Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of October 30 – November 7, 2009

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

Cast Your Vote for the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite genealogy blogs over at Family Tree Magazine – the last day is Thursday, November 5, 2009.

Data Backup Day – November 1, 2009

This Sunday, November 1, 2009 is a very special Data Backup Day – enter your post in the Data Backup Day Contest and our could win a copy of Handy Backup from Novosoft LLC! Simple create a post at your blog about how you backup your data (or how you should be backing up your data) and place a link to the post in the comments of this post.  You could be a winner!

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.

Happy Blogiversary!

Well just a note to say that all the blogiversaries are dominated by great blogs that are part of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits – just take a look!

  • Finding Our Ancestors celebrates its 2nd anniversary on Monday, November 2nd.  Terri O’Connell has done a great job with her blog – take a look!

If your blog anniversary is coming up soon, make sure it gets on our GeneaBloggers calendar! Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The 83rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – the theme being Musical Instruments – is accepting submissions through Sunday, November 1, 2009. The edition will be posted at Janet The Researcher later in the week.
  • You can submit your story of an Irishman or Irishwoman within your family tree at the 16th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture.  The deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2009 and the carnival will appear at Small-leaved Shamrock on November 4, 2009.

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

Genealogy Conferences This Week

  • Family History Expos begins its Family History Library Research Retreat being held Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31, in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • The Texas State Genealogical Society Conference takes place beginning Friday, November 6, 2009 through Saturday, November 7, 2009 in San Antonio, TX.

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

Can you tell that October is Family History Month? Take a look at all the genealogy bloggers making appearances around the country this coming week!

  • Saturday, October 31, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing at the Ridgecrest Genealogical Society in Ridgecrest, CA.  Jean will be presenting Deliveries in the Rear, Erin Go Bragh, Federal Census Records, and Mob Action.
  • Monday, November 2, 2009 – Karen Packard Rhodes, of Karen About Genealogy, will appear at the Clay County Public Library in Orange Park, FL.  Karen will be presenting Our Black Sheep Ancestors: How To Approach Them.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2009 – Jack Simpson, of Basics of Genealogy Reference, is appearing at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing, MI.  Jack will be presenting Hyper-Local History (2:30 pm) and Surviving a Genealogy Reference Interview (3:45 pm).

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 749 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. In case you haven’t checked in at Facebook lately, check out the new look of the group page – complete with its own Wall for posting links to your blog posts, photos and more. 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 #44: Dig around the patent office. Talk about your creative ancestors and their inventions. You can also pick a patent and research the registrant.

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration!

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Remember we just added two new daily blogging themes – Follow Friday and Surname Saturday. Along with Black Sheep Sunday, Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, and Treasure Chest Thursday these prompt can help you come up with ideas each day of the week for blog posts! 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

Follow Friday October 30, 2009

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

Follow Friday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Follow Friday, simply create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource. Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow. You can read more about Follow Friday here at gene@pedia.

A special thanks to Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes for suggesting Follow Friday as a daily blogging theme!

Here are the latest Follow Friday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

May I Introduce To You . . . Amy Coffin


It is my pleasure to introduce Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog! Her site is part genealogy conversation, part research journal, and part anything else Amy wants to talk about!

Amy started her blog as an outlet where she could talk about genealogy without bothering those around her who might not be interested in the subject. She started her family history journey by accident less than two years ago: Amy was doing a bit of research to answer a question about her great-grandfather’s ancestry. After getting her answer, more questions came up which led her to needing more answers and thus the addiction cycle began! In Amy’s words, “. . . and the rest is family history!”

Amy’s Family and Her Blog

Amy’s parents read her blog regularly. She knows when she has written a “good” post, because Amy receives a call from her parents within a couple of hours after the post has been published! Amy has invited other family members to read her blog and she has decided to leave it at that. Most of her family and non-genealogy friends do not follow We Tree, which is fine with her as well. Amy feels that she has a good audience of readers interested in genealogy. She is more concerned about preserving the history of her ancestors and making information available for future generations.

How Amy Follows the Rest of Us

Amy uses Google Reader to follow the blog posts from the genealogy blogging community. She subscribes to about 460 blogs, 300 of which are genealogy blogs. That number grows weekly when GeneaBloggers announces the newest blogs. Amy also uses Google Alerts and she has several alerts set up for her more unusual surnames. When one of those surnames shows up on Google – whether it is a blog post, a website or a news story – a message and a link to the item appear in Google Reader. Amy also uses Google Reader shortcuts, to get through a number of blog posts read each day.

Amy’s Thoughts On Starting a Blog

Amy had no hesitation about starting a blog and since she was anxious to start talking about her family history, she dove right in. With her unusual surnames, Amy wanted to post about them in hopes of meeting new cousins. This was a motivation factor to get started right away. Amy is happy that she didn’t hesitate since she immediately met so many kind, supportive genealogy bloggers. Had she waited, who knows how long it may have taken to meet them!

Amy feels that a genealogy blog doesn’t need a specific focus, a fancy layout or scholarly posts. We Tree has none of these elements. “If you’re hesitant to start a genealogy blog, just take the plunge, don’t try to make everything perfect before you publish your first words. Your voice, your style, and your groove will come in time. The experience is so rewarding, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.”

Amy’s blog projects a “being at home” feeling with her trademark Texas state-shaped waffle logo which is very clever and unique! I had the pleasure of having lunch with Amy along with Elizabeth O’Neal from Little Bytes of Life at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree at Burbank, California in June 2009, and it was great chatting with her.

Also, check out Amy’s latest article ProGen Study Group: An Online Education Opportunity published at GeneaBloggers. Amy is a member of ProGen and highly recommends the experience.

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Please take a moment and stop by We Tree.  As I read Amy’s posts, I feel as if I am part of her family since her blog is a pleasure to read. Leave a comment to let Amy know you stopped by.

Also stop by and visit AmyCoffin.com which is her genealogy research and services site. Amy is committed to helping others interested in genealogy.

Facebook: Amy Lenertz Coffin
Twitter: ACoffin

© 2009, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, working full-time, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her six (soon to be seven) grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.