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And the winner is…

I want an iPad! I want an iPad!

Who wouldn’t want an iPad???

It’s been a tremendous last few months here at RootsMagic. We’ve been busy with the new releases of Personal Historian 2 and RootsMagic 5. We’re also excited to participate in one of the largest genealogy events in North America- RootsTech!

We want to celebrate these momentous events with you, our loyal users! And what better way to celebrate than with a treasure hunt where you could win one of many prizes including an iPad 2!

Online Treasure Hunt

We’ve partnered with 15 of the best and brightest genealogy bloggers who will be reporting at the RootsTech conference. Each blogger will place one of 15 clue words on their website

From Thursday, February 2 through Wednesday, February 8, 2012, visit for a complete list of the blogs where the 15 clue words can be found. Visit each blog, collect all 15 clue words, and you could win software, prizes, or an iPad 2!

Enter at RootsTech or at Home

Once you’ve collected the clues there are two ways to enter. The first is at the RootsTech conference itself. Pick up an entry card at the RootsMagic booth (#224) in the Exhibit Hall. Write the clue words on the back of the card and return it to the RootsMagic booth in the Exhibit Hall by Saturday, February 4 at 1:20 pm. At that time, we will hold the prize drawings. You must be present to win.

We didn’t want those who aren’t able to attend RootsTech in person to feel left out so we’re holding a second drawing and giving away more prizes including a second iPad 2. To enter this drawing, visit anytime between Thursday, February 2 and midnight MST on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Fill out the online form to be entered into the second drawing. You may enter both drawings but one entry per person, per drawing. Winners will be picked at random and notified via e-mail by Friday, February 10, 2012.

Remember, the treasure hunt doesn’t begin until this Thursday. Good luck!

What fun!


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)