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RootsTech: My Rooted Technology Meme

RootsTech 2012

By attending RootsTech you’ll have the opportunity not only to network with other genealogists, vendors and developers and share the knowledge you currently have, but you’ll also get the chance to learn even more about the latest in technology for family history.

As an Official RootsTech Blogger, here’s a look at the technology I currently use and what keeps me rooted in my genealogy research. I also explain why I am using or not using certain technologies and gadgets  as well as what skills and knowledge I’m hoping to gain at RootsTech this year.

If you want to join in the fun and show off your own tech cred, here are the rules for the My Rooted Technology meme:

  • Technology you already use: bold face type
  • Technology you would like to use or learn more about: italicize (color optional)
  • Technology you don’t use, have no interest in using or no longer use: plain type
  • Explain or give opinions in brackets [     ] at the end of each bullet point
  1. I have a tablet computer such as an iPad that I use for genealogy [not yet . . . I never buy new technology on its first iteration. I am hoping Santa brings me an iPad or similar tablet this Christmas!]
  2. I have downloaded one or more apps to a Smart Phone or similar device.
  3. I belong to a genealogy society that uses social media. [I actually belong to at least 15 genealogy societies and try to be a strong advocate for the work of genealogy societies in general].
  4. I use GEDCOM files and understand the various compatibility issues involved.
  5. I have added metadata to some of my files and digital photos.
  6. I have utilized an API from a genealogy-related application or website.
  7. I have taken a DNA test related to my genealogy research.
  8. I have used the FamilySearch Research Wiki. [Absolutely love the FamilySearch Research Wiki and am trying to get more users, especially genealogy societies, to embrace it and contribute to it!]
  9. I have a Facebook account and use it regularly for genealogy. [You can find me at]
  10. I use tech tools to help me cite my sources in genealogy research. [I have a home grown method via my research log in Excel but I am also a big fan of Zotero.]
  11. I have developed a genealogy-related app for a Smart Phone or similar device. [This is a “qualified” answer – I was on the team that helped create the FGS app, more as a project manager].
  12. I use a genealogy database program (Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic etc.)
  13. I use cloud computer resources to store my genealogy data. [Hello Dropbox!]
  14. I have made one or more contributions to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  15. I have attended a genealogy webinar.
  16. I have organized and administered a DNA testing group related to my genealogy.
  17. I use apps involving GPS and Geo-caching for my genealogy research. [Big fan of RestingSpot right now!]
  18. I have a Google+ account and use it regularly for genealogy. [Another “qualified” answer – this holiday break I hope to devote more time to my Google+ accounts!]
  19. I have created and published a family history e-book. [Using Ancestry Press – the predecessor to MyCanvas, I created a tribute book to my cousin killed in Iraq in 2005].
  20. I have create a wiki related to my genealogy research. [I have worked on two: one is my Genealogy Research Toolbox and the other is the Albany Hill Towns wiki]
  21. I have conducted a genealogy webinar as a presenter. [Just a few times . . . lol]
  22. I read genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  23. I have one or more genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  24. I have a Twitter account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  25. I have one or more genealogy-related websites which I run and administer. [Folks may not know that I am webmaster for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and my web admin clients include Diane Rapaport and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.]
  26. I have created a screencast or video related to genealogy and posted it at a video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). [Here is a recent video I did explaining the difference between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups.]
  27. I use one or more digital tools to capture and record my family history.

Disclosure: I have been designated as a RootsTech Official Blogger as well as a RootsTech Speaker which entitles me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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