Providing practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians since 1995, online since 1985.
Portable genealogical file
I recently listened to one of your PODCASTs on my IPOD while at work. I was very interested in your idea of taking your (working) file with you, while you visited libraries and genealogical sites, in a GEDCOM format that could be used by software provided at the library. I like this idea but I use a different method of keeping my file with me while I peruse these sites. I carry a PDA and by using a program such as GENWISE or GENSTAR. I currently use GENSTAR, I can put my entire file on this little handheld computer that is only a little bigger that a deck of cards (and weighs less). These software titles, and many others, are available from PalmGear.com, tucows.com, and PalmOne.com for under $20.
While this doesn't sound like much of a difference in the final outcome other than it costs a little more for a PDA and the software than it does for a Memory Stick with your GEDCOM file, it does offer the added bonus of having a notepad, calendar, address book, etc. built right in - if you have one with you, you have them all. The best thing is for those times when you can't set up a computer and download a file, such as visiting a cemetery. The PDA makes it easy to check names, dates, other memorial stones you find, etc. I actually carry less with me, but feel I have more capability.
PS - My address and phone so you know I'm a serious listener and fan. [withheld from publication]
As to the DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR podcasts, I've already started recording some more interviews, and expect to have things going again strong starting 4 July 2006. In the meantime, did you notice that Dick Eastman has started a podcast? This audio technology, like mailing lists and blogs is becoming a main-stream method for getting the genealogical "word out."
My first priority is to see that all the book orders submitted to my print-on-demand publisher have been shipped.
On a personal note, Ol' Myrt's readers will recall that after six months in SLC taking care of my youngest daughter's family while she recuperated from a car accident, I am now up in Medina, Washington taking care of my 2 elderly parents. Some days are spent in the hospital on emergency runs, and such. I expect top be here until they pass away. I am now assured of having the weekends for my DearMYRTLE work and out-of town seminars. I've trained 7 additional caregivers, for 24-hour in-home care. I've also found two family members who are willing to spell me off on the weekends.
Ol' Myrt expects to be in Florida 23-20th of June to pack up, and move most of my household to Salt Lake, where I will eventually settle. I guess this is my year for being flexible?!
My new snail mail address is now:
224 Bellevue Way NE #544
As usual, I am employing the use of a UPS Store instead of having snail mail come to the actual residence. I recommend all readers do the same if they plan to exchange snail mail with genealogy contacts they meet on the internet. Its a matter of security.
Happy family tree climbing!