Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:
The October 2010 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories on Sunday, October 31st, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time.
Scanfest may be a new term for some of my new readers. What is Scanfest? It’s a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!
Scanfest is a great time to “meet” other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin.
Halloween – October 31, 2010
Post about your memories of Halloween as a child or the memories of your family’s celebration of this fun holiday. We’ll carry a “roll-up” of all the posts during the day on Sunday, October 31st.
Data Backup Day – November 1, 2010
Do you backup your genealogy data on a regular basis? No? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? 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!
Election Day – November 2, 2010
In the United States, the right to vote is one which was hard-fought by many of our ancestors. On Tuesday, November 2nd post about voting and elections and how they factored in to your family history. Did you have an ancestor or family member who ran for office? Did you ever work on an election campaign? Were your ancestors ever denied the right to vote? Let us know and we’ll carry all posts in a “roll-up” here at GeneaBloggers.
Genealogy Blog Carnivals
Genealogy Conferences This Week
View upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe at the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers. If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members
GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook
We are now at 1,291 members this week at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please tell them about our Facebook group!
52 Weeks To Better Genealogy
Amy Coffin of the fabulous We Tree blog, has done it again. Last year, Amy developed a series of 52 Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompts which kept folks very busy and forced them to look at many different aspects of their genealogy.
Now Amy brings us 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy: a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty.
- Week 44: Research ways to give back to the genealogy community. A great deal of genealogy information on line was put there by volunteers. This week, your challenge is to examine some different ways genealogists can donate their time and effort in kind. Find-a-Grave, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, FamilySearch Indexing, the World Archives Project, Unclaimed Persons and the USGenWeb project are all dependent on volunteer effort. Perhaps you’ll even discover a new tool to use. You do not have to volunteer as part of this challenge, just increase your knowledge of the available opportunities. Genealogy bloggers, are there any other online groups and organizations you can think of that may be of benefit to your readers?
We’ll list a new challenge each Saturday which should be completed by the following Friday.
And remember – as Amy says – these should be fun exercises! Don’t feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish – let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist.
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.
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