Genealogy Bargains for Saturday 28 March 2015

FREE Ebook - Websites That Make Life Easier: 23 Places You Can Go Online To Be More Productive, Healthier, And Happier – via Amazon  While at first you might not think this book can help you with genealogy, but once you read it you’ll learn about free programs like Canva that allow you to create graphics for genealogy blog posts or your genealogy book you’re working on. Websites That Make Life Easier covers those little-known websites and soon you’ll be saying, “I wish I had this information sooner!”

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Saturday, March 28, 2015

NEXT WEEK we’ll be posting some AMAZING deals with steep discounts – we’ve been hard at work negotiating one-of-a-kind bargains for followers and friends of Genealogy Bargains. Deals start on Tuesday 31 March 2015!

New Deals

Expiring Soon

Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

  • Save over 30% on Audio Tape Digital Transfer – are you sitting on a pile of cassette tapes containing interviews of family members? Want to convert them to digital files so you can preserve them? Larsen Digital has an AMAZING SALE right now – convert an entire cassette tape (sides A and B) for $14.99 each (normally $21.99 each). Click here to get started and select the conversion type you need. PLUS use promo code THOMAS2015 and get an additional 10% off! Offer ends March 29th – via Larsen Digital

Ongoing Deals

Save over 20% – How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise Levenick – via Legacy Family Tree

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FREE Webinar Recordings – Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence – available through Wednesday, April 1st – via Legacy Family Tree.

30% all items at Genealogical Publishing Company – use promo code SS30 at checkout – via Genealogical Publishing Company

The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT on Evidentia Software – for fans and followers of Genealogy Bargains – use promo code HIDEFGEN at checkout and get 15% off the list price – you pay $25.49 instead of $29.99 – via Evidentia

“Evidentia not only solves the problems facing the genealogy community, but also simplifies the process of analyzing evidence and creating proof arguments while still following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).” There is also a FREE 14-day trial available! If you haven’t checked out this amazing software, you really it owe to yourself and your genealogy research to do so!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

And there are several great sale items – like Chris Paton’s British and Irish Newspapers e-book now only $3.95 (prices are in Australian Dollars – so for those of us in the United States this is an even better bargain ($1 AUD = $0.77 USD)!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

Save 70% on Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton – I met the author Chris Paton last year while teaching on a genealogy cruise in Australia. I heard several of his lectures and I can tell you this: the man know his stuff and is a wealth of knowledge on UK, Scottish, and Irish genealogy!

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, 28 March 2015

Mar 28, 1881. P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the “Greatest Show on Earth."

Mar 28, 1881. P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the “Greatest Show on Earth.”


Today is Saturday, 28 March 2015 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Earth Hour, “Greatest Show on Earth” formed – Anniversary, Something on a Stick Day, Three Mile Island Accident – Anniversary, and Weed Appreciation Day.

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

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Genealogy Do-Over – Week 13: 27 March – 3 April 2015

The Genealogy Do-Over - Week 13 Topics: 1) Securing research data and 2) Reviewing the journey

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Previous topics in the Genealogy Do-Over:

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Topics: 1) Securing research data and 2) Reviewing the journey

This is it: the final week of the Genealogy Do-Over. We wrap things up by discussing the best ways to preserve and secure our genealogy research and then review the 13-week journey.

The Genealogy Do-Over: Cycle 2

Do you feel you got a late start on the Genealogy Do-Over? Perhaps you didn’t find out about us until Week 6 or even Week 12? Or you just want to hop on for another ride? No matter your motivation, the Genealogy Do-Over will start again with Week 1 on Friday 3 April 2015. We’ll call this “Cycle 2” and it will run through Thursday 2 July 2015.

Stay tuned right here for more information!

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Securing Research Data

Whether you are brand new to genealogy and the Genealogy Do-Over is your first serious effort at research OR you’ve accumulated years and years of research, let me ask you this question: What have you done to preserve and “future proof” all your hard work?

More difficult questions include:

  • If you lost all your data, would you be able to recreate it?
  • Would you even know where to begin?
  • If you died today, do you know what your family would do with your research?
  • Have you made plans to preserve your research for generations to come?

Backing Up Your Genealogy Data

Your genealogy research data is an investment reflecting the time and effort you’ve spent tracing your roots. Like any other investment, your genealogy data should be safe and secure for future use.

The best way to get started on backing up your genealogy data:

  • Create a backup plan. Just like a research plan for your genealogy, you need to determine what data needs to be backed up and how.
  • Identify data for backup. Sounds familiar . . . like one of the topics in Week 1 of the Genealogy Do-Over, right? Don’t forget that as genealogists we tend to store data in many different places. Do you have emails and Internet favorites related to genealogy? Are you certain that information is backed up?
  • Identify a backup method that works for you. Don’t select a backup method, such as copying data each week to a flash drive, if you aren’t going to perform the task on a set schedule. Look for automated backups such as cloud backup or an external hard drive with auto-backup software.
  • Test your backup data. Why bother backing up data if you can’t prove it works? Run a test restore on data and make sure you’re covered.
  • Future-proof your technology. Don’t rely on outdated tech such as backing up to CDs and DVDs (did you know the coating degrades on these items after just five years?). Upgrade to current technology that has been proven and tested, not the “latest” new thing just on the market.

Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research

Do you have concerns about what will happen to your research once you’ve passed on? More and more genealogists are realizing that they haven’t put safeguards into place to ensure that their years of work won’t simply be discarded by family members and friends.

