technology

1 May 2014

MayDay Genealogy Data

MayDay 2014 Genealogy Data Sassy Jane GenealogyToday’s post is MayDay Genealogy Data, to mark MayDay 2014, an annual national preservation day sponsored by professionals from archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation, and historical societies. On this date each year, these professions review their emergency preparedness plans, and help individuals with emergency preparedness for personal data and papers.

So let’s take a leaf from the Society of American Archivists and take time during MayDay 2014 to think about preserving our family history data.

At home, too often our emergency planning takes second place to more pressing demands. (I’m going to assume that everyone has already ensured their personal safety so that we can focus on data. But if you need to improve your personal safety measures, visit 72hours.org.)

A starting place for your data and papers:

  1. Are you backing up your data locally?
  2. If you are, could you grab that hard […]
18 Mar 2014

Creating a Digital Time Capsule for Genealogy

digital time capsule sassy jane genealogyThese days, genealogists are also personal digital archivists. As that family archivist, could you create a digital time capsule of your family’s history?

I’ve opened and reburied a few physical time capsules in my time as a librarian and archivist. (The International Time Capsule Society provides tips on creating a physical capsule, if you’re interested.)

But could a digital time capsule work? Would it be usable in 10 or 20 or more years? Since we all hope that our family history research will be passed on to family members and other researchers, it’s a question worth considering.

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7 Feb 2014

My Favorite Genealogy Things

These are a few of my favorite genealogy things (no, I’m not going to sing and you don’t want me to) from my presentation at Rootstech 2014 this morning on using Macs and iPads for genealogy.

Dashlane

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Dashlane is the password manager that I recommend. But it’s so much more than that. It’s available in an iPhone and iPad app and on your desktop. The Dashlane app also:

  • Stores your passwords using military-grade encryption
  • Syncs them automatically across all your devices regardless of platform
  • Notifies you when a website has been compromised
  • Creates online purchase receipts
  • Shares passwords with other designated users through encrypted email
  • Generates strong passwords

The Dashlane Security Dashboard evaluates how safe you are online, based on passwords that are weak, used across multiple sites, or from a site that’s been hacked.

If you want to take Dashlane for a spin, use this link to […]

28 Jan 2014

iPad Keyboard Tricks – Tuesday’s Tip

I’m speaking at Rootstech 2014 on Friday, February 7th at 10:30 a.m. on Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy. Hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

Two iPad keyboard tricks are Tuesday’s Tip. You can change your iPad keyboard in portrait mode by pressing the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the keyboard itself.

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1. Split iPad Keyboard

If you need to type while holding your iPad, choose the “Split” command on the keyboard icon in the lower right. The keyboard splits in two and you can type with your thumbs while you’re holding your iPad.

You can also split the keyboard with two finger swipes in the opposite direction.

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(After the keyboard splits, if you want to type one of the letters from the […]