The Genea-Bloggers Group Games are Completed

Thomas of Destination: Austin Family today posted the Closing Ceremonies of the Genea-Bloggers Group Games of 2008 (great job, by the way, Thomas!). Included in his statements was the announcement of the 2010 Genea-Blogger Group Games, hopefully to be hosted by our Canadian Genea-Blogging friends, as a tribute to the Olympic Games being held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

I earned the following medals, created by our own lovely footnoteMaven:

A platinum medal for “Citing Sources.”

A diamond medal for “Organizing Research.”

A gold medal for the “Write, Write, Write!” category.

A second gold medal for “Genealogical Acts of Kindness.”

In addition, I received–along with Thomas and Kathryn–a lovely surprise from the participants and fans for our work administrating the Games. This, too, was designed by the footnoteMaven:

I’m honored to have received all of these medals. I’m especially pleased by the level of participation and the hard work performed by all those who joined. Kudos, too, to the fans who cheered us on despite not being able to join due to other commitments. As I read through the final tallies postings of those who “competed,” I see again and again the theme of how the different events caused many of them to stretch beyond their comfort zones in technology and social networking, raise their standards of research and writing, become motivated to be more organized, and raise their awareness of the necessity of backing up their data. I’m especially pleased by how many medals were earned in the “Acts of Kindness” category–pleased, but not surprised. Genealogists, family historians–whatever term you prefer–tend to be the most helpful, kind, and sharing group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting!

What a wonderful way to wrap up the summer! As I head into the school year, I look forward to what the genealogical year will bring, both in my local society and in my online networks.


I Goofed! Please Welcome Diane Rogers to the Genea-Bloggers Group Games!

Well, I really did it this time! I actually left a Genea-Blogger out of the Opening Ceremonies [hangs head]. M. Diane Rogers of CanadaGenealogy or “Jane’s Your Aunt” wrote her post describing the category she was entering, then left to go to a conference at the Library and Archives of Canada. Meanwhile, we had amended the participation rules which included creating a heritage flag and sending me the information for the Opening Ceremonies. Diane was gone and returned after the Games started. She’s been plugging along, regardless, and as a subscriber to her blog feed, I finally clued in last night to a remark she had made in her latest post about not making it into the final group of contestants.

Well, Diane, you’re very much a part of our Games, and I feel simply terrible I left you out. You’re now marching along quite merrily in our Opening Ceremonies between Bluebonnet Country Genealogy and The Cheek That Doth Not Fade.

To all my readers and co-participants in the Games, please go give Diane a visit!

Update on Latecomers’ List

Yesterday I posted a list of four latecomers to the Genea-Bloggers Group Games. One of them was Linda Robbins, and I gave incorrect blog information. Her blog is HollingsworthRobbinsFamilyTree and her post about what categories she’s entering is here.

Please welcome her to the Games, visit her blog, add it to your reader (Google or Bloglines) and to your Blog Networks application at Facebook.

Please Welcome These Latecomers to the Genea-Blogger Group Games!

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, we allowed latecomers to register for the Genea-Blogger Group Games as late as 9:00 PM, PDT, this evening. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following bloggers, who will be working hard to earn their medals!

The first is Linda Robbins (gee, I like her already! but no, we don’t seem to be related) with the HollingsworthRobbinsFamilyTree. Linda’s post on the categories she’s working on is here.

Next up is Taneya Koonce with Taneya’s Genealogy Blog. Taneya’s been blogging for a long time and we’re happy to see her join the Games. Her Entry Post is here.

The Genetic Genealogist, Blaine Bettinger, has joined us hoping to put a genetic genealogy twist on things. He writes about the categories he’s competing in here.

Craig Manson has dug himself out of a (literal!) truckload of documents and photos and has headed out of the starting gate over at GeneaBlogie. Craig’s blog has moved recently, so even if you’re a long time fan and reader, as I am, make sure your bookmarks and feeds are updated. His post tells how he’s entering all the categories!

We’re very excited to add these “athletes” to our Games and wish them the best!

If you are a genealogy blogger and would like to join the Games (participation info and rules here), you are also certainly welcome! At this point, we will not be awarding medals to any more latecomers. However, feel free to drop me a line and let me know you’re participating, and I will highlight you and your blog here, and you are welcome to use our participants’ badge (Games logo) on your blog.

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Games!

Because of the great publicity the Games has been given through some popular blogs, we’ve had a few people ask if it’s too late to join them. Thomas, Kathryn, and I put our heads together about this and decided no, it’s not too late!

We’ll give everyone until 9:00 PM PDT tomorrow, August 10th to join the games, which includes 1) joining Facebook; 2) joining the Genea-Blogger Group at Facebook; 3) creating a post on your blog describing the categories you are “competing” in. E-mail me to let me know about your post.

