Maintenance Essentials for Genealogy

I've had maintenance on the mind this summer. So many friends and family are dealing with problems that are largely a result of lack of maintenance. It's made me think how easy it is to lose all our gains, simply because we don't do the day-to-day and month-to-month maintenance projects.

Why am I doing massive fence repairs in July? How'd we regain all this weight?How did the sewer line break?

It goes on and on. So while I work on projects and have to set aside my family history, I'm assessing what are the maintenance essentials for genealogy in my home.

We made some incredible family history gains last year, digitizing everything (photos, papers, cassette tapes) for my side of the family and we're close to finishing this for Mike's side of the family. I can't afford to lose these gains. Here are some ideas for projects we need to either start, finish, or maintain.

 

 

Some Family History Maintenance Ideas

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How to Find Free Genealogy Handouts

This week is the FGS Conference (Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference) and if you're like me and are unable to conference but still want to learn, here are my favorite go-to sites for genealogy handouts. How to Find Free Genealogy Handouts   RootsTech Handouts Most Genealogy conferences don't allow unpaid visitors to view conference handouts, but RootsTech does. RootsTech is the largest genealogy convention in the world and has classes for all skill levels. RootsTech 2018 handouts online example of one 2018 webinar handout RootsTech 2017 handouts online example of one 2017 webinar handout RootsTech 2015 handouts online (only FGS members can access the FGS handouts) example of one 2015 webinar handout RootsTech app for iPhone or Android with 2017 and 2018 (instructions for handouts in this blog)

How to Download RootsTech handouts online

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RootsTech 2018 – Day 1

Well, that was crazy! I've been a little ho, hum about attending RootsTech this year. Too many distractions to be fully committed to the conference. But I'm local, so I showed up, and I'm glad I did. First of all, the schedule is all new this year and I love it. Wednesday is usually the Innovators Summit and there's a catered lunch and it's not as heavily attended as the rest of the week. This year, they started the General RootsTech sessions on Wednesday and then at 4 pm they held an Innovation Showcase (which I missed in person, but was able to partially catch on Facebook live-sweet). The Expo Hall then opened from 6-8 pm. Because the RootsTech track classes started a day early, and the Expo Hall and Cafeteria/Dining area didn't open until 6 pm, the Convention Center was more packed than I've ever seen it. There was no place to go except classes and it was fun to see classes so well attended and feed off the excitement and energy of the speakers and participants. …
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