I’d started my post for the 99 things genealogy meme but wasn’t ready to post it. I was still making some adjustments to suit Jewish genealogy when Jill Ball at Geniaus came out with the Tech Savvy Meme. This is one I can do.
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
- Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad
- Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
- Have used Skype for genealogy purposes
- Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor’s home
- Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
- Have a Twitter account
- Tweet daily
- Have a genealogy blog
- Have more than one genealogy blog
- Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic
- Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise
Define “active”. Have a current and “active” account? Yes. Using the site? No.
- Have a Facebook Account
- Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
- Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
- Maintain a blog or web site for a genealogy society
- Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
- Have registered a domain name
- Post regularly to Google+
- Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
- Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
- Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner
I have a reasonably portable scanner, 1 inch thick. I used to have one that was like a giant mouse, but those are hard to use. I think a Flip-Pal is still in my near future.
- Can code a webpage in HTML
- Own a smartphone
Shopping for one at the moment, not for the phone, but just to have a more compact Android device.
- Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
I can get most of these free at the Family History Library. But I have access to some at home, does it count if I didn’t actually pay? This doesn’t specify. ;-)
- Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures
- Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
- Use Chrome as a web browser
- Have participated in a genealogy webinar
- Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
- Have a personal genealogy web site
- Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive
I can’t remember anything specific. All my grandparents are immigrants, so finding something would be very recent, or in a foreign language.
- Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
- Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files
- Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs
- Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage, or Ancestry
- Own a netbook
Thought about it, but went for a tablet instead, with a portable keyboard. More of a coolness factor with the tablet.
- Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes
- Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
- Have developed a genealogy software program, app, or widget
I wrote my own program years ago when I couldn’t find one I liked.
- Have listened to a genealogy podcast online
- Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening
- Backup your files to a portable hard drive
- Have a copy of your genealogy files stored off-site
- Know about RootsTech
- Have listened to a Blogtalkradio session about genealogy
- Use Dropbox, SugarSync, or other service to save documents in the cloud
- Schedule regular email backups
I had SugarSync backing up email, until it sucked up all my bandwidth during vacation and I couldn’t get it to stop. Have to get that back up and running.
- Have contributed to the FamilySearch Wiki
- Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs
- Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format
I started turning my family book to a PDF format. I need to update/rewrite and then I’ll have this done. I do have my family newsletter online.