Open Thread Thursday: How Do You Handle Change?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

The only constant is change, so it has been said. The GeneaBloggers site will be undergoing some changes to layout and function over the next few days with an unveiling on October 1, 2012.

Have you ever considered how your ancestors handled change? Of course, picking up and moving to a new country, sometimes across an ocean, was quite a change. But what about changes in technology? Or changes in the more subtle aspects of every day life?

Consider the concept of change in all its aspects: how we resist change, how change can improve or perhaps detract from our lives, etc. And also consider telling the story of change in the lives of your ancestors.

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

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Well, I’ve been putting off some major changes to this website for months now.  There are several reasons, but the main hindrance has been the lack of time to test and institute such changes. So I’ve decided that this is the weekend when I’ll be trying out some new looks, new templates, new widgets etc.  Sort of like a DIY home renovation for my blog!

What can you expect?  Well, here is a preview:

  • A magazine style template with easy-to-find articles. Several years ago I tried to institute such a format but there was considerable resistance. The main reasons were that there were too many “clicks” to get to what readers wanted.  Since that time, magazine templates have been greatly improved and I think the timing is right for such a format.
  • New widgets.  As many of you know, Google Reader did a major revamp of its widgets late last year. Since that time, even though many of you have suggested new Daily Blogging Prompts, I haven’t been able to activate them due to the Google changes. In addition, I need a better way of aggregating the Daily Blogging Prompt content; right now I read over 500 blog posts a day and manually tag those that match that day’s prompts.  I’m looking to improve efficiency in this process and expand the number of prompts for the genealogy blogging community.
  • Easier-to-read format. As I get older, my eyes can’t handle some of the text even in this template that has been in use at GeneaBloggers for close to three years now. I also intend to have some text to voice features and other mechanisms to serve readers with different needs and abilities.

Let me know in the comments what features you enjoy, what you want to see in the future, and what your vision of a community site for genealogy bloggers would look like. And again, I appreciate all your support and each day I am both grateful and humbled by your generous contributions to help building our community.


This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Today is Thursday, September 27, 2012, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

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.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Enter the GeneaBloggers E-News Contest!

I’ve got good news . . . well, don’t I always have good news?  In the genealogy community I work hard to make sure that I share the latest information about the genealogy industry. I love my role as an information curator and if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter or any of my other social media channels, you already know how much I love sharing helpful news about genealogy and family history.

Announcing GeneaBloggers E-News

I’ve come to realize that folks in the genealogy community receive information via various “channels” and that not everyone is using social media.  In addition, some people would rather receive an email alert periodically as to helpful genealogy news and information.

So I’m here to announce the new GeneaBloggers E-News! Click here to sign up and you’ll receive periodic e-mail alerts filled with my latest finds. I know that there are many genealogy newsletters and e-news alerts out there, but you should know:

  • GeneaBloggers E-News is not just for members of GeneaBloggers or for bloggers or “techies.”  Everyone in the genealogy community will find something they can use to help with their own research.
  • You can unsubscribe at any time. GeneaBloggers E-News will be using MailChimp and its strict procedures in building an e-mail list that conforms with standard blast e-mail practices.
  • You won’t get bombarded with emails every day! There will be a regular monthly newsletter as well as periodic emails about time-sensitive offers and issues, such as saving public access to the Georgia State Archives.

Please feel free to ask me any questions about the GeneaBloggers E-News by emailing me at

Sign Up and You Could Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

As a special incentive, I’m holding a contest to give away a $100 Amazon Gift Card if you sign up for GeneaBloggers E-News before October 1, 2012. All you have to do is visit and sign up and stay signed up through October 1, 2012.

On Monday, October 1, 2012, I will draw one winner and electronically send them a $100 Amazon Gift Card. This contest is open to everyone and not limited to just United States residents. For complete rules please see GeneaBloggers E-News Contest Rules.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee