Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Today is Saturday, May 28, 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

Daily Blogging Prompts

Shopping Saturday – many families – especially busy working families – would perform their weekly shopping on Saturdays. Tell us about the various stores and vendors that your ancestors used to patronize. Or perhaps your ancestors had their own store? And don’t forget to also document your own memories of stores and shopping. This prompt has been suggested by Audrey Collins of The Family Recorder.

Sorting Saturday – Any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc. What about having to clean out a parent’s home once they’ve passed? This is an ongoing series by Michelle Goodrum at Turning of Generations.

Sports Center Saturday – do you have photos and stories about ancestors and their love of sports? Be it basketball or water polo or skeet shooting, tell their stories in your blog posts! Sports Center Saturday is a series suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives.

Surname Saturday – 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. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sympathy Saturday – While Funeral Card Friday and Sunday’s Obituary revolve around a clipping related to the death of an ancestor or relative, with Sympathy Saturday you can post about any aspect of the passing of a person. This is an ongoing series by Anne Kruszka at GeneNotes and Generational.

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 – Carmen Dioxide; Tombstone Tuesday – Carrie Oakey.

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

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, May 27, 2011

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GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 18

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geneabloggers/2011/05/28/military-records-and-genealogy

Friday, May 27, 2011
10pm-12:00am Eastern US
9-11pm Central US
8-10pm Mountain US
7-9pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

For instructions on using Skype or the chat room, click here.

Military Records and Genealogy

Our special guests will include Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana discussing the War of 1812 pension files and the Preserve the Pensions campaign to digitize all 7.2 million images. We’ll also talk with Jeffrey Vaillant who will help us understand the various Civil War records available to researchers.

Guests

Curt Witcher
Curt Witcher

Curt B. Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN where he manages The Genealogy Center, serves as general curator for that institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection as well as the institutional archives, and is the Supervisor for the newly acquired Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection.  Curt is the project lead on the library’s digitization initiatives–initiatives that include partnerships with the Internet Archive, ProQuest, Footnote, and WeRelate as well as growing a site of free, searchable data files at GenealogyCenter.org. He is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.

Curt was distinguished in 1995 as a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and received the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award, in 1997.  Curt was recognized in 2006 by being named the first fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society.  He was honored in May of 2007 with the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship.

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Jeffrey Vaillant

Jeffrey Vaillant

Jeffrey Vaillant is a as a professional genealogist who states, “for me there are two important goals:  (1) is to the extent practical, to support genealogical societies and (2) to continue to hone my skills via education and participation.”

He is currently Vice President, California Genealogical Society and Library, Vice President, Marin County Genealogical Society, Director, Sonoma County Genealogical Society, and is involved with both the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Friends of the Civil War Alcatraz.

Jeff’s recent projects include a trip to the recent NGS Annual Conferences in Charleston, SC, participating in the ProGen Study Group in the First Test Group, helping to lead the upcoming CGSL trip to the Allen County Public Library August 21-28, 2011, and hoping one day to get his BCG certification!

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Door Prizes

Thanks to Family Tree Magazine and ShopFamilyTree.com, we’ll be giving away a copy of the Family Tree Magazine Military Research Guide CD during the show! And don’t forget to use your special GeneaBloggers discount code for the ShopFamilyTree.com website: GBLOG and you’ll receive a special 15% discount!

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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Events Week of May 27 – June 3, 2011

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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, May 27, 2011 starting at 10PM EDT, 9PM CDT, 8PM MDT and 7PM PDT! The two hour show will focus on military records and genealogy. For details on how you can listen and even use the chat room, click here.

Data Backup Day – June 1

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 June 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:

  • May 27: Cellophane Tape Day
  • May 28: Sierra Club Day
  • May 29: Indy 500 (US)
  • May 31: World No Tobacco Day
  • June 1: Data Backup Day, International Children’s Day
  • June 2: Ascension Day
  • June 3: Doughnut 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 geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

For a listing of speaking engagements by genealogy bloggers, along with their profiles and available presentations, visit GeneaSpeak.

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

The Facebook Group for GeneaBloggers has been disabled – you can read more about the issues involved here. Please go to the Facebook page for GeneaBloggers (http://www.facebook.com/Geneabloggers) and click LIKE in order to follow the latest news and events related to GeneaBloggers on Facebook.

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 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won’t be found on any record 100 years from now.

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