Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow Friday: 22 October 2010

This Week

It’s that time of year when we’re feeling squeezed for time again – and this week it is Cynthia Shenette at Heritage Zen asking in a Follow Friday post: “How Do You Manage?”

At a3 Genealogy, Kathleen Brandt writes about one of my favorite genealogical tools in “Can’t Find Records? Use Formation Maps.” She provides several useful examples and a link to Virginia Formation Maps.

“A Family Historian” at Walking My Tree asks an interesting question: “Where do I stop?” As in, to what extent should stepfamilies be included in a family tree? Should they be given a separate tree?

How and why genealogy can sometimes help pull us out of the lows that life’s tragedies and rough spots bring us to is touchingly described by Cheryl Palmer at Heritage Happens in “Sentimental Sunday – The Roller Coaster of Emotions – Has it stopped on a High or a Low?”

Some good tips on using Google New Archive by Kimberly Powell at Kimberly’s Genealogy Blog: “Finding Family History in Google News Archive.”

Just gotta feature a great post on my city, Washington, D.C. (well, I actually live in the suburbs, but still…): Elizabeth O’Neal tells us “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation: Part 1 – Independence Day and the DAR” at Little Bytes of Life.

Jennifer at Rainy Day Genealogy Readings has some good ideas about using a Kindle for genealogy-related reading and research in “Online Reading on the Kindle.”

Laura Leigh at Moore History – Deep in the Heart of Texas has been writing a series on using descendancy research to break through brick walls; in her latest post in this series, “Breaking through Brick Walls Part 5: Descendancy Research,” relates how she used Facebook in these efforts.

In “Painting the Full Picture,” Nolichucky Roots has some wise and wistful reflections on all the emotions, thoughts, and reactions that a funeral can evoke – things that will never be revealed by names, dates, and data.

No one will ever again be able to say that genealogists don’t have a sense of humor. Clue Wagon. “In Which I Piss Off Pretty Much The Entire Genealogy Establishment.” Still recovering.

Happy First Blogoversary to Barbara at Life from the Roots! Catch Barbara’s Top Ten Posts: This week it is “Top Ten – Hints,” but if you scroll back, there are several other Top Tens.

For more suggested genealogy blog reading, check out Randy Seaver’s Best of the Genea-Blogs at Genea-Musings.

This week I started following these blogs:

Southern Family History

Teresa’s Tangled Roots

Wandering Shades

This will be my last “regular” Follow Friday for a while. There may be occasional Follow features, perhaps discussions of topics raised in other blogs, or even a full “This Week” now and then, but I am experiencing a real time crunch (much as John at TransylvanianDutch has described). Right now there are a lot of developments going on in several different areas of my research and I have a lot of material to write up, digest, and incorporate.


  1. Thanks for the leads Greta. Totally understand your crunch...mine has lasted for seveal months. I need to streamline my

  2. Just as I was feeling that warm glow from your kind mention I read the last lines. No more glow.

    Your Friday posts always point me to something interesting, useful or just flat out hysterical. I've thoroughly enjoyed them and appreciate the efforts you (and John) have made. But I more than understand the need to reorder priorities. Enjoy working through your research. I look forward to reading about it.

  3. Greta, how did I not know that you live outside of DC? We really must get together and DISH next time I'm out your way. I'll probably be out with the little one in April, and solo in July, so let's plan on lunch or something!

    And thanks for mentioning my post! You always find so many interesting things that I've missed during the week!

  4. Greta, Thank you for the mention of my big one year blogiversary and my Top Ten lists. Again, thank you.

  5. Keeping up with GeneaBloggers posts is a job in its self! It is always a treat to see what you post that I may have missed. Such a surprise to see you added one of my posts, that was definitely a roller coaster of a time! Thanks Greta for choosing my post! Happy Day to YOU! ;-)

  6. Thank you for the kind mention, and I too will miss your Follow Friday posts. You help me to keep up with my reading, and I appreciate it. Good luck with your other work.

  7. Thank you for them mention! I'll miss your Follow Friday posts too, but I sure do identify with that crunch thing...

  8. I also found "Finding Family History in Google News Archive" very interesting. thanks!

  9. Thank you all for dropping by and for your kind comments. NR - Don't worry, I will try to do occasional Friday posts; they just won't be quite as much of a regular feature as before. I have enjoyed doing it because I have found so many good sites, etc. from others' recommendations. Elizabeth - Yes, it would be great fun to meet up; just give me a call or e-mail me when you know you are coming (and I extend that invitation to any GeneaBloggers, readers, etc. who come this way).

  10. Greta,I am so appreciative of your mentioning of my blog. I am coming out a full summer crunch and have struggled to make time to read/write blogs. Your site was the first I visited today to see what I missed all week (I have no idea what I'll do after this week, but I understand crunch time...I really understand it. Good luck on your upcoming endeavors. And thanks again for your generous mentioning of my a3Genealogy.