2008 Genea Bloggers Summer Games Competition

Genea Blogger Games Competition Wrap Up

The Genea Blogger Games competition has ended. I really enjoyed working on the various challenges. I learned several things about my genealogy, organization, and methods–some good and some really need some work!

Time to wrap up what I’ve accomplished. I’ll compare what I set out to accomplish and what I actually ended up doing. It turned out much better than I thought considering I lost the first weekend to dog sitting (with one dog very ill the first 12 hours).

Here goes:

  • Go Back and Cite Your Sources

I plan to add 10 or more citations to my genealogy database

I entered 10 citations into my genealogy database.

COMPLETED 10 Citations–I earned a Bronze Medal

C. Back Up Your Data

I plan to backup all my databases on my computer and then copy my backups to CD (I haven’t done a full backup since February when my computer was acting perquacky)

I completed this goal, but I backed up my data files to an online media backup service rather than to CD.

Read my post: Solutions to Backing Up my Genealogy Data

COMPLETED TASK C–I earned a Gold Medal

  • Organize Your Data

I plan to file at least 20 pages from that stack. I have a stack of documents that have been sitting on my desk for quite some time now. They’ve been input into my database and need to be filed in my ancestor binders.

I plan to organize 20 digital files label them, print them if necessary, and file them in the appropriate folders on my computer.

I plan to take digital photos from my email inbox, figure out which family they belong to, label them, and file them in the appropriate family folder in my “My Photographs” on my computer.

I plan to input 20 new data entries in my genealogy database.

Completed:

A. Organized 20 hard files and filed them in binders

Read my post: Organizing Documents and Filing Them Away

B. Organized 20 digital files into folders, labeled them, etc.

I found out that my folder labeled “ship transcriptions” was a mess. Originally the files were labeled by name of relative listed. It served my purposed until I decided to index them and put them on my website. I went through 20 of the files, verified the ship name and date, and added that to the file name. I also went through 20 emails, sorted them, and filed them into appropriate folders.

D. Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, etc.

Read my post:Organizing Digital Photographs

E. Create at least 20 data entries.

I input 34 new people into my Pacheco de Braga database.

COMPLETED 4 TASKS–Diamond Medal

  • Write, Write, Write

I plan to write a summary of what the Research Journal blog is all about and post it here

I plan to participate in a Genealogy or Family History Blog Carnival, something I have never done before.

I plan to write a brief biographical sketch about one of my ancestors, maybe Felicianno de Mello, Thomas Jones, Catharine (Dolan) Kelly, or Brigitte (Breilh) Mazeres. I’ll let you guess which one I decide to pull out of the hat.

Completed:

A. Write a summary of what your blog is about…

Read my post: What the Research Journal Blog is About

B. Participate in a genealogy related blog carnival

Read my post: My First Carnival of Genealogy

C. Prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish

I prepared 15 articles in draft mode. After proofing, I set them to pre-publish between August and September.

D. Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors

Read my post: My Great Great Grandmother, Margaret (Kelly) Jones

COMPLETED 4 tasks–I earned a Diamond Medal

  • Reach Out and Perfom Genealogical Acts of Kindness

I plan to comment on a genea-blog that is new to me.

I plan to join a genea-bloggers network on Facebook.

I plan to assist a genealogist in a research request.

Completed:

A. Comment on a new (to you) genea-blog

Read my post: Reading and Commenting on Genealogy Blogs

B. Join another genea-bloggers blog network on Facebook

Read my post: Genea-Bloggers Blog Networks on Facebook

C. Invite other genealogists to join Facebook

I invited the former volunteers of GenealogyForum.org to join Facebook. I saw that one had become a member.

D. Assist another researcher with a research request

Read my post: My Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

E. Participate in an Indexing project

Read my post: Ship Indexes Added to IslandRoutes.com

COMPLETED 5 tasks–I earned a Platinum Medal

I ended up accomplishing much more than I anticipated. I earned:

Bronze in Go Back and Cite Your Sources

Gold Medal in Back Up Your Data

Diamond Medal in Organize Your Research

Diamond Medal in Write, Write, Write

Platinum Medal in Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in this challenge. Kudos to the creators!!!! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my endeavors the last two weeks.

One thought on “Genea Blogger Games Competition Wrap Up

  1. Congratulations on your medals! I’m impressed with the extraordinary efforts put out by all the participants. A special thanks to Thomas, Miriam and Kathryn for their efforts organizing both the Genea-Bloggers group and these games. What a wonderful way to build community!

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