Genealogical Technology

Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 2

Posted on June 14, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Genealogy Education

In my prior post, “Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 1”, I gave a brief overview of how I arrived at my decision to transition to a professional genealogist. Now that I decided, I had to determine what I needed to do to make that happen. My first thought was education. I knew I needed to improve my […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 1

Posted on June 7, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Genealogy Education

I want to say right upfront—there is no one right way to achieve this goal. I decided to write this series of posts because I found that I am frequently asked what one needs to do to become a professional genealogist. If you think you are skilled in genealogy research, have a good grounding in running a small business, then […]

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My FTM Transition Project – Update!

Posted on February 5, 2016 in Genealogical Technology

It has been a surprising week! In December, Ancestry stunned us with the announcement that they are retiring Family Tree Maker. This week, they staggered us with their new announcement of two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry. The first option is that Software MacKiev has agreed to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker so its life will not terminate […]

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Tech Tuesday – FTM Transition Implementation: Phase 1 How to Identify & Fix Potential GEDCOM Errors

Posted on January 26, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Phase 1 of my transition plan encompasses identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the activities required by my plan and will try to report on them the following Tuesday as a “Tech Tuesday” […]

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Accolades for Michael Brophy and “Snagit Software for Genealogists”

Posted on January 23, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Genealogy Education

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending Michael Brophy’s webinar “Snagit Software for Genealogists” sponsored by the Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Michael is extremely knowledgeable about TechSmith’s Snagit, which is much more than a screen capture program; and he provides us with an understanding of its many uses for genealogy. Michael has presented this lecture both online and onsite […]

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Tech Tuesday – FTM Transition Implementation: Phase 1 Determine Requirements

Posted on January 19, 2016 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Phase 1 of my transition plan encompasses identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the activities required by my plan and will try to report on them the following Tuesday as a “Tech Tuesday” […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 3, the Final Phase

My first transition plan post, Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1 encompassed the first phase of my project, identifying my requirements both mandatory and optional, addressing cleaning up my database and preparing my data for import into my selected evaluation programs. I have scheduled execution of Phase 1 of my plan to begin on Friday, […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 2

Posted on December 29, 2015 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

My prior post, Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1 encompassed the first phase of my project, addressing cleaning up my database and selecting and installing my evaluation programs. I have scheduled execution of Phase 1 of my plan to begin on Friday, January 15, 2016. I have decided to devote Friday mornings to completing all the […]

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Tech Tuesday – My Family Tree Maker Transition Plan: Phase 1

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Genealogical Technology, Tech Tuesday

Recently, Ancestry.com announced that they are retiring their software product, Family Tree Maker (current version is Family Tree Maker 2014) on December 31, 2015. They will support the program until December 31, 2016. I have used Family Tree Maker (FTM) since 1996. I am currently on FTM 2014. I also use Legacy 8, Roots Magic 7 (RM), The Master Genealogist […]

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DNA and Me

Posted on August 22, 2013 in Genealogical Technology, Genealogy DNA

I am spinning in circles with this topic, so I decided to put my DNA experiences down in writing. This sometimes helps me clarify my thinking. First of all, there is only one living male in my entire direct family line and he is not interested in doing his DNA. So I took my first mtDNA test in 2009 with […]

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