January 2009 Calendar of Events


January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

–from “The Garden Year” by Sara Coleridge

Holidays, History, and Heritage

January is National Photo Preservation Month.

January 1: New Year’s Day (global)
146th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (United States)

January 6: Epiphany (Christianity)

January 11: Coming-of-age Day (Japan)

January 15: Festival of Harvest (India)

January 18: World Religion Day (global)

January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (United States)

January 20: Inauguration Day (United States)

January 25: Burns Night (Scotland)

January 26: Australia Day (Australia)
Republic Day (India)

January 29: Auckland Anniversary Day (New Zealand)

Do any of the above events feature in or affect your heritage, culture, or family history?

Deadlines for Carnivals and Other Events:

Need help? Read my post, “How to Submit a Post to a Carnival”, here.

January 1 – the 63rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – New Year’s Resolutions

January 10 – the 10th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival – Who Are You? I Really Want to Know!

January 15 – the 64th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – topic to be announced

January 18 – the 11th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture – My Key to Ireland

January 19th – the 13th Edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities

January 23 – the 15th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy – History Books

Heads Up! The submissions for the 3rd Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival (“Around the Kitchen Table”) are due February 8th.

January 1 – Data Backup Day

Read the latest “Today is Backup Day!” post by Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.

Scanfest: Sunday, January 25th, 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time

Scan your photos as part of National Photo Preservation Month!

Go here to learn how to join Scanfest and our group of chatting, scanning family archivists, historians, and bloggers!

Go here to add the above deadlines and dates to your Google Calendar,
courtesy of Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.

The days are short, The sun a spark
Hung thin between the dark and dark.
Fat snowy footsteps track the floor.
Milk bottles burst outside the door.
The river is a frozen place
Held still beneath the trees of lace.
The sky is low, the wind is gray.
The radiator purrs all day.

–“January,” by John Updike

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4 Responses

  1. What a beautiful post to start 2009 ~ I love the graphics :-) I just started reading your blog – 2009 is going to be my year to finally really WORK on all my geanalogy so I’m glad I discovered it.

    Happy 2009!

  2. Thank you, DLR. They are purchased from Pat’s Web Graphics. She has both free and for sale graphics and I’ve used them on my genealogy website, also called AnceStories.

    I’m glad you discovered this blog, and I wish you much success in your research!

  3. Thanks for a very useful and a very pretty post. Around January 25 is the time for Robbie Burns suppers too – this year many of us with Scottish backgrounds will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birthday.
    There will be lots of Burns supper events in British Columbia, Canada – some not entirely traditional, like the annual and now celebrated Gung Haggis Fat Choy event: http://www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com/blog/_archives/2008/12/12/4018620.html

  4. Diane, thank so much for the reminder of the Burns Supper. I actually wrote about this last year and meant to add it to this year’s January calendar.

    I’ve just updated this post for January 25th. Thanks again!

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