Geneabloggers Events May 17 – 24, 2009

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

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

We’ve grown to 535 members with the addition of 9 new people since my last posting! 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 Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, 19th Edition is accepting entries through Wednesday, May 20th. Hosted by Jessica of Jessica’s Genejournal, the theme is food – and is looking for posts about favorite family dishes – even if you don’t have ancestors from Central or Eastern Europe.

There’s a brand new carnival in town called A Festival of Postcards hosted by Evelyn of A Canadian Family.  Entries for its 1st edition – with the theme of “wheels” – are being accepted through Wednesday, May 20th.

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 #20: Talk about a least favorite records searching experience. Did you have a run-in with a cranky court clerk? Did you butt heads with an over-protective records manager? Share your pain on your blog and commiserate with others who have put up their genealogical dukes in the name of family history.

Surname Saturday

If you are a Twitter user, follow us @geneabloggers and join us 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 theGenealogy Surnames group over at Twitter Groups.

Need help getting started with Twitter? Check out the Twitter cheat sheetcreated 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.

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

Geneabloggers Sponsors SCGS Jamboree Bloggers’ Summit

I’m happy to announce that Geneabloggers has signed on as the sponsor of what is sure to be a popular session at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2009:  Summit 2 – Son of Blogger.

“Son of Blogger” is a 2 /12 hour blogging summit with a star-studded panel of geneabloggers including:

George G. Morgan, Moderator
Leland Meitzler
Dick Eastman
Stephen Danko, Ph.D.
Lisa Louise Cooke
Schelly Talalay Dardashti*
Craig Manson
The Ancestry Insider

The description from the SCGS Jamboree website:

Genealogy bloggers, podcasters, and videocasters use the Internet in new ways that have changed communications to genealogists and family historians. They focus on providing news, educational information, and much more, making this generation of genealogists the most informed of all time.

How do they get the information? How have bloggers changed the flow of information between vendors and their customers? How can genealogists create family history blogs to help exchange information and locate cousins? What are the ethical issues of blogging? What tips do these pros have for starting your own blog? What tools are available to help bloggers get up and running?

Email your questions to the panel before the session

To get an idea of what last year’s summit was like, check out Randy Seaver’s write-up over at Genea-Musings.

Over the next few days I will have more exciting news about Geneabloggers’ presence at SCGS including a Twitter meet up, some neat apparel items for members of Geneabloggers and more.

Can you tell I’m excited?

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs – 16 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 12 new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 413 in our blog list! Woot! We’ve passed the 400 mark!

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

Anglo-Celtic Connections

“Family history and related news and views with a British-Canadian perspective from Ottawa, Canada’s capital for more than 150 years.”

Folk Are The Thing

“Why ‘folk are the thing’? Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that in the end, there’s nothing better than – folk. Nothing else comes close, nothing else compares. You can have everything in the world and if you don’t have folk, you’re a poor creature.

So this blog is about my folk, my family – or, to be Scottish about it – ma ain fowk. I belong to them and they to me, whether they’re still alive, or a memory in a photograph or only a name on a tombstone in an old kirkyard.”

Elgin County Ontario Genealogy

“The Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, located at St. Thomas, Ontario, is a branch of a non-profit organization of people who share interest in genealogy and family history. The Branch was first organized in March 1982. There are about 250 members. Any person or institution interested in supporting the branch is welcome to apply for membership. Check out the Elgin OGS web site at:”

Genealogy Compass

“Genealogy Compass is a free online resource that will help all genealogy and family tree researchers: Includes news and reviews of the latest happenings in the online genealogy world and offers unique family history tips, lessons, and training in plain English. You will discover videos and in-depth looks at the latest genealogy research techniques.”


“A genealogy column by A.S. Eldredge. This is a sweet blog with lots of good information!”

Indiana Genealogical Society Blog

“News for all those interested in Indiana genealogy. Send your news items to”

New Orleans Ancestry Blogspot

“Latest news and topics of interest concerning New Orleans Ancestry website. For amateur genealogists, people with families in New Orleans or those interested in New Orleans or Louisiana history and genealogy.”

Now What? Expert Answers To Your Genealogy Questions

“Family Tree Magazine answers questions about genealogy – even the ones you were afraid to ask!”

Relatively Curious About Genealogy

“Lots of great links and resources here! Something for every genealogist.”

Scrap Your Roots

“Welcome to my blog. Scrap Your Roots is all about preserving our family history for future generations to enjoy. I hope by visiting this blog you will be inspired to preserve your own family history for your family to enjoy!

I have been scrapbooking and researching my family history for over 10 years. I have been married for 23 years to the most wonderful and supportive husband, Roy and I have 2 amazing sons – David, 20 and Mark, 15. I love to organize and can’t resist a trendy new organizing product. I’m also happily addicted to coffee and chocolate!”

The Shy Genealogist

“Welcome to my blog. I’ve been doing genealogy research for years, and now I feel a strong desire to begin writing the story of my family. I’d like to make this blog a place to document my research steps as well as a place for my scattered ideas for family stories to be collected and to germinate. To me, the hardest part of writing has always been to begin. This is my beginning…”

Treasure Maps Genealogy

“Robert Ragan has been actively involved with computers and genealogy since the 1980s and is a former director of a Family History Center. He also was also an adjunct computer skills teacher, as well as a genealogy and search engine research course developer in Florida Community College in Jacksonville, FL. Robert specializes in teaching Internet genealogy and family history research methods in “plain English” and has written several step-by-step guides, tutorials, and home-study courses on Internet genealogy research.”

copyright 2009Thomas MacEntee