Friday, January 27, 2012

Go To RootsTech From Home

Hello All:

2nd-4th February in Salt Lake City it will be the 2nd conference of RootsTech.  I haven't been myself, but I have heard really good things about it from some of the particpants while I was at WDYTYA in London last year.  This year it is said to be better than previous.  Which is normally what happens as the conference organizers learn from what worked and what didn't, and what sort of new ideas to implement.

Well, like most of you (especially here in the UK and other countries outside of the USA), I will not be able to go.  But, there is good news.  RootsTech will be live streaming some of their classes & keynote addresses online.  These classes from what I have read in other online sites regarding the conference are those that are in Room 151.  You will need to look at the RootsTech website for the schedule to find which classes are involved to be shown as a live stream.  What is important to remember is that the times are US Mountain Time (in the UK that would be 7 hours behind - example, session is at 2 pm in Utah it will be 9 pm here in UK).  And another important fact is that it is all FREE (and you can watch in your pjs & slippers).

Here is a link to a copy of the schedule found on the RootTech website:

The RootsTech website doesn't have on their website yet on how to access online live streaming, but just keep an eye on their website for information on how to do it (

Until Next Time . . .

Thursday, January 12, 2012

We Now Have a Facebook Page

Hello All -

I know that I am always a bit slow with these type of "techie" things, but I have set up a Facebook page for McNicholl Genealogical Services.  You can click on the Facebook button on the left hand side of the blog(under the Geneabloggers link) to go to our FB page.  Please take time to "like" our page.  I update the page from time to time, so please watch this space as new things get posted on the FB page (as well as this blog).
I thank everyone in advance for taking the time to see the page.

Until Next Time . . .

Reminder of Our Special Discount

Hello All -

Just thought that I would give a reminder of our 15% special discount offer on research until the end of 31st January 2012.  If you haven't taken advantage of this savings please don't hesitate to do so - there is still time left to enquire.

Until Next Time . . .

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Family History New Year's Resolutions

Hello All -

A new year and now a new post for the blog.  Hope everyone had a good Christmas and is recovering from all the festivities.  Now that it is the start of a new year, it is also the start of the traditional thoughts of resolutions.  I am sure that many of you have thought about what sort of resolution(s) you may do for this new year.  Resolutions involve all sorts of personal issues, and this also includes our family history/genealogy.

In the February issue of YFT they have an interesting pie graph of those who responded to their forum question regarding what people's new year's family history resolutions would be.  Here is the breakdown of the numbers according to their survey:

30% - Be more organized
22% - Other (breaking down brick walls was a popular answer)
16% - Spend more time on your tree
8% - Publish your research
8% - Get round to backing up your research
8% - Visit an ancestor's grave
8% - Visit more archives

These numbers are very interesting.  I am a bit surprised regarding the single digit number on "visit more archives."  I thought that one would be a bit higher, but if you don't have the time to do such things then it makes things a bit harder to be a high priority.  I think that the low number of back up one's research is also a bit disappointing.  To me this is a very important thing to do.  I have had it happen to me before of not backing things up from the computer and then suddenly everything is gone.  All it takes is one virus, etc. to ruin hours and years of hard work. 

If you are not working on your family history at present, please make sure that you save/copy your work onto a disk or other safe method.  That way things will not get lost, and if something does happen, at least you can put it back onto your computer easily with your backup disk or other format used.  While you are working on your research, try to make it a habit to save your work at the end of each day if possible.  I know it can be a bit of a pain to do it and you can forget to save things, as I find myself thinking that way too.  However, the possibility of a loss of data can be a big motivator.

It is good that some people are having resolutions regarding their genealogy/family history, and thinking about their research work.  All the replies shown on the survey mentioned above are important and will help to make a better genealogist.  Which is what all of us strive to do in some way or another.

Until Next Time . . .