74th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted

COG 74

In case you haven’t heard the news, the 74th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – the Swimsuit Edition – has been posted over at Creative Gene.

With more than 30 posts from fellow geneabloggers, this edition covers all aspects of swimsuits and summer fun – even if some of the swimsuits shown don’t cover much at all!

And now for the next edition of COG:  Time for a change of pace. Call for Submissions! The COG topic for July 1 is “Justice and Independence ”. Since our beginnings as a nation, the United States of America has seen changes with every year, every decade, and every century. Each generation adds growth to our lives, our communities, and our nation. One thing that has never changed, however, is our desire for Justice for those who wrong us and Independence from those who try to oppress us. This month’s COG asks you to relate to these concepts of Justice and Independence in one or all of three ways: 1). Tell a story of an ancestor(s) who fought for freedom. 2). Tell a story about how Independence Day was celebrated by your ancestors. Did any of their celebratory traditions get passed down for your own family to continue? Or 3). Post the lyrics of a song that exemplifies how Justice and Independence have worked in the lives of your ancestors and/or family. Include photos! This edition of the COG will be hosted by Colleen at OMcHodoy(thanks Colleen!). Deadline for submissions is July 1.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the “comment” box of the blogcarnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you’ve written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Happy Birthday Carnival of Genealogy!


A special shout out to Jasia over at Creative Gene who today is celebrating the 3rd birthday of the Carnival of Genealogy!

If you aren’t familiar with COG (as it is commonly called), realize that for many of us, it was our the first blog carnival we ever participated in once our genealogy blogs were established.  I know for me, personally, I had concerns over whether I was “doing it right” when I submitted by post, worried over whether my topic fit in or if even people would come and read my post.

Jasia has been the consummate hostess with COG and she has welcomed me and every participant with open arms and encouragement.  And I also want to give props to my genea home girl footnoteMaven who has designed most of the groovy posters for each COG edition!

Take a look at the very first post about COG at Creative Gene on June 4, 2006 – you’ll see that the first topic was, of course, technology.  Stop by and wish Jasia and COG well and here’s to many more editions of the mother of all genealogy blog carnivals!

More great links about COG and how you can get involved in upcoming editions:

FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy

Index of Previous COG Topics

How To Submit A Post To A Carnival

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

Cherish Bound Legacy Kit

As part of the Bound for Mom blogging mini-series, Geneabloggers has teamed up with Cherish Bound to offer The Legacy Kit.  The kit has been customized especially for us at a substantial discount.   

Why The Legacy Kit?

Here’s how  The Legacy Kit works with a blogging carnival:

– Bound for Mom is an opportunity for you to create a series of four posts about Mom or another important woman in your family

– Very often with blog posts, they have a limited audience especially among family members who don’t have access to the Internet

– People I’ve spoken with say it can be difficult to get family members to talk about their memories and so they can be shared with others

– In addition, some bloggers have expressed an interest in publishing a tribute book about Mom based on their blog posts, writings and photographs

– And some of us are looking to take our love of genealogy, writing and story-telling and turn it into an economic opportunity

What is in The Legacy Kit?

The Legacy Kit contains the following items:

50 Gathering Chat Cards: these cards are meant to be used at family gatherings and can get people talking about certain topics.  These are similar to some of the “ice breaker” props we’ve all seen at business get-togethers.  The concept is the same, only these cards ask your family members “open ended” questions perfect for talking about memories. 


I am hoping to use these in May when I go home to New York and meet with Mom and her six sisters!

Story Starters: there are a total of five Story Starters and Mini-Story Starters (Lessons About Life,When I Was Little, Vacation, Love’s Firsts, and Recipe) and they can be used to help write your Mom’s story.  


Each Story Starter focuses on a specific topic and includes prompts to get you started.  There are also pages which help you sketch out your story using Outlines and Image Ideas.


Guides: the Writing and Publishing Guide is a valuable tool that walks you through the process of self-publishing your story.  Other guides highlight Cherish Bound‘s other products as well as how to get started as a Cherish Bound consultant and help others tell their own stories.


Do I Need To Purchase The Legacy Kit To Participate?

Bound for Mom is open to anyone who authors a genealogy or family history focused blog and wants to post on any one of the four topics between
March 18 and April 15, 2009.  The Legacy Kit is a supplement to this journey for those who want to take their blogging to a another level.

How Can I Purchase The Legacy Kit?

Contact me using the Contact Geneabloggers link in the sidebar and I’ll send you instructions on how to purchase.  Also feel free to ask questions or make comments via e-mail or in the comments section below.

I will be posting my first Bound for Mom milepost, A Journey of Firsts, later this weekend over at Destination: Austin Family.  I’ll also be working on putting together a sample book at Cherish Bound so others can see the finished product.