Home A Little History In 1943, I was born in Watsonville's, Community Hospital in California, USA. I graduated from Watsonville High School in 1961 and earned a bachelors in 1966 and an MBA in 1970 from San Jose State. I worked for Lockheed starting in the late 60s and from 1978 to my retirement in 2007, for Kaiser Permanente. I've developed some competitive skills playing duplicate bridge, becoming an ACBL Ruby Life Master in Unit 500 of District 21 in 2005. I've enjoyed exploring personal computers and the Internet, trying to absorb it all. When my mom passed away in 1998, I was elected by my siblings to receive family history documents and continue with genealogy research she started. I was married to Diane Louise Silva from Feb 14, 1982 until her death on May 30, 2018. She did some amazing research into her Azores ancestry and explained how to do it in a Power Point presentation and a list of links. Bay Area Fire Information Here's several links that may help with the recent air quality problems:
News Flash C L I P A R T - Do you ever need clip art for that great project you're working on? Well, try Googling the word "Clipart" plus a word describing clipart you need, then [RETURN]. A large number of useable images will be displayed. Using the Bing.com search engine, you may come up with additional images (Visit http://bing.com and then type "Clipart" plus other search terms(s) then [RETURN]. For example try typing in (without the quotes) "Clipart Genealogy" in both Google and Bing.
Stuff I'm working on On December 23, 2017 Ancestry.com disabled the Rootsweb.com web site (See reason in their blog post) with no notice. Four web sites I manage had to be recreated: For the following please use the following web sites.
Started working on my vacation cruise web site http://cruise.bdgeorge.com again in Dec. 2017. Originally created with DreamWeaver in 2007, I started using iWeb (example Mexico Cruise) when I converted to Apple computers in 2007. Apple discontinued iWeb about 5 yrs ago, so I returned to Dreamweaver. Decided to try another product in 2017, RapidWeaver 7 (now version 8) and I retooled the Cruise pages.
My mother's genealogy... starting with Henry Austin Snider, my mother's maternal grandfather, born in Ohio in 1868. He has descendants in all over the west (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, California etc). I'm also working on my George line from time to time, but it's slow going. I've identified Samuel George b. 1815, d. 1889, m. 1842 from Indiana County, Pennsylvania as my 2nd great grandfather and am attempting to find his father who was Irish according to the 1880 census (of Samuel and Emily George, residing in Sandy Lake, Mercer County, PA since 1871). I volunteered to maintain the Indiana County, Pennsylvania GenWeb site to get some perspective on the area Samuel George lived in for most of his life.
Attend occasional computer group meetings, PC Community http://pcc.org, San Leandro Macintosh User Group http://slmug.org, Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group http://dvmug.org, San Leandro Computer Club (http://slcc.bdgeorge.com) for Atari Computers and The Nybblers (TRS-80). Sad to note that the Tri-Valley Mac User Group, of which I was a member, folded shop in November, 2015.
Photography, stamp collecting, keyboard playing to a lesser degree.
I've accumulated many of my favorite genealogy links on my personal Genealogyweb page. One link that's really cool is http://www.zillow.com/ that lets you be very nosy and see what home prices are. I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They are easy to set up, and are FREE, as are Blogspot blogs. FYI, Facebook allows you to create a free personal Facebook "Page" in addition to your own Facebook News Feed. Internet Presence Active
Family My wife Diane Louise Silva George and I were happily married from 1982 until her death May 30, 2018. She had a passion for computing, painting, photography, miniatures and genealogy.
My families (Paternal is George, Maternal is Pardee) had get togethers annually but have waned with people passing away and getting older. I collected photos from past gatherings (see below). If you are a family member and are interested, please contact me.
Computer Groups I've helped to start several computer user groups since 1978. All continue to exist (April, 2020).
1979 - TRS-Nybblers - for TRS-80 Computers, Windows and DOS. Rebranded as "The Nybblers", at 7:30 pm a meeting is held the 3rd Friday of each month at Ron Ring's house. Request information by sending me an e-mail.