Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Tuesday, March 29, 2011 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

Fearless Females

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 29 – Create a free Footnote Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs (http://bighugelabs.com/) for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

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

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

May I Introduce To You . . . Tami Osmer Glatz

Tami Osmer Glatz

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tami Osmer Glatz of the Relatively Curious About Genealogy and the Finding Family Stories blogs.  Tami describes her blogs as follows “[Relatively Curious]…Cool websites, tips, tricks, research strategies that I come across and get excited to share.  Finding Family Stories…Stories of ancestors I’ve uncovered in my research – putting flesh on the bones, so to speak…”

How Tami Got Started in Genealogy

Tami was born and raised in Southern California, spent quite a “spell” in Texas, one winter in West Virginia, and currently lives in North Carolina. Tami’s dad never quite knew what to do with two daughters, so he hid in the garage quite a bit. A few years back, Tami’s dad became interested in researching his paternal line. Tami thought it would be a great common interest to share with him. Tami discovered, “It’s been a wonderful way to not only get to know my ancestors, but to get closer to my dad.” Overall, Tami has been researching her family history now for about 12 years.

Tami’s Family and Her Blog

Tami’s sister and her dad do read her blogs on occasion. It was Tami’s sister who had started their family history research a long time ago with some research and most importantly, extracting a lot of tidbits from their grandmother. Tami’s sister has passed all her notes and family memorabilia over to her, making Tami the official family historian now.

How Tami Follows The Rest of Us

Tami reads up to about ten blogs a day, “I know there are a zillion of them out there, and I switch around which blogs I’m reading.” She likes to peruse some of her favorite blogs by using those that are on her RelativelyCurious Community Internet Genealogy Toolbar. Tami will also read several other blogs using Google Reader. In addition, she also likes to read blogs as they post on Twitter and Facebook.

Tami’s Thoughts on Blogging

Tami had zero hesitations about blogging. She started out writing for herself alone. Tami has been “seriously surprised” and how people leave the “nicest comments!”

When Tami would start to “ramble” excitedly about her research finds – her family would just roll their eyes. It was then that she started her Relatively Curious About Genealogy blog, which started out initially as genealogical catharsis. It began as a personal journal where she would write things she had learned or gotten excited about, “I never imagined anyone else would actually read it!”

Tami realized that “relatively curious” was a phrase that she said a lot, “I’m relatively curious about….” One day, it hit her that it was a perfect title to describe her genealogy work. Finding Family Stories, is Tami’s favorite part of doing research and also the title of one of her presentations that she enjoys giving the most, teaching people how and where to find their own personal family history.

On March 1, 2011, Tami started her Finding Family Stories blog. She grew up thinking her ancestors were all just “humble farmers” but in Tami’s research, she has come across so many amazing stories, she feels that everyone has a story to tell, and that it needs to be told. In Tami’s own words, “I think it’s really important to connect to our ancestors as real people, rather than names and dates. It can have an impact on our own lives to perhaps learn about and understand the challenges, joys, and sadness that they experienced.”

What Tami Loves the Most About Genealogy

“What I love most is the feeling of belonging to something so much bigger than myself… Even the word ‘family’ pales with the idea that we are all most likely connected in some way. We all have so much in common, and quite often it’s DNA! It has really changed the way I look at both the world, and the people that I meet. You never know who your next ‘cousin’ will be!”

Tami’s Time Capsule Message

“Everyone thinks that their situation is unique, but when you look at the stories of your ancestors, you will realize that the names, dates and details may be different, but the challenges and emotions are the same. Look to the past to understand your own future – learn how your ancestors surmounted obstacles in their lives and know that you can too.”

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Please take a moment and head on over to Tami’s blogs. Leave her a message letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Tami, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, 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.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, March 28, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Monday, March 28, 2011 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 Random Notes (started March 28, 2008).
  • Check back this afternoon for our series May I Introduce To You with an interview of genealogy blogger _______ of the _______ blog.

Fearless Females

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

Daily Blogging Prompts

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Madness Monday – create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who either suffered some form of mental illness or an ancestor who might be hard to locate and drives you mad. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Mappy Monday – do maps, deeds and land records factor in to your family history? Join us for Mappy Monday where you can post map images and how they relate to your research or discuss other aspects of land ownership and your ancestors. Several members of GeneaBloggers suggested this type of theme and in fact Holly Spencer of Ravenna Area Historical Society Blog has been using this theme since March 2009.

Maritime Monday – Post about anything to do with the sea: ancestors who were sailors, shipwrights, fishermen, or coastguards including images, records and links. Maritime Monday is an ongoing series created by Ros Haywood at the GenWestUK blog.

Matrilineal Monday – Post about the female line of one of your families you are researching. Matrilineal Monday is an ongoing series by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of ‘On a flesh and bone foundation’: An Irish History.


Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

Mobile Monday – Do you use mobile applications on a SmartPhone to assist with your genealogy research? Post a review of any applications you’ve used or post about what you’d like to see in a mobile application related to genealogy. This is an ongoing series created by A.C. Ivory of the Find My Ancestor blog.

Motivation Monday – do you have a set of genealogy-related goals you want to tackle? Do you have tips on getting motivated? Whether you want to lend advice or you need advice, participate in Motivation Monday at your blog and tell us what’s on your genealogical plate. This is an ongoing series created by Dionne Kurti at Finding Josephine.

Mystery Monday – Closely related to Madness Monday only these missing ancestors might not cause madness! Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery. Several genealogy bloggers have been using Mystery Monday as an ongoing series including Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, Kathleen Moore of The Misadventures of a Genealogist and Betty Tartas of Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets below, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Honey Dijon; Tombstone Tuesday – Ida Slapter.

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

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee