GeneaBloggers Travels to Salt Lake City 2012

Salt Lake City 1900

I’ll be in Salt Lake City, Utah for the next two weeks attending various genealogy events including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (January 23-27, 2012), the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference (February 1, 2012) and RootsTech (February 2-4, 2012).

It will be business as usual here at GeneaBloggers: the daily posts are already pre-posted, GeneaBloggers Radio will air episodes as scheduled on Fridays at 8pm Central time, and I’ll be reporting happenings from these events as much as possible.

And of course I’ll be totally “connected” the whole time – you should see my Swiss Gear backpack filled with technology including:

  • and a new iPhone 4s to do all of it on the go
If you are in Salt Lake City over the next two weeks, I hope our paths cross and I get to say “hi” and talk a little, or a lot, of genealogy!

©2012. copyright Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers – Our 3rd Blogiversary

GeneaBloggers 3rd Birthday

And then, we were three.  Where does the time go?  It seems like only yesterday I started GeneaBloggers with a listing of 400 genealogy and family history blogs. Well, we are celebrating our 3rd blogiversary today so here’s a gift for you: a brief history of GeneaBloggers.

GeneaBloggers History

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing over 2,000 genealogy and family history blogs all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history.

Why Blogs?

Well very often as genealogists we need a way to write the stories of our ancestors and to write our own stories about how we found them.  Each day there are close to 500 articles created by our members who write up their research finds, post photos and documents, share the latest resources (online and offline), publicize webinars and events and generally just share their infectious enthusiasm for genealogy and family history.

Facts and Figures About GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was started on January 18, 2009 by Thomas MacEntee, a professional genealogist, author and educator who realized the need for a community of genealogy bloggers.  In those 3 years, the site has grown to include over 2,000 blogs from all over the world.

In addition there have been over 2,400 different articles posted at GeneaBloggers with over 11,000 comments made by readers to those articles. And the GeneaBloggers site has so far seen almost 6 million visitors including those reading via RSS feed readers like Google Reader.

How Can You Use the Resources at GeneaBloggers?

Even if you don’t have your own blog, you can search for your surnames across all 2,000 blogs by clicking Search All Blogs at the top of the page. Also, check out Blog Resources which lists over 500 links to sites about backing up your genealogy data, cheat sheets for Facebook and other programs, and more.

If you are a blogger, click Suggest A Blog to submit your blog to be included at the GeneaBloggers site.  In addition, check out the About page for info on how to participate in various GeneaBloggers events such as the Daily Blogging Prompts.

And Radio Too?

That’s right! GeneaBloggers has its own Internet-based radio show called GeneaBloggers Radio each Friday evening at 8pm Central on BlogTalkRadio.  You listen to the episode on your computer (with speakers or headphones) and you can even access a chat board and interact with over 100 other listeners while the show is airing. Guests and topics cover every aspect of genealogy from education to vital records!  All episodes are available for download at the BlogTalkRadio site or on Apple iTunes and make for a fun way to “listen” to genealogy information while exercising or commuting.  After almost 1 year and over 50 episodes with close to 40,000 listeners around the world, GeneaBloggers Radio has added a new dimension to the genealogy experience.

[Note: readers are encouraged to pass the above information on to their genealogy societies for use in newsletters, etc. so others can benefit from the resources at GeneaBloggers.  In addition, bloggers can use the information (in part or in whole) on their own sites to help get the word out about GeneaBloggers.]  

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

How To Blackout Your Blog for SOPA

sopa blackout sample

If you followed our previous post here at GeneaBloggers about the SOPA blackout, you might be wondering how you can participate and either go for a total blackout on your site or add a “Stop SOPA” ribbon. Here are some resources:

General

Blogger

  • SOPA Blackout Template at http://sopa-blackout-template.blogspot.com/ has a javascript code (scroll down to the bottom) to be added to your blog’s HTML template right before the “head” end tag.  Take a look at one of my minor blogs – Grandma Austin’s Diaries – to see what the end result will look like . . . not only a blackout but some useful resources.The code:

    <script>
    window.location = &quot;http://sopa-blackout-template.blogspot.com/&quot;;
    </script>

    Here is how the code looks on my blog template . . . you must go to Design, click on Edit HTML and scroll down to just before the </head> tag (click to embiggen):

    SOPA blackout blogger code

  • BloggerMint SOPA Ribbon at http://www.bloggermint.com/2012/01/stop-sopa-ribbon-for-blogger/ has a ribbon that appears on your Blogger blog instead of a total blackout.

WordPress

WARNING

Please be sure you know the resources you are using and the sites to which you are linking during the blackout.  This is an opportunity ripe for scammers – don’t fall prey to something that looks neat and might cause problems for your site or accounts tomorrow!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee