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Genealogy Software: WGBP #28

Goodness, has it really been two months since my last post here? My excuse: pursuing a new focus as a web designer in a new town has given me many opportunities to learn, share, network and do some interesting work along the way.

Moving on, this week’s genealogy blogging prompt is about the software we use in our genealogy research.

I’ve already written extensively about Reunion for the Mac. Some of the other fun features I’ve taken advantage recently is the ability to save charts as graphic files (PNG):

Ancestor Chart

Ancestor Chart

Other software worth mentioning

  • iTunes is great for downloading genealogy podcasts,  such as the UK’s The National Archives Podcast Series (UK) or The Genealogy Guys Podcast, not that I’ve ever found the time to listen to them in full….
  • Twitter apps such as Tweetdeck keep me up to date in the world of genealogy and genealogy blogging. There are some fabulous genealogists on Twitter, all of them a fun and lovely bunch of people.

    Also, if it weren’t for Twitter, I probably wouldn’t have followed the recent controversy related to GenealogyWise. I think it’s safe to say they’ve learned their lesson about what a social network is and isn’t to its members.

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Genealogy Technology – Weekly Prompt #14

My first Weekly Genealogy Prompt post! Thomas at GeneaBloggers sends us each weekly prompt, chosen from Amy’s We Tree blog topic list!

Prompt #14 asks us to talk about the technology used in our genealogy research.

  • First and foremost, I’d like to thank my MacBook for allowing me to perform family history research so beautifully. It’s such a joy to take it into an archive and enter sourced information directly. The days of tedious note-taking and transcribing is (mostly) over.
  • For organizing my family trees, I use Reunion 9 for the Mac. Prior to my the switch to Mac, I used Family Tree Maker for about nine years.
  • This WordPress blog is the new home of my personal genealogy research. Even though I know my way around building websites, I can relax with WordPress and only worry about content, not the code.
  • I interact with other family historians on Twitter and Facebook.
  • MacSpeech Dictate allows me to blog freely without unnecessary RSI pain. Through a headset, it converts my voice into text onto any of my Mac applications, including directly into WordPress. I’d truly be distraught without it! I haven’t dared bringing it into a genealogy library yet!
  • Pages by iWork helps me create professional looking reports and documents.
  • I’d be lost without TomTom, the portable satellite navigation system. TomTom has guided us on several genealogy research trips in the US and Europe.
  • I’ve been a full subscriber of Ancestry since 1999.
  • I’m also a big fan of The National Archives Documents Online, Origins Network and Rootschat (all UK).
  • All of my RSS feeds come through NetNewsWire. There’s no way I’d have time to visit all the great genealogy blogs and genealogy news sites out there, or remember where they were, but with RSS I can keep up with everything. So much is happening in US genealogy these days and I’m struggling to keep up with it all!
  • iPhoto stores my photos but I’ve yet to come up with a meaningful tagging system.
  • The Nikon D40 (now old technology!) takes amazing photos. Now I just need to revisit every cemetery and 2003’s family reunion again….

Technologies I wish to embrace more fully are:

  • Footnote — I’ve recently rediscovered it and I’m loving it!
  • An iPhone. I need to buy one first though. But first I think I need to get my US credit history active again since it’s contract only!
  • I had TNG: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding on a previous website I started in 2004. If I find the time, I’d like to use it again.
  • Handheld voice recorder … got it, don’t utilize it.

When I began researching my family tree 10 years ago, the technology was very crude. A handful of websites, mailing lists/ forums and a meager selection of subscription sites. It’s so much better now!

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How to do genealogy research at a city or county record office in England

I’ve written an eHow article on ‘How to do genealogy research at a city or county record office in England.’ I enjoyed writing it and I’ll probably write some more British genealogy articles.

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Not a Bad Genealogy Blog

UPDATE: Please see my post dated April 3 2009. Sources will be provided upon request.

Following the disagreement over this blog post I have decided to add sources to all of my existing family biography posts, before I add any more new content.

I make no declarations that my genealogy research is 100% perfect, but I am more than happy to demonstrate that I have made the effort to verify all data and encourage others to make their own verifications. I welcome any comments or corrections.

I have started with Ellen Firth and will add more this coming week. I’ll make every effort to update sources whenever possible.

If there are any Reunion 9 users out there, the easiest way to obtain the sources for an individual person is to create a Person Sheet and set the destination to TextEdit. Then you can copy and paste the sources for that individual.

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What I love about Reunion 9

This originally appeared on lisarex.com.

About a year ago I made the permanent switch to Mac and now my must-have program is Reunion 9 software.

I’m not a power user yet but here are some of the features that make managing my family trees so great.

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Antique Prints in Family History Research

Antique prints can contain excellent clues when tracing a family tree. Finding a print of a relevant date and location can flesh out everyday life for your research. Even better, if you find a view of your ancestor’s street, you can get an impression of the area when they lived there.

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