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Change is good, Part 2

In the previous post, I shared the fact that I have made some major changes in my family history “routine:”

  • I am no longer subscribed to major genealogy online sites Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
  • I can no longer use RootsMagic as my desktop genealogy database software, since I am now using a Chromebook computer.

So, how in the world can I possibly jump-start my research with such limitations???

As an experiment, I am going to continue my research using only free sites such as FamilySearch, Chronicling America, USGenWeb and Find A Grave. And, of course the local public library and courthouse. I think (I know!) that I have gotten spoiled and lazy by using the Internet for 99% of my research. Inspired by the traditions set forth by my sturdy ancestors, I’m going to rough it!

As for my RootsMagic dilemma, I quickly realized that to continue with the Chromebook, then I would need to upload my GEDCOM to the cloud, to an online database site, such as Geni or WikiTree. I then looked at all such sites available, to see what would work best for me. After careful consideration, I have decided to use WeRelate:

WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. It is the world’s largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 2,500,000 people and growing. WeRelate is currently in beta. It is supported by volunteers and your tax-deductible donations.

These changes should definitely alleviate the “boredom” factor!

P. S. Have you noticed the new theme and title for this blog? I figured that if I was gonna make some changes, then I should include this place, too… :)