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Mobile Monday – Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly Using WordPress

fma_blog_mobile_iphone_compareIn my last couple of Mobile Monday posts I have been talking about making your genealogy blog "mobile friendly" which means that you install a template or a plugin on your blog so that people who view your blog on their mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android device or any other kind of smart phone or tablet visit your blog they see a mobile version that does not make it look so cluttered and confusing on the smaller screens. I don't know about you but I tend to read all of my blogs I follow either on my iPhone or iPad. They are both so convenient for me to catch up on what is going on in the genealogy community because I always have them with me. Sometimes when I view a blog that isn't "mobile friendly" is is hard to not get confused with all the other things that are on the screen. By making your blog "mobile friendly" readers and easily read your blog posts in a very simple interface. I am curious, how many of you out there use your mobile device regularly to read other genealogy bloggers posts? Leave a comment below and let us all know! I think the more of us that want blogs to be "mobile friendly" the more we will see them become that way! So, last post I had a video showing you Blogger users how to make your genealogy blog "mobile friendly". Today I am going to show you a video for you users. I am not sure if this same process works for those of you who have blogs. Please let us know if it does!
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Finding Two Cousins in One Day

Today I found two cousins in two different ways - and I didn't even do much to find them! I know, that does not happy very often, but when it does it is really exciting. Earlier today I was going through some of my email from a couple weeks ago. Isn't that horrible! I feel really bad for some of those people who I just responded today. I have been so busy with everything else life throws at you and today I finally had some time to sit down and try to catch up. One of the emails I went through today was a request from Find A Grave from someone that wanted me to link an individual with her parents. Come to find out, we are distant cousins! Then, this evening as I was out to dinner with my parents my Dad started talking about this guy at his work. Somehow they got on the topic of them being related. This might sound a little confusing, but here we go - this guy's aunt's grandfather is my great grandfather's brother... Did that make sense? I'm sure it did if you are a true genealogist. :) My Dad couldn't remember how exactly we were related or the people's names it involved, so I pulled out my iPhone and opened the Ancestry App and started looking though my database on We think we figured out how exactly he is related to us, but my Dad is going to have to check tomorrow. How cool is that? While we were at dinner I was able to pull out my cell phone and look up my entire family tree. Isn't it amazing what we are able to do with these mobile devices now? For those of you who haven't followed this blog for very long, I do a Mobile Monday Blog Series where I talk about various apps and techniques you can use on your mobile devices such as an iPhone, iPad, Android devices and more. Be sure to check it out!


Mobile Monday – Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly Using Blogger

In my last Mobile Monday post I talked about using your  mobile device to access Find My Ancestor and the blog. I said at the end of the post that I would be showing you how to make your blog "mobile friendly" whether you use Blogger or WordPress. In today's post I am going to show you how to make your blog mobile friendly if you use Blogger. The process is very simple and it will only take you a few minutes to do. The video below takes you through the process. If you have any other questions on how to make your Blogger blog mobile friendly, please leave some comments below. Next week I will show you how to do the same for WordPress blogs!


Happy Belated Blogiversary to Find My Ancestor

As I was catching up on some fellow Geneablogger's posts today I thought to myself, the Find My Ancestor's Blogiversary must be coming up soon. I remember starting the blog back in December right around Christmas time. As I went back to look at the actual date of my first blog post I realized I had missed my own blogiversary! Find My Ancestor turned 1 year old yesterday!

I cannot believe it has only been one year since I started this blog. It feels like I have been doing it for years. This past year has been so fun writing about genealogy, meeting new friends both online and in person, learning so much about technology available to genealogists and of course seeing how the number of people following this blog has grown.

You readers are the reason why I continue to post about genealogy. When I first started I didn't know if anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say about genealogy, technology and the various other topics I have covered here over the past year. I want to give a big thanks to all the readers of this blog and for their great comments and questions you have asked!

Over the past year I have blogged about many different topics. My first couple posts were a series on data storage and online backup and the importance of making sure your data doesn't get lost or destroyed. For those of you who have started following the blog throughout the year, go back and check out the first couple posts about backing up and protecting your data.
Earlier this year I also started the Mobile Monday series which has been so fun. I am an Apple Geek and I thoroughly enjoy my iPhone. I quickly began searching for various apps I could use for genealogy while I was away from my computer. To my surprise I found a number of apps specifically for genealogy! I decided that I was going to have a weekly series on different app, both genealogy and non-genealogy related, that I use on my iPhone to do my genealogy. As time went on I received a few emails from some people asking why I never did any reviews on Android apps. Well the simple and easy answer is that I don't have an Android device. I did see every once in a while articles posted by others who were talking about Android apps and so I shared a few of those with you. Then, a few months ago my brother got one of the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs and so as soon as he let me see it the first thing I did was go to the Android Market and search for genealogy apps. I posted one earlier regarding the Find A Grave app and will continue to post articles for the Android devices in the future.