Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme

Are you a tech savvy genealogist?

That is the question posed by Jill Ball over at Geniaus. Jill writes:

"I invite anyone with an interest in genealogy to participate. If you don't have a blog and wish to participate you can write them up on Google+ or post them as a note on Facebook. Or you can just create your own document to keep track of your own goals."

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
2.  Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
3.  Have used Skype to for genealogy purposes
4.  Have used a camera to capture images in a library, archives, or ancestor’s home (all three)
5.  Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
6.  Have a Twitter account (tweeted 2,921 times. Does that make me a baby bird?)
7.  Tweet daily
8.  Have a genealogy blog (nice of you to visit!)
9.  Have more then one genealogy blog
10. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic. (will be presenting sometime in near future)
11. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise (thanks to this post have joined this morning. Waiting for approval)
12. Have a Facebook Account
13. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook (most Facebook interaction is now spent with fellow genealogists!)
14. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
15. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society (hope to begin sometime before winter)
16. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
17. Have registered a domain name
18. Post regularly to Google+ (have not seen an over abundance of genealogy traffic yet on site)
19. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers (where this genealogy adventure began, thanks Thomas)
20. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
21. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner (if any of my children are reading this...hint, hint)
22. Can code a webpage in .html
23. Own a smartphone
24. Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
25. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures (use to record family stories)
26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
27. Use Chrome as a Browser (I'm a Firefox girl, super techy son recommended)
28. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
29. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
30. Have a personal genealogy website
31. Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive (favorite pastime-some stories are  better than TMZ)
32. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture (usually some pretty lively conversation occuring during these events)
33. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files (in process)
34. Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs (GoogleReader)
35. Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage or Ancestry
36. Own a netbook (see #21)
37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes (computer)
38. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy
39. Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget (not that tech savvy yet. Great goal for next year)
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 offsite
44. Know about Rootstech
45. Have listened to a Blogtalk radio session about genealogy
46. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud
47. Schedule regular email backups
48. Have contributed to the Familysearch Wiki
49. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs (many complete, tons more to go)
50. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format (hope to accomplish by the end of 2015)

My tech savvy score is 31 out of 50 = 62%! Guess that is not bad for a beginner. I obviously have to get on board with all the new tech toys. Need to get some more "savvy" in my "genealogy"!

Thanks to Jill for this fun post!

Head over to GeneaBloggers for Genealogy Meme-Apalooza!

1 comment:

  1. You sound pretty savvy to me and you demonstrate with your involvement on Google+.

    Thanks for participating in the mem, I appreciate your input.