GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, April 29, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 14–resources-and-how-to-get-started

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Friday, April 29, 2011
10pm-12:00am Eastern US
9-11pm Central US
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British Genealogy – Resources and How to Get Started

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, April 29, 2011 starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm Central, 8pm Mountain and 7pm Pacific when this week we’ll be discussing British genealogy.


Our special guests will include Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at the National Archives in England; Barbara Baker, A.G. and British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah; plus other guests to be announced!

Audrey Collins

Audrey Collins

Despite having no English ancestry of her own (she is a Scot with Irish roots), Audrey has been researching English genealogy for over 20 years. She works as Family History Specialist at The National Archives (UK) and in her spare time writes a blog The Family Recorder.


Upcoming appearances in North America 2011:

Audrey’s Top 10 Websites To Get Started with British Genealogy


Barbara Baker

Barbara H. Baker

Barbara H. Baker, Accredited Genealogist in England, is currently working as a specialist in the Customer Experience Unit at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has taught a variety of classes on British Research at various genealogical conferences in the United States and Britain, including the 27th International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences at St. Andrews, Scotland. Barbara’s interest in genealogy and research has provided her with a great understanding and love for the history of the American Civil War. She is currently authoring a Civil War historical novel. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, scrap booking, and quilting. She also enjoys Scottish dancing and has performed with a Scottish group at the Scottish Festival.


SCGS Jamboree Registration Drawing!

Don’t forget! At 10:00 pm Central, we’ll be drawing a winner live on the air for our SCGS Jamboree Registration Drawing! Enter before 10:00 pm using this entry form to win a full registration to the 42nd Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California June 10-12, 2011. And if you don’t win tonite, don’t forget to register by tomorrow – the early bird deadline is Saturday, April 30, 2011!

Door Prizes!

Thanks to Family Tree Magazine and, we’ll be giving away copies of the Family Tree Magazine British Genealogy Guide Digital Download during the show! And don’t forget to use your special GeneaBloggers discount code for the website: GBLOG and you’ll receive a special 15% discount!

Genealogy News

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Disclosure:  1) I am a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society and I was approached by the Jamboree planners to offer a full registration as a door prize in conjunction with GeneaBloggers Radio; 2) I currently do consulting work for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History in the form of website administration.  Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of April 29 – May 6, 2011

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:

GeneaBloggers Radio

Another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio will be broadcast this evening, Friday, April 29, 2011 starting at 10PM EDT, 9PM CDT, 8PM MDT and 7PM PDT! The two hour show will focus on British genealogy. For details on how you can listen and even use the chat room, click here.

Data Backup Day – May 1, 2011

The past few weeks have seen devastating weather especially tornadoes here in the United States. Besides making sure your family is prepared for any disaster, what about your genealogy data? Don’t forget that the first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day – and here are some great resources to get you started. Post about how you backup your data (or don’t backup your data) and we’ll carry your post here at GeneaBloggers on May 1st!

Daze of the Week!

Some of you may have noticed that in each Genealogy Blogging Beat we now feature national holidays and some of the more offbeat holidays. Here are some dates next week to look out for so you can plan your blog posts for next week:

  • April 29: Arbor Day (US), National Hairball Awareness Day (US), Royal Wedding (UK), World Dance Day
  • April 30: Beltane, Bugs Bunny Day, Eeyore’s Birthday, Walpurgis Night
  • May 1: Labour Day, May Day, Lei Day (US – HI), Moving Day (US – NY)
  • Week of May 2-6: National Pet Week (US) begins
  • May 2: Roberts Rules of Order Day
  • May 3: National Two-Different Colored Shoes Day (US)
  • May 4: Star Wars Day
  • May 5: Cinco De Mayo, National Day of Prayer (US)
  • May 6: International No Diet Day

Happy Blogiversary!

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

Genealogy Webinars This Week

For more information on genealogy webinars check out GeneaWebinars.

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

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 Group on Facebook

We are now at 1,547 members this week 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 of Personal Genealogy and History

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

  • Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?

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

GeneaBloggers Calendar

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.

© 2011 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Friday, April 29, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Friday, April 29, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts, blog carnivals and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • And don’t forget that another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio will be broadcast this evening as yours truly, Thomas MacEntee, returns to the air waves. Tune in beginning at 10pm EST, 9pm CST, 8pm MST, 7pm PST, 4am GMT, 3pm Sydney (AUS) .

Daily Blogging Prompts

Family Recipe Friday – is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike. Whether it’s an old-fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them on Family Recipe Friday. This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist.


Follow Friday – create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource. Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow.  Follow Friday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers and was suggested by Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes.


Friend of Friends Friday – if you have encountered records of enslaved ancestors, whether they are your own ancestors or not, make it a point to transcribe those records and get them posted on the Internet via your blog. Friend of Friends Friday is an important service to the genealogy community – both Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here and Greta of Greta’s Genealogy Bog have been posting to this series for some time now and their inspiration is much appreciated.


Funeral Card Friday – do you have a collection of memorial cards for your ancestors or family members, the kind that funeral homes produce and give out to mourners? Post images of these cards and stories about the person memorialized during Funeral Card Friday. Funeral Card Friday has been an ongoing series by Dee at Funeral Cards & Genealogy.


To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets above, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Paige Turner; Tombstone Tuesday – Pearl E. Gates.

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If you would like your event or Daily Blogging Prompt included, please contact Geneabloggers at geneabloggers [at] gmail [dot] com.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee