2010 Genea Bloggers Winter Games Competition · About Me · Census Research

2010 Winter Genea Blogger Games–How did I do?

It’s been a really fun two weeks working on the various challenges.  Now it’s time for me to tally up my medal count.  I didn’t always have a chance to blog about every single thing that I participated in, but I have summarized the tasks throughout the two weeks. Without further ado…

1.  Go Back and Cite Your Sources

Completed:

50 Citations

Hope to earn Silver. Medal  Earned: Platinum

2.  Back Up Your Data

Completed:

Task C–Back up your data to a flash drive.  I backed up all my genealogy databases, documents, and photographs to my flash drive.

Hope to earn Plantinum.  Medal Earned: Gold

3.  Organize Your Research

Completed:

Task A:  Organize at least 2o hard files  and file them into binders-I filed 77 sheets of paper in my family binders)

Task B: Organize at least 20 digital files into folder, etc.-I created several family folders on my computer and sorted 50 documents into the appropriate family’s folder)

Task E:  Create at least 20 data entries-I input all of the names from the 1937 city directory pages that I had copies of)

Hoped to earn Diamond.  Medal earned: Gold

4.  Expand Your Knowledge

Completed:

Task A:  Use Google Maps to map out an ancestral location.  I mapped out the house my Grandmother lived in as a child.

Task B:  Create a timeline related to one line of research.  I used TimeToast and created a timeline for my Great Grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith.

Task C:  Create a memorial page at footnote.com.  I created pages for Thomas Jones and Margaret Kelly and linked them to their children.

Task E:  Create a surname visualization.  I wasted far too much time and created a surname Wordle.

Hoped to earn: Diamond.  Medal Earned:  Diamond

5.  Write, Write, Write

Completed:

Task B: Participate in a genealogy carnival.  I wrote an entry about my Tante Marie for the upcoming Smile for the Camera carnival.

Task C:  Prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish them.  I have 12 posts ready and waiting.

Task D:  Write a brief biographical sketch about an ancestor.  I wrote about my Great Great Grandfather, Jacintho Pacheco.

Task E:  Create a page on your blog about your surnames, etc.  I created two pages. One for my Azorean Roots and one for my Jones Jackson line.

Task F:  Participate in a 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge.  I participated in the Google Maps challenge.  I also fooled around with a couple of the new feature in Google Maps Labs.

Hoped to earn: Diamond Medal earned:  Platinum

6.  Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness

Task A:  Comment on a new to you genealogy blog.  I commented on the My Big Fat Cajun Irish Scottish English German French Southern Family.

Task B:  Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.  I created a new cemetery, Kilauea Catholic Cemetery, and added two tombstone photos.

Task D:  Assist another researcher with a request or lookup.  I researched the West surname of Wisconsin and Minnesota for friend from a reading forum.  I was able to take her family from 1930 to the mid 1880s.

Task E:  Participate in an indexing project.  I added four new ship indexes to my yourislandroutes.com website.

Task G:  Use the Follow feature on Blogger based genealogy blogs.  I am now following 3 blogs.

Task E:  Create at least 20 data entries into your database

Hoped to earn: Gold  Medal earned: Plantinum

I am very happy with the results.  In some categories, I earned a lesser medal than I was reaching for.  In others, I earned a higher medal than I had hoped for.  I worked on every single category of the challenge, so I think it all comes out very even.

Thanks to those who created the Winter Genea Blogger Games.  I needed the kick in the butt to get myself motivated again.  I certainly turned out more work in the last two weeks than I’ve done all year.

Now to wait for 2012. I hope I accomplish more of my goals before then 😉

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