Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 19 May 2015

On 19 May 1780, at midday near-total darkness unaccountably descended on much of New England. Candles were lit, fowls went to roost and many fearful persons believed that doomsday had arrived. At New Haven, CT, Colonel Abraham Davenport opposed adjournment of the town council in these words: “I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.” No scientifically verifiable cause for this widespread phenomenon was ever discovered.

On 19 May 1780, at midday near-total darkness unaccountably descended on much of New England. Candles were lit, fowls went to roost and many fearful persons believed that doomsday had arrived. At New Haven, CT, Colonel Abraham Davenport opposed adjournment of the town council in these words: “I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.” No scientifically verifiable cause for this widespread phenomenon was ever discovered.


Today is Tuesday, 19 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Anne Boleyn Executed – Anniversary, Dark Day in New England anniversary, Lorraine Hansberry’s Birthday – 85th Anniversary, and Malcolm X’s Birthday – 90th Anniversary.

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Scam Email to GeneaBloggers’ Members from Jamie Smith at Formswift.com – DISREGARD

Disregard any email about privacy policies from Jamie Smith at Formswift.com - it is a scam.

WARNING: As a member of GeneaBloggers you may have received an UNSOLICITED email from a “Jamie Smith” at formswift.com stating ACTION REQUIRED related to a lack of a privacy policy on your blog. This is not only SPAM but also a marketing SCAM which I will explain below.

Spam Email from Formswift.com about Privacy Policy

Imagine that I have steam coming out of my head right now since I’ve had to interrupt my vacation to deal with a spammer/scammer. I have had to respond to NO LESS THAN 30 EMAILS OR MESSAGES related to this issue. I’m so sorry that many members of GeneaBloggers were bombarded with the following email today:

From: “Jamie Smith” <Jamie_Smith@mail.vresp.com>
Date: May 18, 2015 10:11 AM
Subject: Action Required: ___________ Needs A Strong Privacy Policy
To: <____________>
Cc:

Hi __________,

I recently visited your site from GeneaBloggers’ list of top Genealogy blogs, and I noticed that it does not feature a well-written privacy policy. I am a part of the formswift.com team, a young startup dedicated to creating personal and legal templates that are customizable, easy to use and highly professional, and I wanted to let you know we can create a customized privacy policy for your site at absolutely no cost.

As an example of our work, check out the privacy policy we created for Saveur Magazine’s Best Cooking Blog of 2013, Not Without Salt:

http://notwithoutsalt.com/privacy/

We’re making this process completely free for you, because, as a small startup, we understand the difficulty of finding quality free resources to help manage and maintain a website.

Setting up your privacy policy is simple: just reply to this email with the preferred name and email address of your organization and we will send you a customized privacy policy that you can post on your website ASAP. Please do not hesitate to set up a phone call if you would like to further discuss privacy policies or how FormSwift can assist your website.

Sincerely,

Jamie

__________Jamie Smith

Formswift.com

Email: jamie@formswift.com

GeneaBloggers Does Not Sanction Formswift.com or Its Sleazy Marketing Practices

I want to reassure the members of GeneaBloggers – a group that I have worked hard to build over the past six years – that I have no involvement with formswift.com and was unaware of this marketing tactic until this afternoon. I have not provided a list of blogs, blog owners or email addresses to formswift.com at any time. In fact, I never sell or give away my list of emails of members of GeneaBloggers.  See below for our privacy policy here at GeneaBloggers and how you can get your own for FREE.

Why Do Sleazy Websites like Formswift.com Do This?

Here’s the reason: they basically want you to provide a link to their website in order to build their Google Page Rank and improve their SEO (search engine optimization). If you look closely at the sample privacy policy to which they refer in the email, it has a link back to formswift.com.

Is it illegal? No. Is it immoral? Some would say that is isn’t immoral, but LAZY. Rather than work hard and build a community – a tribe – like GeneaBloggers (which requires time, resources and money), they’d rather mooch off of my work and your work. Don’t fall for what looks like a “gift” of a free privacy policy.

