Friday, August 22, 2008

The Games Of The 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group - Tally


Guest Hosting "Smile For The Camera Submissions" can be found here.

Becky Wiseman of kinexxions will host the October "Smile For The Camera."

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!

I will participate in the following:

I will create proper citations of sources for 50 events using Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Tough - I already have my events cited. The best I could do was to check those citations for correctness.

2. Back Up Your Data!

I will participate in the following:

A. Prepare a comprehensive backup plan for my digital research files and a security plan for my hard copies and photos.

Digital research files and photographs to external hard-drive. DVDs to be made of each category. Contacted three family members who will accept DVD files to be stored on their premises, made aware of location of hard copies. Also added to this a disaster awareness plan.

B. Secure my hard copies and photos in waterproof containers.

All photos in archival sleeves in waterproof containers. Research hard copies are not completed. Family history writing moving to online - not completed.

C. Backup my data using a flash drive, an external drive, CDs, DVDs, or an online resource.

Back-up to an external hard drive all files on three computers. Two computers done, one not complete. Need to purchase a larger external hard drive for photographic files only, don't like them mixed with documents even if in folders. DVDs could not be completed in this time frame, but the work has been commenced. Probably be able to continue this in the next games.

3. Organize Your Research!

I will participate in the following:

A. Organize at least 20 hard files or ancestral items (books, fabrics, inherited items) into file folders, boxes, envelopes, containers, etc.; archival-quality where appropriate.

10 books, pamphlets, relating to Carnegie Hall into archival-quality envelopes. Two sterling silver calling cards to Metal Edge Archival Storage box. Two silver napkin rings and 1 fan in acid free tissue. 15 items completed.

B. Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

This was already complete. Reviewed files for correctness.

C. Organize at least 20 photos into photo albums, scrapbooks, collages, protective holders, boxes, etc.

60 photographs organized into protective holders in waterproof containers. All other photographs were already organized, then secured in waterproof containers.

D. Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

My digital photo files for my Campbell family (70) organized into folders. Created an information sheet to be placed in a three ring binder for easy visual access with all information necessary to date photographs. Devised a numbering system with meta tags.

E. Create at least 20 data entries in my database, or scan 20 photos, or scan 20 documents.

Not attempted.

F. Create a master list of your files and notify your family members of where it is stored.

See 2A above. Master list 1/3 of the way completed.

4. Write, Write, Write!

I will participate in the following:

A. Write a summary of what my blog is about and post it on my blog.

Wrote -
Getting To Know Me Getting To Know All About The footnoteMaven's Blog.

B. Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival.

Participated in Smile For The Camera and the 54th Edition of the COG.

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

Eight posts in draft mode. Four to pre-publish, four published.

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

The Great Missouri River Flood of 1844

E. Volunteer "Smile For The Camera - October" for a guest host:

Becky Wiseman of
kinexxions will host October 2008 Smile For The Camera.

5. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

I will participate in the following:

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

Commented on the new to me and recommended by Kathryn Doyle - Forgotten Faces Blog.

B. Join another genea-blogger’s blog network on Facebook Blog Networks.

Joined five networks during the period of time of the games.

C. Invite other genealogists to join Facebook.

Invited two bloggers and one non-blogger genealogist to join Facebook.

D. Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup.

Scanning 26 cabinet card photographs for another researcher.

Contacted a library for a researcher in an attempt to help her date her family photographs. Identified the names of her great grandparents who had been unknown to her.

Provided the Carnegie Library in Grafton, North Dakota, with a digital photograph of one of its prominent citizens.

E. Participate in an indexing project.

Have received the materials to transcribe the Indian Country Census for the State of Washington. Participating, but have not begun the transcription itself. Not really an indexing project, rather a transcription.

F. Join a genealogical, historical, heritage or lineage society.

Renewed my Museum of History and Industry membership.

And so we close this chapter on
The Games Of The 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group

I'm tired and I didn't get nearly enough accomplished.
I better start training for the next Games!



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