Thursday, December 29, 2011

RootsTech: My Rooted Technology

By attending RootsTech I’ll have the opportunity not only to network with other genealogists, vendors and developers and share the knowledge I currently have, but I’ll also get the chance to learn even more about the latest in technology for family history.
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 [I have a Toshiba netbook and a Kindle Fire and use both for genealogy].
  2. I have downloaded one or more apps to a Smart Phone or similar device. [50+]
  3. I belong to a genealogy society that uses social media. [Cornerstone Genealogical Society, Waynesburg, PA]
  4. I use GEDCOM files and understand the various compatibility issues involved [I use them but don't understand the compatibility issues]
  5. I have added metadata to some of my files and digital photos. [Picasaweb]
  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.
  9. I have a Facebook account and use it regularly for genealogy. []
  10. I use tech tools to help me cite my sources in genealogy research.
  11. I have developed a genealogy-related app for a Smart Phone or similar device.
  12. I use a genealogy database program [RootsMagic].
  13. I use cloud computer resources to store my genealogy data. [Dropbox, SugarSync, Evernote, Springpad,, and my genealogy database is at Rootsweb and Ancestry]
  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. [BillionGraves]
  18. I have a Google+ account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  19. I have created and published a family history e-book. [I've created a dozen print books of family lines, but not eBooks]. 
  20. I have create a wiki related to my genealogy research.
  21. I have conducted a genealogy webinar as a presenter.
  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. ["Grace and Glory", "Canon City Family History Center", help my father with "Ernie's Journeys"]
  24. I have a Twitter account and use it regularly for genealogy. [I closed my account as I had no time to tend to it]
  25. I have one or more genealogy-related websites which I run and administer. ["Canon City Family History Center", "A Joyful Spirit"]
  26. I have created a screencast or video related to genealogy and posted it at a video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).
  27. I use one or more digital tools to capture and record my family history. [Camera, iPhone, Digital Recorder, Scanner]

Thursday, December 22, 2011

That Osgood Name Gets my Attention

Last April I posted this story about discovering a cousin (James R. Osgood 1836-1892) through his portrait on the wall of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. 
In June I attended the Family History Expo in Loveland, CO where I heard the Keynote Address given by Lisa Louise Cooke. She encouraged the participants of the Expo to reach out and meet fellow attendees by introducing ourselves to those we were seated near in our classes. As I attended the first class after that keynote address, I turned to the woman seated beside me and introduced myself. She, in turn, told me her name-Mary Osgood. I told her of my experience with the discovery of James R. Osgood and she was able to tell me of her husband's direct Osgood connection. 
This afternoon I noticed on the Facebook page of Family Search that they posted a link to this story called "A New Nation 1789-1859". In the "Timeline" section of this article, it says "1789: Samuel Osgood, First Postmaster General under Constitution". This Wikipedia page tells us more of the interesting career of Samuel Osgood.
Samuel Osgood 1747-1813
This is a chart I created to show my relationship to Samuel Osgood, my 5th cousin 6 times removed.