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Computer Genealogy Group Meeting (CoGG)

September 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Today’s presentation is “Doing Name Indexing of Foreign Language Documents,” by Douglas A. McOmber.

Douglas McOmber with leis, 2002

Douglas McOmber

  • A quick review of name indexing–what it is and how it is done.
  • A demonstration of actual name indexing of foreign language documents in Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese (if available) and German. And if somebody finds that indexing in English is “foreign” to them, we will do a document in English, too–something old with challenging cursive script.

Speaker Biography

  • Born in 1945 in Pocatello, Idaho.
  • Lived in Idaho, Utah, California, Maryland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
  • Contract translation of various Chinese books and articles for SAIC (Science Applications International), 2002 to present.
  • Field operations language analyst, National Security Agency, Hawaii, 1996-2002.
  • Chinese language analyst, National Security Agency, Maryland, 1981-1996
  • Lecturer in Chinese, University of California at Berkeley, 1980-1981

Ph.D., Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
M.A., Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley, 1973
B.A. in Chinese and Asian Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1970
Full-time advanced study of Chinese for a year at a training center in Taiwan, 1986
Full-time advanced study of Japanese for a year at a training center in Tokyo, 1974
Intensive study of Mandarin for a summer at Stanford University, 1968
Intensive study of Mandarin for a summer at Taiwan Normal University, 1969
Learned Cantonese and Mandarin as a missionary in Hong Kong, 1964-1967

Wife, Cliffie McOmber, two children and five grandchildren.
Our daughter and her family live in San Jose, California.
Our son and his family live in Mililani, Hawaii

Interests: History, literature, religion, foreign languages, political economics, gardening, woodworking, and genealogy.

About CoGG: This is a special interest group of the NSDCGS. CoGG programs focus on computer and internet issues, research and tools, relating to Genealogy. The CoGG speakers will enhance our computer experience in finding our families and piecing together their lives. Open to all levels of computer/genealogy experience. For more information regarding this program, please contact our CoGG Chair, Fred Elledge, at

The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. Please join us in the coffee room; on the left, inside the chamber. Note: only water is allowed in the chamber.

Society meeting format:

  • 9:30 am Coffee Social
  • 10:00 am Society News, Brief Sharing and Speaker Presentation


September 12
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Fred Elledge


Carlsbad City Council Chambers
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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