Notes from the past…

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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 and
  • 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… :)

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Change is good

When I made the decision to step away from genealogy for a time, I think part of what pushed me away was the fact that I was bored. I was tired of doing things the same way I had done them for many, many years.

So when I recently decided the time was right to pick up my research again, after several months of inactivity, I didn’t want to quickly find myself in the same situation. It was time to be different, to be… daring!

One immediate difference has to do with where I plan to look for family history data.

For several years, I have had subscriptions to both and But during my little hiatus, both subscriptions expired and I did not renew them.

Also, I have used desktop genealogy software, as well as maintaining a RootsWeb WorldConnect database online. This method requires a periodic online backup of my  local data, as well as updating  the WorldConnect database for time to time. Images and documents are stored “in the cloud”, specifically Google Drive and SkyDrive.

While the above system (in addition to using an external hard drive) works well for backing up 10 years’ worth of my very valuable genealogy data, it’s also a lot of work. A lot of boring work…

Also, I have recently purchased a Chromebook, and my old friend RootsMagic can’t be used with a Chromebook.

So, what is my solution?

(end “Change is Good”, part 1)