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 2023: 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 Nancy Cowan, TIG Chair, at

Upcoming  Technology Interest Group Events

TIG Meeting - AI and Genealogy - The Basics and a Bit Beyond with Steve Little, AI Program Director for the National Genealogical Society

Join Steve Little, AI Program Director at the National Genealogical Society, for a comprehensive and forward-looking discussion on the role of Artificial Intelligence in genealogy. In this insightful talk, Steve will delve into the evolution and current state of AI in genealogy, tracing its journey from its early developments to its revolutionary impact in 2023, to today, and beyond. Steve will explore the fascinating interplay of genealogy, technology, and language, and how AI tools, particular... ...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.