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    Friday
    Jun112010

    2010 Jamboree Welcome Bags Hit a Home Run

    As the local “connection” for the GeneaBloggers Jamboree Welcome Bag project, packages have been arriving at my door almost daily from generous genealogy vendors for the 2010 Welcome Bags.

    2010 GeneaBloggers Jamboree Welcome Bag Team and Able Assistants
    (Seated) George, Thomas, Amy; (Standing) Denise, Joan, Reg, Suzanne 

    Last night, the Bag Team (Amy Coffin, Thomas MacEntee, Joan Miller, and me) met at my house to pack bags and coordinate distribution to GeneaBloggers members who rsvp’d to the Jamboree Meetup. Everyone agreed that the lucky recipients will be bowled over by the fantastic contributions of genealogy products included in the bags. We even tucked in a few comfort-items and fun gear to help GeneaBloggers move into the Jamboree spirit.

    Bloggers are sure to share their experiences as they sample the Welcome Bag products, and I hope you will let the bloggers and vendors know if you find reviews and information helpful with your own genealogy research.

    A Most SincereThank You to Our GeneaBloggers
    2010 Jamboree Welcome Bag Sponsors

    AgesOnline

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    Casefile Clues

    Family History Expos

    Family Search

    Family Tree Magazine

    Geneabloggers

    Generation Maps FamilyChArtist

    Heritage Makers, Joan B. Merritt

    High-Definition Genealogy

    In-N-Out Burger

    JAMB Conference Recordings

    Legacy Family Tree Software

    Light Impressions

    Luxegen Genealogy

    Marriott Residence Inn, Salt Lake City

    Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

    Miss Penelope Dreadful

    Photos Made Perfect

    RootsMagic 4

    Southern California Genealogical Society

    The Family Curator

    Virtual LockBox

    WeTree

    World Vital Records

    

    Wednesday
    Jun092010

    Mother-Daughter Guide to 2010 SCGS Jamboree

    Mom and I have been on a Genealogy Marathon since her arrival last week, but the main event is yet to come – the 2010 SCGS Jamboree at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. We like The Rock Star’s Guide and have a few tricks of our own to add. Here’s our Mother-Daughter Guide to the 2010 Jamboree.

    Arrive Early

    Who doesn’t need a little time to recover from travel fatigue these days? Airports are grueling, and Los Angeles traffic takes getting used to. Even if you can only come into Burbank a few hours early, leave time to decompress and move into conference mode.

    Pack Your Daily Conference Bag

    Keep it light. You are going to be adding to your load throughout the day, especially after a stroll through the Exhibit Hall. Use a tote to carry paper and pencil, water, energy bar, and syllabus. Wear a light sweater.

    Locate a Meet-and-Greet Spot

    Once you have picked up your registration materials decide on a Meet-and-Greet location where you can connect between sessions. It should be a place with comfortable seating and a good view of people coming and going. Mom likes to stake out a spot in the main lobby near the information booth and across from the Exhibit Hall. She says it’s a great place to strike up a conversation and hear about classes and research. Last year, Mom spotted one of her Girl Scouts from her Girl Scout Leader days. That was quite a reunion.

    Pace Yourself, Give Yourself “Me Time”

    Mom and I move at different speeds. We don’t necessarily attend the same lectures or even wander the Exhibit Hall together. It helps to stay at the hotel because naptime is only an elevator ride away. We catch up with each other for meals and breaks, and of course the all-important banquet.

    Spend Time Outdoors

    By the afternoon, Mom and I are usually ready for a break from the buzz and commotion and find a spot outdoors to relax with a cool drink and a snack. Each year the Marriott seems to have different outside seating available, but last year we enjoyed the breezeway lounge area near the pool. It was a good place to meet other conference attendees, and we hope to catch up with Sheila and her mom and April there again.

    Going “Off-Campus”

    It really feels like we have been “away” if we don’t have to move the car out of parking lot, but that just doesn’t happen. If we need to leave, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring back lunch for Saturday or Sunday, or even make a quick run to In-N-Out Burgers (just off the 5 Fwy at Burbank Blvd).