Here are areas that require your attention:

  • Take inventory. Determine what you have and this includes hard copy as well as digital assets and online sites.
  • Include in estate planning. Create a codicil to your will or make sure there are some form of instructions concerning your genealogy research.
  • Have that conversation with family. Be very clear about where your genealogy research is located, why it is important, and what you want done with it.
  • Contact organizations. Determine which libraries, societies and archives will accept all or part of your collection. Donate items you don’t need NOW.
  • Post items online. Consider starting a blog – even a private one – to preserve your family stories. Do the same with a family tree on Ancestry or one of the popular genealogy sites.
  • Do stuff NOW. Tell your own stories NOW. Write that genealogy book NOW. Interview family members NOW.

I’ll admit that none of this is easy to do. It is easy to talk about and give advice on the topic, but many of us just tend to put it off . . . until it is too late.

  • What I Plan to Do: Right now I am very comfortable with my current data backup plan which follows the recommended 3-2-1 plan: 3 copies of my data, 2 different backup media and 1 offsite copy (cloud). In addition, I already have made provisions in my estate planning papers for the disposition of my genealogy research materials once I’ve passed on.
  • “All-In” and Modified Participant Options: Seriously consider creating an action plan for both backing up your genealogy research data and ensuring that it is preserved for future generations.

Reviewing the Journey

Wow . . . 13 weeks and didn’t it just seem to zoom by? I can’t speak for those who either participated in the Genealogy Do-Over or who just watched from the sidelines. I can, however, relate what I’ve learned and discovered during this cycle of the Genealogy Do-Over:

  • There is a need for change: Folks who have been doing genealogy for years and years have begun to realize that their early genealogy research may not provide the foundation that they want for a solid family tree.
  • No guilt, no shame, and no regrets: More importantly, we’ve had an honest discussion about our past practices and ways to improve them. With your input, we’ve created a “safe space” where anyone can admit they were a name collector or didn’t cite their sources.
  • Collaboration counts: Genealogists have always been collaborators; this is nothing new. In years past we would gather at society meetings and exchange information as well as research tips. We would attend conferences to improve our research knowledge and to network with others. Now with social media and groups such as the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group, we’re continuing the collaborative tradition. Remember this: very few of our ancestors arrived in a new place and could survive on their own. They counted on the wisdom and knowledge of those that arrived before them.
  • Honor and respect: I’ve also learned that genealogists are people (amazing, right?) We all have our quirks, our biases . . . we are human after all. Even with close to 6,000 members in the Facebook Group, we’ve managed to agree on many issues and yet disagree on how to approach them. Many people told me I was crazy to try and “supervise the sand box” and that doing so would just suck the life and energy out of me. It turned out that the opposite has been true: I’ve enjoyed the dialog and I’ve gained real insights as to what drives and motivates genealogists. There have been less than five times when I’ve had to delete a post or ban a member of the group for various reasons such as being rude or hijacking posts. I think this track record says quite a bit about the genealogy community.
  • A big thank you to the professionals: One of the most amazing aspects of the Genealogy Do-Over is how the concept has been embraced by various professional genealogists. And I don’t mean that they’ve “capitalized” on an active audience or tried to sell their own products and services to the crowd. Many of them have spent hours posting advice in the Facebook Group on citing sources, locating records, tracking research and more. In particular, Elizabeth Shown Mills has been a regular presence and I’m grateful for all her contributions.
  • Genealogy was meant to be fun: Have you had fun during the Genealogy Do-Over? I have and it has been due to the combination of energy and humor contributed by group members. Thanks to everyone who posted a funny cartoon or quotation. Thanks to those who were able to tell their funny and even most embarrassing stories about their early research. If genealogy isn’t fun, I just don’t think I’d be doing it.
  • A continual journey: And finally, I’ve come to realize that you just can’t do the Genealogy Do-Over in 13 weeks. No one can – not even me. When I created this program, I wanted something short and sweet and that would serve as a foundation for constant and continued improvement of genealogical research skills. I think that has been accomplished. I know that I will be working through the Genealogy Do-Over in Cycles 2, 3 and 4. I also know some folks will take a break, perhaps take the summer off, and come back for Cycle 3 or 4. Just know that you are always welcome here and we’ll be waiting for you to hop back on board.

Once again, thank you for being a part of this amazing journey. Your participation, your input at the Facebook Group, your comments on live lectures and webinars and more – all of these have energized me and have made me even more committed to continue leading a discussion on improving genealogical research habits.

  • What I Plan to Do: I’m looking forward to Cycle 2 actually and here’s why: When I planned out the Genealogy Do-Over, I didn’t anticipate that “life” and its challenges could and would run interference against my best efforts. Right out of the gate I had to deal with a personal illness, taking care of a family member after an accident, selling my mother’s house and more. But looking back, I realize that it is what it is and that I need a firm foundation of solid research habits to get me through the periods when I put research down and can’t pick it up again for weeks or months. For me, that is the true value in the Genealogy Do-Over.
  • “All-In” Participant Options: Evaluate how the Genealogy Do-Over has improved your research habits. Consider participating in Cycle 2 and focusing on those topics where you feel you still need improvement.
  • Modified Participant Options: Evaluate how the Genealogy Do-Over has improved your research habits even in a “review” perspective of your existing research.

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And that’s all I have for this week’s topic of the Genealogy Do-Over. For those of you who are stepping off the Genealogy Do-Over train now that we’re at the end of the ride, thank you for being part of this amazing experience.

Next Week: Week 1, Cycle 2: 3-9 April 2015

  • Setting Previous Research Aside
  • Preparing to Research
  • Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines

Thanks for being a part of the Genealogy Do-Over and your feedback is always appreciated. You can leave a comment on the blog post at GeneaBloggers, email me at geneabloggers@gmail.com or post at the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group.

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