This and That

Carnivals Galore!
I feel bad that I haven’t highlighted any of the wonderful holiday carnivals this month, especially since I know that a) the hosts work extremely hard to come up with relevant, interesting themes and put together quality editions once or twice a month; and b) the participants craft fascinating and delightful submissions that are a pleasure to read. I’ve updated the December Calendar of Events post with links to all of this month’s published carnivals and events. Don’t forget that the 14th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy – “Christmas Traditions of Central and Eastern Europe” will be due this Sunday, the 21st. You don’t have to have ancestry from this part of Europe to participate. See Jessica’s Genejournal for more info.

Speaking of writing, the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 9th Annual Writer’s Contest is ongoing through December 31st. Go here for more details.

Holiday Specials
Dick Eastman is offering this week’s Plus Edition newsletter for free.

Ruth tells about great deals for getting a year’s subscription to Ancestry, dirt cheap.

From Tim, we hear that RootsTelevision videos are commercial-free this holiday season.

New Databases
Ancestry now has Florida State Census records. Some of these (1885, 1935 and 1945) are also available at FamilySearch Record Search, but not indexed there. Frugal tip: If you don’t have an Ancestry subscription, you can use their Florida State Census search engine for free to see if your ancestor is listed (if found, results will give you the year and the county), then spend some time browsing at FamilySearch to find the image.

The Minnesota Official Marriage Systems (MOMS) has marriage records for 87 Minnesota counties (not all available years are represented in their database). MOMS does not have a Soundex feature, so get creative in your spelling and research strategies. Hat tip to John from Transylvanian Dutch.

Bill West e-mailed me to let me know we are cousins–9th cousins, twice removed–to be exact, through the Willard line. Let’s see now, that makes the third genea-blogger I know I’m related to, besides Randy and T.K.

“Granny Pam” Warren has been publishing some great ancestral postcards from Belle’s Box. I like these because besides being interesting and historical, they are mailed to and from lots of places that were my ancestral locations, like Newaygo and Wexford Counties, in Michigan. One of them was written from someone that lived in a house one block away from where my mother grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pam came to my attention a while ago, when she recognized the name of one of my cousins as an owner of a photo I was featuring on Wordless Wednesday…he was a former neighbor!

The other day I was over at Facebook, writing on my sister’s wall. I clicked on a profile photo of one her friends from Northeast Washington, thinking he was one of our brother’s school mates (he wasn’t). When his profile page loaded, I saw that besides having my sister as a mutual Facebook friend with me, he has also Travis LeMaster, a genea-blogger who lives in Indiana. Since they share the same surname, it’s likely their related. I’ll have to ask Travis about the connection!

New Blogs
Michael John Neill has started Famous Census, which is a lot of fun to browse. He must have gotten these images through NARA microfilms, as Ancestry (for whom he writes) threatened him with legal action early in 2007.

Becky Jamison’s dad, Ernie, has his own genealogy and personal history blog. I’ve so enjoyed it…it’s like sitting and listening to your granddad talk about the good old days!

Andrea, formerly of Exploring My Ancestors, has combined her blogs and is now at Mom’s Many Projects. I think I can relate to having many irons in the fire!

Cherie and David are two of the newest genea-bloggers I’ve discovered. Please welcome them to our corner of the Internet!


This and That

Oh, Baby! The footnoteMaven has published the 7th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival at her digital publication site, Shades of the Departed. From babies on bearskins to twin babes to favorite snaps of grandbabies, this edition features 44 submissions from 43 bloggers, and is a sure winner!

“The word prompt for the 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Stocking Stuffer. Show us that picture that would make a great Stocking Stuffer and tell us whose stocking you’d stuff.” Submission deadline is December 10th and can be entered here.

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poster courtesy of footnoteMaven

Yesterday, Jasia of Creative Gene posted the 60th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, on the very personal and moving subject of Alzheimer’s Disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and many families (including mine) have been touched in one way or another. The ten stories that are shared here are difficult to read, but as Jasia says, “…Alzheimer’s Disease won’t be researched and cures won’t be found by keeping the monster behind a curtain.”

“The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: Traditions!…What traditions were passed on to you from an earlier generation? Do you keep those traditions? What tradition(s) will you or have you passed on to a younger generation? Do you think they will keep it up? Do you care if they do?…Write about your traditions and submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions is December 1st.”