    Will you be at the 2010 Jamboree? If you see us, please stop and say “Hello.”

    P.S. - Be sure to ask Mom for her business card. She has some fun ones with her research surnames.

     

     

     

     

    

    Monday
    Jun072010

    Warming Up for Jamboree with a Family Homes Tour

    Mom arrived from Tucson last week and our genealogy research marathon is already warming up for the main event Jamboree this weekend.

    Tomorrow Mom and I meet up with her sister and my sister for a Family Homes Tour in Orange and Santa Ana. This promises to be anything but an ordinary afternoon. Mom gave Auntie her “homework” some time ago – to list the addresses of each house they had lived in growing up. This is no small task. Mom came up with seventeen houses; Auntie could only name fifteen. Turns out, the conflict is over two “residences” Mom called “the chicken coop and the garage” and her more refined sister referred to as the “converted apartments.”

    We have that all straightened out now.

     Mom spent the morning looking at old photos to identify houses and landmark buildings so we can take pictures from the same perspective. I have the address list typed in order of residence, and we have a list of other buildings we hope to photograph. My sister will navigate and referee our elders. I will drive. Wish us luck.

    Wednesday
    Jun022010

    "That's Just Dreadful," cried Penelope

    The unflappable, unstoppable footnoteMaven is at it again with another outstanding issue of Shades of the Departed Magazine, now available through Issuu online publishing service. I am honored to be one of Shades regular columnists and hope you enjoy this month's offering from the pen of Miss Penelope Dreadful.

    In keeping with the monthly theme of "Mothers," Penny Dreadful offers a tale of childish plotting that is all too familiar to parents of any era.

    This issue also features a variety of articles and features on photography, archival practices, research techniques. and more --

    Penelope Dreadful : A Dreadful Scheme by Denise Levenick
    In2Genealogy: Discovering A Wildcatter by Caroline Pointer
    Appealing Subjects: The Many Migrant Mothers by Craig Manson
    The Year Was . . . The Year Was 1919 by Sheri Fenley
    Saving Face: A Rare Book Is Not A Manuscript by Rebecca Fenning
    The Future of Memories: Grandpa’s Letters by Denise Olson
    Features: Let’s Use Our Family Photographs Project Ideas by footnoteMaven
    Smile For The Camera: The Ties That Bind by Terri Kallio
    And if you just can't get enough dreadful tales, catch Penny's past stories at Shades of Penny's Past.

     

     

    Saturday
    May292010

    Surname Saturday - Kinsels Were Considerate Folk

    Today is the 42nd Anniversary of my grandmother's death. Arline Allen Kinsel and my grandfather Frank Ammi Brown were both kind and considerate, if somewhat unconventional, grandparents. Frank was Arline's fourth husband and fifth marriage (she married one man twice).

    Born October 2, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, Arline was one of those unregistered births that twists genealogists into knots. No family Bible records names and events, no civil records include her name. But buried deep in a box at the bottom of a trunk of papers, I found a printed card completed by a conscientious clergyman after baptising 10-year old Arline on Easter, 1901. It records her birthdate, birthplace, and parents names. Thank you Reverend Mann.

    Arline may not have appeared in the civil birth registers, but she was no stranger to the newspapers. Clippings and full page tear sheets record the events of her life. Her marriages, divorces, court appearances, battles for child custody, and testimony during the investigation of her sister's disappearance all tell a story filled with more drama than Penny Dreadful could ever invent.

    The scandals disappeared as Arline grew older, married Frank, and raised a second more conventional family in Southern California. She became a respectable woman, wore a hat and gloves to church every Sunday, and didn't trouble anyone as she grew older and more feeble.

    When she finally died at the age of 77, the cause of death was a ruptured appendix; she couldn't or didn't want to trouble anyone. She died the day before Memorial Day 1968. My grandfather, Frank, had died a few years earlier on Christmas Eve. It is always easy to remember when they left us, courtesly leaving the holiday itself free for it's intended memories, and the day before to remember each of them.

