Genealogy Blogging Events – Week of 27 February – 6 March 2015

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 27 February - 6 March 2015, right here at GeneaBloggers.

Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 27 February: African Burial Ground National Monument Established – Anniversary, Marian Anderson’s Birthday – Anniversary, 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified, and Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 28 February: M*A*S*H Final Episode Aired – Anniversary, National Tooth Fairy Day, Open That Bottle Night, and USS Princeton Explosion – Anniversary.
  • 1 March: Admission Day – Ohio, Admission Day – Nebraska, Celebrate Your Name Week begins, Data Backup Day, Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping – Anniversary, Glenn Miller’s Birthday – Anniversary, Peace Corps Founded 1961, St. David’s Day – Wales, Salem Witch Hysteria begins – Anniversary, Dinah Shore’s Birthday – Anniversary, and William Bradford’s Birthday – Anniversary.
  • 2 March: Dr. Suess Day, Texas Independence Day
    Telecommuter Appreciation Week begins, and The “Sound of Music” film debut – 50th Anniversary.
  • 3 March: Admission Day – Florida, Alexander Graham Bell’s Birthday – Anniversary, Missouri Compromise – Anniversary, and National Anthem Day.
  • 4 March: Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday – Anniversary, Admission Day – Vermont, Pennsylvania Deeded to William Penn, National Grammar Day, Old Inauguration Day, and Town Meeting Day – Vermont.
  • 5 March: Crispus Attucks Day, Boston Massacre – Anniversary, St. Piran’s Day, and Purim.
  • 6 March: Dred Scott Decision – Anniversary, Fall of the Alamo – Anniversary, Michelangelo’s Birthday – Anniversary, and National Day of Unplugging.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, 27 February 2015

On 27 February 1897, opera singer Marian Anderson was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson’s talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe, where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world’s finest contraltos. Preventing Anderson’s performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution unintentionally secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on 9 April 1939 (Easter Sunday), 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1955 Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Dwight Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died 8 April 1993, at Portland, Oregon.

On 27 February 1897, opera singer Marian Anderson was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson’s talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe, where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world’s finest contraltos. Preventing Anderson’s performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution unintentionally secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on 9 April 1939 (Easter Sunday), 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1955 Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Dwight Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died 8 April 1993, at Portland, Oregon.


Today is Friday, 27 February 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: African Burial Ground National Monument Established – Anniversary, Marian Anderson’s Birthday – Anniversary, 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified, and Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday – Anniversary.

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Calling All NGS 2015 Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending the National Genealogical Society conference in May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, are asked to check in!
Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Register with GeneaBloggers

If you are an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending the conference, please click here to register with us.  The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington (thanks!).

Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers and you are not a member (see http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ to check listing). If you would like to become a member of GeneaBloggers, please visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/suggest-blog/. Email Thomas MacEntee at geneabloggers@gmail.com with any questions.

History of “Blogger Beads”

While attending FGS 2015/RootsTech in Salt Lake City earlier this month, several of the lifestyle bloggers in the Media Hub asked me how the tradition of genealogy bloggers wearing beads at genealogy conferences got started.

One of the first conferences where I attempted to make the genealogy bloggers noticeable was at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in 2009. That year, I purchased sets of red, white and blue mardi gras beads with palm trees (for the California factor).

SCGS Jamboree 2009 Blogger Beads

Here is why I started the blogger bead tradition:

  • Most genealogy bloggers had only “met” online via their blogs, Geneabloggers and Facebook; at a conference there was no easy way to tell who was a genealogy blogger. The beads helped solve that problem!
  • As a marketing tool, when other attendees saw the beads, they would usually come up to the blogger and ask either “Where did you get those beads?” or “What do the beads mean?” This gave the blogger the opportunity to tell the person about their blog and how it has helped with their genealogy research.

So now, for each of the large genealogy conferences, GeneaBloggers works with fantastic sponsors like DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ, to come up with a different set of blogger beads for members of GeneaBloggers!

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