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Also published yesterday was the 11th Cabinet of Curiosities, hosted by M. Diane Rogers of CanadianGenealogy, or ‘Jane’s Your Aunt!’ There’s an eclectic collection of collections on parade here, something to suit every taste and fancy!

The 12th Cabinet of Curiosities will return home to Tim Abbott of Walking the Berkshires. The Cabinet is always published the third Monday of every month and can be entered here.

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Speaking of carnivals, Jessica of Jessica’s Genejournal is looking for hosts for her 2009 Carnivals of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. If you’re interested, please contact her at jess_history at yahoo dot com.

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Lisa Louise Cooke is getting ready for the holidays over at her Genealogy Gems News Blog and asked for a little help from Pat Richley of DearMYRT; Allison Stacy, Editor and Publisher of Family Tree Magazine; Genealogy Insider Blogger and Family Tree Magazine Managing Editor Diane Haddad, and myself. We were only to happy to comply; you can see our shenanigans at the Genealogy Holiday Hoe Down (shhh! don’t tell my orthopedic surgeon about that cartwheel I did!).

This and That

This past week I took a break from blogging, and simply enjoyed being a reader instead. One of the things I like about Google Reader is that, unlike a lot of my Google applications, I can access it at work during my break or lunchtime (the public school’s browser filters are naturally very strong, since we’re really only supposed to be accessing the Internet for educational purposes). For those of you whose blog feed is set to display only the title or the first paragraph of your post, it can be a bit frustrating not to be able to read the whole thing. If the title or first paragraph truly piques my interest, then I star it and try to remember to come back to them later when I’m at home. Otherwise, they never get read. Hmm…something to consider when you set up your RSS feeds.

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COG poster courtesy of the footnoteMaven

One of the things I enjoyed as a blog reader instead of a blog writer this week was perusing the 55th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy published by Jasia at Creative Gene on Thursday. The theme was “Show and Tell” and 49 bloggers posted 50 articles about their favorite heirlooms, documents, photos, or significant ancestors in this most-participated edition ever! My submission was about my 4th-great-grandmother’s cross stitch sampler. Kudos once again to Jasia for an interesting and pleasurable COG, especially as she labored over it while mourning the recent loss of her dear canine friend, Caesar. Jasia is considering some changes to the COG, as it is experiencing some explosive growth in popularity. The 56th Edition’s topic will be: 10 essential books in my genealogy library. It will be hosted by Lori Thorton at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. The deadline for submissions will be September 15th, and you can submit your blog article using this carnival submission form.

Speaking of carnivals, I’ve updated my “September Is…” post with not only carnival deadlines, but deadlines for other genea-blogging events this month. Check it out.

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The Grand Rapids [Michigan] Historical Commission contacted me after coming across my mother’s guest post about her school years at Hall Street Elementary. They sought permission to publish my mother’s photograph of the school, as they did not have any of the entire front of the structure that they could use on their website (permission has been granted).

And speaking of mom’s guests posts, you may recall her mentioning her best friend Beth, with whom she ended up drifting away during their high school years since they had no classes together. Earlier this summer, Beth came across mom’s posts and contacted me. When my parents visited Michigan in July, Mom and Beth had a reunion! You never know what will happen when you start a family history and genealogy blog!

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Jessica Oswalt from Jessica’s Genejournal awarded me the “I Love Your Blog” Award. Thanks, Jessica! UPDATE: Thank you also to Sheri Fenley of The Educated Genealogist and Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family for also awarding me this honor! UPDATES #2 and 3: I’m honored that two three more bloggers also picked me for this award: A. Spence of Spence-Lowry Family History, Travis LeMaster of TJL Genes: Preserving Our Family History and Jeanna of The rules are to give this award to seven other blogs (with links) and let them know that you have picked them. Also, link back to the person who gave you this award. I am picking seven new-to-me blogs that I have enjoyed recently and hope you will add them to your list of great reads as well:

These are just 7 of the currently-214 genealogy-related blogs on my Google Reader list!

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Speaking of great reads, fellow Michigan ancestry blogger and shirt-tail relative Cheryl (her cousin TK is a distant cousin of mine!) has a new URL for her Two Sides of the Ocean blog here after Blogger ate her old one. 😦 Be sure to update your feeds or bookmarks, or if this is a new blog to you, check it out!