Miriam Midkiff on her Ancestories: Stories of My Ancestors blog announced the Genea-Blogger Group Olympic Games events, and these games are a bit strenuous for a typical armchair genea-blogger like me. There is a badge to be worn on all Genea-blogger posts (created by the footnoteMaven, who has a knack for these things):
Each participant was asked to create a flag for the Opening Ceremonies using the tool on http://www.wearemulticolored.com/ to create and then save it. The tool only lets you use the flags of three countries, so I chose England, Canada and the United States. England is the "mother country" for almost all of my colonial ancestors and the mother country of the USA and Canada. I have a few Canadian ancestors, and many colonial American ancestors and USA-born ancestors. So here is my flag:
Now then, which Genealympics events to compete in? There are five different events, but my time is limited by several factors (the grandsons are coming on 19 August). Therefore, I'm going to choose two events to compete in. Here are the Genealogist's Pentathlon events and my choices:
1) Go Back and Cite Your Sources! -- this is not one of my genealogical strengths, meaning that it should be easy to rack up a medal here if I were to compete. But I'm not going to compete here because I'm not that good at it.
2) Back Up Your Data! -- This is a worthy event, but I have too much "stuff" to sort through, scan, back up and archive to compete for the top medals here. I do some of these things routinely.
3) Organize Your Research! -- I will compete in this event because I need to do these tasks routinely and the targets are achievable in the time I have available.
4) Write! Write! Write! -- I'm not going to compete in this event, even though I do several of these tasks routinely. I can't pre-publish with my current blogging platform (I know, I should use New Blogger).
5) Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness -- I will compete in this event, since I have several projects on my research plate.Miriam Midkiff, Kathryn M. Doyle and Thomas MacEntee have put this Genea-bloggers Games together, showing much common sense and good humor. My thanks to them for taking the time to work together for the benefit of many, including the participants.
UPDATED 3 p.m.: I was informed that I shouldn't use the word "Olympics" because of restrictions on the use of the word... I changed almost all of the instances where I used it. Maybe if we spelled it differently - Genlympics? Genealympics? Surely they won't object, right? Let's see if that works. I love making up new words or phrases.