Friday, March 25, 2011

Follow Friday Newsletter 25 March 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

A book and some security, all in one

At Family Matters, Kathleen Reed reports on her experience with Blog2Print, not only as a way to make a book from a blog but also a way to back up a blog in “Protecting Your Blog.”

Catch this one:

At Chris Paton’s Scottish Genes: “Flying to Ireland for research? Sage advice!”  Don’t read it while you are drinking anything.

Organization in action....

In “Sorting Saturday - Document and Record log,” Heather Kuhn Roelker at Leaves for Trees provides a great sample of the spreadsheet she uses to track source documents (click on the image to enlarge it).

What’s good and what’s not so good

After recently winning a 3-month “Pro” subscription to on GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio, Taneya Koonce at Taneya’s Genealogy Blog gives an excellent overview of the site’s pluses and minuses and how it compares to other sites in "My Foray into"

He gives “wordsmithing” a new dimension

Over at Staats Place, Chris Staats’ response to Randy Seaver’s (Genea-Musings) latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge left me in stitches: “SNGF: Common Genealogy Terms Defined.”  I think these are going to enter the Genea-Dictionary.

Is this the future? Oddly enough, I hope not...

There is an interesting Weekend Discussion at Susan Petersen’s Long Lost “Open Discussion Weekend - will brick walls become a thing of the past?” Check out the article and the comments. What do you think?


- or stuff that oughta be obvious but apparently ain’t - is discussed by Kerry Scott at Clue Wagon in “Free Stuff on the Internet.”

Another reason to be paranoid

At Marion’s Roots & Rambles, Marion Pierre-Louis advises us to “Print Genealogy Information from Websites - the First Time You See It.”

If you are a noob...

at attending national genealogy conferences and are planning on attending NGS in Charleston, SC this year, you might want to check out the “Tips for First Time Conference Attendees” on the NGS Family History Conference blog. As a matter of fact, even if you are a seasoned conference attendee, you might want to check out the suggestions just the same.

How to do it

Lorine McGinnis Shulze at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog provides an excellent detailed example of the research process in “A Step by Step Analysis of a Genealogy Search”: what is found, what is not, and what questions and inconsistencies still exist.

Some backup basics

Are covered at JLog in “A Simple Backup Plan.” Good information on different backup devices and backup services with some useful “how-to” information.

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, and "Follow Friday: This Week's Favs" at Jen's Climbing Your Family Tree.

This week I started following these blogs:

Adventures in Family History

Atlantic Roots - Ancestors by the Sea

Echoes of Elbert County

Foote Paths

Genealogy Diaries

Generations of Poetry

The Modern Genealogist

Sharon’s Family and Other Stuff

Sharing Their Stories

My Week

I’m going to try to post a weekly research report on Wednesdays and started this week. We’ll see.

Well, that’s another couple of widgets I can remove from my blog.

MyBlogLog is closing down. Sheesh. And I’m not trusting Yahoo to stick with anything, either.

I know where I’ll be this weekend

The Fairfax Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference will be held this weekend - Friday from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - at the Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall. I’ll be there!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Greta! I appreciate it!

  2. I'll be at the FxGS Conference too. I plan to leave work earoly today to 'prepare' :-)
    DearMytle will be there also.
    Theresa (Tanlged Trees)

  3. Oops...sloppy fingers from Tangled Trees!

  4. thanks so much for following me and the mention! :)

  5. Let me add my comment to the others who want to thank you for mentioning our blogs. You know how much I appreciate yours.


  6. Susan, Kerry, and Kathy - YVW (you're very welcome)!

    Theresa - I looked for you but did not see you.

    GSG - Enjoying your blog and your comments!