Black Sheep Sunday

If you are looking for a meme in which to participate or just need a regular Sunday post, consider joining in on Black Sheep Sunday.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a member of the International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG) who wanted to set up an aggregator similar to those we use here at Geneabloggers in the sidebar for Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday.

What qualifies an ancestor to be a black sheep?  According to the website:

Armed Robbery
Theft of any item of fame
Membership in a famous gang, well documented
Political Assassin
Member of the FBI’s Most Wanted List
Political Expatriate
Extreme Public Embarrassment
Involvement in Witchcraft Trials
Bigamy (outside the Mormon faith, which condoned it at one time)
Persons expelled from normal society
Convicted felons (documented)

Also, we are seeing new geneabloggers join our group due to Black Sheep Sunday and you’ll agree there can never be too many genealogy blogs, right?

You can read more about Black Sheep Sunday here at the listing on gene@pedia.  Hopefully we’ll see your posting about those black sheep in your family tree soon!

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 23 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 six new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 419 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

Blogging A Dead Horse
“DEAD MAN TALKING – What’s to know? Four kids, five grandkids, one wife. Born in Wisconsin but been in Oregon since 1969. The only holy book is the book of nature; every leaf tells a story. Lament not that your time here is so short; be thankful that it happened at all. I subscribe to the view that the chicken is just the egg’s way of reproducing itself. It clarifies ones place in the world.”

Debby’s Indiana Genealogy Blog
“I am an Indiana gal. I married the love of my life in 1972. We have 3 adult children and 3 beautiful granddaughters.”

Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History
“I’m a wife & stay-at-home mom to 5 beautiful kids! My favorite hobby (or obsession) is genealogy and I’ve been tracing families for about 15 years. I love the hunt for ancestors – mine and everyone else’s. I’m a “dabbler” in arts & crafts, which I also thoroughly enjoy and post on my other blog.”

Genealogy Frame of Mind
“Wow! I can’t believe it! ME! Joining the bloggers of the world… Welcome to my blog! My blog is all about genealogy – my passion.

My blog will be about things I’ve discovered, challenges in my research, trips we take just for genealogy, my prep for the trips, just plain ole genealogy!

I’m not a rocket scientist but I am passionate about what I do and I love to do genealogy! So stop by anytime, grab a tall glass of sweet tea and sit a spell. We can chat about genealogy – I may even sneak a couple of lines in about my three grandsons or my husband Mark! My research mainly focuses on research in the following states: GA, KY, NC, SC, VA, TN, IN, NJ, MD, WV & OH.”

George’s Genealogical Gleanings Blog
“George G. Morgan has been working on his own family genealogy since he was ten years old in North Carolina, and he has traced his family lines across the southeastern United States and to the U.K., Scotland, and Ireland. He is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Florida-based company working with library cooperatives and consortia providing continuing education to hundreds of library employees each year.

He is the prolific author of 8 books, including The Official Guide to (Ancestry Publishing), and How to Do Everything: Genealogy (McGraw-Hill), the second edition of which is published in April 2009. He has written literally hundreds of articles for every North American commercial genealogy magazine, and for many online sites, including Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN), Digital Genealogist, the Ancestry Weekly Journal, and at numerous genealogical societies’ websites.

He is the co-host, with Drew Smith, of “The Genealogy Guys Podcast” each week at He has recently begun a new blog, “George’s Genealogical Gleanings” at

George is a past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is currently a director the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and maintains its blog website at He also serves on the board of Florida State Genealogical Society and is their publicity director.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Society of Genealogists (SoG) in the U.K., and many more local, state, national, and international genealogical societies.”

Karen About Genealogy
“I’m a 62 year old college student (my fourth degree!), majoring in Spanish and History at the University of North Florida. I live in a little house on an acre backing up to a state forest with my husband and younger daughter. Our older daughter and son-in-law live nearby, with our grandson, who is ALL BOY! No pets for now, but I hanker for a dog or cat. Or a dog and a cat!”

copyright 2009Thomas MacEntee

Are You Attending The SoCal Jamboree?

As posted earlier, Geneabloggers is sponsoring the blogging summit at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2009 (#scgs09 for those of you on Twitter!).  I’d like to organize a few side events and get togethers but in order to do so, I need to know which of our blogging members are attending.

I’ll be arriving in Burbank from Chicago on Friday, 26 June 2009 and staying at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center which is the host hotel.  Here are some plans I’m beginning to make:

– If you will be at #scgs09, GeneaBloggers will have a special set of mardi gras beads for you to wear – this will be available only to those with a genealogy blog at the event.  Also, I will be making stickers with the GeneBlogggers, Twitter and Facebook logos to place on your event badge – this way others will know you are on those sites.

– I will be attending the Friday Evening Banquet – Finding Your Roots in the 21st Century: Lessons from the History Detective – with the address by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi of PBS’ The History Detectives.  I’d like to organize a table or tables at which our geneabloggers can sit.

– I don’t have plans to attend either of the Saturday breakfasts since I’ll either be out too late the night before (geneabloggers can be a wild bunch from what I hear) or I’ll be busy getting ready for the blogging summit, etc.  But check the #scgs09 schedule – there is the Effective Society Management Panel Discussion breakfast on Saturday, 27 June 2009 and The Art of Mourning breakfast on Sunday, 28 June 2009.

– One member has suggested getting together for dinner on Saturday evening “off property” and this might be fun and a way to get to know each other.

– Besides attending the Facebook Friends Face To Face event on Saturday afternoon, I was wondering if we want to hold a “tweet up” for Twitter users.  I’ve never attended such an event but am open to organizing one.

Please e-mail me at and let me know your plans and which of the above events interest you.  Thanks!

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee