Notes from the past…

The iPad Challenge!

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mary-poppins1A few weeks ago, I wrote a series of posts dealing with the exclusive use of an iPad for genealogical research. I did a lot of research, decided what needed to be done to set up my newly-acquired iPad 2, then went about turning it into the “practically perfect in every way” genealogical research assistant.

But since then, I have to confess that I haven’t been using my new iPad hardly at all. I found a very nice hard case for it on Amazon.com, put it in the case and put it on a shelf on my desk… and there it has remained, collecting dust.

So, starting today, I plan to use my iPad for genealogical research, and no other computer, for one week.

I am actually doing 2 types of “research” right now. Each day I try to continue to go through my RootsMagic database, check each individual and update his/her file. This entails both looking for new data and reviewing what I already have for that person and making sure everything is entered (SOURCES!!!) correctly into the database. I am also going through my Surname folders and uploading images to the Photos/Documents pages of this blog (see menu at top of page).

But first, there are a couple of preliminary tasks to complete using my desktop HP computer:

  1. update the GEDCOM being used by the FamViewer app
  2. upload any new images to SkyDrive so I can access them on my iPad

These present some continued problems: I can’t edit my database using FamViewer, so I can do all the research in the world, but at the end of the day, I would still have to transfer everything to RootsMagic on my desktop computer. Also, uploading new images to SkyDrive is a slow process.

So how can I resolve these issues?

To be continued…

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