[Editor's Note: here begins a series of interviews with various genealogy industry personalities who are presenting sessions at the upcoming RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, UT, February 10-12, 2011]
Here is a brief interview with Tami Osmer Glatz who will present Cool Tools to Enhance Your Online Research on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Tami runs the Relatively Curious genealogy blog but is better known in the genealogy community for the Relatively Curious internet genealogy toolbar.
Your presentation Cool Tools to Enhance Your Online Research sounds intriguing. Without “giving away” the names of specific tools, can you tell us what types of tools you’ll be covering?
I’m all about making online research easy, productive, inexpensive and efficient. It’s simple enough to find just about anything on Google, but how can you best save and use the information you find? I can’t wait to share some of my favorite free internet and computer tools that make finding, saving, retrieving and sharing information simple. And of course I’ll be talking about my internet genealogy toolbar as well.
Is it possible that there is “too much” on the Internet? Or is it a matter of searching effectively and having a set of search tools and techniques specific to genealogy?
I don’t think it’s possible to have “too much” genealogy information anywhere – however as genealogists we are definitely concerned with quality over quantity, so it helps to be able to know how to narrow down your choices to the best sites, how to save the information you find, and how to be able to easily find that site and information again.
What is the most unusual tool you’ve found on the Internet that helped your own genealogy or the genealogy of a client?
I’m a very visual thinker and it really helps me to organize my research by seeing what I have and what I need graphed out on paper. Brainstorming, or mind-mapping, helps me put together my plan of attack on a genealogy project and Bubbl.us is my favorite internet tool for doing just that.
Finally, give us your thoughts on RootsTech and its importance to the genealogical community.
I am so excited about participating in RootsTech and being able to attend as well. The idea of technology developers and technology users coming together to share ideas can only lead to more effective and efficient research tools.
Technology is making our lives so much easier, with portable scanners, GPS devices, digitized records, and one of my favorites – the ability to carry around my entire family file in my pocket. Rootstech is going to be THE place to learn more about all the new products available, those that are being developed, and how we can best employ them in our family history research.
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