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Campaign for NW-Plains CC Representative, Joy Fisher

I'm not a politician; I am an Engineer by training and trade. I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry, worked on missiles and rockets for the U. S. Navy, and taught Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for many years. I took my first computer programming class in the early 1960's, before the dawn of the personal computer age, and became the first undergraduate to ever use the university's computer for my senior design project.

I have been with USGenWeb since its inception. I started two of the first KY counties in KYGenWeb before it grew into USGenWeb. I have been part of the USGenWeb Archives from the very beginning.

To date I have personally transcribed and uploaded to the Archives over 40,000 files. I still have 2 rooms full of books and loose papers to get on-line. Some highlights:

In 2002, offered my expertise to the MT office of the BLM and received the entire regional (ND, SD and MT) BLM General Land Office database in return. The BLM has its own web site now, glorecords, but the database I received was much more extensive than what they have put on-line. For example, our database includes all the Indian allotments, lands ceded to the railroads so they would build railroads, and lands set aside for the federal government to use for parks, forests and Indian Reservations. Glorecords contains none of these. The data was contained in 6 huge text files and the three states were mixed together. I imported the data into a database and then sorted the data by state, county, and then alphabetically by last name. We have them all on-line. 12 million records.

In 2006, I got a copy of the Dept. of Veteran Affairs National Cemetery Database. The database was contained in separate surname text files, one for each letter of the alphabet. I loaded the text files into a database, and sorted by state, cemetery, and then alphabetically by name of the deceased. 3.5 million burials.

My husband and I spend each Monday morning at our local FamilySearch Library, scanning and saving to a portable drive microfilmed records. To date we have scanned films for Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Idaho, and the Dakotas.

I have been teaching classes on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at our local FamilySearch Library for the past 4 years - with most classes relying heavily on showing off (what else) USGenWeb!

Since 2006, I have been representing USGenWeb at the following conferences:

FGS Conference in Boston, 2006. I gave 4 talks, including one on the Archives and helped maintain a booth in the Exhibit Hall

Genealogy Jamboree in St. George, UT, 2007 Cindy Alldredge (Washington Co. UT CC) gave a talk about USGenWeb and asked me to talk for a few minutes about the Archives as a part of her presentation. Cindy and I also maintained a booth.

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, 2007. I gave a generic talk about USGenWeb, covering all phases of the project, not just the Archives and maintained a booth.

FGS Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN, 2007 I, along with many other USGenWeb volunteers maintained a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Genealogy Jamboree in St. George, UT, 2008 Cindy Alldredge and I gave a talk about USGenWeb and also maintained a booth.

FGS Conference in Philadelphia, 2008 Tina Vickery and I staffed a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

TXGenWeb Meeting, April, 2009 in Conroe, TX. I gave a talk on the Archives and met many wonderful TX volunteers.

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, 2009. I gave a talk on Finding Hidden Treasures in USGenWeb and I staffed the booth in the Exhibit Hall.

FGS Conference in Little Rock, AR, 2010 representing all of USGenWeb.

NGS Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, May 2011. I gave a talk on USGenWeb to about 50 attendees and maintained a booth in the exhibit hall.

TXGenWeb Meeting, April, 2011 in Paris, TX. I gave a talk on the "How to find materials for your web site".

TXGenWeb Meeting, April, 2012 in Tyler, TX. I gave a talk on using Penny Postards in your research and on your web sites.

FGS Conference in Birmingham, AL, 2012 representing all of USGenWeb. I gave a talk on USGenWeb to about 50 attendees in the demo room and maintained a booth in the exhibit hall.

TXGenWeb Meeting, April, 2013 in Plano, TX. I gave a talk entitled "Don't Overlook Newspapers" showing how to use on-line scanned newspapers to gather local and family history.

FGS Conference at Fort Wayne, IN, 2013. I gave a talk on USGenWeb to about 50 attendees in the demo room and maintained a booth in the exhibit hall.

I designed and printed brochures for both the Archives and the Tombstone Project to hand out at these meetings:
See brochures here
I also updated and printed a brochure originally designed by Ellen Pack and distributed them at meetings.
I have printed postcards with state maps on them for distribution at conferences.

I firmly believe in the free exchange of information. I will never allow a "Donate Here" link on the USGenWeb pages nor will I allow banner advertising, if elected. Server space has become so reasonable that outside funding is not necessary.

I have provided technical assistance to all USGenWeb volunteers, including (but not limited to) expertise on converting strangely formatted files, copyright issues, and other emergencies as they arose.

Win or lose, I intend to continue doing what I have been doing. Acquiring and uploading data to share with everyone for free.

Some changes/ improvements I would like to see implemented:
    Search engines for all states and counties
    Mailing lists managed by USGenweb
    

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. My e-mail address is sdgenweb@yahoo.com and alternative address is jfisher@sdgenweb.com

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