Out of Their Element – Genealogy Bloggers in the APG Quarterly

APG Quarterly

You never know where you’ll find a genealogy blogger. Besides the comfortable milleu of their blog or blogs, sure you can find these genealogists on Facebook and Twitter. But did you know that in the September 2010 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, you’ll find no less than three well-known genealogy bloggers?

  • In the News You Can Use – Reviews section, Amy Coffin of The We Tree blog, offers a review of the book All a Twitter: A Personal and Professional Guide to Social Networking with Twitter by Tee Morris.  A social media expert herself, I could not have chosen a better person to review this 280 page handbook that covers not only the ins and outs of Twitter but basic social media concepts as well.
  • In the News You Can Use – Professional Profiles section, our very own Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog is profiled. Entitled Embracing His Polish Heritage, the segment focuses on Steve’s search for Katarzyna Tropilo and how with this research and all his research, Steve uses his blog to document the journey.
  • In a feature article entitled Thought of Self-Publishing?, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog, reviews the process of publishing a manuscript using some of the latest technologies available on the Internet. With Lisa’s “seven secrets for success,” one gets a much better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of publishing on your own.

Congratulations to Amy, Steve and Lisa and we hope to see more members of GeneaBloggers in print soon!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Family Tree Magazine Opportunity For New Genealogy Bloggers

Family Tree Magazine Family Tree Firsts Blogger Contest

I want to point out an excellent and unique opportunity for those who are new to genealogy and family history and perhaps want to take a try at blogging about their journey.

Family Tree Magazine is holding a contest as part of Family History Month to be named FTM’s Family Tree Firsts Blogger. Basically, FTM is looking for someone who is new to researching their roots and who would like to document the process using a blog hosted by FTM. Besides writing about the victories as well as the frustrations of ancestor hunting, the winner gets access to Family Tree Magazine products and services including webinars as well as some “surprises” from FTM partners.

So if you know someone who you think would be a perfect fit for this mission, click here for more information.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Leveraging Meet Meme Cards in the Genealogy Community

Meet Meme Social Trading Cards

[Editor's Note: over at my personal genealogy blog - Destination: Austin Family - I describe how I found Meet Meme and ordered my set of Personal Edition Cards]

So, if you are now familiar with the Meet Meme cards – what I call “business cards on social media steroids,” how could they be used by individual genealogists, groups such as GeneaBloggers as well as by genealogy events such as Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and Family History Expos?

Here are some ideas – and I encourage any readers to help brainstorm ideas by entering info in the comments:

  • A professional genealogist could easily use these as business cards. The cards contain all pertinent data such as email, website URL and even Twitter information. These cards are multi-faceted in terms of the information they can convey.
  • A genealogy vendor could have the Meet Meme cards “branded” with their company information and hand them out at events such as conferences and expos.  In fact, the “collect ‘em all” phrase could have new meaning: hold a contest where attendees have to meet all your staff and collect the cards to win a prize.
  • A genealogy event could have cards made for attendees in place of conference badges. Plus a conference could also offer the attendee the option of purchasing additional cards on their own.
  • Other ideas for events include using the Meet Meme cards for ice breakers as well as having a poster displaying all attendee cards.

While I could probably create my own business cards with all these social media “hooks,” Meet Meme has simplified the process.  They help you to pull info from the various social media sites that you already use. The Meet Meme cards also have fun features like “special powers” – in fact I can only think about the “special powers” that some of our members would list!

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Take a minute to read the post over at Destination: Austin Family and then contact Meet Meme at their site.  I know that I’m going to use the Meet Meme cards for future venues and I can’t wait to see the ideas that other genealogists come up with!

Disclaimer: I contacted Meet Meme about receiving a complimentary set of 40 Personal Edition Cards at no cost to me. This material connection had no effect on the outcome of the above product review and the review was performed based on the merits of the product. See Disclosure Statements for more information on the material connections I have with various genealogy and non-genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee