Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of September 25 – October 2, 2009

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

Happy Blogiversary!

  • On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Walking The Berkshires celebrates its 4th anniversary!  If you haven’t check out this great blog yet please stop by and tell Tim Abbott congratulations.

Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers.


The next Scanfest will be held Sunday, September 27, 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.

Data Backup Day

Thursday, October 1, 2009 is 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 their files.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The Graveyard Rabbits Carnival has set a deadline for submissions for its 7th Edition. The deadline is Friday, September 25, 2009 and the theme is funeral cards.

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

Genealogy Conferences This Week

View upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe at the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers. If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

  • Saturday, September 26, 2009 – Lucie LeBlanc Cosnentino, of Acadian Ancestral Home, is appearing in Manchester, NH at the American-Canadian Genealogical Society annual Fall conference.  Lucie will be presenting Acadian History & Genealogy.
  • Saturday, September 26, 2009 – Angela Y. Walton-Raji, of African Roots Podcast, is appearing in Washington, DC at the National Museum of the American Indian.  Angela will be presenting Blended Families. African & Native American Family Genealogy.
  • Sunday, September 27, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing at the Chicago Family History Center in Chicago, IL at 7:00 p.m.  Jean will be presenting To Zion in Song: Music of the Mormon Pioneers.
  • Monday, September 28, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing at the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society in Decatur, MI at 7:00 p.m.  Jean will be presenting Breaking the Ties That Bind.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2009 – Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers, is appearing at the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, IL at 7:00 p.m.  Thomas will be presenting Social Networking for Genealogists.

If you need more information on how to submit your own information for our Speaker’s Bureau page as well as the Speakers’ Appearances calendar, contact us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

Great news – we are now at 702 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. A Genealogy Web Ring has been proposed – check out the Discussion Board here.  If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please tell them about our Facebook group!

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #39: Did your ancestors come by boat? Talk about the documentation that records their departure and arrival.

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration!

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Remember we have Black Sheep Sunday, Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, and Treasure Chest Thursday as daily blogging themes! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the 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.

© 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Treasure Chest Thursday September 24, 2009

Today is Treasure Chest Thursday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Treasure Chest Thursday. What is it?

Treasure Chest Thursday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Treasure Chest Thursday simply create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. You can read more about Treasure Chest Thursday here at gene@pedia.

A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

Here are the latest Treasure Chest Thursday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Sample Comment Moderation Policies


Below is a list of resources to consult when constructing a Comment Moderation Policy for your blog.  Readers are invited to send us their favorite resources and samples and we’ll include them here.

  • Comments Form Message.  For Blogger blogs, use this gadget to add comment moderation policy text directly above the comments dialog box.  Here is sample text:

Read This Before Leaving a Comment

Please make sure your comments follow our guidelines:

– Use your real name, not keywords
– No signature links in your comments
– No foul language (please)

Comments that do not adhere will be deleted or marked as SPAM.

  • Comments Policy Plugin.  For WordPress blogs, this plugin automatically creates a comments moderation policy and places it directly above the comments dialog box.

Readers are solely responsible for the content of the comments they post here. Comments are subject to the site’s terms and conditions of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the Houston Chronicle. Readers whose comments violate the terms of use may have their comments removed or all of their content blocked from viewing by other users without notification.

  • Library of Congress Blog.  Score another find for Regina! She points out that the LOC blog has a comprehensive comment moderation policy that appears directly above the comments dialog and serves as a good example:

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user’s privilege to post content on the Library site.

  • Terms of Service Agreement Clause.  Include a separate clause in your Terms of Service agreement (TOS) emphasizing your comments moderation policy.  Here is sample text:

Comments: [Name of your blog] is not responsible for any comments made by contributors in the Comments pages. However [Name of your blog] will exercise its right to moderate and edit comments which are deemed to be offensive or unsuited to the subject matter of this site.

©2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee