Friday, May 6, 2011

Follow Friday Newsletter: 6 May 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

I wanna be the dude with the super-duper computer!

In “Part VI: Profiling Your Ancestors,” Heather Doherty at Good to Know compares the genealogists’ search to the work of investigators featured on well-known TV crime dramas. Some pretty good parallels there....

Blogger connections

are fascinating. Read how Linda Gartz at Family Archaeologist figured out where a picture on the blog 2338 W. Washington Blvd. had been taken and her description of the amusement park in question in “A Tale of Two Photos.”  I remember wild rides like the ones she describes!

Finding the old homestead

Nick Gombash of Nick Gombash’s Genealogy Blog has a useful tip on a really neat website for finding your ancestors’ land in “How to Locate Your Ancestor’s Land.”

Susan Clark puts to rest

an old family myth about where the family’s sympathies lay in the Civil War in “My House Divided” at Nolichucky Roots. Looking forward to reading more of Susan’s journey of discovery about this family.

Another good Civil War story

is at Margel’s 2338 W. Washington Blvd.: “The Youngest Son Runs Away.”

The discussion continues

At Genealogy Leftovers, Judy Webster has some good suggestions on “How to Become a Paid Researcher.”

Let’s Play!

Devil’s Advocate, that is. Jennifer at Rainy Day Genealogy Readings shows us the best way to play this - with our/her own research. Check out “Devil’s Advocate: The Mysterious Ms. Dexter.”

Or we can play doctor ...

No, not that kind of playing doctor ... but a “Primary Care Genealogist” - a concept DearMyrtle learned about in her ProGen Study Group and describes in “Primary Care Genealogists.”

And Joan Miller shares all

in “Confessions of a Genea-Conference Groupie” at Luxegen Genealogy and Family History. Shocking!

A timely and relevant topic

“Genealogy Conferences - The Magic Recipe” at GeneaBloggers.

“Genealogy Conferences - Setting the Space”
“Genealogy Conferences - Delivering the Content”
“Genealogy Conferences - Selling the Goods”

Also on this topic:

From Helen V. Smith’s Keyboard - “GeneaBloggers: Genealogy Conferences - The Magic Recipe” and “Genealogy Conferences - Delivering the Content”

Genealogy Leftovers - “Genealogy Conferences - Delivering the Content” and
“Genealogy Conference Vendors”

Genea-Musings - “Presenting at Seminars and Societies - My View” and “Genealogy Conference Vendors - My Views”

The Chart Chick - “Vendors”

The Armchair Genealogist - “How to Persuade Me to Attend More Genealogy Conferences”

Marian’s Roots and Rambles - “The Life of a Genealogical Speaker”

Why not all of those cards look alike

In “Separate But Equal? WWI Draft Registrations” Renate at Into the Light reveals a difference in the handling of the draft registration cards of blacks and whites and wonders about the inconsistencies in the practice as applied to her ancestors.

These are two of my favorite things...

Language. Genealogy. The intersection of all that is important in the universe. (OK, that’s a slight exaggeration.) “Transliteration vs Translation” at The ProGenealogists Genealogy Blog. And, just gotta add, translation involves converting written language (usually to written language), while interpreting is a similar process for the spoken language.

This week’s “choked me up” item

is “Send Up a Flare, Mystery Bride Identified! - Mystery Monday” at Cynthia Shenette’s Heritage Zen. Happy Dance time with potential for more to come.

How death information is reported

to the Social Security Administration - get the facts at Craig Manson’s GeneaBlogie in “Research Note: A Bit of Info About SSDI.”

And finally:

The Carnival is in town! Check out “Carnival of Genealogy, 105th Edition” at Jasia’s Creative Gene.

For more suggested blog reading,

check out “Best of the Genea-Blogs” at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings, “Best Bytes for the Week” at Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life, “Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds” at Jen’s Climbing My Family Tree, and “Monday Morning Mentions” at Lynn Palermo’s The Armchair Genealogist.

This Week I Started Following These Blogs:

Bluegrass and Buckeye Roots

Genealogy Jack


The History Man

The Scots in America

Their Hearts Shall Turn

Who’s Your Granddaddy?

Onward to our Past

My Research Week

It was a good one. I am getting ready for the trip to Charleston for the NGS Conference, and my husband is even encouraging me to take all of my South Carolina research materials along! After all, we’ll be stopping in Greenville on the way back.

Brinlee research, as described in the previous post, was interesting.

And I learned something interesting about a fellow Fichtelmann researcher. This was my husband’s comment: “We’re in some sort of incestuous relationship with some couple we haven’t even met.” Um, no, dear. What we know is that you are related to this researcher’s husband - through the Fichtelmanns, of course. And I learned (from checking her research interests on Findagrave and confirming it with her later) that this researcher and I are related through the Skiles line. But that’s not incest.

No Follow Friday newsletter for the next two weeks, but I do hope to post about the trip and the conference.

A special thanks to Kathleen at Misadventures of a Genealogist for the One Lovely Blog Award!


  1. Greta - Thanks so much for the shout out! It was one of those moments that "choked me up" too!

  2. Greta,
    Thanks so much for the mention! Have a great weekend!


  3. Thanks, Greta! The Civil War is fast taking over my researching. Especially since I've three new books about the War in East TN to read.

  4. Greta,
    I appreciate the mention - two times over! I agree with Susan, the Civil War is so compelling, but I am a sucker for a great story.