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Friday, February 29, 2008

43rd Carnival of Genealogy - Technology

One of the many new wonders I have discovered since entering the world of genea-blogging is the Carnival of Genealogy which is a collection of blog posts around a designated theme.

I've decided to jump on the carousel this month and describe my three technology picks. Carnival hostess, Jasia, asks: "What technology do you most rely on for your genealogy and family history research? Select one piece of hardware (besides your computer), one piece of software (besides your internet browser), and one web site/blog (besides your own) that are indispensable to you. Resist the urge to dilute the impact of your 3 choices by mentioning several others you use and appreciate as well."

So here goes...

Hardware: I consider myself moderately techno-savvy but gadgets and toys didn't really interest me until the iPhone . It is literally with me 24/7. I'm just beginning to tap into its genealogical potential by downloading and listening to a variety of podcasts. I'm especially enjoying the old Irish songs at Mike O’Laughlin's Irish Roots Cafe.

Software: I've been using Reunion for Macintosh by Leister Productions, Inc. since 1990 when I had my Mac SE with its 20 MB hard drive. I upgrade to every new version, now up to 9.06. It has grown into an amazing program, always keeping up with the technological advances of the Mac OS. There is plenty of support at ReunionTalk, an online community of users.

Web site: One of my favorite "sharing" sites is findagrave.com, which grew out of founder Jim Tipton's love of visiting the graves of famous people.

The site is a collection of memorials (now over 21 million), arranged by cemetery, which include biographical information, photographs and even "flowers" for the "gravesite." I especially like the way that you can create virtual cemeteries and link family members together, even though they may be buried in different places. In the seven years since joining the site, I've been involved in many collaborations with volunteers from all over the country. Please take a look at my memorial for my ggg-grandfather, William Hainey BRIGGS. You can leave flowers if you want.

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