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A Little History

In 1943, I was born in Watsonville's, Community Hospital in California, USA. I graduated from Watsonville High School in 1961 and earned a bachelors in 1966 and an MBA in 1970 from San Jose State.

I worked for Lockheed starting in the late 60s and from 1978 to my retirement in 2007, for Kaiser Permanente. I've developed some competitive skills playing duplicate bridge, becoming an ACBL Ruby Life Master in Unit 500 of District 21 in 2005. I've enjoyed exploring personal computers and the Internet, trying to absorb it all. When my mom passed away in 1998, I was elected by my siblings to receive family history documents and continue with genealogy research she started. I was married to Diane Louise Silva from Feb 14, 1982 until her death on May 30, 2018.

News Flash

C L I P A R T - Do you ever need clip art for that great project you're working on? Well, try Googling the word "Clipart" plus a word describing clipart you need, then [RETURN]. A large number of useable images will be displayed. Interestingly enough, when you use the Bing.com search engine, it does the same thing, but the images differ. So, visit http://bing.com and then type "Clipart" plus another word(s) then [RETURN]. For example try typing in (without the quotes) "Clipart Genealogy" in both Google and Bing. They are VERY useful.

Stuff I'm working on

On December 23, 2017 Ancestry.com disabled the Rootsweb.com web site (See reason in their blog post) with no notice. Four web sites I manage had to be recreated: With any luck the original sites will be restored, but until them please use the following:

Started working on my vacation cruise web site http://cruise.bdgeorge.com again in Dec. 2017. Originally created with DreamWeaver in 2007, I started using iWeb (example Mexico Cruise) when I converted to Apple computers in 2007. Apple discontinued iWeb about 5 yrs ago, so I returned to Dreamweaver. Decided to try another product in 2017, RapidWeaver 7 and I'm currently creating cruise pages (example 2016 Hawaii). I've retooled recent ones (Cruise Home Page, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska, South Pacific)

I started maintaining the Indiana County U.S. Pennsylvania, Genweb Web Site on August 20, 2012, added Santa Cruz County, California Sept. 20, 2015 and added Mendocino County, California in 2017. Also have http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~billgeorge, which is currently down due to the Rootsweb outage.

My mother's genealogy... starting with Henry Austin Snider, my mother's maternal grandfather, born in Ohio in 1868. He has descendants in all over the west (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, California etc). I'm also working on my George line from time to time, but it's slow going. I've identified Samuel George b. 1815, d. 1889, m. 1842 from Indiana County, Pennsylvania as my 2nd great grandfather and am attempting to find his father who was Irish according to the 1880 census (of Samuel and Emily George, residing in Sandy Lake, Mercer County, PA since 1871). I volunteered to maintain the Indiana County, Pennsylvania GenWeb site to get some perspective on the area Samuel George lived in for most of his life.

Membership in several local Genealogy groups... San Ramon Genealogical Society http://srvgensoc.org (SIG coordinator) , East Bay Genealogical Society http://rootsweb.com/~caebaygs, currently located at http://caebaygs.bdgeorge while Rootsweb is down (webmaster), Hayward Area Genealogical Society http://rootsweb.com/~cahags currently located at http://cahags.bdgeorge.com) (webmaster), Livermore Amador Valley Genealogical Society http://l-ags.org and Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group http://svcgg.org in Santa Clara.

Castro Valley Library twice-monthly Genealogy Study Group meeting, helped my wife conduct this meeting. The class is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Wayne Ainsworth took over the class in May, 2018 and is now the leader. The library has a list of events on their web site and http://cacvgg.bdgeorge has been set up to support the class.

A Macintosh Genealogy Society I started in 2009 that has 2nd Wed. 7pm, monthly meetings at the Oakland FamilySearch Library. See http://www.macgen.org.

I play ACBL Duplicate bridge in the Southern Alameda County, ACBL Unir 500 and have advanced to the Ruby Life Master category (between 1500-2500 master points). Helped manage the Unit 499, 500 and 501 websites back in "the day".

Attend occasional computer group meetings, PC Community http://pcc.org, San Leandro Macintosh User Group http://slmug.org, San Leandro Computer Club (http://slcc.bdgeorge.com) for Atari Computers and The Nybblers (TRS-80). Sad to note that the Tri-Valley Mac User Group, of which I was a member, folded shop in November, 2015.

Photography, stamp collecting, keyboard playing to a lesser degree.

I've accumulated many of my favorite genealogy links on my personal genealogy web page. One link that's really cool is http://www.zillow.com/ that lets you be very nosy and see what home prices are.

I use Twitter, Facebook and Google+. They are easy to set up, and are FREE, as are Blogspot blogs. FYI Facebook allows you to create a free personal Facebook "Page" in addition to your own Facebook News Feed.

Internet Presence

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Family

My wife and I were been happily married from 1982 until her death May 30, 2018. She had a passion for computing, painting, photography, miniatures and genealogy.

My families (Paternal is George, Maternal is Pardee) have get togethers annually. If you are a family member please contact me to be included.

Computer Groups

I've helped to start several computer user groups since 1978. All continue to exist (as of October, 2018).

  • 1979 - The Nybblers - for Windows, DOS and TRS-80 Computers. 7:30 pm, currently being held the 3rd Friday of each month at Ron Ring's house. Request information by sending an e-mail to thenybblers@aol.com.
  • 1983 - San Leandro Computer Club - For Atari Computers, SLCC - Meets on the first Tues. of the month at 7pm at the San Leandro Community Library. Contact Robbie Bridges at (510) 797-5636 or rrbridges@comcast.net.
  • 1988 - PC Clubhouse, - For IBM PC's and compatibles. It meets at 7:30 pm, 1st Friday of each month. See the web site for details. The name was eventually changed to PC Community.
  • 2009 - MacGen for Mac computer users who are interested in Genealogy. See http://www.macgen.org
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