Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 3 August 2015

Did you know that watermelon is 92% water? Show off your love of watermelon on National Watermelon Day.

Did you know that watermelon is 92% water? Show off your love of watermelon on National Watermelon Day.


Today is Monday, 3 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: Civic Holiday (Canada), National Watermelon Day, and Picnic Day (Australia).

Continue reading

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, 2 August 2015

Aug 2, 1776. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, the 56 signers did not sign as a group and did not do so July 4, 1776. John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed only draft copies that day, the official day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress. The signing of the official declaration occurred Aug 2, 1776, when 50 men probably took part. Later that year, five more apparently signed separately, and one added his name in a subsequent year.

Aug 2, 1776. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, the 56 signers did not sign as a group and did not do so July 4, 1776. John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed only draft copies that day, the official day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress. The signing of the official declaration occurred Aug 2, 1776, when 50 men probably took part. Later that year, five more apparently signed separately, and one added his name in a subsequent year.


Today is Sunday, 2 August 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Genealogy Items of Note

  • Today: James Baldwin’s Birthday – Anniversary, Official Signing of the Declaration of Independence – Anniversary, Carroll O’Connor’s Birthday – Anniversary, and Sisters Day.

Continue reading

The Genealogy Fairy™ – Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Genealogy Fairy is a genealogy-focused grants program working to make family history dreams come true!

My new community-focused venture, The Genealogy Fairy™, is now accepting grant applications from organizations and individuals. For more information on The Genealogy Fairy™ concept, read more here. To submit your application, click here.

The Genealogy Fairy™ Application Process

If you have a genealogy-focused project that requires financial assistance to bring to fruition, consider applying for a grant from The Genealogy Fairy™. Here is an overview of the process:

  • Applications accepted starting 1 August 2015.
  • The first grant(s) will be awarded on 15 September 2015, and monthly grant awards will be announced on the 15th of each month.
  • The maximum grant award amount is $500 per project.
  • Applications not awarded a grant will remain active for a period of six (6) months. Applicants will be notified when their application has expired and can re-submit an application.

Who Can Apply for a Grant?

The Genealogy Fairy™ grants are open to all genealogical and historical organizations, especially non-profits, and to individual genealogists who seek to fund specific projects related to genealogy and family history. Examples include:

  • Indexing projects or record preservation efforts led by organizations and/or individuals.
  • Genealogy society events such as workshops, conferences, and webinars.
  • Business and entrepreneurial launches, especially genealogy-related startups.
  • Publishing projects for organizations and individuals.
  • Continuing education for individuals in order to build specific skill sets.

Consulting Hours Option in Lieu of Cash Award

Several genealogy society leaders have asked if I would consider donating a specific amount of time to provide advice instead of an outright cash grant. The Genealogy Fairy™ program will award up to ten (10) hours of consulting time (value = $50 per hour) to a qualified organization or individual. See The Genealogy Fairy – Genealogy Grants Program for more info.

How You Can Support The Genealogy Fairy™ Program

While direct donations are not accepted, when you use any of the links at Genealogy Bargains (http://genealogy.bargains) to purchase genealogy books, software and supplies, 5% of those sales goes directly to funding of grants at The Genealogy Fairy™.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.