Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:
There are usually lots of blog anniversaries in early January since many people set New Year’s resolutions to start a genealogy blog.
- Grey County Historical Society blog celebrates its first blogiversary on Friday, 5 February 2010! Check out this great Canadian genealogy society blog and tell them you said hello!
The January 2010 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories Sunday, January 31st, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time. It’s been two months since our last Scanfest, due to the Christmas holidays.
What is Scanfest? Well, it is a group of like-minded genealogists, family history buffs, and scrapbooking fanatics who have tons of photos to scan but find the chore irksome and boring. So why not do the scanning while communicating with other scanners? And if you need help or advice on how best to scan photos, this is the event for you!
Click here for more information on how you can join in the fun!
Data Backup Day
Have you stuck with your New Year’s resolution to back up your genealogy research data? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day – and here are some great resources to get you started.
Genealogy Blog Carnivals
Genealogy Conferences This Week
View upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe at the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers. If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members
- Tuesday, 2 February 2010, Karen Krugman of Genealogy Frame of Mind will appear in Bradenton, FL at the Manasota Genealogical Society. Karen will be presenting Color Your Ancestor Alive.
GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook
Great news – we are now at 894 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please tell them about our Facebook group!
52 Weeks To Better Genealogy
Amy Coffin of the fabulous We Tree blog, has done it again. Last year, Amy developed a series of 52 Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompts which kept folks very busy and forced them to look at many different aspects of their genealogy.
Now Amy brings us 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy: a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty.
- Week 5: Play with WorldCat.org. WorldCat is a massive network of library content that the public can search for free (user name and password not required). Not every library is a part of WorldCat, but the vast size of the network makes it an important genealogy tool. If you are looking for a specific book or publication, enter the identifying information into the WorldCat search box and see which libraries hold the item. You may even find that you can get the item through your library’s inter-library loan program. Don’t forget to search for some of your more unusual surnames and see what comes up. The goal is to play with WorldCat and examine its possibilities for your own research. If you’re already familiar with WorldCat, play with it again. The network and collection grow and change constantly. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with searching WorldCat for this exercise.
We’ll list a new challenge each Saturday which should be completed by the following Friday.
And remember – as Amy says – these should be fun exercises! Don’t feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish – let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist.
Check out Sentimental Sunday, Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday,Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Follow Friday and Surname Saturday which can help you come up with ideas each day of the week for blog posts! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at theGeneabloggers Calendar. This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time. And if you subscribe to the calendar you’ll receive email reminders of events.
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