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EuroSCUG Computer Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A large crowd celebrated EuroSCUG’s 10th birthday at the February meeting in Moruya. Popular local family history researcher Cora Num gave an informative and entertaining presentation entitled “Sailing into History – Where have I been, and what will I leave in my Wake?”

Above; David and Cora Num

Taking the audience from microform to microdata, Cora demonstrated her plans to preserve her family history archive, digital resources, and Internet sites.

When she started researching family history 35 years ago, Cora’s tools of trade included pens, paper, pencils, folders, a typewriter and microform. Now she uses a computer, the Internet, printer, scanner and smartphone. Her clearly labelled records are preserved in archival quality boxes, and her digitised information is stored in “the Cloud”.

Instead of travelling across the country or the world searching library records (armed with white gloves, pencil and paper), Cora can now work from home, accessing shipping records, newspapers, state archives and and other records using E-resources.

Cora’s presentation included many of the websites she uses in her research, and she discussed a computer file format (GEDCOM) which can be used to exchange family history information. A handout including this information is available on her website (

An enthusiastic round of applause followed the presentation, and members are looking forward to Cora’s sessions at future meetings when she will her share latest research and tips and tricks.

After a short morning tea, past Presidents Dianne Grigson and Margaret Turner shared their recollections of early EuroSCUG meetings, and Charmaine Fripp presented a slide show of photos taken at the meetings. Those members who joined the club on day 1 were introduced, and the Moruya Golf Club was thanked for their continuing support and help.

Mike Hitchcock (below) presented an amusing slide show depicting the life story of his computer (brain), and invited all present to share the beautiful 10th birthday cake, along with a glass of bubbly or orange juice.

Above: Dianne Grigson and Moruya Golf Club Manager Ken Brown celebrating 10 years of EuroSCUG

Above: original members Roger Sides, Peter Anderson, Mike Hitchcock, David Bourke, and Leslie Willmouth

EuroSCUG’s next meeting, at 10am on Wednesday 7th March, at Moruya Golf Club, will be the AGM. Morning tea will be followed by presentations with the theme “Get Online and Save Heaps” – Grocery shopping, Travel, eBay, and Finding an Appropriate Present.

Visitors are most welcome.

EuroSCUG will hold an Open Day during Seniors Week, on Wednesday 4th April, at Moruya Golf Club. The group meets at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month at Moruya Golf Club, and local area groups meet regularly in Batemans Bay, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma. Monthly tablet groups (iPad and Android) are also held.

For more information visit our website at, or phone 0431 809 073

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