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For the 43rd Carnival of Genealogy, the topic is Technology. What technology do I rely upon most for my genealogy and family history research (hardware, software, and website/blog)? We aren’t to “dilute” our answers by mentioning others that we like.

What’s a techie like me to do?!

Since I always follow instructions (those of you who know me can stop laughing now), I will do my best to stay within those parameters. (Though I want it noted that I consider this tantamount to “cruel and unusual punishment!”)

Favorite Piece of Hardware Besides My Computer:

This is an easy one — my digital camera. I have a Fujifilm Finepix S5200 which I absolutely love. It’s not a true digital SLR, but it is close. I can adjust the ISO from 64 to 1600 (though 1600 is really grainy.) F-stops from f3.2 to f8.0. 10x optical zoom. Macro setting. Adjustments for white balance (including a custom setting), etc, etc. I’ve had great luck using it to photograph documents and microfilm. And it runs of 4 AA batteries. How cool is that?!

Speaking of batteries, it does a good job in that department. One weekend last fall, I visited several cemeteries and took more than 600 photographs without exhausting the batteries.

Favorite Piece of Software Besides My Internet Browser :

This one is tougher. Since the focus is software used for genealogy research and not software used for any genealogical activity, I’ll go with my favorite genealogy software: RootsMagic.

RootsMagic is a robust genealogy program that is easy to use. I like how intuitive and how flexible it is.

Now if I could just find Matilda Debolt Skinner Crossen Brown McFillen’s death date to enter…

Favorite Website or Blog (besides my own):

I’m going to also eliminate any websites that I work on. (See, I can follow the rules!) While I haven’t used it that much for actual research, I’ve had a wonderful time exploring and experimenting on WeRelate. There is so much potential there. I can’t wait for Dallan to finish the match-and-merge feature!

Ok, there are my three pieces of technology. With any luck the next COG won’t be something like “Name Your Favorite Tombstone.” If that’s ever a category, be warned: I will not follow the rules and limit it to one!

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