Thursday, April 11, 2013

Google Plus and Google Earth



I FINALLY attended one of Dear Myrtle's Genealogy Communities Google+ sessions. It happened to be her one month anniversary, which was fun. Lots of reminiscing and prizes. It had been a LONG time since I had done anything on Google+ and I really enjoyed it! Yes, that did surprise me, and let me tell you why.

Several months ago I found myself annoyed that almost everything I seemed to want to do, I had to learn how to do it. Technology keeps you on your toes like that. Learning is very time consuming and I had little time as it was to do anything I really wanted to be doing so the learning aspect took a backseat. Then when my husband had emergency surgery my life as I knew it also took a back seat.


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Now that things are getting back to normal, I find I have been away from genealogy far to long! So, now I am reinventing the wheel (for me)! Ha!

Google+ was new to me as far as attending pre-scheduled online classes/sessions. I needed to learn how to log into a session and even where to leave a comment. I almost felt silly asking any questions, almost. Some sessions are saved automatically and can be found on YouTube, another learning process, where on YouTube do you find these? Well, different areas depending on what you are looking for.

I became very jazzed about this session as there was a gentleman from Sweden in one of the windows with Dear Myrtle and Russ Worthington. Since I still plan to go to Sweden, I asked how to get in touch with him privately. Russ informed me to go to the community and talk with him. Duh! I knew that! I did feel pretty dumb then. But, only for a minute, because not long after that, Dear Myrtle lost power and our Google session was over. Not a fun way to end her anniversary bash...but we all moved on.

I realized that Dear Myrtle had moved on with the advancement of technology once again, and if she could do it, so could I! So, thank you Dear Myrtle for opening my eyes!

From there I was invited to a hangout with this gentleman, Olle Andersson! For awhile it was just the two of us and so we visited, he shared his screen and showed me where he lives in Sweden, via Google Earth and he found where I live, here in California. We chatted along until a couple of others joined us and Olle went about helping someone with their research.


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After these sessions, I was really jazzed about new technology all over again! The uses of Google Plus, and the reminder of how amazing Google Earth is. Genealogy people are so fantastic, caring and giving! I am so very happy to be feel the excitement and have a bit more time for genealogy again! 

A couple of days later I spoke with my father and shared with him Google+ and Google Earth. He was amazed and told me he "was still looking for telephone booths on the street corners." I gave him some instructions to play with Google Earth, and his first response was he wanted to go to Oklahoma and see the house he was born in. I should pull that up and save a copy! 

Technology is so very exciting. I am happy I had a break, and happier to be back. Have you been to any/many hangouts? Have you been to any Google+ genealogy scheduled classes/sessions? Have you researched any of your ancestral areas with Google Earth? I would love to hear your stories!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


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