FREE Privacy Policy for Bloggers from GeneaBloggers

Do you want a privacy policy like this one at GeneaBloggers? You have my permission to use it – for FREE.  No hoops to jump through. No spam emails. Nothing to buy or sign up for. No worries, no hassle and no Jamie Smith.

Report Formswift.com to the Federal Trade Commission for Spam Emails

What formswift.com is doing is ILLEGAL and contrary to the various spam email laws here in the United States. They also want you to believe that somehow I’ve approved their actions. You can FORWARD the email from Jamie Smith to spam@uce.gov and state that it is unsolicited spam OR use this link here to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

 

 

May I Introduce to You . . . Angela Money

Come meet genealogy blogger Angela Money, author of Northern Mama: Family History ~ Family Life, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Angela Money and her blog, Northern Mama: Family History ~ Family Life, described as, “. . . Part mystery, part history, and a whole lot of family, genealogy is not solely academic but personal. Understanding the origins of my family has empowered me in unexpected ways.  It has forged greater bonds with family members, and created an environment of open communication and storytelling.  This is what I wish to share with my readers.  Genealogy is not just history in action; The loving creation of family memories!”

A Little About Angela

“Born in Ontario, Canada and currently living in Saskatchewan, Canada.

I am a creature of contradictions! I am a professional who is a home-body; A mother of three–nine if you include horses, dog and cats–with an independent spirit; An academic nerd with a love of the stylish and the aesthetic.  I am a modern woman who cherishes antiquity. A former ‘mommy-blogger,’ I realized imparting my ‘infinite mommy wisdom’ and advertising products–which were beyond necessity–was not my niche.  I wanted to write; Write about my passions which included both my family and that which inspired me in life.  I am an archaeologist and a teacher, a writer, and an artisan, but my latest passion seems to encompass it all–genealogy!”

How Angela Got Started in Genealogy

“I suppose I have only been actively pursuing genealogical research for 5 years, however–in a much more subtle and inadvertent way– I have been collecting family history since I was a child.  I like to say my Grandmother, Madeline Grace (nee Blancher) Carter, was a family historian in her own right.  She felt it important to record all significant family dates—births, marriages, deaths.  She also kept a record of all the places she–and my Grandfather, Harold Thomas Carter–worked and lived.  She was full of family lore and she collected and protected old family photos, the family bible, as well as heirloom glass pieces from her ancestors.  I would say she set the kindling which sparked the fire, which was to be my genealogy obsession.

The spark which lit the fire however, ignited 5 years ago when my son came home from school bombarding me with questions regarding our genealogy.  He had a family history project to complete for class and being the actively involved, educated parent that I am, I began to bequeath to my son the wealth of family tales and knowledge my Grandmother had bestowed upon me.  It was at this time that I realized there were huge gaps in my knowledge, and my husband was not quite so aware about his side of the family.  And so it was, I took my research skills as an archaeologist, got a subscription to Ancestry.ca, and began to run with my interest!”

Angela’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I began blogging years ago as a ‘Mommy Blogger’ but later decided that was becoming mundane. It was only about a month ago that I decided to re-enter the blogging world but this time as a genealogy blogger.  I have always had a passion for writing; I am one of those people who was going to write a great novel but time got away from me and life got in the way!  I have not completely dismissed this dream, but in the meantime I think blogging is a wonderful incentive to write daily.  Genealogy is also a passion of mine so I thought why not combine these two passions? “

Angela’s Advice to New Bloggers

“My tip for new genealogy bloggers would be to write for yourself; Write what you are passionate about and what you personally are experiencing.  I realize for many blogging is a business.  It is an enterprise in gaining readers and achieving notoriety.  While there is nothing ignoble about this it can be draining and can divert your focus from your true interests to constantly guessing what others want and expect.  Be authentic!  I know from ‘Mommy blogging’ that worrying about what others think and focusing on stats can make a person miserable and cause you to forget what you loved about blogging in the first place.”

