Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Newsletter and Follow News: 11 February 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

The Carnival’s in town!

At Creative Gene! Check it out: “Carnival of Genealogy, 102nd Edition.”

A well-deserved tribute

Genealogy bloggers often write tributes, but they are usually to family members, alive or deceased. Paula Stuart-Warren of Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica has written a well-deserved tribute to someone who makes a great contribution to the genealogy community - Cyndi Howells of Cyndi’s List - in “Cyndi’s List - what would I do without it?”

Uh-oh, a crack in the binding

T.K. reports with regret that all is not seamless, er, perfect in Blurb’s book production process or in her dealings with Blurb in “Blurb Rant: I tried, and I tried, but...” at Before my Time. She follows that up by letting us in on her deliberations: “Blurb Anyway?” and then with “Yet Another Post on Making Books!” wherein she weighs the options for pricing the book she is working on right now.

The rest of the story...

There is more to story of David Carll and research on his story that happened before Who Do You Think You Are? Read about it in “Descendants Search for Ancestor David Carll” at Professor Dru’s Let Freedom Ring.

What we really want for Christmas

The Ancestor Search blog provides some suggestions on “Ways to Find Photos of Your Ancestors” - these are some of the “prizes” that top our “Most Wanted” lists.

If only they had known what we can know...

I enjoyed doing some appropriate wintertime reading over at Personal Past Meditations, as Daniel Hubbard related “A Tale of Three Blizzards.” He captures precisely some of the reasons that it is so difficult for us to imagine how different our ancestors’ lives were from ours and uses the subject of our current capabilities for foreknowledge of major weather events for illustration.

So much to do, so little time

Polly Kimmitt has a nice description of “What It’s Like to Research at the Family History Library?” as well as tips for how to prepare for a research trip and links to other articles on the same subject at Pollyblog.

Kerry Scott has said another one of those things ...

that makes me want to say “What she said!” - “Why It Doesn’t Matter Which Genealogy Software You Use” at Clue Wagon.

A great tip for Oklahoma researchers

is at Heather Kuhn Roelker’s Leaves for Trees: “Tuesday’s Tip: Oklahoma Land Rush documents.” If you have an ancestor you suspect to have been in one of Oklahoma land rushes, she outlines how you can get more information.

Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman clears up some misconceptions

about Irish records at On a Flesh and Bone Foundation in “Be careful out there; there’s misinformation afoot.”

There are some good tips on historical newspapers

at Philip Trauring’s Blood and Frogs in “Genealogy Basics: Historical Newspapers.”

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

read What’s Past Is Prologue! In “Better Late Than Never,” Donna Pointkouski recounts the response she received from the USCIS Historical Research Branch to her post from last week, “Not Worth the Wait.” Way to go, Donna!

Why we should all use Google Alerts

See what Lisa Swanson Ellam found through Google Alerts in “Another Google Alert Makes My Jaw Drop - Part 1” at The Faces of My Family.

Elizabeth Shown Mills

Hah! Admit it, just her name is enough to get your attention. Thomas Macentee at GeneaBloggers has a wonderful e-mail interview with her: “Interview - Elizabeth Shown Mills.”

Other excellent interviews this week:

Leslie Albrecht Huber has “A Conversation with Pamela Boyer Sayre” at The Journey Takers Blog.

Cynthia Shenette at Heritage Zen interviews Colleen Fitzpatrick in “Presenter Interview: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Forensic Genealogist.”

Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Leslie Albrecht Huber at Roots and Rambles - “An Interview with Leslie Albrecht Huber, Author of the Journey Takers.”

For further suggested blog reading,

check out Randy Seaver’s “Best of the Genea-Blogs” at Genea-Musings and Susan Petersen’s “Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere” at Long Lost

Happy First Blogoversary to Teresa Klaiber at Eastern Kentucky Genealogy!

Happy Eighth Blogoversary to Lorine McGinnis Shulze at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog!

Happy Second Blogoversary to Taneya Koonce at Taneya’s Genealogy Blog!

This week I started following these blogs:

Bayern Roots

Deal With Your Room

Family Cherished

Family Folklore Blog

Genealogy Ink

GeneaBloggers Radio

The Gerke Family Tree

Growing Your Family History

Musings of a Genealogy Nut

Peg’s and MJ’s Genealogy Exchange

Prince William County Genealogy

Searchin’ for Kinfolk

Stone Gardens

Identifinders’ Blog

She Finds Graves

My Research Week

I finally signed up for NGS. One lecture I MUST go to is Problem-Solving in the Carolina Backcountry by Elizabeth Shown Mills. My dream lecturer and dream presenter. Oh wow.


  1. Greta,

    Thanks for the shout out! Interviews are very fun to do. I am astounded at the amount of new blogs you find and follow each week. I'm having trouble keeping up with all the ones I follow.


  2. Greta - Thank you once again for the shout out! Colleen is such an interesting person to interview. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Thank you for the mention! I agree with Marian too...I would like to know what sort of vitamins you take, because I don't follow nearly as many blogs and I can't keep up. Blog-reading is clearly your superpower!

  4. Marian, Cynthia, and Kerry - I am having a bit of trouble following this many! I'm in the process of switching from the more primitive method of reading I have been using - Blogger reader and checking the list on the front of my blog - and going over mostly to Google Reader. And even as I start reading new ones, many older ones go dormant or don't post as often. I do wish that blog reading was my superpower, however!

  5. Greta,

    Thanks so very much for the mention; I really appreciate it.

    Cheers! Jennifer

  6. Jennifer - You are very welcome; it is always such a pleasure to read your blog!

  7. Thanks Greta for the mention of my blog - Stone Gardens!