Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Tech Savvy Genealogists' Meme

Jill Ball at Geniaus has created The Tech Savvy Genealogists' Meme and explains why she did so at So you think you're a Tech Savvy Genealogist...

I think it's always a good idea and rather fun, sometimes, to evaluate yourself and see how you “measure up” to certain criteria...

If you wish to participate in the meme, simply copy the text below and paste it into your blog (or into a note on facebook or Google+ if you don't have a blog) and  link back to Jill's post for a little "link love". Annotate the list 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.
  1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad [Probably will get one when the netbook dies]
  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/ancestor's home
  5. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree [Legacy]
  6. Have a Twitter account [Yes, I do have an account but I don't have the time or internet access to actively use it.]
  7. Tweet daily
  8. Have a genealogy blog
  9. Have more then one genealogy blog [Whitley County Kinexxions, but haven't posted on it with any frequency since January 2009!!]
  10. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic [Blogging, way back in February 2008]
  11. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise [Have an account, but don't have time for it.]
  12. Have a Facebook Account
  13. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
  14. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
  15. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society [Been there, done that, probably not again.]
  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 an account and check in when I have time and internet access.]
  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 [Yes, along with two other scanners]
  22. Can code a webpage in .html [Am a little rusty, but can code basic stuff]
  23. Own a smartphone [I can foresee this becoming a “necessity” in the future.]
  24. Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
  25. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures [Is that legal?]
  26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival [Past contributions to the COG, hope to resume contributing in the near future.]
  27. Use Chrome as a Browser [Almost always, unless a site “requires” another]
  28. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
  29. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
  30. Have a personal genealogy website [Had one but it is now defunct. A blog is better!]
  31. Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive
  32. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
  33. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files [documents and papers as well as family photos]
  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 [Have one file on WorldConnect not sure I'll ever do another – a blog is better!]
  36. Own a netbook [Using it as this is being written. Don't know what I'd do without it!]
  37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes [too cumbersome]
  38. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
  39. Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget
  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 [Hoping to attend in 2012]
  45. Have listened to a Blogtalk radio session about genealogy [Difficult to do while traveling]
  46. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud
  47. Schedule regular email backups
  48. Have contriibuted to the Familysearch Wiki
  49. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs [Have them scanned but not tagged]
  50. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format [Have one written but not published, it needs some work done on it yet. Someday. Published the “Phend Family History” in 1991, the old-fashioned way.]

I'm not quite a genea-techno-geek, but I'm on my way...

1 comment:

Geniaus said...

Appreciate your input and promotion of the meme, Becky.
I do hope you come along to Rootstech in 2012 so I can say g'day to you.