Using the Power of Spreadsheets to Answer Genealogical Questions (Monthly Meetings)
Learn how to import search results from Websites into spreadsheets, use the spreadsheet's tools to format and manipulate the data, and process them to investigate possible group migrations, and determine family relationships. Also learn how to sort dates of the form, 10 May 1869, and overcome Excel's inability to recognize dates earlier than 1900. Don't have Excel? LibreOffice and OpenOffice are free alternatives.
Bernard N. Meisner is a genealogist and lecturer based in Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He began researching his family almost 30 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from that experience, including the mistakes. Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all his great-great grandparents, several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents, and his Meisner 9th great grand- parents. He is past president and current social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, a co-leader in the Dallas Genealogical Society's newly formed German SIG, and a member National Genealogical and Texas State Genealogical Societies.
Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Melton University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. And Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii. He has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh each of the last four year, completing courses in Irish research, German research, and Digital Research Skills.