn’t require Crossover:  Not Free

Free Apps for mobile devices:

Legacy Family Tree:

Family Tree Builder:

Charting Companion: Accessory software to genealogy programs.   Not free

Organizational software:  Not free.

Transcript Software:

Transcript:  Load an image file (.jpg) and Transcript allows you to transcribe to a word

processing document.

Image editors:


GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP):

*Picasa 3.9:

Miscellaneous utilities:

*Firefox Web Browser:

Google Chrome Web Browser:

CCleaner: (Removes unused files from your system.)

*Google Earth:

*LastPass username and password organizer:

*Evernote, organizational software:


Test discounts through December 31, 2014:

Portable USB Battery Charger: A small battery pack capable of charging most any mobile

device that has a USB charger such as phones and IPads.

Many varieties available in many stores now – look for sales. Sometimes as low as $6.

*Compatible with Mac computers.

Note: These programs work with Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Many also have Apple or

Android apps.

Don’t overlook Tutorials and help menus for your software


The Edge: SGCL Computer Training at Midtown Carnegie Library, E. Central

Gift Ideas:

Photo books:;; etc.

Novels with genealogical or historical topics


Legacy Family Tree Webinars: Free for 7 days following first broadcast. Check the site for

ongoing free webinars. December 3rd - Family History for Kids

Illinois Genealogical Society:  free at first airing, later

must be a member

Free Genealogy Resources A free web-site operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints. Millions of digitized records are available, plus the research wiki containing over

75,000 articles.

A Treasure Trove of Information: What does the OGS Library have to offer?


Presenters:  Micki Dischinger, Librarian

Melba Rector, Education Chair & Book Acquisition Committee member

Doris Wilson, Library Volunteers Coordinator

OGS LIBRARY – Where is it? When is it open? Who can use it? What resources are there? How do I find the treasures?

 Library Rules

How do we acquire books?

Wi-Fi Available

 First visit? Ask for a tour!

Online Catalog

OGS Website/Blog offers much information

 How is it staffed? Volunteers

Read more: A Treasure Trove of Information: What does the OGS Library have to offer?





MAY 5, 2014

Doris Wilson

Genealogy research requires us to be open to new & old resources. Networking is an integral part of helping find new directions or revisit places we have been. It is a wonderful time to do research with all the current technology and the constantly updated resources. Many of these sites may be accessed through Apple and Android Apps and through Facebook, in addition to the methods stated below.

WEBINARS/VIDEOS began asWeb conferencing refers to a service that allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations.

Lectures, many different topics, are not as


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 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:
AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014:
Avira Free Antivirus 2014:

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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