    Friday
    May282010

    Get Ready for SCGS Jamboree with June Blogger's Almanac

    If you are a blogger planning to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank June 11-13, you might want to think about getting your blog ready for the conference too. Poor little blogs can feel abandoned when their owners are off schmoozing with other bloggers, soaking up lectures, and doing the genealogy happy dance.

    The June Edition of the Blogger's Almanac is now available and full of seasonal topics for blogging about the June favorites: grads, dads, and brides. By using the scheduling feature of your blog platform you can keep your blog fresh and active while you are off in the RW (Real World).

    Begin the month with ideas for extending Memorial Day articles honoring your military ancestors. Then turn to ideas to celebrate graduates, brides, dads, and summertime.

    A sample from the June Blogger's Almanac

    Do you have any teachers on your family tree? What did they have to do to qualify for the job?

    Name an honorary Dad. Who would you pick to add to your family tree and why?

    And here's one in honor of Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who was your earliest ancestor to receive an academic diploma? (This might take a little digging.)

    The Blogger's Almanac is available as a FREE download. I hope you are enjoy the ideas, and invite to you to leave a link to your Almanac-Inspired post in the comments.

    Thursday
    May272010

    Treasure Chest Thursday – How One Little Clue Led to the Church

     Lately I’ve been reviewing record images for my great-grandparents, Minnie Chamblin and Eliphaz Kinsel, and decided to focus on their marriage record from the "Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002." My second look pulled out even more than the initial date and place of their wedding, but an afternoon of web-trawling has added yet another layer of colorful paint to the picture.

    The record itself is two parts: a marriage license and the marriage return. The License, dated 21 December 1889 shows that Eliphaz B. Kinsel of Jackson County, Missouri, over the age of 21, and Minnie L. Chamblin, also of Jackson County, Missouri, and over the age of 18 are duly authorized to be married.

    The lower section of the record shows that on four days later, on 25 December 1889, the couple was united in marriage by, Minister of the Gospel, B. P. Fullerton, 2210 Troost Avenue, City. Three days later, on 28 December 1889, the marriage was recorded by the County recorder.

    Now the real fun begins. I already knew the names and ages of the couple, but I was unsure as to their residence. I can add this information to my data.

    I am also curious about the pastor who performed the marriage. First, I look for a church at the address on Troost Avenue through GoogleMaps. It looks to be a highway. Historical Maps accessed via GoogleEarth do not show any data. I then searched the Missouri Archives for atlases and Sanborn fire maps of the area. I can find Troost Ave, and the approximate address at 22nd and Troost, but no church.

    I decide to look for the minister and search “B.P. Fullerton” at Ancestry.com. Not only do I find several Fullertons in Missouri, I also find a Baxter P. Fullerton. This sounds promising. The closest census would be the 1890 census, which is unavailable, so I do a direct search of the 1890 census substitutes. This is a great resource I have not fully utilitzed before. It returns three relevant hits from Kansas City, Missouri City Directories 1889-91. Two cite Rev. Fullerton at his place of buisness

    Rev. B.P. Fullerton, Oak northwest corner 13th, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, MO, Pastor

    and one cites his full name and residence

    Rev. Baxter P. Fullerton

    r 2210 Troost

    First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

    pastor

    I now know that Minnie and Eliphaz were married at the pastor’s home on Christmas Day. I wonder if he performs many marriages there and briefly browse the marriage record images on Ancestry for the days and weeks before and after December 25th. I only find one other marriage performed at the Troost address, on 27 December 2010.

    Next, I return to the church itself. A Google search returns many hits. I learn that this particular denomination grew out of the Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s.  I even locate the Cumberland Presbyterian website where a page on the Birthplace Shrine explains the history of the church.

    Founded in Tennessee, churches in the Midwest “frontier” were established first as missions, and later as full independent churches.

    Another search on GoogleBooks, yields several church histories where I learn that the Kansas City church was organized 21st March 1868 as a “missionary congregation.” In 1881, the congregation occupied “a small frame building gothic in style being 26x40 feet … built in the fall of 1869 at a cost of about $2 ooo”  (The history of Kansas City, by William H. Miller (1881). In 1878, “the Presbytery called Rev BP Fullerton as the missionary who is yet the pastor.” Church membership in 1881 was reported as forty three. Miller adds,

    The old property has been sold and a more suitable lot chosen on which a more commodious and attractive building will soon be erected when it is the purpose of the friends of the enterprise to make the work self sustaining.

