A Paper-Lover’s 3 Reasons to go Digital

A Paper-Lover’s 3 Reasons to go Digital

I have had a love affair with stationary supplies as long as I can remember. New notebooks, pens and stationary paper would send me over the moon. I love the feel, the touch and even the smell of new paper. Weird I know. So what’s the problem? This relationship is no longer making me happy.  I have too much paper, too many notebooks! I have 4 four-drawer filing cabinets and 2 two-drawer ones, which does not include all the paper-filled boxes that have yet to make it into the files! I have so many notebooks, that I initially bought for a specific purpose and end up that I can’t find what I am looking for in them because I can’t remember which notebook or where I wrote it in! arg!After attending RootsTech, my eyes were open to new possibilities. As a genealogist who deals with the past it is often difficult to look ahead. Like many genealogist who started before the personal computer age, I found myself with a huge learning curve when it came to anything tech. Everything I learned about Continue reading

Technology and Genealogy, a Marriage Made in …?

Well, I attended Rootstech last week in Salt Lake City. It has taken a few days for me to process all the information and to sort out all my thoughts and feelings about the event. What is Rootstech? Rootstech  is a new conference spearheaded by FamilySearch along with other genealogy organizations and companies who were joined with top companies in the technology industry “designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges we face in family history research today.”             Here are my conclusions about the experience:*  Being a good genealogist with limited technology skills may have been sufficient in the past, but in order to fully access newer resources, databases and online information in the future we will need to become more technology mature.        *  Every field has its own language and way of defining things. I think many genealogists who are new to technology are resistant due to the lack of Continue reading