Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Today is Saturday, July 30, 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

Daily Blogging Prompts

Shopping Saturday – many families – especially busy working families – would perform their weekly shopping on Saturdays. Tell us about the various stores and vendors that your ancestors used to patronize. Or perhaps your ancestors had their own store? And don’t forget to also document your own memories of stores and shopping. This prompt has been suggested by Audrey Collins of The Family Recorder.

Sorting Saturday – Any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc. What about having to clean out a parent’s home once they’ve passed? This is an ongoing series by Michelle Goodrum at Turning of Generations.

Sports Center Saturday – do you have photos and stories about ancestors and their love of sports? Be it basketball or water polo or skeet shooting, tell their stories in your blog posts! Sports Center Saturday is a series suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sympathy Saturday – While Funeral Card Friday and Sunday’s Obituary revolve around a clipping related to the death of an ancestor or relative, with Sympathy Saturday you can post about any aspect of the passing of a person. This is an ongoing series by Anne Kruszka at GeneNotes and Generational.

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 – Carmen Dioxide; Tombstone Tuesday – Carrie Oakey.

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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

GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, July 29, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 27

Friday, July 29, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

Don’t forget that there is a chat room where all the “cool kids” hang out on Friday night! Sign in to BlogTalkRadio with your Facebook account or set up a free BlogTalkRadio account to join in the fun.

Your Story Matters – Capturing Your Personal Family History

Our special guests will include: Ian Kath from Sydney, Australia, founder of Create Your Life Story; Zach Weiner of; and Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog. We’ll be discussing ways in which you can capture and preserve your own story – an area which we as genealogists often overlook.


Ian Kath
Ian Kath

Ian Kath has always had a keen interest in having those wonderful conversations with the people he meets. It seems he has a natural talent for helping people open up and feel confident to share their stories.

With the advent of podcasting, Ian decided to produce a podcast (Your Story), to share some of the amazing conversations that he has from time to time with other people. Now he’s helping others to do the same for themselves or someone they know through his latest podcast (Create Your Life Story), showing how easy and available the technology now is, so that everyone’s stories can be recorded and saved for all time.

Ian has two main sites – Create Your Life Story at and Your Story at – both are about people, their lives and passions. Your Story is about how people are now and what is their passion but also how they got here.


Zach Weiner
Zach Weiner

I’m a Stanford Symbolic Systems and student, pianist, hacker, designer, and entrepreneur. I recently co-founded Storytree — check it out! I previously worked at Cafebots. Sign up for the private beta of robots reboot, Robots Reboot. It is a complete remake of my last venture, the micro-donations site, which was recently a finalist at the 2010 South by Southwest Web Awards.

I grew up in Westport, CT. I like my dog a lot. I also like Stanford sports, the Yankees, the Jets, skiing, frisbee, Shadow of the Wind, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dispatch, Godel Escher BachTEDTalksFight ClubOffice Space, and one or two other things as well.



Amy Coffin
Amy Coffin

Amy Coffin, MLIS, is a genealogist in Houston, Texas. She is the author of the We Tree Genealogy Blog, which was named one of Family Tree Magazine’s “Top 40 Genealogy Blogs” for 2010 and 2011. Amy is also the author of “The Big Genealogy Blog Book” to be released later this year.


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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of July 29 – August 5, 2011

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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:

GeneaBloggers Radio

Another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio will be broadcast this evening, Friday, July 29, 2011 starting at 10PM Eastern, 9PM Central, 8PM Mountain and 7PM Pacific! Tonight’s show episode is entitled: Your Story Matters – Capturing Your Personal Family History.


The July 2011 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories on Sunday, July 31 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.

Data Backup Day – August 1

Don’t forget that the first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day – and here are some great resources to get you started. Post about how you backup your data (or don’t backup your data) and we’ll carry your post here at GeneaBloggers on August 1st!

Daze of the Week!

Some of you may have noticed that in each Genealogy Blogging Beat we now feature national holidays and some of the more offbeat holidays. Here are some dates next week to look out for so you can plan your blog posts for next week:

  • July 29: National Lasagna Day (US), Rain Day
  • July 30: Father-in-Law Day, National Cheesecake Day (US)
  • July 31: Mutt’s Day, Parents’ Day (US), US Air Force Day
  • August 1: Lammas Day (UK), Ramadan (begins at sundown)
  • August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (US), National Night Out (US)
  • August 3: Grab Some Nuts Day, National Watermelon Day (US)
  • August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day (US), US Coast Guard Day
  • August 5: International Beer Day, Work Like a Dog Day

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.

Genealogy Webinars This Week

For more information on genealogy webinars check out GeneaWebinars.

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

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

For a listing of speaking engagements by genealogy bloggers, along with their profiles and available presentations, visit GeneaSpeak.

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

The Facebook Group for GeneaBloggers has been disabled – you can read more about the issues involved here. Please go to the Facebook page for GeneaBloggers ( and click LIKE in order to follow the latest news and events related to GeneaBloggers on Facebook.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

  • Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.

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

GeneaBloggers Calendar

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.

© 2011 copyright, Thomas MacEntee