Technology Interest Group

The Technology Interest Group, also known as TIG, meets six times per year on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  Current Meeting Months for 2022: February, April, June, August, October, and December.

The mission and goal of TIG is to educate RGS members about various forms of technology to assist with their genealogical resources.

If you are interested in presenting for TIG or would like more information about future programming, please contact Eric Vaughn, TIG Coordinator, at

Upcoming  Technology Interest Group Events

RGS TIG Program- Part 2- Tips & Tricks for Taking Quality Photos During Your Genealogy Adventures

This event will have limited space, if interested in participating, please contact Eric Vaughn at by Friday, July 15th.

Part 2- RGS TIG Session- Tips & Tricks for Taking Quality Photos During Your Genealogy Adventures

Special Guest Presenter: Jennifer Cummings, Photographer

Part II will be taking what we learned from the first session on June 13th and putting it into practice at the Pittsford Cemetery, Google Map L... ...Read More...

TIG Tip of the Month

The website provides links to over 39,000 free online U.S. Historical Newspapers! Newspapers can provide vital information for genealogical researchers including but not limited to just birth, marriage, and death notices. 

Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Geneolaogy, hosts a YouTube Channel that provides educational sessions on, updates on the 1950 census, and much more.  

Member Spotlight

RGS Member Profile: Diane Smith  

Joined RGS in 2005

RGS Webmaster and Former Technology Interest Group Lead

I have enjoyed the Technology Interest Group and have been a member of the Rochester Genealogical Society since I moved back to Rochester in 2005.  When I started doing genealogy research it was all library work, reviewing printouts of censuses and indices.  After some years off to take care of my descendants I got back to genealogy.  There was so much to learn about online research that I enjoyed learning about from the many other talented researchers in the group.  I find they keep me up to date with new websites to check out and best research practices.   As a programmer I also enjoy teaching various subjects.