The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme

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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

  1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad
  2. Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
  3. Have used Skype for genealogy purposes
  4. Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor’s home
  5. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
  6. Have a Twitter account
  7. Tweet daily
  8. Have a genealogy blog
  9. Have more than one genealogy blog
  10. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic
  11. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise
    Define “active”. Have a current and “active” account? Yes. Using the site? No.
  12. Have a Facebook Account
  13. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
  14. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
  15. Maintain a blog or web site for a genealogy society
  16. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
  17. Have registered a domain name
  18. Post regularly to Google+
  19. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
  20. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
  21. 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.
  22. Can code a webpage in HTML
  23. Own a smartphone
    Shopping for one at the moment, not for the phone, but just to have a more compact Android device.
  24. 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. ;-)
  25. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures
  26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
  27. Use Chrome as a web browser
  28. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
  29. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
  30. Have a personal genealogy web site
  31. 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.
  32. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
  33. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files
  34. Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs
  35. Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage, or Ancestry
  36. Own a netbook
    Thought about it, but went for a tablet instead, with a portable keyboard. More of a coolness factor with the tablet.
  37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes
  38. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
  39. Have developed a genealogy software program, app, or widget
    I wrote my own program years ago when I couldn’t find one I liked.
  40. Have listened to a genealogy podcast online
  41. Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening
  42. Backup your files to a portable hard drive
  43. Have a copy of your genealogy files stored off-site
  44. Know about RootsTech
  45. Have listened to a Blogtalkradio session about genealogy
  46. Use Dropbox, SugarSync, or other service to save documents in the cloud
  47. 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.
  48. Have contributed to the FamilySearch Wiki
  49. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs
  50. 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.
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One Response to “The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme”

  1. Geniaus says:

    Thanks for participating, Banai. I am especially enjoying the comments and the cheeky suggestions for extra items like 17.5 ;-))

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