Reminder – Nominate Your Favorite Genealogy Blogs

Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011


Earlier this month Family Tree Magazine has just announced its 40 Best Genealogy Blogs contest with results to be announced in 2011!

You have until November 30, 2010 to nominate your favorites.  During the nomination process you’ll need to select a category for the blog, enter the URL and state why you think it belongs in the FTM 40.

Make sure you read all the rules since there have been some changes since last year. One big change is the need for an About or About Me page (so get busy setting that up now if you don’t have one!) and blogs must be active with at least four posts per month for the past three months.

Family Tree Magazine has worked hard to make certain that the selection process is fair and produces a representative list of the best genealogy blogs.  Click here to nominate your favorite genealogy blogs!

And don’t forget that you can actively campaign for your own blog or your favorites! Look for reminders and updates on Facebookon Twitter (using hashtag #FT40), in the Family Tree Magazine free, weekly e-mail newsletter, and, of course, on the Genealogy Insider blog. And you can also add the FTM40 badge (shown above) to your blog’s sidebar.

Good luck to everyone!

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©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, November 30, 2010

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Tuesday, November 30, 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

  • Happy Blogiversary to LivS Blog (started November 30, 2007)!
  • Today is the deadline for nominating your favorite genealogy blogs in the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blog contest! Click here to learn more.
  • Today is the deadline for the Call for Papers for the upcoming Arizona Family History Expo which will be held in Mesa, Arizona on January 21st & 22nd, 2011. Click here for more information on how to submit your presentations.

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 – Andrea Dorea; Tombstone Tuesday – Nequelle Anne Dyme.

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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

May I Introduce To You . . . Robin Inge

Robin Inge

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Robin Inge of the Where I Come From blog. “Exploring my past to find out where I come from, where I have been and where I am going. I wanted to leave something behind for my children so they would know where their roots and heritage came from so they may pass it on.”

Robin hails from Texas and has actively been researching her family history for the past four years, but off and on for about the last 10 years.

Growing up with an older generation sparked Robin’s desire to learn more about her family and its history.  Her great-grandparents had an old photo of her great-grandfather hanging in the living room since as far back as she could remember.  Robin was always fascinated with that photo and wondered who was in it, when was it taken, and the clothing that the babies had on at the time.  Robin recalls always asking questions about the photo, “I now own the photo, which is now 109 years old.”

One of the things that Robin loves most about genealogy is finding the stories and doing the research about ancestors that she never knew.  She likes being able to put bits and pieces together and the great feeling you get when you get to knock down those brick walls.  Robin loves knowing how her ancestors lived, where they lived, and what they did to survive.

Being able to find this information and learn the stories, helps ground Robin’s feet to a place and knowing where her roots are; it helps her to define who she is so that she may continue the stories for future generations to come.

Robin’s Family and Her Blog

Many in Robin’s family love her blog. Her youngest son has become interested in the information and stories. At times, he will even go out and help Robin find information while she is trying to break down a brick wall.  “He has become my little Graveyard Rabbit when I am searching for dates or places for lost family members.”  Sometimes the cemetery is the only place Robin feels she may be able to locate information, so Robin’s son is always asking questions and searching, “just like I did and still do!”

Robin does have a sister and several cousins that follow her blog. Through research and blogging, Robin has found several cousins and has made many dear friends that follow her regularly.  Robin has many followers that have helped her through her struggles and to help break down her brick walls when she is stuck.  “The friendship circle in the genealogy blogging world is like no other I have ever found.”

Robin’s Time Capsule Message

If she could leave a message for her descendants to find 100 years from now through her blog, what advice would Robin leave for them and would tell the story of who she was?

Robin says she would like her descendants to document important stories and facts so that others’ will know about them and their life.  “I would also like them to know that our family was strong and even though they struggled at times to survive, they were hard working farmers and that God was always the center of our homes and that our family always stuck together no matter what.”  Robin’s family traveled thousands of miles across oceans and continents and from other countries to America, to find adventures and create homes for their families. “Love and faith has always bound us together.”

How Robin Follows the Rest of Us

For most of the blogs that Robin follows she uses Google Reader to stay current. She also follows a great deal of blogs through Facebook.  Robin does continue to receive a few through her email: “those are the ones that I first started following and quickly realized I had to find a better way of keeping up.”

Robin has about 12 blogs she keeps up with on a daily basis and another 30 to 40 on a weekly basis. Robin likes to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings catching up on the “happenings and going on” with her morning coffee and enjoy the quiet time before the house wakes up. “It’s my quiet time!”

Robin’s Thoughts on Blogging

At first, Robin felt she lacked the confidence to blog. She had a concern that she couldn’t measure up to the other bloggers she had discovered and that there wouldn’t be anyone interested. Robin was concerned that her efforts would go un-noticed.  Robin loves to blog and feels it’s a great way to get your family history out there.

Robin would like to get the message out for anyone who happens across our stories, to take the time to create your own story to share with your children and relatives. She recommends asking questions at the next family reunion, birthday party, and get together.  Try and visit an older relative and talk to them for a while, dive in and start asking questions.

“The Native Americans would leave stories through paintings and carvings on cave walls for us to find.  We need to write down the stories for future generations. Our legacy is fading and without recorded information, the future generations will never know who we are, or how they got to where they are. Arts such as canning, hooking up a wagon team to go to town, gardening, farming, plowing before machinery and computers will become ghosts. No one does it and no one is interested in knowing how it’s done, so the old ways are fading. Don’t let the small things that have shaped our families and our land, fade.”

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Take a moment to head on over to Robin’s blog; leave her a message letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Robin, it’s great to have you here!

© 2010, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now 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.