Tuesday’s Tip – Is Your Genealogy In The Cloud?

Life in the cloud

As more and more genealogists and family historians leverage technology for research, many are using “The Cloud” whether they realize it or not. And then there are those who purposely store their data in a personal cloud (you can check out what we’re talking about here). Doing so allows them to access their research from anywhere in the world and on practically any type of computer or mobile device.

The Cloud: Not Just For Genealogy

The Cloud is being used in more and more ways that impact our daily lives. Here are some areas you may not have considered – see if you are using the cloud these ways:

  • Do you stream music/videos from the cloud? Streaming services can give you access to millions of files or you can host your own files to share home movies with family and friends!

  • How do you use the cloud to streamline your work and stay productive in and out of the office?

  • How do you use social media, email or instant messaging to stay in touch with friends and family?

  • How would your life be different if you didn’t have access to the cloud?

Here’s a neat infographic that outlines how many users are accessing The Cloud on a daily basis:

Life in the cloud

My Personal Cloud Experience

I use The Cloud in many different ways and each and every day. I couldn’t run my genealogy business without it especially since I travel to speaking engagements all the time. I don’t have time to copy data to a USB flash drive, remember to take it with me, and then hope I don’t leave it behind somewhere.

My music is on the cloud, my genealogy research is on the cloud, and more and more programs that I use – Evernote in particular – are cloud-based.

Staying Safe in The Cloud

Here are some tips on making sure that your data is safe when using The Cloud:

  • Use a reliable cloud platform – one that you’ve heard about or that other genealogists are using.
  • Look for a program that offers encryption of data.
  • Read the Terms of Services for any cloud program you select and understand what they can do with your data. Also, always have an “exit strategy” – meaning, an easy way to export your data and move it to another platform.
  • Make sure you have a strong password in place when accessing your data.
  • Consider not placing certain data – financial and health-related – on The Cloud.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Finding Your Roots – Season 2 – Debuts on PBS Tonight!

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Are you excited? I am because I can’t get enough of genealogy especially when it appears on television! Tonight marks the debut of the second season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll need to check your local listings since in some venues, the series may start on a different day or at a different time.

Here in the United States, many of us are familiar with the previous programs produced and hosted by Dr. Gates, including African American Lives. Click here to read more about these programs.

Schedule of Episodes

The first episode this evening features author Stephen King, Canadian singer and actress Gloria Reuben and actor Courtney B. Vance.

Here is the complete schedule for Season 2:

23 September 2014
In Search of Our Fathers
Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance

30 September 2014
Born Champions
Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo

7 October 2014
Our American Storytellers
Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper and Anna Deavere Smith

14 October 2014
Roots of Freedom
Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous

21 October 2014
The Melting Pot
Tom Colicchio, Aarón Sánchez and Ming Tsai

28 October 2014
We Come From People
Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett and Nas

4 November 2014
Our People, Our Traditions
Alan Dershowitz, Carole King and Tony Kushner

11 November 2014
The British Are Coming
Deepak Chopra, Sally Field and Sting

18 November 2014
Ancient Roots
Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris

25 November 2014
Decoding our Past Through DNA
Jessica Alba, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett, Governor Deval Patrick, and more

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday 23 September 2014

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Today is Tuesday 23 September 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Ray Charles’ Birthday – Anniversary, “Checkers Speech” – Anniversary, William McGuffey’ s Birthday – Anniversary, and Planet Neptune Discovered – Anniversary.

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