Angela’s Favorite Blog Posts

“My favourite post? That’s a difficult one.  My favourite would probably be my continuing Thriller Thursday serial (which of course is a group of postings).  They are just fun to write as they read like a ‘penny awful’.  I guess I will say the latest in the series (but you can always follow the links there to the earlier posts in the saga): My most popular post however was a Tuesday Tips post about using Evernote to create a Brick Wall Ancestors File.”

Angela’s Time with Ancestors

“My research time varies remarkably from week to week. I am a mom of three very active children, my husband has a very demanding job with a crazy schedule, and I work part time, so I guess I just fit it in between everything else!  I also have many hobbies . . . yes, a novice of all trades, a master of none! I do spend many hours of my leisure time doing online research and I make a trip to the local library at least once a week.  I am unfortunate to live away from my home town and I know I would spend even more research time in museums, archives, and libraries if I lived nearer the homes of my ancestors.”

Angela’s Favorite Ancestor

“My favourite ancestor (aside from those I knew and loved myself) would have to be my Great-Grandfather, Thomas Carter.  His life was a difficult one: his mother dead, his father hanged, life in a workhouse and then Fegan’s Home for Boys, and from there he was shipped overseas to Canada.  A 10 year old boy on his own, an indentured servant in a strange new land, I am proud of his endurance.  His life has provided me with great research opportunities and amazingly rich genealogical investigation!  There are others, but I think the breakthroughs I made in the research of my Great-Grandfather and his family were among the most exciting!”

How Genealogy Has Improved Angela’s Life

“Genealogy has improved my life in many ways.  It has been fulfilling to provide my family with roots—particularly my children.  It has provided me a great outlet for my research skills and interests in history and writing.  I have become the keeper of family lore and knowledge which is a position in our families which I take very seriously.  Honestly, it is just thrilling being able to bring my ancestors to life in vivid colour and detail, from what may seem the most inert and inanimate objects—documents and scraps of that which they have left behind!”

What Angela Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love pursuing Family History!  What I love most and what I think has created my obsession is the discovery of stories.  Just like on those genealogy television shows we enjoy so much, we are discovering, piecing together, and resurrecting the stories of those who may well have been forgotten and unknown otherwise.  It’s the stories and the detective work it takes to find them which enthralls me!”

Angela’s Genealogy Bucket List

“My Genealogy Bucket List would have to include travel!  My husband and I took a second honeymoon a year and a half ago to England. We spent some of that time exploring the haunts of our ancestors.  This was a beautifully cathartic experience.  Walking in the footsteps of our ancestors is something I want to repeat.  Travel to France and Belgium, England, Scotland, and Ireland are on my bucket list, and eventually–when time permits–we would like to spend some of that travel time exploring archives and libraries in these foreign climbs!”

Angela’s Time Capsule Message

“If I were to leave a message for future generations . . . well I think it might be a novel!  A simple message can turn into page after page due to my ‘wordy’ personality (as you’ve probably guessed).  I hope to write a bit of a biography for future generations and I hope to live a long, full life so I can–like my Grandmother–share family tales with my Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.  I suppose like everyone my simple message would be this, ‘Don’t forget me!’ and ‘Remember, that you are your own individual and truly not the sum of all your ancestors; However, you can learn much from their history, and your family roots.  Whether it be endurance and survival, human resilience or fallibility, humility or self-confidence, those characteristics our ancestors’ represent to us can also inspire us in our lives and allow us to forgive our human weaknesses!’

Oh, and I’ll be leaving my family tree research with the instruction that it drive someone else’s obsession in a future generation!!”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Angela’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Angela, it’s great to have you here!

© 2015, copyright Gini Webb. All rights reserved.

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her grandchildren! Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.