Thursday, February 25, 2010

...progressing in the Games

My progress as the games head into the last two days....

Expand your knowledge:

Task A: Use Google Maps to map out an ancestral location.  Create a map that you can then embed into a blog post.  To learn more see Google Maps and Carnival Posts at Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.   

        Completed on February 20, 2010

Task B: Create a timeline related to one of your lines of research, a specific ancestor or location.  Get creative using a free application such as TimeToast. Post your timeline on your blog.

Task C: Create a memorial page for an ancestor using either Footnote’s Create A Page feature or their Facebook application I Remember.

Task D: Visit tutorial and learning pages of popular websites such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch’s excellent articles repository.

        Completed on February 19, 2010

Task E: Create a surname visualization using Wordle, Word It Out or a similar application.  Post the graphic to your blog.

        Completed on February 15, 2010

Qualifications for “Expand Your Knowledge”:
•    Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
•    Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
•    Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
•    Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal   
•    Complete any five tasks – Platinum Medal --> Goal

Write Write Write:

Task A: Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site. If your blog uses the Blogger platform, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

        Completed February 21, 2010

Task B: Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival. See the AnceStories post February 2010 Calendar of Events for a list of these carnivals and their submission URLs and deadlines.

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

         Completed February 24, 2010 (three posts for next week)

Task D: Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors.
       In progress.

Task E: Create a page on your blog listing surnames, ahnentafel reports or using some other topic.  This will help new visitors to your blog understand your area of research.  Again, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

Task F: Participate in a 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy Challenge.

        Completed February 20, 2010, (Week 7, playing with Google Maps)

Qualifications for “Write, Write, Write!”:

    * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
    * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
    * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
    * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
    * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal Goal

6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

Task A: Comment on a new (to you) genealogy blog.  See the New Genealogy Blogs tag at GeneaBloggers for the newest blogs.

Task B: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.

   Completed February 25, 2010

Task C: Invite other genealogists to join Facebook, GenealogyWise, Twitter or some other social media network where genealogists meet.

    Completed February 20

Task D: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup. See AnceStories “Random Acts of Kindness Week” posts for ideas for this item and Item E

 Task E: Participate in an indexing project.

    This is pretty much something that is done almost daily.  I participate in indexing project for both ancestry.com and Family search.  It's not a lot over the course of a week, but it's something.
    Complete.

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

Task G: Use the Follow feature on a Blogger-based genealogy blog and follow one or more blogs.


              Completed on February 25, 2010

Qualifications for “Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!”:

    * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
    * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
    * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
    * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
    * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal     Goal 

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