6Apr/110Mobile Monday Series about using your mobile phone or any other device you have used to do your genealogy on. I received blog comments, emails and Twitter comments of people telling me what their favorite apps were, what they would like to see in mobile apps and various other ways they use their devices. In exchange for them telling me and all of you how they use their mobile device, one luck winner received a free 12-month Geni.com Pro Account. Angie's Roots Are Showing blog! Although Angie does not have a smartphone with apps, she told us about another mobile device that has helped her learn more about her ancestor's place of residence. Below is what Angie had to say:
I have a pretty simple phone, and don’t really utilize apps. However, I recently received a nookcolor for my birthday, and made a fun discovery! I started doing searches for names, places, etc in my family history and found that people have put a great number of old documents in E-reader form, and many of them are free downloads. For example, I was able to find a program from the early 1900s, celebrating the Centennial of Guyandotte, WVa (the town where my ggg-grandparents settled after they married.) This gave a a great glimpse into life in the town they lived in! I’ve had a lot of fun browsing for hidden jewels!Angie gave us a great example of implementing technology and mobile devices in our research. I have asked Angie to tell us a little more about her, how she got involved in genealogy and her great genealogy blog. If you have not yet been to Angie's blog, I highly recommend it! Thank you to everyone to contributed as well as to Geni.com for the great prize!
I consider my grandfather to be the reason I became interested in family history. He has, over the years, carefully guarded old family photos and heirlooms. He keeps them hid away in his bedroom, and occasionally, if you ask nicely, he will bring out a sampling for you to see. (Now that I’ve been at genealogy as long as I have, I’ve worn him down some, and he is more willing to bring out large numbers of photos at a time for me to scan in, but there are still things hidden in that room that I’ve yet to see!)
I think the one thing he showed me that really infected me with the genealogy bug was a newspaper clipping from an unknown West Virginia newspaper. It recounted the story of my 3rd great grandparents, and how they came to settle in the Cabell County, West Virginia area. The article was written in the last years of my ggg-grandmother’s life, and I’ve later come to find that a lot of the information in the writing was romanticized, and not entirely accurate. However, I was hooked from that moment on!
I bought a copy of Family Tree Maker in either 1998 or 1999, and started digging away on the internet. Almost all of my research has been done online, and it took me along time, and much frustration, to learn the importance of verifying sources. I started my blog last year as a place to organize and share my findings, and to hopefully connect with others who a researching the same lines as me. Next week, I am planning my first ever hands on research experience, as I am traveling to Cabell County, West Virginia to see what I can dig up!
As for what I mentioned on [Find My Ancestor], my husband bought me a nook color for my birthday in February. For starters, it is an excellent way to keep up on blogs! The nook has built-in WiFi and I can log on google reader and check out blogs I’ve subscribed to at any time. The mobile formatting suits the layout of blogs very well, and I find them more easy and enjoyable to read on the nook.
You can also download PDFs to your nook, and I have taken advantage of this feature several times. For example, I recently downloaded the entire roster and history of the 54th North Carolina Infantry to learn more about my ancestor’s service in the Civil War. It’s easy to read and portable, so I can take it with me wherever I go.
There is a “shop” feature on the nook, where you can purchase ebooks and have them downloaded directly to your device. On a whim, I started searching for surnames, towns, etc that related to my family history, and I have found several interesting titles, most of them available for free download. For example, I found a copy of Guyandotte, West Virginia’s Centennial celebration from 1915. My ancestors lived in the Guyandotte area at the time, and I was able to read about the people, places, and events that were a part of their everyday life at that time.