Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, December 26, 2010

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Sunday, December 26, 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

  • Don’t forget Scanfest today from 11am to 2pm PST, 1pm to 4pm CST, 7pm to 10pm GMT. A good time to try out that new scanning equipment you got from Santa for Christmas!

Daily Blogging Prompts

Black Sheep Sunday – create a post with the main focus being an ancestor with a “shaded past.” Bring out your ne’er-do-wells, your cads, your black widows, your horse thieves and tell their stories. And don’t forget to check out the International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG). This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Church Record Sunday – describe a specific church record or a set of records held by a church or denomination and how they can assist genealogists. This is an ongoing series developed by Gena Philibert Ortega at Gena’s Genealogy.

Sentimental Sunday – discuss a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or maybe even a family tradition that touches you. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers and was suggested by Renate Sanders at Into the Light.

Sunday Supper – a new series dealing with food, family recipes and the American family tradition of sitting down to a special dinner on Sunday. Share your memories, your favorite dishes here. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

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 – Crystal DeCanter; Tombstone Tuesday – Emma Grate.

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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

New Genealogy Blogs December 25, 2010

new genealogy blogs

[Editor’s Note: this is a regular feature of GeneaBloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of GeneaBloggers. Use the Suggest A Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 7 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,535 genealogy blogs on our list! Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

  • using the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

an american genealogy

An American Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a professional writer, working as a technical writer in Silicon Valley. In addition, I have taught writing at the University, Jr. College, and Adult Education level. My articles have been published in numerous journals. I have 2 books on – “Silicon Valley: Fact and Fiction” and “Wild Rider and Other Paintings.” I am also an artist and an art instructor. My new art interest is Art Trading Cards. I hope it leads me to a new phase of artistic expression – in all media. My recent passion has been genealogy.

blood and frogs

Blood and Frogs
Blog type: Jewish genealogy, Technology blog

Writing a bit about Jewish Genealogy, doing Genealogy on the Mac, and associated topics. Blood and Frogs are a reference to the first two plagues in Egypt in the story of Passover. As to what that has to do with genealogy. . .

champaign co il gen soc

Champaign County (IL) Genealogical Society Blog
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, Illinois genealogy, Midwest genealogy

The Champaign County Genealogy Society (CCGS) is pleased to announce the debut of the CCGS blog. The blog will include notices of:

• CCGS meetings and events
• Other genealogy related events
• A variety of new or lesser known research resources available in the Champaign County area
• A variety of new or lesser known research resources available online
• Events and research resources not mentioned in the CCGS newsletter

Readers are encouraged to comment on or ask questions about items posted in the blog. It’s a great opportunity to communicate with your fellow genealogists.

The best way to receive notices about meetings, events, and resources posted in the blog is to subscribe to the blog.

Everyone is invited to subscribe to the blog using an email address or via the blog’s RSS feeds. From any page on the blog, simply scroll down the page to the “RSS LINKS” or “EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION” heading on the right side of the screen, and then subscribe via your preferred method.

denises life in the past lane

Denise’s Life in the Past Lane
Blog type: Individual family history

As a way of sharing my genealogical journey with friends and family, I’ve created this blog. My plan is to post articles about what I’ve done and learned on my trip in the “past lane”: places visited, people met, information discovered.

I come from a blended family where not everyone is related in the same way. I hope that, regardless of how you are connected to me, you will find the posts interesting! Let me know what you think by commenting.

As we enter the holiday season, I plan several posts on our family holiday traditions. Watch for them in the next few weeks!

genealogy for the family historian

Genealogy for the Family Historian
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history

I started researching my family history in order to learn more about the grandfather I never knew. I have had many ‘ah-ha’s’ throughout my years of genealogical searching. Follow my blog as I share some insightful moments that can help further your ancestral search.

my genealogical quest

My Genealogical Quest
Blog type: Individual family history

Within the last year or so, I have become more interested in doing genealogy. The more I get into it, the more I want to do. I’m currently planning on taking the NGS home study course and plan to order the first CD next week. I was planning on starting after the new year, but frankly am getting anxious.

I have found reading the various bogs very helpful and it has encouraged me to try my hand at it. I’m not sure I’ll add much to the conversation but it may help me organize my thoughts and encourage me to keep going.

samoan genealogy group

Samoan Genealogy Group
Blog type: Pacific Islander genealogy

Talofa and Welcome, to the Samoan Genealogy Group. This group supports all who are researching their Samoan family lines. In Samoa the ‘aiga’ or family is all important. This group welcomes everyone who is researching their Samoan ancestry to share, help and discuss that we may find our connections and link our ‘agia’.

We also have a Facebook page. Just type in ‘Samoan Genealogy Group’ in the search box. Please join us there.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 52 – Tools and Resources for Goals

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 52

Week 52: Based on the goals you made last week, make a list of the documents and research steps you need to accomplish them. The great way to start a new year is with a to-do list and a plan. What information do you want and where can you get it? If you have professional or educational goals in mind, consider drafting a timeline. This task is flexible, based on your goals. When you are finished, post your to-do list somewhere handy and pat yourself on the back. You just finished the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge!

This challenge runs from Saturday, December 25, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:


52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging 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. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee