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Genealogy meme: So You Think You're Tech Savvy

Journal by Scott_J

Are you a tech savvy genealogist? Well if you're reading this, then I think that's a sign that you are. Even if you're not, here's a great list of things you *might* want to perhaps become familiar with.

The original blog post for this is <a href="http://geniaus.blogspot.com/2011/09/so-you-think-youre-tech-savvy.html">here on Geniaus</a>.

And here are my responses.

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The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: **bold face type**
Things you would like to do or find: *italicize (colour optional)*
Things you haven't done or found and don't care to: plain type
Feel free to add extra comments in brackets after each item

Which of these apply to you?

1. **Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad**
2. **Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes**
3. *Have used Skype for genealogy purposes*
4. **Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor's home**
5. **Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree**
6. **Have a Twitter account** [Several, @familytreescott for genealogy]
7. **Tweet daily** [Well, mostly]
8. **Have a genealogy blog**
9. **Have more then one genealogy blog**
10. *Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic*
11. *Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise*
12. **Have a Facebook Account**
13. **Have connected with genealogists via Facebook**
14. **Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page**
15. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society
16. **Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site**
17. **Have registered a domain name**
18. **Post regularly to Google+**
19. *Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers* [I used to, but I think it got removed for inactivity]
20. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
21. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner
22. **Can code a webpage in .html**
23. **Own a smartphone**
24. **Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases**
25. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures
26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
27. **Use Chrome as a Browser**
28. *Have participated in a genealogy webinar*
29. **Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes**
30. **Have a personal genealogy website**
31. **Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive**
32. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
33. **Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files**
34. **Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs**
35. **Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage or Ancestry**
36. **Own a netbook**
37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes [Well, I would if I attended a genealogy lecture]
38. *Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit*
39. **Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget** [I'm going to count FamilyTreeCircles here]
40. **Have listened to a genealogy podcast online**
41. **Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening**
42. **Backup your files to a portable hard drive**
43. **Have a copy of your genealogy files stored offsite**
44. **Know about Rootstech**
45. **Have listened to a Blogtalk radio session about genealogy**
46. **Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud**
47. **Schedule regular email backups** [I use GMail, which I think counts]
48. *Have contriibuted to the Familysearch Wiki*
49. **Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs**
50. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format

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What do you think about this list? Is it a good representative of being a tech-savvy genealogist? I think it is a pretty good list, except that it makes an assumption that the person going through this exercise attends genealogy lectures... which to me isn't in itself a technical activity. Anyway, not to be picky. I just didn't like losing those points. :-)

I think it would be fun if others here would like to post the same for themselves. Please feel free to do that in a journal here on Family Tree Circles.

instructions on making text bold and italics are on the add journal page.

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Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.

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