Genealogy Blogging Events Week of June 25 – July 2, 2010

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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:

Happy Blogiversary!

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.

ScanFest

The June 2010 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories on Sunday, June 27th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

Scanfest may be a new term for some of my new readers. What is Scanfest? It’s a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a great time to “meet” other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

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

Data Backup Day

Do you backup your genealogy data on a regular basis? No? 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 here are some great resources to get you started.

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

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

We are at 1,121 members at GeneaBloggers Group 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 tell them about our Facebook group!

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

Amy Coffin of the fabulous We Tree blog, has done it again. Last year, Amy developed a series of 52 Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompts which kept folks very busy and forced them to look at many different aspects of their genealogy.

Now Amy brings us 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy: a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty.

  • Week 26:  Take a stroll through Google Books. Most of us have probably used Google Books in our genealogy research, but have you really taken the time to explore what’s there? Look at the magazines and featured books. Check out the subjects offered. By taking the focus off research for a bit, your mind is open to see other ways this tool can be used. Bloggers can discuss any interesting items they found on Google Books during this exercise.

We’ll list a new challenge each Saturday which should be completed by the following Friday.

And remember – as Amy says – these should be fun exercises! Don’t feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish – let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist.

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Check out Sentimental SundayMadness MondayTombstone TuesdayWisdom Wednesday, Wordless WednesdayTreasure Chest ThursdayFollow Fridayand Surname Saturday which 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.

© 2010 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Follow Friday June 25, 2010

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.

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:

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Open Thread Thursday: Virtual Presentations

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[I'd like to start a new feature at GeneaBloggers called Open Thread Thursday where a topic is presented for discussion.  I think that many members of our blogging community as well as readers may have the same questions around a specific topic.]

This post began as a discussion over on Facebook where Marian Pierre-Louis of the Roots and Rambles blog asked for some tips on presenting “virtually” to a genealogical society.  Many folks offered tips but what was really great was how many folks didn’t realize it was possible to do a long-distance presentation to a genealogical society or even a conference or expo from the comfort of your home.

I have successfully presented genealogy workshops virtually, most recently for the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, where the topic was They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons. Almost 20 people attended in Oakland while I was here in Chicago during the two hour presentation.

So, here are the open thread discussion points – leave your answers, ideas and even further questions in the comments:

  • Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?
  • What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?
  • Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?
  • What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?
  • Were there any technical problems?
  • As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?
  • Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?
  • If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?
  • As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?
  • If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee