Webmaster Resources for Family History Web Site Developers

Last month I mentioned The Webmaster’s Guide to TNG and now I have some news about a companion website – http://tng-resources.com – which John Pfost has set up to promote his book.  Besides pointing out this new site, John has some additional projects in the works:

1.   He is rebranding his site so as to become a definitive gateway for Webmaster Resources for family history Web site developers. This shift will result in much new information, and more products and services to assist family historians in understanding and applying some of the vast resources available for creating and managing family history Web sites.

2.   He will be adding a blog so that member users can discuss the countless Webmaster resources.

3. Yes, he will continue to support and promote TNG and the Webmaster’s Guide to TNG.

If you aren’t familiar with TNG (“The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding”), it is the preeminent software for creating custom, feature-rich, expandable, and secure collaborative Web sites. It is the ultimate medium for publishing your genealogy to the Web.

The Webmaster’s Guide provides everything non-technical family historians need to create a TNG-based site and introduces many of the unlimited possibilities for expanding their site developments. (See our announcement of the Webmaster’s Guide to TNG at http://www.geneabloggers.com/webmasters-guide-tng/).

If you would like to learn more about TNG, please visit TNG-Resources.com, subscribe to his mailing list, and then from the Additional Resources page, download the following short papers:

* About The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding

* Getting Started with The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 18 April 2009

[Note: this is a regular feature of Geneabloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of Geneabloggers. Use the Suggest A Geneablog! link in the sidebar to pass along information on new blogs.]

This week we offer six new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 391 in our blog list!

Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

– using the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
– adding them to your blog reader
– adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome.”
– adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

Family Tree Discoveries
“Hey all! I decided to create a blog so that I can easily share all of my genealogy findings with everybody. Whenever I find something new, I’ll try to remember to post it here. Please leave comments so that I can continue to learn about the family and open new paths to find more.

I’m going to start with the first thing I found in the census data. I easily found the family of Eugene and Magdalena Eck by searching for Oma. If only everything could be that easy. Here is a picture of their portion of the census.

They owned their home at 294 Woodland Ave and it was valued at $12,000. The census also states that Eugene J Eck was a letter carrier for the US government.

I hope you all enjoy this first discovery. Check for more soon.”

Genealogist In Training
“This is a blog of someone who gets a little lost and bogged down in genealogy limbo; that hazy place in between “hobbyist” and professional. Hopefully it will become a source of info as well as a source of support for those who are also making their way through the maze of records and business know-how.”

Internet Genealogy Blog
“Featuring DearMYRTLE’s take on news and information published in Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History, and History Magazine.”

Legacy News
“The latest genealogical and Legacy news . . .”

Putting The Family Puzzle Together
“I don’t know why I am drawn to my family history. Maybe it’s my love for history, maybe it’s my quest for knowledge? Regardless, I am here. I’ve been using Ancestry.com for a few weeks. I have quite a few names and pieces to the puzzle so far. I had started researching my family history several years ago but I stopped. Not sure why, I just stopped. Now, I am back to it. I just ordered my 1st DNA test. I did both the paternal and maternal test. It should arrive in a few days. I will blog about the process. Ok, enough about why.”

Whose Your Daddy
“Who we are today is a direct result of those who came before us. Join me as I travel through the last two hundred years of our past. We will explore the roots of who we are and where we came from and in the process we will enjoy the making of our future as our family’s history unfolds today.”

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

Geneabloggers Week In Review

Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of geneablogging:

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

We’ve added 23 more members for a total of 489. There is a new discussion on Roots Magic software – weigh in with your opinion and advice.

And check out Genea-Bloggers group listing on Facebook. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please let me know and send me their email info!

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

Entries for the 18th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy are due Monday, April 20th with the theme of Easter and Passover Traditions.

And if you have family lines in Canada and in particular, a black sheep among those lines, then get your entry in for the 4th Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival.  Entries are due next Sunday, April 26th!

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this post from Facebook Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #16: Goals. Not just for resolutions anymore. Write down your genealogy goals. Then you can look back and see what you’ve accomplished.

Surname Saturday

If you are a Twitter user, follow us @geneabloggers and join us tomorrow for Surname Saturday. Participants “tweet” about the surnames they are researching using the #surnames hashtag in each tweet. You can then search for other surname entries over at Twitter Search. Also consider joining the Genealogy Surnames group over at Twitter Groups.

Need help getting started with Twitter? Check out the Twitter cheat sheet created by Geneabloggers!

Geneabloggers Calendar

Remember we have Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday as regular ongoing memes! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the new Geneabloggers Calendar. This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time. And if you subscribe to the calendar you’ll receive email reminders of events.