25 July 2014

My own mini-scanfests

When you come back home after a productive research trip to an archive or library do you often end up with a stack of photocopies? Yes, me too. I use my digital camera whenever I can but sometimes it just isn't possible to take photos. Sometimes the repository doesn't allow it, and other times the documents are folded up so well that it is just easier to get the experts to photocopy them. When I get home I tend to leave them for a while in the 'filing' pile, and the longer they stay there … [Read more...]

Meet the Challenge

This post was originally posted as part of the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge in 2010. The challenge this week is: Come up with a personal genealogy challenge of your own. Each person has different research goals and experiences. Use this week to come up with your own challenge, and then take the steps to accomplish it. Haha, I thought. that one's easy! My biggest challenge is finding the time toget everything done that I need to do. So I've decided, for the sake of this … [Read more...]

What will you do when your computer crashes?

The longer you work with and read about computers, the more horror stories you read about what went wrong. Whether there is a happy end to the story or not depends on whether the owner of the computer backs up their data and how regularly they do it. Here's my story. This happened late last week. My laptop is almost three years old, so it's getting on for a laptop. Laptops are different from desktops, they are built to be small, not to last. This laptop pretty well contains my life - my … [Read more...]

Who wants to know about their family history?

A post from Ancestry.com about how little Americans in general know about their family history has surprised me. In summary, the results are: Most 18- to 34–years-old Americans (83%) are interested in learning their family history. For older age groups the percentages were increasingly smaller. Half of Americans know the name of only one or none of their great-grandparents. One in five Americans don’t know what either of their grandfathers do or did for a living. One in five Americans … [Read more...]

Electronic Gadgets Part 3 – put your family tree on your phone

Well, I've done it, and I'm very happy. My family tree is on my phone and goes with me everywhere.  How have I achieved this remarkable feat, you may ask? Read on!  You may remember that I have been trying to replace 4 heavy little electronic gadgets with one or two. I bought a new phone, a Nokia E65, to replace my previous phone, my PDA and my MP3 player for those long trips out to repositories. My phone is wonderful, it has a microSD card, which I replaced with a bigger, 2GB, card on which I … [Read more...]

Electronic Gadgets Part 2

The story so far: I want to reduce the number of electronic gadgets I carry around with me on genealogy research trips. Instead of carrying a mobile phone, a PDA, a digital camera and an MP3 player, I'd like to carry something that combines at least 2 or 3 of these functions. Well, I've got a new phone. It's a Nokia E65 that I've bought as part of my new contract with Vodafone. I use Vodafone because it gives me reception in my house, which is down in a valley which other networks don't reach. … [Read more...]

Electronic gadgets

I've been considering the gadgets I carry around with me that have been proliferating over the years. They are all very useful, even indispensable, but they do contribute rather heavily to the weight in my bag. How many of these do you have? Phone Of course, I have a mobile phone, as so many of us do. That's where it all started, I guess. I think this is the 4th one I've had over the years, or perhaps the 5th. The phones get smaller but I think they are probably now as small as they can be … [Read more...]

Computers in Genealogy

How on earth did we get by before we had computers? It's hard to remember now how much longer everything took and how much harder we had to work! I've been thinking lately about all the ways computers help make genealogy more enjoyable and my list keeps getting longer and longer. Perhaps you can think of other ways as well - let me know! We have email! Remember what life was like before email? We had to read about other researchers in books or journals and write them letters, and then wait for … [Read more...]

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