Latecomers won’t be added to the Opening Ceremonies post, but we’ll highlight you on my blog. If you qualify by completing the appropriate tasks, you’ll receive the appropriate medal(s).

We welcome all who wish to be a part of the Genea-Bloggers: you can join our group at any time! Remember, our description is: “For those who blog about genealogy or family history and those who are their devoted readers!”

Also, a gentle reminder that competition starting time is 12 Noon, PDT today, August 9th and ending time is 12 Noon, PDT on Saturday, August 23rd. A few of you got so excited about participating, you “jumped the gun.” We’ll forgive you!

Don’t Forget Julie!

Julie Cahill Tarr created her flag, wrote her post at GenBlog, and e-mailed me with all the appropriate links, descriptions, and attachments this morning in time to make it to the Opening Ceremonies.

Trouble was, there was a technical glitch, and her Outlook program didn’t ship the message off to me until after the Opening Ceremonies were posted.

But thanks to good old Blogger editing options, Julie is now marching steadily in place between Randy and George in the Parade of Delegates.

Make sure you give her blog a visit!

Opening Ceremonies of the Summer 2008 Genea-Blogging Group Games: The Parade of Delegates

(please turn on your speakers)

Welcome to the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer 2008 Genea-Blogging Group Games

In the Spirit of


Friendly Competition

Quality Standards

and Achievement

we present to you the participants of

the Summer 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games.

Delegates are listed in alphabetical order by blog title. Blog titles are linked so that you can easily return to your favorite blogs during the Games to check on the bloggers’ progress. A link to each blogger’s post describing the categories they are competing in is listed as “Categories Entered.”

100 Years in America
A Light that Shines Again
Small-leaved Shamrock
by Lisa
Categories Entered: 1, 2, 3
(posting on all three blogs)

Lisa’s flag represents her Irish, Croatian, and Hungarian heritage.

All My Branches Genealogy
by Wendy Littrell
Categories Entered

Her American, British, and German heritage are represented in this flag.

Amy’s Genealogy, etc. Blog
by Amy Johnson Crow
Categories Entered

The flag represents being an American of Scottish and Irish heritage. The blue in the lower left is from the Union Jack and represents Scotland.

Ancestor Search Blog
Kathi Reid
Categories Entered

Kathi’s flag meshes the elements of the flags of the United States, France and Romania to represent how these different ethnic groups have come together in her family. France and Romania were chosen to honor her two grandmothers who were born there.

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors

by Miriam Robbins Midkiff
Categories Entered

The colors and stripes of Miriam’s flag symbolize her current residence and ancestral heritage: The United States, the Netherlands, Friesland, England, Scotland, Canada and France.

Bluebonnet Country Genealogy
by Ruth Stephens
Categories Entered

Ruth’s flag symbolizes the United States, where she resides; Ireland, her heritage; and Israel, where she hopes to visit. Our Lone Star blogger is also proud of her Texas heritage!

CanadaGenealogy, or “Jane’s Your Aunt”
by M. Diane Rogers
Categories Entered

The Canadian maple leaf flag represents Diane’s Canadian heritage, the Canadian Red Ensign represents her own English, Irish and Scottish ancestors, while the Swedish flag represents her husband’s ancestors.

The Cheek that Doth Not Fade

by Richard Cheek
Categories Entered

Richard’s flag combines the US flag and the Malaysian flag which represent the two countries where his children were born.

DearMYRTLE: Your Friend in Genealogy

by Pat Richley
Categories Entered

The banner of Ol’ Myrt represents her Irish, American, and German roots.

Destination: Austin Family
by Thomas MacEntee
Categories Entered

Thomas’ banner displays his Dutch, American, and British roots.

The Educated Genealogist
by Sheri Fenley
Categories Entered

German, Irish, and American heritage are symbolized in Sheri’s flag.

Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
by Elyse Doerflinger
Categories Entered

Elyse said: “I chose the flags of America (Born and raised!), Germany, and Wales. Since I am Welsh and German it really fits me rather well – don’t ya think?”

The Family Curator
by Denise Levenick
Categories Entered

British and German heritage can be seen, along with proud American roots in Denise’s banner.

by the footnoteMaven
Categories Entered

Can you see the flag of Scotland in the lower left corner of fM’s banner? The Campbells are coming…to the Games!

by Randy Seaver
Categories Entered

Randy describes his flag: “England is the ‘mother country’ for almost all of my colonial ancestors and the mother country of the USA and Canada. I have a few Canadian ancestors, and many colonial American ancestors and USA-born ancestors.”

by Julie Cahill Tarr
Categories Entered

Julie says: “My flag represents the American, German, and Irish sides of my heritage.”

