Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What did Genea-Santa Bring You?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What gift that you received for Christmas is your favorite for genealogy purposes? Book, magazine, hardware, software, website subscription, research time, DNA test - what was it, and how will it affect your genealogy research?

2) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+ in response to this post.

 Come on, spill!  And it's OK to respond to this in the days after Saturday too!

My response:

Hardware!  I got an iPhone 5s for Christmas (but received it about 10 days early!) and gave my iPhone 4 to my wife for Christmas 10 days early too.  I had the iPhone 4 for two years, and it was full and slow (3G) and I couldn't update many of the apps on it.  We were able to upgrade our Verizon account also and pay less money for unlimited text and phone and doubled the data limit.  Win-win-win!

I signed up with iCloud the week before we went to the Verizon store, so they were able to transfer all of my apps and data onto the new iPhone 5s.  

I left most of the apps on the iPhone 4 and got Linda signed into her email and Facebook accounts.  She's still learning how to use the phone - photos, email and Facebook are next and she will be the envy of all her friends.

I haven't found many new genealogy apps to add to my new iPhone - any suggestions?  The apps I use for genealogy are Ancestry, MyHeritage, RootsMagic, RootsTech14, LegacyMobile, BillionGraves and Their Stories.  I have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Feedly and Evernote for social media and note taking (although I prefer the tablet for note taking with a bigger keyboard).  

I noticed that the app updated, and that the RootsMagic app works a lot faster. Facebook works a lot faster on 4G also!   

I've had trouble with Feedly this past week switching between different wi-fi networks (hotels, Lori's house, now Paul's house) - deleting the app and then adding it new and signing in works but is a hassle.  

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1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

Randy. I got a couple of Amazon gifts cards, which is what I asked for. Why? Because I need a new roller mouse. Of course, something I use every day for genealogy.
The one I have used for 5 years is having issues. With my tendinitis, using a regular mouse is torture. I haven't gotten my new mouse yet because there's a chance I will receive one more Amazon card at a family gathering tomorrow. Can't wait. Good thing I have free 2 day delivery with Amazon prime.
Happy days,