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Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of December 18-25, 2009

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Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Happy Blogiversary!

If your blog anniversary is coming up soon, make sure it gets on our GeneaBloggers calendar! Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers.

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

The holidays are a special time for many especially since they are filled with family traditions and evoke special memories. Starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, GeneaBloggers will be hosting the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. In a nutshell, there is a special prompt each day between the 1st and the 24th of December and all GeneaBloggers members are invited to post at their own blogs about that day’s topic.

Make sure you use the words Advent Calendar in your post title so our roll-up widget will list your post with all the others!

December 18 – Christmas Stockings
Did you have one? Where did you hang it? What did you get in it? Do you have any Christmas stockings used by your ancestors?

December 19 – Christmas Shopping
How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?

December 20 – Religious Services
Did your family attend religious services during the Christmas season? What were the customs and traditions involved?

December 21 – Christmas Music
What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?
(Note: perhaps there is a particular Christmas song that drives you mad – a perfect post to use for Madness Monday as well!)

December 22 – Christmas and Deceased Relatives
Did your family visit the cemetery at Christmas? How did your family honor deceased family members at Christmas?
(Note: you can also use this post for Tombstone Tuesday)

December 23 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories
Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together? Any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors?

December 24 – Christmas Eve
How did you, your family or your ancestors spend Christmas Eve?

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The 25th Edition of the Carnival of Central and European Genealogy is accepting submissions through the end of day today, Friday, December 18, 2009.  The theme is Christmas/Hanukkah and topics on unique traditions, foods etc. of your ancestors from this region are welcome!
  • The 6th Edition of A Festival of Postcards is looking for entries for its White issue due on Sunday, December 20, 2009.  The theme: postcards featuring white (think white sands and snow, White Cliffs of Dover etc.). As always, feel free to play with the theme. Do you have postcards depicting places that incorporate the word white (or bianco, blanc etc.)? How about a play on words (e.g. white elephant, it`s not black & white?) You’ve pretty well got carte blanche!
  • The 10th Edition of The Graveyard Rabbit Carnival requests entries by Friday, December 25, 2009.  The topic: investigate how families determine their final resting place.

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this post from Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.

Genealogy Conferences This Week

As expected, the genealogy conference season slows down around the holiday season but things will be hopping in January 2010! 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

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

If you need more information on how to submit your own information for our Speaker’s Bureau page as well as the Speakers’ Appearances calendar, contact us at

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

Great news – we are now at 800 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook – at the same time we passed 800 blogs listed at! 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!

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #51:  Talk about the email discussion lists to which you belong. Are they great? Too quiet? Informative? Let readers know.

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration!

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Beginning in January, look for some changes to our Daily Blogging Prompts (currently Black Sheep Sunday, Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Follow Friday and Surname Saturday) 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 the Geneabloggers 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.

© 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

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