    I learn about the “new” church building from another book accessed through GoogleBooks, Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri, by Howard Louis Conrad (1901).

    The congregation built a gothic frame church in 1869 costing $2,000 and in 1884 they built a brick edifice at Thirteenth and Oak Streets costing $14,000. Rev EN Allen is the present pastor and the church is prospering under his care.

    I now have a little timeline for the church and the pastor:

    1868 – First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, organized

    1869 – small gothic style building constructed at cost of $2000

    1878 – Rev. Baxter P. Fullerton arrives

    1881 – church membership 43, old property sold

    1884 – brick building constructed at 13th and Oak Streets costing $14,000 to build

    1901 – Rev. E.N. Allen is pastor, church prospering

    I am curious what happened to Rev. Fullerton, and discover that he was in Kansas City until 1891, when he relocated to the Lucas Avenue Church in St. Louis. His name comes up in many different positions, and he eventually returns to Kansas City as Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly of 1908.

    Leonard, John William and Albert Nelson, eds. Who's Who in America, vol 6. 1910. Digital images. Google Books. http://www.googlebooks.com: accessed 26 May 2010. page 700

    My next step is to try to locate photographs of the church at 13th and Oak and perhaps even find a photo of the residences on Troost Avenue. I would also like to locate records of this congregation. Maybe my grandmother was baptized at this church. I have been unable to locate a civil birth record; but if the church records still exist, they could provide the missing information.

    I think I made considerable progress today, and it was all online.

    Sources Used for this Search

    Ancestry.com, 1890 Census Substitutes

    Ancestry.com, Missouri Marriage Records 1805-2002

    GoogleBooks

    Missouri Digital Heritage

    The Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections

     

    Thursday
    May272010

    Free Research Weekend to Honor Those Who Served

    World Vital Records has announced free access to their U.S. Military Service Collection May 27, 2010 through June 1, 2010 in honor of Memorial Day. This is a terrific offer and one I plan to take advantage of this weekend. "Honoring Those Who Served" is also the weekly theme posted on the Blogger's Almanac for the week beginning May 30.

    Military databases at World Vital Records include records from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. To access the collection, go directly to www.worldvitalrecords.com > Search > Military Records, or use this link. Those records with free Memorial Day Weekend access are noted.

    I am presently researching my "three Sams," same name, different wars. It's a bit tough keeping track of who's who, and I welcome the opportunity to move forward in unscrambling their past. Thanks, World Vital Records.

    Tuesday
    May252010

    Countdown to the Mother-Daughter Event of the Season, SCGS Jamboree 2010

    Mom and I won't be wearing our matching party dresses (or, will we?) but we are getting pretty excited for the 2010 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree to be held in Burbank June 11-13. I know we aren't the only mother-daughter team who will be attending, but how many mother-daughter bloggers will be there?

    This will be our third year attending Jamboree together, and by now we have our routine pretty well figured out. Mom arrives from Arizona with plenty of time to recover from airport fatigue, and enough energy to help assemble the Blogger Welcome Bags.

    Mom used to be the unofficial neighborhood "Welcome Wagon Lady" and is a great partner for any kind of hospitality project.  This year, GeneaBloggers is sponsoring the Blogger Welcome Bags, and they will be filled to the brim with product samples and other goodies. Vendors have generously responded to our invitation to participate in the project, sending all kinds of terrific genealogy items. We've been plotting with Thomas MacEntee (GeneaBloggers), Joan Miller (Luxegen), and Amy Coffin (WeTree) to put together a real Southern California Welcome for bloggers attending the event.

    I can't say too much yet, but one gift will be a generous half-off coupon from Generation Maps for any chart printed through their new FamilyChArtist program. Bloggers will want to come prepared to take advantage of this offer by designing and saving a chart ahead of time at the FamilyChArtist website, and have it ready to print at Jamboree.

