The 2008 Summer GeneaBloggers Games

Some of the clever administrators at the GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook (Thomas, Miriam, Kathryn) have put together the 2008 Summer GeneaBloggers Games.   Although I missed the Opening Ceremonies, I will be competing in every category.  The Games end on August 25.  Below are the categories and rules.  Also below is my flag. It’s taken from the flag of Ghana, representing my African heritage; the Union Jack, representing my English and Scots-Irish heritage, and , of course, the Stars and Stripes of the grand ole USA! I would have included le drapeau tricolore and some Native  American symbol, but at the site We Are Multicolored, I couldn’t figure out how to work with more than three flags at a time.

Again, I’ll be  entered into all categories.   I’ll keep you updated as to how I’m doing.

Play along at home, even if you’re not formally signed!

Competition Categories
1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
We all know how important our research is – but it is only worth the evidence that supports it! Have you ever looked at an entry in your database and wondered, “Where did that come from?” or “How can that be?” All events can and should be backed up by linking them to sources and evidence using a consistent and clear citation format.

Create proper citations of sources for as many events possible using either Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills or How to Cite Sources by John Wiley.

Qualifications for “Go Back and Cite Your Sources!”:
10 Citations – Bronze Medal
20 Citations – Silver Medal
30 Citations – Gold Medal
40 Citations – Diamond Medal
50 Citations – Platinum Medal

2. Back Up Your Data!
Backup data to choice of formats (flash drives, CDs, DVDs, online) or storing hard copies properly (safety deposit box, safe, etc.).

A. Prepare a comprehensive backup plan for your digital research files and a security plan for your hard copies and photos

B. Secure your hard copies and photos in waterproof containers

C. Backup all your data using a flash drive, an external drive, CDs, DVDs, or an online resource

D. Have all your hard copies and photos scanned and secure them either in a fire-proof safe or offsite in a safety-deposit box/secure environment

E. All your data is backed up digitally and secured physically and you can recover from any disaster while losing only one month or less worth of research

Qualifications for “Back Up Your Data!“:
Complete Task A – Bronze Medal
Complete Task B – Silver Medal
Complete Task C – Gold Medal
Complete Task D – Diamond Medal
Complete Task E – Platinum Medal

3. Organize Your Research!
So you have plenty of research – that’s okay if you can find what you need when you need it, right? Take time to review your collection of documents and photos, both hard copy and digital, and work to organize those items for easy access.

A. Organize at least 20 hard files or ancestral items (books, fabrics, inherited items) into file folders, boxes, envelopes, containers, etc.; archival-quality where appropriate.

B. Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

C. Organize at least 20 photos into photo albums, scrapbooks, collages, protective holders, boxes, etc.

D. Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

E. Create at least 20 data entries in your database, or scan 20 photos, or scan 20 documents.

F. Create a master list of your files and notify your family members of where it is stored.

Qualifications for “Organize Your Research!”:
Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal

4. Write, Write, Write!
Do you find birth dates, death dates and all the data boring if there’s no narrative behind it? Don’t you find the stories about ancestors more attractive than cut and dried census data? It takes time to be able to write about your family history and the more you write and the more often you write, the easier it is to bring your family to life for others to see.

A. Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site.

B. Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival. See the AnceStories post “August Is…” for a list of these carnivals and their submission URLs and deadlines.

C. Prepare several posts in draft mode (if possible with your blog platform) and pre-publish.

D. Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors.

E. Sign up to host a future carnival:

The following regular carnival hosts are accepting names for volunteer hosts: footnoteMaven needs volunteer hosts for the October 10th edition only of “I Smile for the Camera” (see her criteria in next paragraph); Jessica Oswalt of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy; Lisa of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture; and Tim Abbott of the Cabinet of Curiosities. Jasia has all the volunteers she needs for this year’s Carnival of Genealogy, so please do NOT distract her from her writing to ask to volunteer as a host right now! :-)

You must email the footnoteMaven with the words “Guest Host – Smile For The Camera” in the subject line. In the body of the email you must select your favorite article from Shades Of The Departed and explain why it is your favorite. The footnoteMaven will select the best answer to determine the host for the October 10 “Smile For The Camera.” The best answer will be featured on Shades Of The Departed.

Qualifications for “Write, Write, Write!”:

Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
Complete all 5 tasks – Platinum Medal

5. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

A. Comment on a new (to you) genea-blog.

B. Join another genea-blogger’s blog network on Facebook Blog Networks.

C. Invite other genealogists to join Facebook.

D. Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup. See AnceStories “Random Acts of Kindness Week” posts for ideas for this item and Item E.

E. Participate in an indexing project.

F. Join a genealogical, historical, heritage or lineage society.

Qualifications for “Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!“:
Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal

Remember: If you have any questions about participation rules or the criteria for the categories, please post them at the appropriate discussion boards at the the Genea-Bloggers Group at Facebook!


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