Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:
1) Answer these questions in my survey about your genealogy resources and usage:
a) Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?
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)?
c) For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?
d) Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2) Answer the questions in a blog post of your own (and please drop a link as a comment in this post), in a comment to this post, or in a Google+ or Facebook post.
a) I use Legacy Family Tree 8 to enter all ancestral information into a database. I also use RootsMagic 7 occasionally to take advantage of their features.
b) I have my family tree information in these online tree systems:
i) Separate tree:
* Ancestry Member Tree (occasionally updated), I sometimes use the Hints
* MyHeritage (rarely updated) I updated this year, and found I had to pay extra to have access to the Records, so I don’t plan to renew next year. It cost more just to have the tree and record matches, as to subscribe to the Ancestry UK (which includes Australia and New Zealand) package
* FindMy Past (never updated). Since this is fairly new, I haven’t made much use of the record hints yet.
* RootsWeb World Connect (occasionally updated)
* Genesreunited (UK). I haven’t updated this in a long time.
* My website. This is the tree I update the most regularly. I have my blog, where I share stories about the family, and I have a family tree generated by The Next Generation of Genealogy Site-Building by Darrin Lythgoe.
ii) Collaborative tree:
* FamilySearch Family Tree (updated rarely)
* Geni.com (updated rarely) I only have a small amount of information in this tree, because there is no option to upload a GEDCOM.
c) My subscription genealogy record collection websites:
* Ancestry.com (UK (which includes Australia & New Zealand) only). When I want to use other collections, I either use Pay Per View, or wait until I can afford a full World subscription.
* MyHeritage (tree only) I couldn’t afford to upgrade for the data as well
I tend to only use FindMyPast when they offer free weekends, or I use the Pay Per View or Monthly subscriptions.
d) My most-used FREE genealogy record providers:
* Find a Grave
* The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website (I also the websites for other Australian states fairly regularly as well)
* Australian Cemeteries
e) Doing online genealogy research each week: Average per week = 15 hours
f) Doing repository research each month: Average per month = 0 hours. Because I live in a small country town, and am busy caring for my daughter with autism, I haven’t been able to get to a repository for the last 5 years.
g) Adding information to family tree database each week: Average per week = 2 hours. I have a lot of information that I have collected that I haven’t got around to adding to my database yet.
h) Genealogy society events and meetings: Average per month = 0 hours. Same reasons as for not doing repository research.
i) Genealogy education: Average per month = 4 hours. Mostly online webinars
j) Reading genealogy websites or contributing to social media: Average per week = 12 hours
Adding all of that up totals about 30 hours per week.