This Week in Genea-Blogging
The Great Epidemic
Cynthia Shenette at Heritage Zen is presenting a fascinating three-part series, “Flu 1918,” on the influenza epidemic of 1918, with a special focus on its impact on the Polish community in Worcester, Massachusetts; see Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.
Doesn’t share well
The following post could be a followup to Amy Coffin’s post from last week ("Genealogy Membership: What Makes You Join?"). At The Faces of My Family, Lisa Swanson Ellam writes about why she has not joined a particular genealogy society in “Follow Friday - Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog” (she quotes the advice given by the blog’s author, Brenda Joyce Jerome, on what genealogy societies SHOULD do). What follows is a script for what a genealogy society should NOT do.
Yeah, I thought that was a pretty provocative title, too. If you want to know what it refers to, you’ll have to read Sheri Fenley’s half of the Saga of the Research Buddies at The Educated Genealogist: “BBQ, Bonding and Cracking the Whip.”
What he said
One of my favorite James Tanner (Genealogy’s Star) post is one from this week, “The heart and soul of genealogy.” The last paragraph pretty much sums up how I feel about genealogy.
Tanner’s article on “Tablet computers - can you do real genealogy?” will also be of interest to anyone who needs an excuse for getting an iPad.
Lorine McGinnis Shulze also wrote on this subject in “Why Take an iPad Instead of a Laptop on a Research Trip?” at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. More data to take into consideration in making the decision....
A recommendation to read a post and the comments on the post
The post is “Creating a Research Log - the Why and How” at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog; one of the comments, Miriam Midkiff’s, has a link to her spreadsheet in Google Docs for tracking census records.
For love or money...
At The Armchair Genealogist, Lynn Palermo throws out an interesting question: “Can I Turn My Love of Genealogy into a Career?” (addressed to readers who may have done this or are trying to do this). It will be interesting to read the answers.
Living and recalling history
Geneablogie’s Craig Manson shares “On this King Holiday, Some Personal Memories” with us, and if there is a single post you should not miss this week, this one is it.
Well, I never expected that!
Cheryl Capps Roach at Genealogy for the Family Historian writes about her answer to the question “What was the most surprising information discovered in your years of family research?” The answer is, indeed, surprising; perhaps some of you have encountered similarly unexpected information?
If you see some changes
in the instructions for contacting me and in the process for posting comments, give credit to Amy Coffin at The We Tree Genealogy Blog for really getting a discussion rolling on this subject in “Genealogy Blogs: A Comment on Comments.” And, when you read the article, check out all the comments! The subject must be in the air; Nancy at My Ancestors and Me reported on her Comments Survey this week as well.
For more suggested blog reading
Check out “Best of the Genea-Blogs” at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings, "Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere” at Susan Petersen’s Long Lost Relatives.net, and “Best Bites for the Week” at Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life.
Happy Second Blogoversary to Gini at Ginisology!
Happy Fifth Blogoversary to Miriam at AnceStories!
Happy Third Blogoversary to Mary Ellen at Threading needles in a haystack: the genealogy journey!
Happy Second Blogoversary to Liz Hall Morgan at My Big Fat Cajun/Irish/Scottish/English/German/French/Southern Family Blog!
This week I started following these blogs:
Barb’s Family History
dancing in the gardens of those gone before
Family Roots and Branches
Gail Grunst Genealogy
Growing Family Trees and Vegetables
Kershaw County Wanderer
Leaves for Trees
Liblady’s Genealogy Blog
Mr. Gen Wish List
Shaking Family Trees
Southern Oregon Stories
The Family History Researcher
The Scrappin Genealogist
Voices: Past and Present
Wishful Linking Family History Blog
Good news this week!
My daughter’s last final exam is on May 4. That means we’ll be going to Charleston, SC in May and I’ll be attending the National Genealogical Society conference!