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Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of January 1-8, 2010

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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!

There are usually lots of blog anniversaries in early January since many people set New Year’s resolutions to start a genealogy blog.

  • Random Relatives celebrates its first anniversary on Friday, January 1, 2010.  This is another great genealogy blog by Diana Ritchie that you should visit.
  • Ancestor Soup celebrates its first blogiversary on Saturday, January 2, 2010 – stop by and say hello to Karen and leave your congratulatory comments.
  • Genealogy Canada celebrates two years also on Saturday, January 2, 2010 – Elizabeth started this great resource back in 2008 and you should pay a visit especially if in need of Canadian resources.
  • Congratulations to Lorine who started Ask Olive Tree Genealogy a year ago – the first blogiversary is Sunday, January 3, 2010.
  • Flipside celebrates its 1st blogiversary on Sunday, January 3, 2010.  Linda is a great blogger and you should take a look at her blog if you haven’t yet!
  • Do you know Toronto 1861? This blog concerns one person’s attempt to index the 1861 census for Toronto and it celebrates its 1st anniversary on Monday, January 4, 2010.
  • What’s Past Is Prologue celebrates two years in the blogosphere on Wednesday, January 6, 2010.  Stop by and congratulate Donna on this event!
  • Also on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, Cruwys News celebrates its 3rd blogiversary – this is a great “one name study” blog you should know!

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.

Data Backup Weekend

You thought you missed Data Backup Day since we didn’t post about it, right?  Well, while it should have been part of every genealogy blogger’s set of 2010 genealogy resolutions, we’re making this a Data Backup Weekend.

Great news! Novosoft LLC – the maker of Handy Backup – has given us four (4) free copies of this simple-to-use backup software and we’ll be giving them away in a Data Backup Weekend contest!

In the meantime, a great New Year’s resolution would be to back up your genealogy research data, right? 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

  • The 17th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture is accepting submissions through Sunday, January 3, 2010.  The theme is a genealogical “show and tell” and will be published at Small-leaved Shamrock.

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 814 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook.  Right now there is a new “splog” (spam blog) stealing content from genealogy bloggers – please stop by and look at the issues involved and what you may need to do to enforce your copyright. 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 1: Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection.

We’ll list a new challenge each Saturday which should be completed by the following Friday (example: this week’s challenge is published January 2, 2010 and should be completed by Friday, January 8, 2010).

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.

Sentimental Sunday

We’ve temporarily placed Black Sheep Sunday on hiatus and will periodically do the same for certain of our Daily Blogging Prompts. The reason why? Well, after a while genealogy bloggers run out of material to use for specific blogging themes. Plus over time after new bloggers join GeneaBloggers, we’ll bring the theme back.

In the meantime, we’d happy to introduce Sentimental Sunday which has been suggested by Renate of Into the Light. As described by Renate, Sentimental Sunday is where genealogy bloggers can discuss a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or maybe even a family tradition that touches them. You can learn more here.

GeneaBloggers Calendar

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 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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