Denise Olson, whose Moultrie Creek Gazette blog offers technology and research support to family historians, developed MCOHS as a collaborative effort which would include contributions from many groups and individuals.
Denise is a native Floridian with family ties from Texas to Virginia. When she enlisted in the Air Force she got her first taste of computer technology. An assignment as a technical instructor sent her on a path of teaching and technical support that has adapted to many technology changes over the years – from mainframe computers to word processors to personal computers, from text-only displays to highly graphical ones.
She married a Soldier and her status changed from service member to military wife, but her association with the military continues. Today she serves as a civilian employee for the National Guard managing the organization’s web sites.
Kathryn Doyle serves as the Marketing Committee Chair as part of her board duties for the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, California. Her frustration with the lack of local media attention shown to the society and its events led to the creation of the California Genealogical Society and Library blog. She is a great supporter of genealogical societies, holding membership in three county societies in Pennsylvania where her forebears lived (Blair, Indiana and Huntingdon) in addition to CGSL, her local society in California, and to the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
Thomas MacEntee from Chicago has been researching his family history for over 12 years when he was given one of only 100 known copies of “Genealogy of David Putman and His Descendants” printed in 1916. The book traces his matrilineal line back to 1661 in New York when it was known as New Netherlands. Also an admitted techno-geek, Thomas has been attempting to combine his experience in the Information Technology field for the past 20 years with his love of genealogy. Such attempts have not dulled his senses or discouraged him from finding creative solutions to problems – they have just given him grayer hair and less of it. Thomas continues to learn and adapt new technologies in his role as Applications Analyst at Heller Ehrman LLP and while posting to his blog Destination: Austin Family. The memories of white out, blue backs, mag cards, microfiche readers, library call slips, the Dewey Decimal System, 12″ floppy disks, Lotus 123 and fax carbon rolls are distant and faded. Yet Thomas isn’t hesitant to mention them when some young whippersnapper complains that some search or process took too long. Thomas remembers the dark days before the Internet and talk of gigabytes and servers and when he had to walk uphill five miles to work on cold winter days with a hot potato in his coat pocket.