Surname Saturday May 29, 2010

Today is Surname Saturday. There are two ways in which you can join in the fun:

Twitter

Participants must have a current and active Twitter account in order to participate. During the day on Saturday, participants “tweet” about the surnames they are researching. All posts should include the #surnameshashtag.

Here is the current listing of Surname Saturday messages on Twitter.

Bloggers

If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Surname Saturday. What is it?

Surname Saturday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Surname Saturday, simply create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research.

Here are the latest Surname Saturday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of May 28 – June 4, 2010

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

Happy Blogiversary!

If your blog anniversary is coming up soon, make sure it gets on our GeneaBloggers calendar! Remember to send your blog anniversary infoto GeneaBloggers.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this postfrom 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

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.

Data Backup Weekend

That’s right – not just a day but a whole weekend to backup your genealogy data! And to help out, enter the Data Backup Weekend Contest running from Friday, May 29 through Monday, May 31, 2010 and you could win a copy of Handy Backup Standard 6.5 worth $39US.

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

We are at 1,086 members 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!

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

Amy Coffin of the fabulous We Tree blog, has done it again. Last year, Amy developed a series of 52 Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompts which kept folks very busy and forced them to look at many different aspects of their genealogy.

Now Amy brings us 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy: a series of weekly prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty.

  • Week 22:  Spend some time at Find-a-Grave. Most of you have probably heard of Find-a-Grave and probably used it in your own research as well. The challenge this week is to simply browse this web site. Just click links. Look at the different ways the information is sorted. Study the tributes of others and see if there are ways you can improve your own entries. Don’t do any research of your own, simply study the efforts of others. If you have a genealogy blog, share your impressions of Find-a-Grave and any interesting entries you found at the web site.

We’ll list a new challenge each Saturday which should be completed by the following Friday.

And remember – as Amy says – these should be fun exercises! Don’t feel that you have to participate each week, nor should you beat yourself up if you miss one or more challenges. We all have so much that we want to accomplish – let alone what we want to accomplish with our genealogy blogs. This series should be one which, by the end of 2010, helps you to be a better genealogist.

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Check out Sentimental SundayMadness MondayTombstone TuesdayWisdom Wednesday, Wordless WednesdayTreasure Chest ThursdayFollow Fridayand Surname Saturday which can help you come up with ideas each day of the week for blog posts! 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.

© 2010 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Data Backup Weekend Contest

Data Backup Weekend Contest

You thought there was no Data Backup Day what with the Memorial Day weekend, right?  You thought you’d put off backing up all your genealogy research, digitized photos and documents, and more off for another month until we nagged you, right?

Well we’ve decided to have a Data Backup Weekend instead of just a Data Backup Day and it is a great incentive for you to not only set monthly backups as a 2010 resolution, but to post about your data: a chance to win one of four copies of Handy Backup Standard by Novosoft LLC (value $39 US)!

How To Participate In This Contest

  • Between Friday, May 29, 2010 and 11:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) Monday, May 31, 2010, leave a comment on this post about backing up your data.
  • Your comment must focus on data backup and include a valid e-mail address (see Contest Rules below).
  • Four winners will be drawn at random from the eligible comments on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Winners will be contacted via email.   Once contact is confirmed, a valid registration code to enable a full-version of the Handy Backup Standard download will be emailed to the winner.

Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS CONTEST

  • TERM: The Contest will run from Friday, May 29, 2010 through 11:00 pm Monday, May 31, 2010, Central Daylight Time (CDT).
  • PRIZE: A free copy of Handy Backup Standard 6.5, a complete, EXTENSIBLE backup solution from Novosoft LLC. Value = $39 US.
  • ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries received. Four winners will be drawn at random.
  • DISCLAIMER: GeneaBloggers is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by GeneaBloggers on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any web site or any combination thereof. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials in the Data Backup Weekend Contest.
  • DISQUALIFICATION: Your entry will be disqualified if you do not a) comment upon data backup as a subject and/or b) leave a valid e-mail address in the comment.
  • SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be selected in an electronically randomized manner on June 1, 2010, for the Data Backup Weekend Contest. The winner will be notified on the day of the drawing, and will have 96 hours to contact GeneaBloggers regarding their prize. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.
  • NOTIFICATION: Prizewinners will be notified by e-mail sent to the e-mail address left in the comments of this post. GeneaBloggers is under no obligation to notify winner by any means other than e-mail. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected or not received because of e-mail addresses or mailing addresses that are no longer correct. If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during 3 business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will result in the awarding of that prize to an alternate winner.
  • REDEMPTION: GeneaBloggers will deliver the prize as follows: Once a prize winner responds to the notification from GeneaBloggers, a valid registration code to enable a full-version of the Handy Backup download will be emailed to the winner.
  • CONDITIONS: By participating in the Data Backup Weekend Contest, you agree to release and hold GeneaBloggers and Thomas MacEntee, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Data Backup Weekend Contest or any product purchased, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of GeneaBloggers and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Data Backup Weekend Contest or these Contest Rules. All decisions regarding the Data Backup Weekend Contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by GeneaBloggers, whose decisions shall be final. Winners are individually responsible for all applicable taxes.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee