Project 7: Technology

Explore the use of technology in
family history, including devices,
social media, and software.

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Choose a Goal from the list below.

Goal 1: Access webinars for family history research. Vault

    Webinars are live audio or video events hosted online, often for free. They are a great source for current genealogy knowledge and practices, delivered by family history experts.

    Choices:

    AExplore sites with webinars for family history.

    1. Access the GeneaWebinars site for a calendar of upcoming free webinars (online classes) for family history.
    2. Access webinars at the FamilySearch Family History Library for free classes. Past webinars from the Library are also available, as are course handouts for the sessions.
    3. Access the Legacy Family Tree webinars for free classes.
    4. Additional webinar series include the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

    BParticipate in webinars and streaming events.

    1. Here are five tips for experiencing a successful live streaming event.
      FS—5 Tips for Live Stream
    2. To learn how to conduct a free webinar, read the article How to Host a Live Webinar for Free, Using Google Hangouts"> or watch the video.
      How to Host a Live Webinar Using Google Plus—13:40

Goal 2: Use tablets and smartphones for doing genealogy work.

Tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices offer much of the functionality of laptop computers, with smaller size and greater flexibility.

Choices:

AUse Apple devices for doing family history.

Here are some helpful links for using iPhones, iPads, etc., in doing family history, as well as free genealogy applications for the Mac:

BUse Android devices in genealogy.

  1. Search the Google Play store for free and low-cost genealogy apps for Android devices.
  2. See this link for apps on both Apple and Android.
  3. See also the App Gallery Goals in Projects 1–6.


CGet tips for mobile devices, cloud computing, etc.

  1. Learn about using smartphone apps to add Memories in FamilySearch.
    BYU—Adding Memories with Smart Phone Apps—13:05
  2. Watch this webinar for advice on taking your genealogy mobile.
    BYU—Taking Your Genealogy Mobile—57:00
  3. Learn about cloud computing solutions for genealogists. BYU—Cloud Computing Solutions for Genealogists—60:00

Goal 3: Use social media to further your family history work.

There are many social media tools you can use to communicate with others and share your progress and accomplishments.

Choices:

AUse Google.

Note: Basic Google searches are covered in Project 4: Discover, Goal 4, Choice C.

  1. Watch this series of videos on how to use Google effectively: Part One—10:38 Part Two—9:13 Part Three—7:11 Part Four—6:57 Part Five—9:28 Tips and Tricks—9:15
  2. Watch this video on using free Google eBooks for your family history.
    YT—Free Google eBooks for Genealogy—3:21

BUse YouTube.

  1. Use these resources to help with using Facebook for family history.
    FS—Getting Started to YouTube Your Family History
    | FS—YouTube Your Family History—44:43
  2. Here is a sample list of YouTube channels with helpful videos on family history:

CUse Facebook.

  1. Read this article for ideas on using Facebook for your family history.
    FS—Facebook is Family History
  2. Access these Facebook articles on the FamilySearch Wiki. The first is an overview of using Facebook for genealogy; the second discusses research groups on Facebook.
    FS—Facebook Genealogy
    | FS—Genealogy Help on Facebook
  3. Access the Ancestry page on Facebook.
  4. For an overview of the Ancestry Facebook page features, watch this video.
    AC—Ancestry Facebook Page—8:00
  5. Watch this video to learn about creating a Facebook group for genealogy.
    BYU—Creating a Facebook Group—13:35
  6. Reach out to your Facebook friends and collaborate with your family history projects and questions.
  7. Use the Genealogy on Facebook file to search for Facebook pages related to family history.

DUse Twitter.

  1. Read this article for ideas on using Twitter for your family history.
    FS—What Your Grandchildren Wish You Would Have Tweeted
  2. Watch this Ancestry video for ideas on using Twitter in genealogy.
    AC—Twitter for Genealogy—30:00

EUse Pinterest.

  1. Read these articles to learn how to use Pinterest with family history.
    FS—The Power of Pinterest for Family History
    | FS—Can You Use Pinterest for Genealogy?
  2. Learn more about Pinterest and family history in this Ancestry blog.
    AC—Using Pinterest for Genealogy
  3. Learn how to build an ancestor timeline on Pinterest.
    BYU—Ancestor Timeline on Pinterest—8:48

FUse Instagram.

  1. Learn how to use Instagram with family history.
    FS—3 Ways to Use Instagram for Family History
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    BYU—Instagram—12:50">
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Goal 4: Choose a genealogy software program to manage your personal family history data.

Using a genealogy software program helps you control and prepare data before sharing it on a public site such as FamilySearch or Ancestry. These programs can synchronize your data with online trees and produce a variety of useful reports about ancestors. For a video about choosing genealogy software, click here.

Choices:

AInvestigate RootsMagic.

  1. Download the free RootsMagic Essentials program.
  2. To compare features between it and the full RootsMagic version, click here.
  3. For training summaries on RootsMagic, see the these RootsMagic training links.

BInvestigate Legacy Family Tree.

  1. Download the free Standard Version of Legacy Family Tree.
  2. Learn about the features of the standard version or the full version..
  3. For training summaries on Legacy Family Tree, see the these Legacy Family Tree training links.

CInvestigate Ancestral Quest.

  1. Download the free Ancestral Quest Basics program.
  2. To compare features between it and the full Ancestral Quest version, click here.
  3. For training summaries on Ancestral Quest, see the these Ancestral Quest training links.

Goal 5: Create a family tree and upload it to a website.

When your tree is uploaded to a family history website, others can suggest corrections and additions. Likewise, you can take advantage of existing trees on websites to enhance your own.

Choices:

AEnter your family tree data into the software you selected in Goal 4.

  1. For instructions on entering or uploading your tree data, refer the the website for the software you selected.
  2. Search existing family trees for information you can add to your tree. Note : Be sure to carefully check information on other trees for accuracy and sources. Some trees have incorrect or unsupported information.
  3. Select a family history site that will host your tree, such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about genealogy software.

BUpload your tree to a family history site. Follow the instructions on the site or software package for doing this.

  1. For FamilySearch, read the article about manual record checking and tree creation. FS—Uploading GEDCOM Files and Copying  
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