Genealogy Blogging Events Week of October 26 – November 2, 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:


Scanfest will not be held in October and will return to AnceStories in November.

Data Backup Day – November 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 November 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:

  • October 26: Mule Day (US), National Frankenstein Day
  • October 27: Make a Difference Day, National Tell a Story Day (UK), Navy Day (US)
  • October 28: Feast of St. Jude, Mother-in-Law Day, Reformation Sunday
  • October 29: Internet Day
  • October 30: Create a Great Funeral Day, National Candy Corn Day
  • October 31: Halloween, National UNICEF Day, Samhain
  • November 1: All Saints Day, National Authors Day, National Men Make Dinner Day
  • November 2: All Souls Day, Cookie Monster Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day

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.

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 ( and click LIKE in order to follow the latest news and events related to GeneaBloggers on Facebook.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy 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 44: Genealogy Conferences. What was your best genealogy conference experience? Why is it so memorable in your mind? Who hosted the event? What did you learn from this experience? How does it impact your genealogy research today?

This week’s prompt runs from Sunday, October 28, 2012 through Saturday, November 3, 2012.

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.

© 2012 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, October 26, 2012

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Today is Friday, October 26, 2012 and here is what’s available in terms of events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is Mule Day (US) and National Frankenstein Day (US).

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.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Open Thread Thursday: Sold; No Time to Panic

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

On Monday, October 22, announced that Permira Funds – a European private equity firm – had entered into a merger agreement to purchase Ancestry for $32.00 per share, or $1.6 billion (US). The devil is in the details, of course, and the details we know so far can be seen here in the official press release.

While the genealogy community has known about the pending Ancestry sale since June of this year, there are still questions concerning the direction to be taken in terms of Ancestry’s products and services.

Will there be major, or even minor, changes? What impact will the sale have on the professional genealogy segment and related businesses that depend upon Ancestry’s content? Or will there be no noticeable change and a “business as usual” course of action taken by management?

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 tracking this story since June and here at GeneaBloggers we discussed various possible buyers for including Google, Facebook and other entities. I was disappointed that’s Q3 2012 financial earnings conference call scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled, now I can understand why . . . it makes no sense to have a call to keep investors informed and to answer Wall Street analyst questions when the company is on its way from public to private.

So while my initial reaction yesterday was disappointment (yes, I actually looked forward to those calls each quarter!), it is not some plot to keep information private.  It is a common practice when a company is under a sale agreement with a private entity.

What concerns me more right now, is what I am hearing about

Sound Research Counts . . . Even In Business Deals

If you were to look at comments on social media, you’d think the genealogical sky was falling:

I am hearing it is now owned by a British firm and that the SSDI will no longer be available for free…but now all services will have an added charge attached to it??

Seriously? Are we playing the childhood game of Operator here?

So someone can purport to be serious about their family’s history, have mad skills when it comes to researching, yet they can’t even take the time to gather all the facts publicly available about a company being sold?  Unfortunately, comments like those above, posted to Ancestry’s Facebook page, abound.  I would have serious doubts about trusting such a person’s genealogy research . . .

Seriously folks.  DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  Research, and sound research at that, is the backbone of genealogy.  It continues to amaze me that some  in the genealogy field can tell you in exacting detail how to find a Palatine ancestor who settled in the Albany area in the early 1700s, yet they would rather make a guess or an unsubstantiated claim about’s future than research facts and put together a solid theory.

One only has to look at Ancestry’s Investor Relations page for the latest official news and financial figures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Or use a Google Alert to stay on top of what Wall Street analysts and others are saying about the sale.

Keep Calm and Search On

If change does come to, I don’t expect it to be sudden or radical in nature.  Why? Well, first off, it seems that the same management team will be kept in place by Permira according to Monday’s announcement:

Tim Sullivan,’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Howard Hochhauser,’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company as part of the transaction. Spectrum Equity will also remain an investor in the company.

Second, the current business model is working and making money for the stockholders and I expect it will make a profit for Permira. Why should veer from its mission which according to its website is:

We provide ongoing value to our subscribers by regularly adding new historical content, enhancing our websites with new tools and features and enabling greater collaboration among our users through the growth of our global community. Our plan to achieve long-term and sustainable growth is to increase our subscriber base in the United States and around the world by serving our loyal base of existing subscribers and by attracting new subscribers;

Time will tell what Permira decides to tweak in terms of Ancestry’s products and services. But I  expect such changes to happen over the course of months and years, not days or weeks.  Until then, I’m going to keep calm and use Ancestry as I always have to find more about my ancestors, and about myself.


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