Blog Action Day 2010

Blog Action Day 2010

Join GeneaBloggers and other genealogy bloggers as we participate in Blog Action Day 2010. We’ll join thousands of other bloggers writing about this year’s theme: water.

Past Participation

In October 2008, with the theme being poverty, the genealogy bloggers convinced the folks at Blog Action Day to create a “genealogy’ category so we could participate. Many of us posted about how poverty had affected our ancestors and helped shape our family history.  My own example is posted here at Destination: Austin Family.  For 2009, many members of GeneaBloggers joined over 7,600 other bloggers and posted about the theme of climate change.

Water and Your Ancestors

Now on October 15, 2010, it is your chance to participate. Post about how water impacted your ancestors: Did they pursue a livelihood tied to the ocean or rivers as fishermen, whalers or other professions? Did the lack of water or a drought force your ancestors to migrate to other parts of the country or the world? While we think of water pollution as a modern problem, were there instances in your family’s history? Think about the access to clean water for your ancestors as opposed to access today and the impact it had.

How To Participate

To participate you must do the following before October 15, 2010:

  • Enter the URL of your blog and other information including your email address. Also, make sure you select the Genealogy category for your blog.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to which you must respond in order to register your blog.

Then on October 15, 2010, post about water. GeneaBloggers will display a special roll-up widget listing all the related posts from GeneaBloggers members.  This is a great way to interact with others in the blogging community, especially those outside of the genealogy world!

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

RootsTech Call For Papers – Are You In?


Well, I’ve just submitted my presentation proposals for the upcoming RootsTech conference to be held in Salt Lake City, February 10-12, 2011.  This event is sponsored by Family Search and promises to be the genealogy technology event of the year!

As previously announced here at GeneaBloggers, the deadline for the call for papers is Thursday, September 30, 2010. I urge all genealogy bloggers who have an interest in technology and genealogy to consider making a presentation proposal.  Here are the titles of the proposals which I’ve submitted:

  • Creating a Family Genealogy Workspace
  • Genealogical Uses for QR Codes
  • Genealogy Blogs – Impact and Influence on the Genealogy Community
  • Self-Publishing for Genealogists and Genealogical Societies
  • Social Media Workshop
  • Virtual Presentations Round Table
  • Wikis for Genealogists

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, September 28, 2010

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Tuesday, September 28, 2010 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts, blog carnivals and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

Daily Blogging Prompts

Talented Tuesday – Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, post at your genealogy blog through words and pictures. This series has been suggested by Terri at Southwest Arkie.

Tech Tuesday – Have you stumbled upon a piece of technology or new Web-based application that would be of interest to your fellow genealogy colleagues? Post at your blog on Tech Tuesday and show us the ins and outs of this technology and how it can benefit the genealogy community.  This is a new series suggested by Donna Peterson of Hanging with Donna and in the past there have been many iterations of this series: the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) blog Narations as well as The Family Curator by Denise Levenick.

Tombstone Tuesday – To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Tuesday’s Tip – What advice would you give to another genealogist or family historian, especially someone just starting out? Remember when you were new to genealogy? Wasn’t it great to find tips and tricks that worked for others? Post your best tips at your genealogy blog on Tuesday’s Tip. This series was suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives and, in fact, this has been an ongoing series by Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist and by Miriam Robbins Midkiff at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets above, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Patty O. Furniture; Tombstone Tuesday – Iona Trailer.

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If you would like your event or Daily Blogging Prompt included, please contact Geneabloggers at geneabloggers [at] gmail [dot] com.

©2010 copyright Thomas MacEntee