GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, September 30, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 37

Friday, September 30, 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

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Special Host – DearMYRTLE!

While Thomas MacEntee is out of town on the Legacy Family Tree Cruise, this week’s show will be hosted by DearMYRTLE of the DearMYRTLE blog.

Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence

This week our show is entitled Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence. Our special guests will include: Barbara Mathews, CG℠ certified genealogist and author of The Demanding Genealogist blog; accredited genealogist and Family History Library employee Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG® of Timeless Genealogies, and certified genealogist Michael Hait, CG℠ of Hait Family Research all of whom will help us understand the role of conflicting evidence in genealogy research. And, as usual, you never know what other aspects of genealogy and family history will be covered at GeneaBloggers Radio so tune in! GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday night!

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.


Barbara Mathews
Barbara Mathews
, CG℠

Barbara is a professional genealogist who grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Massachusetts. She loves working on colonial Connecticut families.


  • Barbara J. Mathews, Certified Genealogist℠


Claire Brisson-Banks
Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, B.S., AG®. A Rhode Island native, 2003 graduate of Roger Williams University, Accredited in English Research, lecturer and writer. Areas of expertise are Technological Advances in Family History and Genealogy, US, England, Canada, Brick Wall Solutions and Involving Youth in Family History and Genealogy. Past RI Family History Director for 17 years and has researched onsite in the US and UK. Handles tech support for Ancestral Quest/PAFWiz and is the Staff Information Services Specialist at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Has her own business Timeless Genealogies, does private research and sells over 5000 personal history books and CD’s at Writes for UGA Crossroads publication and is published in Everton’s Genealogical Helper and Links, a Home-Schooling publication. Currently a UGA Board Member, a member of APG®, and other genealogical societies. When not doing Family History, she loves spending time with her family, reading and writing or enjoying a good movie.


  • ICAPGEN Profile – Claire Brisson-Banks
Michael Hait
Michael Hait,
Michael Hait, CG℠, is a full-time professional genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States. His specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic area.


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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of September 30 – October 7, 2011

genealogy blogging calendar
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 with special guest host Myrt of DearMYRTLE, Friday, September 30, 2011 starting at 10PM Eastern, 9PM Central, 8PM Mountain and 7PM Pacific! Tonight’s show episode is entitled: Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Evidence.

Data Backup Day – October 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 October 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:

  • September 30: Chewing Gum Day
  • October 1: World Vegetarian Day
  • October 2: Change a Light Day, Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day
  • October 3: German Unity Day, Techies Day
  • October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Kanelbullens Dag (Sweden), World Animal Day
  • October 5: World Teacher’s Day
  • October 6: Mad Hatter Day, National German-Amercian Day
  • October 7: World Smile Day, Yom Kippur (starts at sundown)

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 40: Trouble. What happened when you got into trouble as a child? What was punishment like in your home?

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

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, September 30, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Friday, September 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

Family Recipe Friday – is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike. Whether it’s an old-fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them on Family Recipe Friday. This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist.


Follow Friday – create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource. Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow.  Follow Friday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers and was suggested by Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes.


Friend of Friends Friday – if you have encountered records of enslaved ancestors, whether they are your own ancestors or not, make it a point to transcribe those records and get them posted on the Internet via your blog. Friend of Friends Friday is an important service to the genealogy community – both Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here and Greta of Greta’s Genealogy Bog have been posting to this series for some time now and their inspiration is much appreciated.


Friday Funny – have you come across something genealogy-related that makes you laugh or smile? Post images, stories, quotes and more during Friday Funny. Friday Funny is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Jennie Pak of They Came to Montana.

Funeral Card Friday – do you have a collection of memorial cards for your ancestors or family members, the kind that funeral homes produce and give out to mourners? Post images of these cards and stories about the person memorialized during Funeral Card Friday. Funeral Card Friday has been an ongoing series by Dee at Funeral Cards & Genealogy.


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 – Paige Turner; Tombstone Tuesday – Pearl E. Gates.

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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