Blog Action Day 2011

Blog Action Day 2011

Join GeneaBloggers and other genealogy bloggers as we participate in Blog Action Day 2011. We’ll join thousands of other bloggers writing about this year’s theme: food.

Past Participation

In October 2008, with the theme being poverty, the genealogy bloggers posted about how poverty had affected our ancestors and helped shape our family history.  My own example is posted here at Destination: Austin Family.  For 2009, many members of GeneaBloggers joined over 7,600 other bloggers and posted about the theme of climate change. And in 2010, with the theme of water, many of us discussed how water – too much or too little – impacted our family history.

Food and Your Ancestors

Now on October 16, 2011, it is your chance to participate. Using the topic of food, consider the role of food in your family’s history:

  • Was the lack of food, hunger and starvation a push or pull migration factor for your ancestors?
  • Were any of your ancestors farmers? What crops did they grow? Where did they farm?
  • Have you seen the migration of generations of your family to urban areas from the farming communities? What changes did this bring?
  • Have you documented changes in the types of food consumed by your family over the generations?
  • Do you have favorite recipes or stories about food and your family? Do you make certain dishes that are important to your heritage or culture?

How To Participate

To participate you must do the following before October 16, 2011:

  • Enter the URL of your blog and other information including your email address. Also, make sure you select the History category for your blog.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to which you must respond in order to register your blog.

Then on October 16, 2011, post about food. GeneaBloggers will display a special roll-up widget listing all the related posts from GeneaBloggers members.  This is a great way to interact with others in the blogging community, especially those outside of the genealogy world!

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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