52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog presents a new series of weekly blogging prompts for 2012: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy.

Many readers of GeneaBloggers will remember the success of the past three series Amy has developed:

What Is Abundant Genealogy?

There are so many websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other resources for which many of us are grateful. We live in a time of “abundance” when we can take advantage of many ways to expand our genealogy research and ways in which we document our family history.

While we might be aware of many of these resources, posting about them on your blog serves several purposes:

  • You make others aware of the resource – remember what is obvious to you might be the first time another genealogist has heard about the resources.
  • You also let others know how you use that resource. Share your “inside knowledge” as well as your tips and tricks. Again, another genealogist may sit back and say, “Wow, I never thought of using it like that!”
  • You give thanks and recognition to the providers of that resource. A thank you not only goes a long way, but it also lets them know why you like that resource.

Remember, you do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on genealogy resources  on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

One Challenge Each Week

GeneaBloggers will announce each challenge for the week in the weekly Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events post every Friday.  At the same time, an event will be created over at the GeneaBloggers Facebook Page.  The challenge period will be Sunday through Saturday of that week. And each Saturday, GeneaBloggers will create a post announcing the coming week’s prompt with a roll-up widget listing those who are participating.

Also don’t forget that you can let your blog readers know about the 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy series by displaying this badge in your sidebar.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of December 31, 2011 – January 6, 2012

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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

GeneaBloggers Radio is on holiday break and will return next Friday, January 6, 2012 with an episode entitled: Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions.

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:

  • December 30: Bacon Day
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve
  • January 1: Data Backup Day, Ellis Island Day, New Year’s Day
  • January 2: Ancestry Day (Haiti), National Buffet Day (US)
  • January 3: Admission Day (Alaska), Fruitcake Toss Day, J.R.R. Tolkein Day
  • January 4: Admission Day (Utah), Earth at perihelion, Trivia Day, World Braille Day, World Hypnotism Day
  • January 5: National Bird Day (US)
  • January 6: Bean Day, Epiphany, Dia de Los Reyes, Twelfth Night

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 geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

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

GeneaBloggers on Facebook

Check out the Facebook page for GeneaBloggers (http://www.facebook.com/Geneabloggers) and click LIKE in order to follow the latest news and events related to GeneaBloggers on Facebook.

NEW! 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Amy Coffin has another “52 Weeks” project starting on Sunday, January 1, 2012 and it is entitled 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy. It is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and family historians to highlight those genealogy resources for which they are thankful. This is also a way to mention a favorite site or tool to others and if you don’t already utilize that resource, you’ll be able to follow the blog posts that help you understand why the resource is important!

You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

  • Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

Stay tuned for a formal announcement on the 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy series at GeneaBloggers.

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, December 30, 2011

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Today is Friday, December 30, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • GeneaBloggers Radio is on holiday break and will return next Friday, January 6, 2012 with an episode entitled: Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions.

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