Last week, I did a brief review of the fun to use website for genealogy, Twile. This week, they added to their site the ability to have their graphics printed! Twile is the company that creates fun to see genealogy infographics using your GEDCOM file. My review is right below this post, so check that out for more information.
Since I created my 2 images for free with Twile, some of my younger family members have expressed an interest to know more about genealogy, and a desire to create their own graphics.
Sometimes, the hardest part of doing genealogy is trying to get other family members interested and engaged!
I really like my Twile experience, and I am looking forward to what they have plans for in the future!
There are so many good tools out there for all of the DNA tests that are out there. I will be reviewing helpful sites and tools on this blog.
Today we are looking at Genealogy Junkie's Very helpful article "Help, I recieved my test results from FTDNA, now what?"
When you first get your DNA, the amount of information can be staggering. In an easy to understand format, the writer walks you through the process of making sense of your DNA and points out ways to make your DNA useful to YOU. I found that although they are still editing the page, the article was very helpful. Click on the link, and if you find it helpful, please let them and me know.
I am in the process this weekend of creating my GEDCOM file. The process can be frustrating, but it is also very helpful because once it is done correctly, the sense of accomplishment is palpable.
Additionally this weekend, I am completing the work on my family tree "error" database. This is where I have been keeping a file of known errors, but I needed to be able to back up the fact that I KNEW they were errors with hard facts. One by one, I have gotten that done, but to be honest, it was a lot of work.
Finally, this weekend, I have been organizing my family research files into 2 separate and important bookmark folders, Genealogy and DNA. Although they are assuredly related, knowing that I won't have to wade through the tons of bookmarks that I have collected will be a huge timesaver. I am also in the process of making subfolders as well for some very specific bookmarks.
What are your tools for organization for your family research?
I have been talking to a lot of my genealogy friends in the United States about what software that they use for keeping all of their family tree information in one place. I now know that I need to be a lot more specific about what I need, so I am going to list off a few things here and hope that it makes some sense before I go to bed. Tomorrow is my last day here at home before I go on a long trip and I am both looking forward and not looking forward to leaving.
Back to the software.
A lot of people referred me to the software known as GRAMPS. I hated it. No matter what, it was always running in the background, sucking down my limited resources like an old gas guzzler car. The software was very counter intuitive, it took me forever to create myself in there, and then I am still not sure if I entered my mother correctly. Yes, I get that it is open source, feature packed and free. I get that it is wonderful for all of the people out there that made it work. I am not one of them, so please leave me alone. GRAMPS sucked hard on my machine and caused me to force restart twice, as well as go through some intense cursing at it. Apparently, if you can get it to work, it is awesome. I could not, so, there you go.
I need software that is drag and drop, WYSIWYG, easy and simple to use. I don't want to read chapters and chapters of books to be able to figure out how to add a person. With this software, I felt stupid and I don't like feeling that way. I used CCleaner to make sure that the uninstall was a good one. Additionally, CCleaner has a free version and a more feature rich version. Google it to see what that is all about. Pretty cool.
Since I am going to be out of town for a week, I will be looking at several different pieces of software and reviewing them here. It looks like the next two that I have slated are RootsMagic and Ancestris. I have read a lot good and bad about RootsMagic, but I have read nothing about Ancestris until I found it online, and people seem to like it a lot. As soon as I have completed my review, I will write my findings here.
I will also be going through my records to note the other software that I uninstalled because it kept running in the background. To say that I was unhappy is an understatement.
I created a rookie mistake yesterday and today, and I should have known better. I am going to blog about it to share it with you so that you don't make the same mistake.
I began adding a lot of information to some online family tree websites. A friend called me and I took the call. I began chatting with this friend when was adding the information, and I kept on performing the editing. That was my first mistake.
Finally I realized that I was distracted.
I set the laptop down and had the conversation with the friend. We talked for over an hour. I lost track of where I was in my tree and lost my momentum. That was mistake number two.
I then tried to pick up where I left off without backtracking. Mistake number three.
I went to bed last night, not knowing that I had created this terrible mistake of adding people to the wrong family line. Went back to adding names in the wrong place. Realized it after I was several hours into the mistake. Called the company where I made the mistake at. They are unable to help, understandably. I will have to hand enter all of the information again but attach it to the correct person.
The frustrating part of all of this is that I know better. I have been doing this for many years, and apparently, I got lazy and cocky.
I am now going to be adding everything to one place, creating a GEDCOM and going forward from there, which is what I should have done anyway. Lesson learned. Family research deserves your full attention.
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