Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Genealogist Responds to the Tech-Savvy Genealogist Meme

Geniaus created The Tech-Savvy Genealogist Meme. She came up with 50 items.

John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch expanded the list to 80, and also reworded two of her entries. His additions were intermingled so the numbering has changed, though he have put an (*) by each of the additions.

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

Feel free to add extra comments in brackets after each item.

Which of these apply to you?

1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad [Santa brought me  NookColor last Christmas. It's an Android-based machine that is more like a tablet now that apps are functional.]
2. Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
*3. Use a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader for genealogy related purposes [see #1]
4. Have used Skype or Google Video Chat to for genealogy purposes
5. Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor's home
6. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
*7. Use multiple genealogy software programs because they each have different functionalities.
8. Have a Twitter account
9. Tweet daily
10. Have a genealogy blog
11. Have more than one genealogy blog
12. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic [have given many tech talks to various DAR chapters]
13. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise [not active, though]
14. Have a Facebook Account
15. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
16. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page [Here's one:]
17. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society [New blog for San Luis Obispo Co. Genealogical Society launching soon!]
18. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
*19. Have added content to a Person Page on Fold3 (formerly Footnote)
20. Have registered a domain name
21. Post regularly to Google+
*22. Have participated in a genealogy-related Google+ hangout [Started to, but didn't have any make-up on so chickened out.]
23. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
*24. Have a blog listed on Cyndi's List
25. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project [indexed numerous records for the DAR's GRS]
*26. Have converted a family audiotape to digital
*27. Have converted a family videotape to digital
*28. Have converted family movies pre-dating videotape to digital.
29. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner [I have a Magic Vue, but really prefer my small, flatbed scanner instead. Guess that makes me old school about scanners.]
30. Can code a webpage in .html
*31. Can code a webpage in .html using Notepad (or any other text-only software) [Doesn't mean I want to.]
*32. Can write scripts for your webpage in at least one programming language
*33. Can write scripts for your webpage in multiple programming languages
34. Own a smartphone
35. Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
*36. Have a local library card that offers you home access to online databases, and you use that access.
37. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures [Didn't think this was kosher??]
38. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
*39. Have hosted a genealogy blog carnival [It was ages ago.]
40. Use an Internet Browser that didn't come installed on your computer [Currently, Chrome]
41. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
42. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
43. Have a personal genealogy website [Isn't that what this blog is? If not, I had one years ago on Geocities.]
44. Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive
45. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
*46. Have tweeted during a family reunion [Still hoping to attend one... someday.]
47. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files [Not finished. Or even close.]
48. Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs
49. Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage or Ancestry
50. Own a netbook
51. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes
52. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
53. Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget
54. Have listened to a genealogy podcast online
55. Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening
56. Backup your files to a portable hard drive [3, to be exact.]
57. Have a copy of your genealogy files stored offsite [Mozy, but considering Carbonite.]
58. Know about RootsTech
59. Have listened to a BlogTalk radio session about genealogy
60. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud
61. Schedule regular email backups
62. Have contributed to the FamilySearch Wiki
63. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs [working on it]
64. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format
*65. Brought a USB device to a microfilm repository so you could download instead of print.
*66. Have a wearable USB device containing important files. (Watch, keychain necklace, etc) [necklace and bracelet]
*67. Created a map on Google Maps plotting ancestral homes or businesses.
*68. Recorded the GPS coordinates for a tombstone, or ancestral home
*69. Edited the Wikipedia entry for an ancestor, or their kin
*70. Created an entry at FindAGrave for a person
*71. Created an entry at FindAGrave for a cemetery
*72. Uploaded the MediaWiki software (or TikiWiki, or PhpWiki) to your family website.
*73. Have downloaded a video (for genealogical purposes) from YouTube or other streaming video site using, or in some other fashion
*74. Have transferred a video from a DVR to your computer for genealogical purposes
*75. Have participated in a ScanFest
*76. Have started a Genealogy-related meme at least one other geneablogger participated in.
*77. Have started a Genealogy-related weekly blogging theme other geneabloggers participated in.
*78. Have used Photoshop (or other editing software) to 'clean up' an old family photo
*79. Done digital scrapbooking
*80. Printed out a satellite photo from Google Maps of a cemetery, and marked where a tombstone was located on it.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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Geniaus said...

Thanks for joining in, Elizabeth. I'm chuffed that so many geneabloggers are joining the fun

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Have done and am doing quite a few of those listed ---- what I want to do, but haven't is the goodle+. Just not sure where to begin and sadly don't have the time now that school has started back up. . . .

Lori said...

I really wanted to do all those things, but I got worn out just from reading the list....

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I totally get that, @Lori. Sometimes it's exhausting just trying to keep up!

@Suzan, do you need a G+ invite? Send me your email address, if you do.

@Geniaus, you're quite welcome - it was fun!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I didn't know you needed an invite! Yes- I would appreciate it! I'll check it out this weekend!
Thank you!

mike said...

nice article i read this many times i love this article please update more articles like this thanx

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

As of yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 20, G+ is now open to the public. You no longer need an invitation to sign up. But I suppose it's always nice to be invited to something. :-)

Ummm... thanks, @Mike. That's awfully high praise for a meme response. ;-)