Thursday, July 08, 2010

What I Do to Help Me With My Genealogy Research – Tech Tools

Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers has started a new meme today to help us impart and share with the community what tech tools we use to help us with our genealogy research.  He suggests we use a list so I’m going to start what I hope will be a number of posts by the readers of this blog so we can all learn from each other.

Gene Pennington’s List of Tech Tools

  • Hardware:  HP Desktop PC, Windows 7 Home Premium OS, 6 GB Ram, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 365 GB Hard Disk Drive, 30” LCG HD Monitor plus plenty of connection ports (USB 2.0 and Firewire).
  • External storage:  FreeAgent 1 TB Hard Disk Portable Drive
  • Online storage:  DrobBox,, Google Docs, Windows SkyDrive
  • Backup:  Windows Backup/Restore Software plus Carbonite
  • Firewall:  Microsoft plus Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Virus protection: Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Spyware: Microsoft Security Essentials
  • File cleaner: Microsoft Disk Cleanup Utility
  • Printer: HP Officejet 6500 E709n Network and Wireless 3 in 1 printer/scanner/copier
  • Phone: Mobile phone is iPhone
  • Mobile media: iPhone plus iPad
  • Music player: iPhone plus iPad
  • Car audio: iPhone plus iPad
  • eBook Reader: iPhone plus iPad
  • Browser: IE 8, Google Chrome and Firefox
  • Blog:  Windows Live Writer and Google Blogger
  • RSS: Outlook
  • FTP: None
  • Text editor: Note Pad or MS Word
  • Graphics:, Picasa 3, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Paint
  • Screen capture: Windows Snipping Tool
  • Social media:  Facebook, Twitter
  • Social bookmarking: None
  • Social profile:  Google
  • URL shortener:  TinyURL
  • Office suite:  Office 2010 Professional Plus
  • E-mail:  Outlook and Gmail
  • Calendar: Outlook
  • Accounting:  Quicken 2010
  • PDF generator:  Adobe Acrobat
  • Genealogy database:  RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist, Family-olgy and a couple of other online programs
  • Genealogy tools: SecondSite, Microsoft FrontPage 2003, Roxio CD/DVD Creator Plus, Google Earth, Bing Maps, Google and Bing Search, GenSmarts
  • Other tech stuff:  TweetDeck, GoToWebinar, GoToMeeting, Google Apps, TWiT Live and TWiT Podcasts, IDVault, Digsby