Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Survey of Genealogy Activities

It's that time of the week again - Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings challenges us to something new and interesting tonight.

1)  Answer these questions in my survey about your genealogy resources and usage:

a)  Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?


I use Legacy and I have for years after switching away from two other programs. I love it!

b)  Which online family trees have information submitted by you - in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?


Alas, I no longer maintain an online family tree, but I freely respond to questions and assist people who reach out to me about shared ancestry.

c)  For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?


Only the New England Historic Genealogical Society. I am considering Find My Past and/or Fold3, but I generally prefer and promote free resources, unless I really, really trust the subscription provider.

d)  Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?


FamilySearch, Nova Scotia Genealogy and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick are indispensable. See my genealogy resources page for more!

e)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online?  [Note:  not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider].  Estimate an average number of hours per week.


Perhaps ten or so. I truly wish I had time for more like eight hours a day, and not just my own family. If this was my day job, I would be ecstatic. This is my dream job!

f)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.


Gosh... None? All the repositories that hold the information I need are back home on the east coast. The nearest LDS Family History Center is only open during hours that I simply cannot accommodate with my work schedule without specifically taking time off from work. While I love taking time off from work, it's just not practical for me to do it on the days the FHC is open.

g)  How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)?  Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.


Probably an hour or two. At this point, nearly all my lines are researched back to the 1600s or earlier, so finding information to add is tricky. And the rest are brick walls, so those have their own challenges. 

h)  How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.


None, but I would love to get out there! 

i)  How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)?   Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.


Probably at least an hour a week, mostly devoted to reading books or periodicals, but I'd love to do some webinars, workshops and conferences.

I plan to attend the Nebraska State Genealogical Society spring conference in April. Since I don't have Midwestern roots or ancestors, and no one in my family migrated this way, I'm hoping to find some general interest panels there to attend. Even if there aren't, I'm just excited about being among "my kind" for a day!

j)  How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media?   Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.


Maybe two hours a week. I'd like to comment more often on fellow genealogists' blogs. In general, I'd like to slow my life down quite a bit to really enjoy reading and interacting online and in person.

2)    Answer the questions in a blog post of your own and share your answers or link to them in a comment to the original post, or in a Google+ or Facebook post




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1 comment:

  1. My job gets in the way too! I hear your pain. But the time I spend on my genealogy I enjoy. Nice to read your post.

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