GeneaBloggers Events May 31 – June 6, 2009

Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of geneablogging and what’s happening in the coming week:

Happy Blogoversary

On Tuesday 2 June 2009, both 100 Years In America and Small-leaved Shamrock celebrate their 2nd anniversary.  Congratulations Lisa!

And another one of Lisa’s blogs, A Light That Shines Again, also celebrates its 2nd anniversary on Wednesday, 3 June 2009.  Stop by all of Lisa’s blogs and wish her well!

Guess what? Did you know that the Carnival of Genealogy – now in its 73rd Edition – is three years old on Thursday 4 June 2006?  Stop by and say thank you to Jasia for all the fine work she does with COG!

And finally, on Saturday 6 June 2009, Granite In My Blood by Midge Frazel celebrates its 3rd anniversary.  Even with new grandson Anthony, Midge always has time for some great posts about her ancestors – stop and pay a visit.

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

We’ve grown to 554 members with the addition of six new people since my last posting! 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 73rd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – with the theme of The Good Earth – are due on Monday 1 June 2009.  Apple’s Tree will be posting the round-up for this edition.

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

Data Backup Day

Have you backed up your genealogy research data lately?  What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike?  The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day and all genealogists are urged to backup your files.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #22Dish the dirt on your celebrity ancestors. Don’t have a movie star in the tree? Then talk about ancestors famous for other reasons. This is your chance to be an historical gossip columnist!

Geneabloggers Calendar

Remember we have Black Sheep SundayMadness 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.

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 30 May 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 four new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 423 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

My Black Sheep Ancestors
http://eremiticshade.blogspot.com

“New Babies, Reduced Sentences, Early Parole and other blessings. . .”

Night Before Noon
http://nightbeforenoon.blogspot.com

“Embracing family and history before they whiz past forever.

‘How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”…Theodor Seuss Geisel'”

Stories of My Ancestors
http://storiesofmyancestors.blogspot.com

“I’m a married mother of two grown sons in their 20’s. My husband is a big, burly (BB) sweetheart. They are the loves of my life. We have a 12 year old black lab named Maxine (Max for short) I am completely addicted to genealogy. I can’t get enough researching. I am a self taught tole painter and have become pretty good at it if I do say so myself. I teach computer basics to seniors (and others) and also volunteer at the local senior centre teaching computer classes.”

The Pieces of My Past
http://thepiecesofmypast.blogspot.com

“I remember a junior high social studies assignment that required we draft a family tree and learn something regarding our ethnic heritage. So home I went with a list of questions and my mom was helpful in answering what she could. I was 1/4 Norwegian, some English, some German, and probably some Irish and Scots-Irish.

Two memories of this project stick out in my mind. The first was learning that one relative was a bit on the “premature” side as in her parents married about six months before she was born at a very healthy full-term birth weight. I remember being shocked and realized why I’d never really been told this story before. As an adult I can now understand the stigma the child felt as she grew up in a small Midwestern town and that she passed along to her future generations.

The second memory compelled me to start my research in earnest about 10 years ago. My parents are divorced and I didn’t have much of a relationship with my father, but very much did with my paternal grandmother. She had been doing research on her late husband’s family (my paternal grandfather) and his somewhat mysterious past. She had determined he was from western North Carolina. She thought we might be related to Daniel Boone which made good fodder for my school presentation. But the most important fact was that he’d had a falling out with his parents and just left. He changed his surname from McNeill and started a new life on the West Coast without apparently ever looking back.

So with few facts and an old family tree, I began the journey to determine The Pieces of My Past.”

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

Geneabloggers Events, May 24 – 31, 2009

Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of geneablogging and what’s happening in the coming week:

Happy Blogoversary

It’s a four year anniversary on Tuesday, 26 May 2009 for Chris Dunham over at The Genealogue! Stop by, peruse his humorous posts and leave him your best wishes!

Also on Tuesday, 26 May 2009 is the first anniversary for Relatively Curious About Genealogy.  Stop by and check out Tami’s blog (and her super toolbar!)

Logan County Genealogy celebrates three years on Thursday, 28 May 2009.  If you are in search of Logan County, Illinois information stop by and pay a visit!

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

We’ve grown to 549  members with the addition of 14 new people since my last posting!  A current discussion topic: Which Geneabloggers Are Attending SoCal Jamboree?

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

The 13th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture is accepting entries through Sunday 24 May 2009 and the theme is  Irish names: both surnames and given names. Share with us the surnames in your Irish family tree, but don’t just stop there. Do a little research and tell us the origin of one or more of those surnames, the stories of how they might have changed over the years, or tales of how they’ve been mixed up and mispelled, etc. Want to focus on your family’s given names instead? Share with us the story of your ancestors’ Irish first names (given at birth or nicknamed later), the “grandparent” nicknames in your Irish family tree, or any other Irish name stories that you’d like to share.

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

Scanfest

The next Scanfest will be held Sunday, 31 May 2009.  If you’ve never been to a Scanfest you don’t know what fun you are missing.  Scanning your old photos and documents should never be so much fun!  It takes place from 11am – 2pm Pacific Daylight Time (1pm – 4pm Central Daylight Time) and you can get more information here.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #21: Lessons learned. Fess up to your research mistakes so others can learn from them.

Black Sheep Sunday

There’s a new meme in town and it has to do with those ne’er-do-well ancestors others would rather that we not mention!  Take a look at this past week’s Black Sheep Sunday posts and look at the requirements to see if any of your ancestors fit the bill.  Get your post ready for Sunday 31 May 2009!

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.

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee