Friday, April 1, 2011

Follow Friday Newsletter: 1 April 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

I wish she was a cousin ... but at least I can say she’s a fellow alumna

Susan Clark at Nolichucky Roots has come out ... out from behind her “NR” persona. And she has written a fabulous post on “Why I Blog and who’s behind those Foster Grants?” Susan’s writing is always superb, but this eloquent piece really grabbed me.

I didn’t even know I had it

But Denise Olson at Moultree Creek Gazette wrote about “Scrapbooking with Keynote” and when she mentioned it’s part of iWorks, I looked at the dock on my Mac - and sure enough, there it was. I’ll certainly be trying this out!

I think it makes efficient people more efficient

Tami Osmer Glatz shows us how she uses Evernote in “Some handy tips for organizing your research in Evernote” at relatively curious about genealogy.

Some doubts expressed on RootsTech

this week by Cheri Daniels at Journeys Past in “RootsTech Rebuttal.” Her post was a response - mostly agreement with some qualification - to John Gasson’s post, “RootsTech: Am I the only one that wasn’t really interested?”, on The Wandering Genealogist last week. Cheri agrees that there was more indifference than one would be led to believe by many of the posts at the time, but believes that RootsTech still fills a gap in tech-centric programming at most genealogy venues.

We’ve seen a lot of posts on backing up our data ...

but Joan Miller at Luxegen Genealogy and Family History has a super-duper plan that she describes in “Stronger Than Dirt?” Talk about a belt and suspenders!

Becky Wiseman visits a different kind of cemetery -

one where I don’t think she found much information for genealogy - in “It Sounded Too Good to Pass By” at kinexxions. Some very interesting tombstones there, too.

Alert to map mavens!

In "I bet you haven't seen these maps!" at Roots and Rambles, Marion Pierre-Louis gives us a heads-up on a talk to be given by map expert David Allen of at NERGC in April. Wish I could be there - the giant county maps he specializes in are amazing resources.

Cruisin’ for genealogy...

At Genealogy Leftovers, Judy Webster describes her experience on a genealogy cruise in “Genealogy Conference on a Cruise (Pacific Dawn).”

The subject of "Open Thread Thursday" at Genea-Bloggers this week is "Collaborative Genealogy." This is a fascinating subject to me, since I have found out that I really enjoy working with other researchers. It will be interesting to see how other people do this. I am also aware of the possible pitfalls and have heard a few horror stories. If time permits, I may post on this later in the week.

I haven't mentioned any entries for the Upcoming Carnival of Genealogy ("Cars as Stars") at Jasia's Creative Gene because that is stealing thunder.  But I've been tempted.  Can't wait until this Carnival is posted!

For more suggested blog reading

Check out “Follow Friday: This Week’s Favs” at Jen’s Climbing Your Family Tree, “Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere” at Susan Petersen’s Long Lost, and “Best of the Genea-Blogs" at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings.

This Week I started following these blogs:

Jim’s Girl

Bridge to the Past

Cousin, Once Removed

Lakes Single Mum

Lost in the Family Tree

Stalking Dead People

View from the Treehouse

My Research Week

Another Fichtelmann researcher has appeared! That makes four of us at last count.

I have been exchanging information with another researcher on the Alvin Cletus Floyd and Essie Maples family.

Bought a few land deed books for Anderson and Greenville counties, SC, from Dr. Bruce Pruitt at the Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference last weekend.  And one of the unexpected new Moore names that we found in the documents my cousins and I turned up in Greenville - Garland Moore - was in one of the books!  One of my projects this year will be to make individual pages/documents for every Moore in Greenville and Anderson who may be related to our Moores (mentioned in wills and land documents, known to have lived near our Moores, etc.).


  1. Your Follow Friday Newsletter has become my Friday evening happy hour - relaxing with a glass of wine and reading all the great articles you've spotlighted. A quick glance looks very promising.

    Thanks for including the Gazette in the list. Hope you learn to enjoy Keynote as much as I do.

  2. Heavens, Greta. You are too kind, but thank you very, very much.

    I echo Denise's words above. Only in my case it's a cup of coffee and a relaxed start to the day. Some wonderful looking material to dig into.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my story, at Genealogy Leftovers, about the genealogy conference on a cruise.

  4. Denise - The feeling is mutual - you report on my "weak" area - so I am always very interested in seeing how you use and rate various applications.

    Susan - No, no - not too kind. And I'm not prejudiced by the Georgetown connection!

    Judy - Glad to include your post. Usually I would not be interested in a cruise, but your thoughtful description of your experience got me to thinking this might be something I'd want to do.

  5. Thanks for the COG shout out Greta. Vroom, Vroom!