George Geder Genealogy~Photography~Restoration

by George Geder
Categories Entered

It has been suggested that George’s ancestors hail from the Ivory Coast and Ghana. These elements are merged with those of the United States on a richly textured background in this beautiful banner.

Granite in My Blood
by Midge Frazel
Categories Entered

Midge’s flag highlights her American and British ancestry, as well as her Stanton and Denison lines.

HomeTown Edition – Kratochvil & Secor
by Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore
Categories Entered

The stripes on Brenda’s flag show Freedom of the United States. The Maple Leaf represents Canada and the solid red is for Austria.

I Dream of Genea(logy)
by Amir Dekel (abba-dad)
Categories Entered

Amir’s flag symbolizes Israel, where he was born and lived most of his life; Nigeria, where he spent five years of his childhood; and the United States, which he calls home these days.

Island Routes
by Melody Lasalle
Categories Entered

Melody’s flag represents that she was born in the United States. Her ancestry hails from several countries but she mostly identifies with her French and Portuguese heritage.

Janet the Researcher

by Janet Iles
Categories Entered

Janet’s banner represent her maternal Scottish–and from way back–her maternal Germanic roots. It also shows her paternal English roots and her Canadian nationality. She enlarged the symbols for England and Scotland to represent their greater influence.

Jessica’s Genejournal
by Jessica Oswalt
Categories Entered

British and German heritage are displayed, along with her American residence, in Jessica’s banner.

by Becky Wiseman
Categories Entered

Becky’s rich symbolism of her flag has been described in her post here.

Life at the Home20
by Laura Womack
Categories Entered

Laura used the colors from the flags of the US, UK and Ireland in her own flag. Red means patriotism. Blue means freedom. Green means unity. Gold means wealth. White means hope.

Little Bytes of Life
by Elizabeth O’Neal
Categories Entered

Elizabeth explains her flag: “Mine is a combination of USA, France, and UK (Scotland, Ireland) heritage. The USA portion is the greatest since my (paternal) ancestors have been in the U.S. since before the Mayflower.” We think it’s fitting for a member of the DAR!

by Kathryn Lake Hogan
Categories Entered

This is the flag of Walengada, representing Kathryn’s Welsh, English, and Canadian heritage.

The Oracle of OMcHodoy
by Colleen McHugh
Categories Entered

Colleen’s heritage from the United States, Ireland, and the Czech Republic are reflected in her banner.

Slekt og slikt!
by Laila Normann Christiansen
Categories Entered

Laila is Norwegian with Swedish ancestry (three of her great-grandparents immigrated from Sweden to Norway late 1800s). The American flag represents how she loves to visit the US and stay in her condo in Florida.

Steve’s Genealogy Blog
by Stephen Danko
Categories Entered

Steve’s flag shows the flags of Lithuania and Poland, the countries in which his ancestors lived, as a background for the flag of the United States where his family has lived for the past 100 years.

Transylvanian Dutch
by John Newmark
Categories Entered

On John’s flag we see his American, Dutch, Jewish, and Transylvanian heritage. Yes, that IS a vampire, representing John’s Transylvanian ancestry! It is from a painting by Edward Munsch, most famous for The Scream.

Twig Talk
by Sheri Bush
Categories Entered

British, French and American roots are represented in Sheri’s banner. She’s also proud of her German ancestry!

Vidar’s Slektsblogg
by Vidar Ă˜verlie
Categories Entered

This is Vidar’s design of a merged Norwegian and Danish flag representing his own heritage.

West in New England
by Bill West
Categories Entered

Bill used England and Ireland’s flags’ colors because they represent both sides of his family: the colonists who came from England in the 17th century on the Mayflower and other ships, who were his father’s ancestors, and the Irish immigrants of the 19th century who were his mother’s grandparents.

What’s Past is Prologue

by Donna Pointkouski
Categories Entered

On Donna’s banner, we see her American, Polish, and Bavarian heritage, as well as the symbol of the Vatican, representing her strong Catholic ancestral roots.

Our bloggers represent a diversity of ethnicity, culture, and heritage, and reside in three actual nations:






The United States

We thank all those who have promoted these Games. We appreciate the encouragement and support of those who cannot participate due to work and family commitments or time constraints. You are our fans, cheering us from the stands, and we salute you!

Genea-Bloggers, are you prepared? May the light of our ancestors’ lives shine before us, guiding us, motivating us, and leading us on to record their history for the generations to come.

Let the Games begin!

Personal flags created at WeAreMulticolored. National flags courtesy of 3DFlags.
“Bugler’s Dream/Olympic Fanfare and Theme” composed and conducted by John Williams and performed by the Boston Symphony. Broadcast by Project Playlist.