Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, January 31, 2012

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Tuesday, January 31, 2012 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is First Social Security Check Issued 1940 (US).

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.

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.

Travel Tuesday – Do you have images, quotes or stories about trips your ancestors or family took during their lives? Or have to ventured out on travels to your ancestral homeland as part of your genealogy research? Travel Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Susan Donaldson of Family History Fun.

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 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.

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

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

May I Introduce To You . . . Amanda Pape

Amanda Pape

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Amanda Pape and her blog, ABT UNK, described as, “. . .  It’s mostly my family history, but some local history as well (‘local’ being wherever I happen to be at the time).”

How Amanda Got Started in Genealogy

Amanda was born in Evanston, Illinois, where her dad’s family is rooted and grew up in Houston, Texas, where her mom’s family is rooted. She has lived in College Station, Washington-on-the-Brazos, San Antonio, and now lives about 30 miles from Fort Worth, Texas. Amanda also lived in the Seattle area for 21 years.

Amanda has been working on her family history since about 1986, when her son was born, “ . . . I think the birth of the next generation was a motivator, but my parents also got me interested. Dad obtained a number of family photos when his father passed away in 1970. Mom was a history major and has been researching our families for many years.

I downloaded PAF (Personal Ancestral File) back in the late 1980’s and started entering the information they’d collected in order to print out nice pedigree charts! It’s just expanded from there. While in library school, I did my practicum with the genealogy librarian at the local public library, so now I help others with their research too.

I’m the Special Services Librarian at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. That simply means I’m in charge of everything on the lower level of the library, which includes our local history/genealogy room. For some reason, the university has the county’s old records, not the local public library. Our librarian who is the local history expert retires at the end of January, so I will be completely responsible for this area. I’m excited, but I also have a lot to learn.”

Amanda’s Family and Her Blog

“I am blessed to still have my 83-year-old parents, but Mom doesn’t use the computer at all, and Dad pretty much just uses it for e-mail and spreadsheets. Therefore, they didn’t read my blog. For Christmas this last year, I made them blog books using’s BookSmart software (very easy to use, by the way, but if you’re a perfectionist like me about layout – I’m a former yearbook newsletter editor – it can be time-consuming). Dad’s book had the posts for his ancestors, and Mom’s book had the posts for her ancestors, and I split the posts about my growing-up years between their books. Two years worth of posts made two 120-page books, and they just love them!”

Amanda’s Thoughts on Blogging

Amanda wanted a blog name that began with A, “Like my name so it would appear near the top in most lists (since most are alphabetical). With a first name of Amanda, I’ve found that being near the top of the list is often advantageous!

I’d had a book review blog for a couple of years and participated in a group book review blog, as well as a couple group blogs at work. Amy Coffin is a fellow librarian and friend, and I’d been following her LiveJournal and We Tree blogs for some time. Through the latter, I discovered, Thomas MacEntee’s GeneaBloggers site. The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories prompts intrigued me, so I started my blog on December 1, 2009, in order to participate.

ABT and UNK are abbreviations commonly used in family trees, for ‘about’ (when you’re not sure of the date) and ‘unknown’ (when you don’t know a name or location).

Finally, blogging can really help with your research and with connecting with family. In my two years of blogging, twice so far, my blog has come up in searches by others, who have then sent me photographs of kin and other information, which provides more material for me to feature on my blog! I figure if I can get one great find like that a year, it’s all worth it!”

How Amanda Follows the Rest of Us

“I use the reader built into Blogger Dashboard (which is based on Google Reader). I’m currently following about 50 genealogy/family history blogs.”

Amanda’s most loyal follower is a co-worker and friend, Tracy, “I try to encourage my sisters and sister-in-law, niece, nephews, offspring, aunts, and cousins on Facebook to read posts by ‘sharing’ them on Facebook.”

What Amanda Loves Most About Genealogy

“What I love the most about doing my genealogy/family history are the interesting stories about my ancestors! I also enjoy the research process, and trying to figure out when and where a photograph was taken and who is in it from contextual clues.”

Amanda’s Time Capsule Message

“Identify the people and places in your photographs, and date them! Future generations will thank you!”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Amanda’s blog. Leave a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Amanda, it’s great to have you here!

© 2012, 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.

The Genealogy Event – New York City, October 26 & 27, 2012

the genealogy event

[Editor’s note: I found out about The Genealogy Event after its organizer, genealogist Bridget Bray, followed me on Twitter.  Since then I’ve had many inquiries from members of the online genealogy community since genealogy events of this size in the New York metro area – let alone New York City – are rare.  See below for more details!]


“Uncover a Mystery, Discover your History” ™

THE GENEALOGY EVENT will be held October 26 & 27 2012 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, New York.  The ONLY event of its kind in 2012, THE GENEALOGY EVENT will feature a wide variety of exhibitors, sessions, one on one expert sessions plus much more!

Set in a city with a rich history, THE GENEALOGY EVENT will be a destination point during October’s Family History Month for those interested in genealogy and family history.

Visit for more information or email

  • Interested in Attending? Registration opens April 26 2012!
  • Interested in Exhibiting?  Early booking offers until April 30 2012!
  • Interested in Speaking? Request for speakers opens February 6 2012!

About the Organizer – Bridget Bray | BBNY Group LLC

It may be said that it began with an Irish great grandfather about whom nothing much was known.  Simply: he was born somewhere in Ireland, died in England and had one of the most common surnames in Ireland.  To further compound the challenge Bridget had to deal predominantly with dead people – and found they did not tend to speak up.  So armed with fierce determination and extraordinary impatience Bridget embarked on a journey: one that led to many discoveries, pay per views, subscriptions, trips, memberships, courses, conferences, friendships but most importantly a desire to be immersed in genealogy.

In 2009 she formed the New York Irish / British Genealogy Group.  This group – a membership network at various stages of experience – gather to share tips, stories, join in lectures and trips.

Then leveraging her 18 years of combined event management and business development experience and coupled with a passion for genealogy Bridget developed THE GENEALOGY EVENT.  The goal: to create a New York based genealogy event inspiring individuals of all ages to start or to continue researching their roots and family history.

Visit for more information.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee