The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme

20 Sep

On the day they opened up Google+ to all and sundry (but I still can’t be bothered to join) I decided it was about time I completed The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme (thanks Geniaus), if only to show what a luddite I am (or that you can live without Facebook and Twitter).

I am sure you know how the list works by now, but just in case:

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

You will see there is lots of plain type, but no italics, the reason for that probably being that if I had wanted to do it I probably would have done it by now. Anyway here goes:

  1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad
  2. Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
  3. Have used Skype for genealogy purposes
  4. Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor’s home [have you seen the cost of photocopies these days?]
  5. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
  6. Have a Twitter account
  7. Tweet daily
  8. Have a genealogy blog [I think so]
  9. Have more than one genealogy blog
  10. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic
  11. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise
  12. Have a Facebook Account
  13. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
  14. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
  15. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society
  16. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
  17. Have registered a domain name [several over the years]
  18. Post regularly to Google+
  19. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
  20. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
  21. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner [it is difficult scanning sections of 4′ x 3′ maps without a hand-held scanner]
  22. Can code a webpage in .html [but haven’t done so in years]
  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
  26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival [I really miss the Festival of Postcards]
  27. Use Chrome as a Browser
  28. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
  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 [ditch the paper, it wastes too much space]
  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
  36. Own a netbook
  37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes
  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 [something to do on my way to work]
  42. Backup your files to a portable hard drive
  43. Have a copy of your genealogy files stored offsite [several copies in fact]
  44. Know about Rootstech [just because I know about it doesn’t mean I am interested in it]
  45. Have listened to a Blogtalk radio session about genealogy [not listened live, see No. 41]
  46. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud [don’t trust clouds, they often bring rain with them]
  47. Schedule regular email backups [do it manually, but anything important is copied elsewhere anyway]
  48. Have contributed to the Familysearch Wiki
  49. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs [scanned them, but not felt the need to tag them yet]
  50. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format

So there you go, 18 out of 50 and proud of it, especially not being on Facebook, Twitter, Genealogy Wise or Google+. In fact it is a little but higher than I expected. I do however resent getting a point for knowing about Rootstech, when I would be quite happy not knowing about it, but I cannot un-know about it now.

4 Responses to “The Tech Savvy Genealogists’ Meme”

  1. geniaus September 21, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    You can’t claim to be a Luddite any more. You are tech savvy – but also discriminating in your use – having the ability to select the tools that are appropriate for your needs.

    Thanks for taking part in the meme, I appreciate your input.

  2. Susan September 21, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Hi, John – I enjoyed reading your comments – from one so called “Luddite” to another.

  3. Mick Southwick September 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Nice one, John. Think you’ve struck a chord with all this social networking malarkey – though I think Geniaus’ comments are valid. I’m on Facebook but barely use it, don’t have a Twitter account, and accepted an invite for Google+ but don’t know what to do with it. I do like blogging, though.

  4. kateshrewsday September 25, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    That’s quite impressive! Well done, tech savvy genealogist!

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