    In addition, the Blogger Bags will feature a mini-directory of bloggers attending the event so you can update social networking addresses and stay in touch during the conference. If you are a member of GeneaBloggers and plan to attend the 2010 Jamboree, and have not already done so, please take time to

    • Submit your information for the mini-directory of all GeneaBloggers members in attendance.  It will list names, email addresses, cell phone numbers, Twitter IDs etc.  This will make it easy to locate each other and to schedule meals, coffee breaks etc.  Email tmacentee@gmail.com with this info if you haven’t done so already.
    • Check the GeneaBloggers Blog for any late-breaking news or announcements.

    Look for Mom and me at the Jamboree and be sure to stop us and say "Hi." We have a little something for all readers of The Family Curator, and we look forward to meeting you. (P.S. That's us in the striped dresses with my little sister in the front.)

     

    Friday
    May212010

    Historic Hamlets of Stanford, Dutchess County, NY

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Dutchess County in New York’s Hudson River Valley was the opportunity to meet with members of the Stanford Historical Society (SHS) and learn about their ongoing historic home inventory project.

    Spearheaded by local resident, Charlie Shaw, and SHS President Kathy Spiers, the inventory aims to document the early homes and businesses in the Historic Hamlet of Bangall. Charlie was preparing a presentation for the Society and gave me a brief preview of the project.

    Bangall is a gem located in the heart of the greater Town of Stanford. It is almost hard to believe that today’s quiet little crossroads community once boasted a busy railroad station, four mills, and numerous businesses, including two hotels. The area’s earliest church was founded in Bangall in 1755; today it is a private residence. Several cemeteries dot the roadsides, in varying stages of upkeep. The site of the old train depot is now a popular farm-to-table restaurant, market, and café. Residents continue to pick up their mail from the Bangall Post Office, as they have since 1851.

    The Post Office building was gifted to the Stanford Historical Society in 1973 and is now a fully-operational United States Post Office run by Postmaster and SHS member Louise Woodcock, and home to the society’s collection of local history materials.

    I was fortunate to meet with SHS President Kathy Spiers, her husband Jeff Spiers, member Louise Woodcock, and Charlie Shaw to hear more about their future plans for the Society and the Historical Resource Inventory.

    Meeting with members of the Stanford Historical Society and local Bangall residents. (from left) Jeff Spiers, Bangall Postmaster Louise Woodcock, SHS President KathySpiers, Charlie Shaw.

    The inventory project was initiated nearly twenty five years ago, in 1984, and has been recently revived and revitalized by SHS volunteers. Members are busily collecting data on various residential and commercial buildings throughout Bangall, noting structure features, age, and construction details, and documenting entries with photographs. In some cases, they have been able to add notes about current and previous owners as far back the mid 1800s.

    Communities such as Bangall are always in a precarious position. By definition, a hamlet is an unincorporated community and subject to the administration and rulings of the larger town. Shaw explained to me that at one time the Town of Stanford included seven historic hamlets; today, many of these little neighborhoods are scarcely more than a crossroads. The Historic Hamlet of Bangall stands apart as a vital, active community, and hopefully will remain a landmark site on the map for many years yet to come.

    Thursday
    May202010

    50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks

    OnlineUniversities has released its list of the 50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks, and The Family Curator is named in the News category. It's an honor to be recognized with many of my favorite bloggers and to know that we are all working together to encourage online connections between family historians.

    OnlineUniversities list includes the following categories: General, Specific Research Projects, Libraries and Resources, and News. As a provider of news content and infomational features, The Family Curator was named in the News division.

    I am pleased to see some new names in the list, along with old favorites, particularly in the General and Research Projects categories, and the list has helped me find several new blogs to add to my reader. Thank you Online Universities for the shout-out!

    Friday
    May142010

    Ancestry.com Scans Old Newspapers, Freedom from the Flatbed

    This winter I had an opportunity to take advantage of the Ancestry.com “Scanning Roadshow” and was impressed with the quality and professionalism of the operation. I was warehousing a large archival box of full-size newspapers and pages, and looking for a way to digitize the documents. One of my favorites is the first edition of The Kansas City Evening Star, September 18, 1891, published just before my grandmother celebrated her first birthday.

    The Kansas City Evening Star, September 18, 1891, original issue
    found with the papers of Arline Allen Kinsel. Digitized by Ancestry.com at
    the St. George Family History Expo February 26, 2010.

    Scan Digital, in El Segundo, California does a good job with oversize photographs, but their scanners are not really set up to handle full-size newspaper sheets; they told me they would have to do images in segments, just like I would at home on my flatbed scanner. I wondered how Ancestry.com would handle my project.

    When Family History Expo announced that Ancestry would be scanning at St. George, I emailed for a reservation; at the Expo I went to the Ancestry scanning area to sign up for a specific appointment. Two options were available: leave the items and return for pick-up, or stay and watch. Of course, I elected to pick a time when I could observe the process and ask nosy questions.

    My huge box was a bit awkward, but protected the papers inside. Each sheet or issue was interleaved with acid-free, buffered paper from my local art store. I discovered the sheets were a bargain compared with buying archival matboard or heavier material. The paper also served as a sling to help move the fragile sheets from box to scanning platform.

    Newspapers interleaved with acid-free buffered
    paper to act as a sling for moving papers.

    The Ancestry scanning station was well equipped with flatbed scanners, sheetfed scanners, and two large copystands. These models were necessary for large or multidimensional objects. My newspapers filled the copy table completely, but with a bit of patience and care, everything was beautifully copied.

    Tyler Harman, Ancestry Remote Production Manager for North America, explained the process and equipment to me. The stand uses a 21.6 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds MarkIII camera (hope I got that right!) mounted on a vertical bar which allows the camera to be moved in relation to the item. The item is placed flat on a solid surface and illuminated evenly from two sides by stationary lights. The camera is tethered to a laptop which handles the scanning operation.

    Ancestry.com copystand

    As I readied my newspapers for scanning, or copying, I could see that this is an excellent method for digitizing old and fragile documents. Less handling is involved and contact with scanner glass and lid minimized damage. The process is much quicker, only delayed by the amount of time to slide the paper up, down, or to the side. The high megapixel resolution also results in an ultra-sharp image that is easy to work with.

    Due to the large size of each news sheet, some pages were copied in two or more parts, still better than six or more shots. Tyler explained that Ancestry also uses larger scan tables with a taller vertical camera mount which allows for a full-size image to be made.

    My session actually expanded because so few attendees were taking advantage of the special event. Lucky me!

    When we were finished, I was given my images on an Ancestry.com USB drive, ready to transcribe, upload, and share. I know that some of these papers may be unique, and I look forward to sharing them with other researchers.

    Ancestry.com will be bringing their Scanning Roadshow to Burbank for the SCGS Jamboree. If you have documents, photos, or items you would like professionally scanned, this is a generous offer not to be missed. Be sure to register early in order to reserve a session.

    

    Thursday
    May132010

    Family Curator Named to My Heritage Top 100

    Thank you MyHeritage.com for including The Family Curator as one of your Top 100 Genealogy Sites for 2010. It is an honor to be named with so many of my blogging colleagues.

    Of course, like many others, The Family Curator was inspired, coached, and supported by those "cornerstone blogs" that are TOP in any list of genealogy blogs such as DearMyrtle, footnoteMaven, Genea-Musings, Shades of the Departed, The Educated Genealogist, The Genealogue, We Tree, What's Past is Prologue (to name but a few).

    In turn, I hope that The Family Curator inspires, coaches, and supports your family history efforts.

