GeneaBloggers On Vacation – What This Means To Our Readers


I don’t have to make these types of announcements very often, mostly because I tend to vacation where I can get an Internet connection. But starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 29, 2011 through Sunday, October 9, 2011, I will be on the Legacy Family Tree Cruise of New England and Canada along with almost 200 other genealogists. Once the cruise lands back in New York on Saturday, October 8, 2011, I will travel upstate to visit family and then return home to Chicago the next day.

So what does this mean to you, dear reader? Well with Internet being very high-priced on board the Explorer of the Seas, I won’t be able to tag all the posts for the Daily Blogging Prompts here nor will I be able to answer email as quickly as I usually do. It also means there will be no New Genealogy Blogs post for Saturday, October 8, 2011 but the feature will return the following week.

Friends and family have a betting pool going as to whether or not I will actually survive this “off the grid” event. At the very least they expect me to be hanging off the ship’s railing in port cities trying to pick up a signal on my netbook or iPhone.

I will be visiting many port cities and even meeting up with other members of GeneaBloggers and radio show listeners. And on Thursday, October 6, 2011 I will be leading an excursion with 50 of the cruise passengers to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for a day of research.

Finally, I will make updates as possible but there are no guarantees. But I’ve preposted for the next two weeks and GeneaBloggers Radio has some great special hosts and guests coming up so I think we’ll all get by.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, September 29, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Thursday, September 29, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • The blog Past Tense has moved to a new URL: – please update your bookmarks, favorites, RSS feeds and readers.
  • Today is Confucius Day, VFW Day (US).

Daily Blogging Prompts

Thankful Thursday – Create a post that expresses gratitude for a person (past or present), resource, family history tool or anything connected to you or your and family history that has had a positive impact on your life. This prompt has been suggested by Carolyn Murphy of Family Tree Gal and has been in use by Mary Warren of Mary’s Musings for the past year.


Thrifty Thursday – do you have some neat ways of saving money when it comes to genealogy? Have you located a bargain on some research resource or office supply? Post about it during Thrifty Thursday! This series has been suggested by Judy Webster of Queensland Genealogy.

Thriller Thursday – Are there murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories among your family history? Tell us about them through words and pictures during Thriller Thursday. This is an ongoing series by Anne Kruszka at Gene Notes.

 Those Places Thursday – do you often think back to places where you lived and worked at one time? What about those places where your ancestors spent time? Post about “those places” with photos and stories on Those Places Thursday. This has been an ongoing series by Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens.

 Treasure Chest Thursday – create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

 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 – Anita Bath; Tombstone Tuesday – Aleta Buffet.

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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 – Friday Night, September 30, 2011

Listen to internet radio with Geneabloggers on Blog Talk Radio

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, September 30, 2011 starting at 10pm EDT, 9pm CDT, 8pm MDT, and 7pm PDT with special host Myrt of DearMYRTLE. This week’s show is entitled Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence.

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.

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.

How To Listen To GeneaBloggers Radio

GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio

So here is how it all works:

  1. Visit the GeneaBloggers page at Blog Talk Radio.
  2. Click on the Upcoming Episode entitled “Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence.
  3. Then you can sign up for updates and reminders.
  4. At 9:00 pm CST on Friday, September 30, 2011, listen in at the Blog Talk Radio website. The player should start automatically – you will need to turn on your computer speakers or use your headphones.
  5. If you want to call in to the show and share your thoughts and comments with the host or guests, the dial-in number is +1 (213) 286-6709. You can also use your Skype account to call in – click here for instructions.
  6. There will also be a chat room on that same page where you can type and interact with other listeners. [Note: you must login with Facebook or have an account at Blog Talk Radio and sign in to access the chat room!] I often take cues and suggestions from the chat room so don’t be shy!

SPECIAL: You can now find GeneaBloggers Radio archived episodes in the iTunes store! Click here to download episodes for free!

Don’t forget – GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday night!

Disclosure:  Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee