Sunday, August 3, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) Survey of Genealogy Activities

Here are my answers to this weeks SNGF which is a Survey of Genealogy Activities:

a)  Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?

I use Legacy.  

b)  Which online family trees have information submitted by you - in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?

I have submitted information various places online:

Separate tree:

Ancestry Member Tree (updated daily), Genes Reunited, Mocavo, MyHeritage

Collaborative trees:

Geni (updated frequently), WikiTree, FamilySearch Family Tree

There are probably others than I am not thinking of that I rarely if ever returned to.

c)  For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?

I have subscriptions to the following: Ancestry.com, newspapers.com, Fold3.com, MyHeritage data, AmericanAncestors, British Newspapers, Mocavo

d)  Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?

FamilySearch, FindaGrave, BillionGraves, Google

e)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online?  [Note:  not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider].  Estimate an average number of hours per week.

I spend 40+ hours a week, but I am including client work in this #. When I am not taking client work I still spend 40+ hours a week. 

f)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

Depends if you count a cemetery as a "repository".  If yes, then 10 hours per month, if no then 2 hours per month.  This will likely change in the near future, but with small children at home, it is *much* easier for me to research online and I often send others to do research in repositories.

g)  How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)?  Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

I do this when I am doing the research, so I guess zero.

h)  How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

So far, zero.  I recently started joining local societies so I expect that will go up.

i)  How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)?   Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

I spend 12+ hours each month on genealogy education.  (3 hours/week)

j)  How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media?   Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

I spend 10+ hours each week reading, writing and commenting on blogs, websites and social media (genealogy related).

Extra: I do spend more time in addition to the above activies on another genealogy related activity: managing my DNA results from various kits I administer. This includes sending 23andMe invites, triangulating segments and other things like that, but doesn't include research on matches trees, which I included in e).  This is probably about 15+ hours a week.  Most of my estimates were conservative.