    MyHeritage.com Top 100 Genealogy Sites

    Above the Trees

    AnceStories

    Ancestors Live Here

    Anglo-Celtic Connections

    Apple’s Tree

    Arlene Eakle’s Genealogy Blog

    Bayside Blog

    Before my Time

    Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog

    Brenda Dougall Merriman

    British Genealogy

    Census Finder

    Census Tools

    Circlemending

    Creative Gene

    Crowe’s Nest

    Cruwys News

    Destination: Austin Family

    Documenting the Details

    Donna’s Genealogy Blog

    Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

    Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

    FamHist

    Family, Friends and Neighbors

    Family Oral History Using Digital Tools

    Family Research

    Find My Ancestors

    Find Your Folks

    Geneageek

    Free Genealogy Tools

    From Wilno to Worcester

    Gena’s Genealogy

    GenDisasters

    GeneaBlogie

    Genealogy Blog

    Genealogy Canada

    Genealogy Gems

    Genealogy Guide

    Genealogy Lines

    Genealogy in New South Wales

    Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me

    Genealogy Reviews Online

    Genealogy Star

    Genealogy Tip of the Day

    GeniAus

    GeniTales

    Genwriters

    Greta’s Genealogy Blog

    Gus’s Genealogy Blog

    Henthorn Genealogy News

    Jessica’s Genejournal

    JLog

    Kick-Ass Genealogy

    Kinexxions

    Lessons from my Ancestors

    Life from the Roots

    Little Bytes of Life

    Mad About Genealogy

    Midwestern Microhistory

    Moultrie Creek

    New England Genealogy

    Nutfield Genealogy

    Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

    Orkneyjar

    Patten Project

    Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica

    Practical Archivist

    Renee’s Genealogy Blog

    Roots ‘n’ Leaves

    Scotgen

    Scottish Genealogy News and Events

    SephardicGen Resources

    Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

    Shoestring Genealogy

    Small-Leaved Shamrock

    Smoky Mountain Family Historian

    Special Collections and Family History

    Staats Place

    Steve’s Genealogy Blog

    St. Vincent Memories

    Taneya’s Genealogy Blog

    The Accidental Genealogist

    The Armchair Genealogist

    The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

    The Chart Chick

    The Cobbold Family History Trust

    The Family Curator

    The Genetic Genealogist

    ThePeerage

    The Slovak Yankee

    The St. Leon Family

    ThinkGenealogy

    TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History

    TransylvanianDutch

    Twigs of Yore

    Upstate New York Genealogy Blog

    Wandering Genealogist

    Walking the Berkshires

    West in New England

    Zalewski Family Genealogy

    Monday
    May102010

    April Showers Bring the May Blogger's Almanac, Free Download

    It was rain and travel, not flooding, that delayed publication of the May Blogger's Almanac until today. Thank you, Almanac fans, for your patience.

    This May 2010 Edition of the Genealogy and Family History Blogger's Almanac is now available for free download, featuring weekly themes on

    Going Postal with Postcards

    Honoring Mothers & Special Women

    Spring Is Here to Stay!

    Celebrate Outdoor Cooking with National Barbeque Month

    Honoring Those Who Served for Memorial Day

    Last month, bloggers used ideas on the civil war, baseball, and gardening to spark ideas for their own blog posts and photo features. Here are a few highlights from bloggers who returned to leave a link to their posts

    Jenna, Desperately Seeking Surnames, posted glorious photos of her garden peonies and other Alamanc-inspired stories on family baseball memories.

    Jo Arnspirger, Those Who Went Before, wrote about a civil war ancestor whose military service poses a curious puzzle, and also shared family baseball story.

    Sandra, Family Reflections: The Blog, shared her immigrant ancestor's civil war record in a carefully-sourced article featuring photographs and documents.

    Mary, Me and My Ancestors, remembered her dad gardening in New York and Florida, and favorite ballpark hotdogs.

    You can download the May 2010 Blogger's Almanac here. If you like the ideas featured in The Blogger's Almanac and use them at your blog, please leave a link at The Family Curator. Enjoy.

     

    Wednesday
    May052010

    Get Away for Research at NEHGS

    My favorite New England library, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has just announced dates for the Summer 2010 Come Home to New England research sessions, June 14-19 and August 9-15. I attended the Spring Research Getaway in 2009 and consider it a "must-do" for New England researchers.

    My three-part review of the week is included in the NEHGS announcement (along with a nice photo of me with staff expert Gary Boyd Roberts).

    If you have been thinking about making a date for some serious research, sign up for this program soon. The small number of available spots mean that it will fill up quickly.

    Read more on NEHGS research programs, the Family Curator Visits NEHGS Spring Research Getaway 2009:

    Part 1: Preparing to Research

    Part 2: Consulting the Experts

    Part 3: Researching at NEHGS