THE SIXTH ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE
will be held on Saturday, 16 April 2016.
The GatherYourFamily Genealogy Conference held each year in April in Springdale has been renamed the Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas. I go to this event every year and I have presented classes for the past two years. I am planning to present two classes this year: Blogging and Dropbox for Genealogists.
Blogging is a method by which genealogists can share our family history finds with other researchers researching our family line, with our family members near and far, and with potential cousins who we are not even aware of at the moment. Often, our family members’ eyes will glaze over when we start detailing the trials of our latest research, but they might be interested in the blog post showing a picture of Great-Great Grandma Almeda when we find it! Or they might like reading the story of Great Grandma and the goat that we discover by interviewing Grandma or one of the aunts or uncles!
There are many blogging platforms and many different types of blogs! There are also many sites on the internet that will give ideas and suggestions for blog posts. I will talk about a few of the blogging platforms and provide detailed instructions on setting up a blog with one of the most popular platforms: WordPress. I will also discuss the many sites devoted to genealogy blogging and provide a list of links to some of the sites that have suggestions for blog post topics.
Blogging doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Blogging can range from free to very expensive. I personally spend only about $5 per month but I had a free site for a few years. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of your own domain and the free hosting sites for your blog.
Blogging also doesn’t have to be complicated! You don’t have to know anything about programming or setting up your own website! Blogging can be as simply as typing into your genealogy program! If you can enter information into your genealogy program or an online family tree, you can setup and maintain your own blog!
Dropbox for Genealogists
Dropbox is a free service that saves your files to all your computers, phones and even the dropbox website. The dropbox services secures your genealogy data and protects you from computer disasters and even storms and fires and other disasters that could destroy your genealogy database. The service stores your files offsite in the “cloud” and allows you to access your data from anywhere there is internet access. The Dropbox team ensures the security and integrity of your data by securely storing and backing up your data and by protecting that data with many layers of security including password and two-step verification.
The class will include a discussion of the benefits of dropbox, comparisons with other similar services, step-by-step setup process for dropbox, and how to setup various genealogy programs to use the dropbox service to keep our genealogy data backed up and securely stored “in the cloud” to protect us from disasters.
I presented these classes last year and I have been asked to present them again this year.
Hope to see you there!
For more information contact:
FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, 6738 LYNCH’S PRAIRIE CT., SPRINGDALE AR 72764, UNITED STATES(479) 466-4307 DLETSCH.FHC@GMAIL.COM