Notes from the past…

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What’s new in the world of genealogy

What has been happening in the world of genealogy during this past week?

Probably the biggest news item this week is MyHeritage’s acquiring of BackupMyTree.

BackupMyTree bills itself as “The Easiest Way to Preserve Your Family’s History. Fast, automatic backup and off-site storage for all of your family tree files. All of the popular family tree file formats are supported. Download your files at any time. FREE, simple, easy, safe & secure.”

Need some clarification of copyright laws? SassyJane has pointed out a nifty chart that’s sure to help!

If you use, heads up! You have until Sept 23 to transfer your bookmarks to another service or lose them

The long established, popular social bookmarking service,, is undergoing a major facelift after being acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Although there’s not many details about the exact changes to the site, existing members must agree to let Yahoo transfer their bookmarks to the new Internet company AVOS, by September 23 2011.

Google+ is now available to everyone, no invite needed.

According to Google, they have made exactly 99 improvements to Google+ and the 100th is making Google+ available to everyone. All you have to do is head over to and click the Sign In button to sign in with your regular Google account and create your Google+ profile. Of course, if you don’t have a Google account you can click the create new account button to make one.

Something that I have recently discovered is genealogy-related webinars. Wow, talk about an undiscovered resource! Where to find them? Check out DearMYRTLE’s GeneaWebinars.

And finally, this bit of news just popped up this morning. Seems no longer employs Adobe Flash to display images, due to on-going security issues. Understandable…

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Last week’s research activities

Not much research this past week:

1. Completed entering data, sources for 3GGM Serena Jane Brown into RootsMagic database, uploaded images to Picasa Web Albums
2. Deleted several distant ancestors from my database*

*I don’t view genealogy as a collection of names. In order to maintain a manageable and accurate (as much as possible) database, I have to draw the line somewhere. To this end, I normally only research 2-3 generations laterally from my direct-line ancestors. Occasionally, I will find a more distant ancestor who has a really interesting story to tell. Maybe that person connects to a never-before-used resource (Dr F B Appling and the Southern Claims Commission) or perhaps I find someone who was involved in a particular historic event (Dr E T Easley and the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878).


You might be a Tech Savvy Genealogist if…

From Geniaus: a list of 50 criteria that might indicate that one is a Tech Savvy Genealogist.

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

Which of these apply to me?

1 Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad (I’ve played with my granddaughter’s iPad…)
2 Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes (see 1)
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 (RootsMagic!)
6 Have a Twitter account
7 Tweet daily (I just don’t have that much to say!)
8 Have a genealogy blog
9 Have more then one genealogy blog
10 Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic
11 Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise (I joined when it first came into being, but lost interest in a hurry.)
12 Have a Facebook Account
13 Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
14 Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page (I only recently created a page for my blog… the jury’s still out on this one…)
15 Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society
16 Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site (I sent in a correction about the spelling of my grandfather’s last name to Ancestry.)
17 Have registered a domain name
18 Post regularly to Google+ (Why do I need Facebook and Google+?)
19 Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
20 Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project (Thinking about it, but don’t have much extra time to devote to such a responsibility.)
21 Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner
22 Can code a webpage in .html (I’m certainly no expert, but I can keep my nose above water…)
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 (with speaker’s permission of course)
26 Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
27 Use Chrome as a Browser (I prefer Firefox’s security.)
28 Have participated in a genealogy webinar (Second Life)
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
32 Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
33 Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files (working on it…)
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 (RootsWeb’s WorldConnect)
36 Own a netbook
37 Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes (can’t type fast enough!)
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
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 (working on it…)
50 Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format (I have created a couple of pdf books, at Scribd)