Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of August 28 – September 4, 2009

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Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging and what’s happening in the coming week:

Happy Blogiversary!

  • Congratulations to Desktop Genealogist Unplugged on its 2nd blogiversary! Pay a visit on Friday, September 4, 2009, and send your best wishes.

Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers.

September 1st Is Data Backup Day!

Have you backed up your genealogy research data lately? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day and all genealogists are urged to backup your files.  On Saturday we’ll have our monthly Data Backup Day post with some updated information on tools you can use to make sure you don’t suffer from data loss!

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this post from Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.

Genealogy Conferences This Week

View upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe at the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers.  If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

  • Friday, August 28, 2009 – Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Lisa will be presenting Demystifying Eastern European Research (10:00 am).
  • Friday, August 28, 2009 – Bruce Buzbee, of RootsMagic Blog, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Bruce will be presenting The New FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic 4 (11:30 am).
  • Friday, August 28, 2009 – Lisa Louise Cooke, of Genealogy Gems Podcast, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Lisa will be presenting Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems Part 1 (10:00 am), and Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems Part 2 (11:30 am).
  • Friday, August 28, 2009 – Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., of Arlene H. Eakle’s Genealogy Blog, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Arlene will be presenting Virginia Genealogy, Part I: Virginia Jurisdictions and Genealogical Research: A Preliminary Checklist (1:30 pm) and Virginia Genealogy, Part II: What Is New and What Research Strategies Work (3:00pm).
  • Friday, August 28, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Jean will be presenting Yes You Can! Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability (10:00 am) and Genealogy on Wheels: Doing Family History Research in an RV (4:30 pm).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Lisa will be presenting Slovak Land or No Man’s Land: Finding Your Slovak and Rusyn Roots (1:00 pm).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Bruce Buzbee, of RootsMagic Blog, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Bruce will be presenting The New FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic 4 (8:00 am) and Sharing and Publishing Your Family History with RootsMagic 4 (2:30 pm).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Lisa Louise Cooke, of Genealogy Gems Podcast, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Lisa will be presenting Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 (1:00 pm).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., of Arlene H. Eakle’s Genealogy Blog, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Arlene will be presenting New York (9:30 am) and (11:00 am).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Jean will be presenting This Is Not Your Grandma’s Genealogy: Making the Move from Paper to Electronic Record Keeping (11:00 am), To Zion in Song: The Westward Migration of the Mormons (2:30 pm).
  • Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Janet Hovorka, of The Chart Chick, is appearing in Salt Lake City, UT at the Family History Expo 2009 – Salt Lake City.  Janet will be presenting Serendipity and Other Miracles: Why You Need Family History (9:30 am) and Digitally Enhancing Your Photos (1:00 pm).
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing in Hemet, CA at the Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society. Jean will be presenting Shaking The Myth (7:00 pm).
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2009 – Jean Wilcox Hibben, of Circlemending, is appearing in Calrsbad, CA at the Carlsbad Newcomers Club.  Jean will be presenting Ancestors as Heroes.
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2009 – Sheri Fenley, of The Educated Genealogist, is appearing in Stockton, CA at the Kiwanis Club meeting.  Sheri will be presenting Northern California Repositories (7:00 am).
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2009 – Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist, is appearing in Canadaigua, NY at the Ontario County (NY) Genealogical Society. Lisa will be presenting 365 Ways to Discover Your Family History (7:00 pm).

If you need more information on how to submit your own information for our Speaker’s Bureau page as well as the Speakers’ Appearances calendar, contact us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

Great news – we are now at 668 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please tell them about our Facebook group!

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #35: Share a photo that conjures mixed emotions in you. Explain why this is the case as you detail the who/what/when/where/why of the subject matter.

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration!

Geneabloggers Calendar

Remember we have Black Sheep SundayMadness MondayTombstone TuesdayWordless Wednesday, and now Treasure Chest Thursday as daily blogging themes! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the Geneabloggers Calendar. This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time. And if you subscribe to the calendar you’ll receive email reminders of events.

© 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

#FHX09-SLC Bloggers of Honor

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The Salt Lake City Family History Expo 2009 begins tomorrow, August 28, 2009, in Sandy, Utah at the South Towne Exposition Center and even though I cannot attend, I am very excited about this event.

Why? Because there will be many fellow genealogy bloggers in attendance who will be using the latest social media tools (live blogging, Facebook, Twitter) to bring the expo to those of us who can’t attend.

Several of our colleagues have been designated as Bloggers of Honor by Family History Expos:

Holly T. Hansen: BlogTwitter

Anastasia Tyler: Blog

The Ancestry Insider: BlogTwitter

Arlene H. Eakle: BlogTwitter

Gena Philibert Ortega: BlogWVR BlogTwitter, and WVR Twitter

Jean Wilcox Hibben: Blog

Lee R. Drew: FamHist Blog and Lineage Keeper BlogTwitter

Lisa Alzo: BlogTwitter

Lisa Louise Cooke: BlogTwitter

Renee Huskey: BlogTwitter

Renee Zamora: BlogTwitter

Use the links above to follow them during the expo and you’ll get some valuable information and a “taste” of what it is like to be at a Family History Expo.

In addition you can follow Family History Expos on Twitter at  @FHExpos and attendees have been asked to use the Twitter hashtag #FHX09-SLC in their tweets.

Finally, I will be tagging blog posts in my Google Reader so they can be seen here on this post.  And I’ll have a “sticky post” on the front page of GeneaBloggers so that it can easily be accessed during the expo.

Congratulations to Holly Hansen and her excellent team for what looks to be a great event.  And if you are travelling to attend, please be safe and we look forward to hearing about the expo in your blog posts, tweets and status updates!


© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Treasure Chest Thursday August 27, 2009

Today is Treasure Chest Thursday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Treasure Chest Thursday. What is it?

Treasure Chest Thursday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Treasure Chest Thursday simply create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. You can read more about Treasure Chest Thursday here at gene@pedia.

A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

Here are the latest Treasure Chest Thursday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee