Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 24 February 2015

On 24 February 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar named for him, the Gregorian calendar, became effective 4 Octtober 1582, in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.

On 24 February 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar named for him, the Gregorian calendar, became effective 4 Octtober 1582, in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.


Today is Tuesday, 24 February 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: Gregorian Calendar Day – Anniversary, Hadassah Founded – Anniversary, Steve Jobs’ Birthday – Anniversary, and World Spay Day..

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Enter the Kindred Voices Book Contest Today!

Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors now available on Kindle! Geoff Rasmussen’s inspiring new book is now available for Kindle readers and apps. Learn how making that connection with your ancestors is an important part of family history!

As we close out February, we’ve got something special to share: a review of a new book by Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree and a contest!

Review: Kindred Voices: Listening for Our Ancestors

Whether you call it “serendipity” or simply “great-grandma’s guidance,” if you’ve ever devoted time to researching your roots, you’ll understand the premise of Kindred Voices: Listening for Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. This touching book sums up one genealogist’s encounters with his ancestors, yet it speaks to all of us about the search for family connection.

Part travelogue, part auto-biography, yet all family history, Kindred Voices transports you on an amazing ancestral journey. Geoff shares not just the “how” of genealogy research, but also his intense connection with his forefathers. Many of us already obsessed with genealogy and family history will tell you that our ancestors do in fact talk to us and seem to guide us to resources and information.

As an added bonus, at the end of Kindred Voices, Geoff also shares his best advice on getting started with your own family history journey.

After you’ve finished Kindred Voices, you’ll want to dive into your own family history sleuthing and begin opening up a dialog with your own ancestors.

Print Version Pre-Order Special

Between now and Friday, 27 February 2015, you can pre-order the print version of Kindred Voices and get this special deal: save $2.00 and get the PDF version for free (a $9.95 value!) via Legacy Family Tree Store. Click here for more details.

Kindred Voices Contest

Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Kindle version of Kindred Voices, we’re holding a week-long contest sponsored by Legacy Family Tree and GeneaBloggers!

NOTE: To enter, you will need to know the page count for the Kindle version of Kindred Voices. Click here to find the clue in the book description.

One winner will be selected to win ALL of the following prizes:

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  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars: One (1) 12-month subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars to access over 200 recorded webinars and over 850 pages of syllabus materials (value $79.95 USD).

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  • Legacy Deluxe 8.0 Software:  The most comprehensive and easy-to-use family history software you can buy for Windows is now even better. You’re sure to be excited by all the new features! Legacy Family Tree is one of the best genealogy programs on the market today (digital download and PDF manual – value $39.95 USD).

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  • Amazon Gift Card: One (1) Amazon Gift Card (email version, valued at $50.00 USD).

The entire prize package is valued at $170 USD. We’ll select one (1) winner after 1:00 pm Central on Friday 27 February 2015 and announce the winner here on the contest page and via social media.

This contest is NOT limited to just those in the United States either! All of the prizes are digital items or memberships and can easily be sent to the winners via email.

Click here to enter today! And once you enter, use your “lucky link” to invite others to enter. You’ll

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May I Introduce to You . . . Andrea Kelleher

Come meet genealogy blogger Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Andrea Kelleher and her blog, How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, described as, “. . . Just my way of sharing with family, friends, and anyone who will listen, the things that I have learned about my ancestors with a little bit about myself and my own little family in the mix.  My blog highlights the discoveries I’ve made regarding my ancestral roots from Eastern North Carolina and Barbados predominantly.”

A Little Bit About Andrea

“I was born in Queens, NY during the early 1970’s. For the first 10 years of my life, my family and I lived in Cambria Heights, NY and were blessed to have a wonderful group of relatives living within a 15 minute drive from our house.”  Andrea currently resides in New York.

How Andrea Got Started in Genealogy

“I have been researching my ancestors since August 2009. I think there was always a curiosity about where my ancestors came from.  My maternal grandmother had this beautiful old photograph that hung on the wall of her bedroom while I was growing up. It was a picture of my great grandmother holding my grandmother in her lap. My grandmother was this tiny 6 month old cherub and there holding her was this woman who’s gaze just captivated me.  It was like she was sending me a message with those eyes.  She was saying, ‘Find out who I am?’

Since my childhood, I was curious to know more about my roots, but it wasn’t until I had my kids that I started researching.”

Andrea’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I began my genealogy blog on May 30, 2011, on a whim.  Yes, that’s right on a whim. Let’s just say, I was a bit nervous about sharing my writing with the world but I wanted to do it.  I wanted my kids to have something that they could refer to about their family history.  Then I thought it would be neat to share this with the rest of the family. I thought I could present things to them in a way that they would appreciate and would easily understand.  Finally one day, I got up the nerve and wrote my first post, Okay…Here We Go! LOL.

Andrea’s Tips for New (and Not So New) Bloggers

“Just do it! Start writing and sharing. One of the things that is always floating around in my head is that tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Wouldn’t it be terrible if the stories we know as family historians weren’t shared, written down and passed on? I would like to write a book at some point but I didn’t want to wait to share what I’d learned.  Plus the process of discovery is so wonderful. Every time I find something knew out, I take a moment and reflect on it. I look at how it fills in part of the story of the individual I’m researching. Then I think about how that reflects on to me. Is there something about this story that can help me on my own life’s journey? What struggle did someone before me go through and how can I learn from that experience? Perhaps it’s learning something like I have an interest or talent in common with an ancestor.  There’s that sense of connectivity you get from doing family history that we are all part of the same chain of life. The more you learn, the more it brings you closer to truly understanding that.”

Andrea’s Favorite Blog Posts

Andrea’s Time with her Ancestors

“As much as I can.  It can be difficult at times because I am a stay at home mom with two kids ages 6 and 9 to keep up with.  I would say about an hour a day. Sometimes that hour is broken up into 5-10 minute increments because I am squeezing it in between gymnastics, soccer, or keeping up with the house.  I try to write something for my blog a couple times a week so that is probably another couple of hours there.”

Andrea’s Favorite Ancestor

“My great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant, because of the picture she had taken with my grandmother. It laid the groundwork for me to begin my journey.”

How Genealogy/Family History has Improved or Changed Andre’s Life

“Genealogy has improved my life by giving me the knowledge that I come from very strong people. I know now that no matter what happens in this world I have an inner strength that is capable of handling whatever may come my way. I have read about some of the things my ancestors went through and endured. If they had the strength and courage to carry on then so can I.”

What Andre Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love genealogy/family history because it brings people together. My family now has a deeper sense of where our kin came from and I have now been connected to this wonderful online family of people who have the same passion for family history as I do. Really, there is no bad side to this.  At least I haven’t come across it yet.”

Andrea’s Genealogy Bucket List

“Go back to Barbados and do some research at the archives there. Also, visit the area in St Philip Parish where my grandfather grew up. I visited there, years ago before I was into family history. If only I had come down with genealogy fever, then. (Sigh)”

Andrea’s Time Capsule Message

“There is something to be learned from all those who have come before you. Take the time out and learn about your family’s history. By learning about your ancestors, you will learn more about yourself.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Andrea’s Blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Andrea, 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.