Today is the end of the Genea-Blogger Group Games! The five competition categories involved citing sources, backing up data, organizing research, writing, and reaching out to help other genealogists. I only had time to post one update during the games, but here is my final medal tally:
1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
I first didn’t plan on competing in this category, but then I compiled 50+ sources just to write the biographical sketch of my great-grandfather, Joseph Zawodny. However, as the deadline to write the post got closer (and as I suffered for two weeks with a pulled muscle), I never did get all of the citations in the proper format. Oh well, you can’t win them all. It was a good exercise in tracking down the source information, and I will continue to try to do this. Status: no medal
2. Back Up Your Data!
I completed “Task C” by backing up all of my data and photographs to an external hard drive. This is highly recommended to provide you with a back-up, and it’s very easy to do. Status: Gold medal
3. Organize Your Research!
I organized multiple piles of documents into two large boxes, filed by family name. I also scanned 300+ photos to help a friend organize her own family history project. Status: Silver medal, unless “scan 20 documents” can be multiplied out for my 300, then I won a Platinum several times over. Of course, if the fact that they are not my family photos matters, then I only won a Bronze.
4. Write, Write, Write!
I did well in this category. I participated in the Smile for the Camera Carnival with my favorite photograph, the Carnival of Genealogy with “Don’t Be a What?”, and the “Soundtrack of My Salad Days” meme with my musical genealogy. I also technically prepared several posts in draft form; I usually try to do that. I wrote a biographical sketch of an ancestor. One task is tricky – sign up to host a future carnival. During the GB Games, I hosted the Carnival of Genealogy for the first time. But, technically speaking, I volunteered for it back in June. So, I’m not sure if this counts or not. The easiest task I planned to do – “write a summary of what your blog is about” – I did not. I am coming up on my 100th post, and I planned on writing a similar post at that time, which will also coincide nicely with Terry Thornton’s challenge. I’ll take a medal hit to do it “my way”. Status: Diamond medal (or Gold if my COG hosting doesn’t qualify)
5. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!
I commented on a new blog, Granite in My Blood, and joined a few blog networks on Facebook. Unfortunately, I never got around to participate in an indexing project due to time constraints. I already belong to two genealogical societies, and I couldn’t find another one to join. My random act of kindness was the aforementioned scanning project, which now continues as I take those photos and make a music video for her parents’ wedding anniversary. Alas, this does not count either! Status: Silver medal
Thanks to the GB Games’ organizing committee: Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogical Society and Library, Thomas MacEntee of Destination Austin Family and Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories. Thanks also to footnoteMaven for creating the cool logo! It was a great exercise to get us into the practice of doing things that we should be doing on a regular basis…the games were only a warm-up because I know we’ll all continue with these activities!