Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Today is Tuesday, November 27, 2012 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

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Daily Blogging Prompts

Talented Tuesday – Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, post at your genealogy blog through words and pictures.

Tech Tuesday – Have you stumbled upon a piece of technology or new Web-based application that would be of interest to your fellow genealogy colleagues? Post at your blog on Tech Tuesday and show us the ins and outs of this technology and how it can benefit the genealogy community.  This is a new series suggested by Donna Peterson of Hanging with Donna and in the past there have been many iterations of this series: the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) blog Narations as well as The Family Curator by Denise Levenick.

Tombstone Tuesday – To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Travel Tuesday – Do you have images, quotes or stories about trips your ancestors or family took during their lives? Or have to ventured out on travels to your ancestral homeland as part of your genealogy research? Travel Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Susan Donaldson of Family History Fun.

Tuesday’s Tip – What advice would you give to another genealogist or family historian, especially someone just starting out? Remember when you were new to genealogy? Wasn’t it great to find tips and tricks that worked for others? Post your best tips at your genealogy blog on Tuesday’s Tip. This series was suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives and, in fact, this has been an ongoing series by Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist and by Miriam Robbins at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.

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 – Andrea Dorea; Tombstone Tuesday – Nequelle Anne Dyme.

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

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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May I Introduce To You . . . Diane Boumenot

Diane Boumenot

I have the pleasure of introducing you to, Diane Boumenot and her blog, One Rhode Island Family, described as, “ . . . My Genealogical Adventures through 400 Years of Family History.”

How Diane Got Started in Genealogy

“My dad’s family were Scottish Highlanders from Nova Scotia, and very proud of their heritage.  My mom’s family was close, but never talked about their family background. As life went on I became more and more curious, and began collecting pictures and documents.  About three years ago I decided to start a more official search, during a week long vacation at home.  Little did I know that week-long chore will probably take me 40 years, and still never be done. My mom and I were so surprised at all that I found out.

Since her grandmother died in Newton, Massachusetts when mom’s father was 4, my mom never even knew that her grandmother was born in Nova Scotia, to a family of New Englanders who had gone to settle the farms forcibly vacated by the Acadians.  Those folks have Mayflower roots.  And almost every other family line leads back to the earliest settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They have wonderful stories – Quakers evicted on foot from Massachusetts, evolutionary War Minutemen, a cousin sentenced to death in Shay’s Rebellion, a runaway bride, and the stories of many of Rhode Island’s traditional industries – fine jewelry, silversmith, machinery, and cotton mills.”

Diane’s Thoughts on Creating a Genealogy Blog

“I started the blog to tell stories to my family, to get opinions from other genealogists about my problems, and to make it easier for people to find the Rhode Island resources that I’ve gathered. I’m always fascinated by the process of things, so I like to break down a discovery I might have made into the step-by-step details, hoping others will find clues that might work for their problems.

The blog has been a much more meaningful experience than I really expected. Genealogy has gone from being fairly solitary to having a real group dynamic.  In addition to the blog, I have ongoing discussions in social media with other genealogists that mean a great deal to me.  My social media genea-buddies seem like more of a community than any other genealogy group I’ve experienced.  And, through a blog you encounter a lot of 4th and 5th cousins, which is fun.”

Diane’s Favorite Blog Post

“I think my favorite post is about the unusual story of my first visit to the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.  I saw my great-great-great-great-great grandfather Nathan Aldrich’s Bible.  He had CROSSED OUT the name of my 5x great grandmother Marcy Ballou from the family record.  I had been wondering what happened to her – that tipped me off to a possible divorce.  The post is ‘What I saw at the NEHGS.’

Along the same lines, a more recent post: ‘How to Use NUCMC to Perform a Miracle’ may also give hope to those who think their ancestors’ lives were too obscure to have surviving personal records.”

Diane’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers

“My only tip is to imagine you are opening someone else’s blog … in the moment it takes to click the link and open a blog you’ve never seen before, picture what you are HOPING to find.  What combination of writing, layout, stories, resources, tips, or atmosphere would strike you as a great find? THEN, go out and create THAT blog.  Your own interests and attitudes will resonate with others far more than any guided, safe method you could adopt.”

How Genealogy Improved Diane’s Life

“Finding a passion of my own for this hobby and experiencing how it feels to join a community has helped my career in association management.  Watching myself making decisions about what to spend money on, how to reach out to others in the community, what conferences to go to, and how it feels to be welcomed gives me renewed energy for helping others connect with their passion.  Plus, I find there are many connections between the technical skills needed for a job and those needed in genealogy and blogging, and I learn new things all the time.”

What Diane Loves Most About Genealogy

“Genealogy has completely changed my view of history.  I was an American history major in college, but I had absolutely no idea my family was intimately connected to the important events of southern New England history.  I love reclaiming this for my family.

But I also am glad, in some small way, to build a more personal history, where there was a complete blank. I know it changed my mom’s life somewhat to now know more of the details of her father’s difficult childhood, and the tragedies that beset that family for several generations. It gave her a better understanding of her parents.  I think for most people, knowing the enormous struggles of your ancestor’s makes you realize how fortunate you are.  And I always think, when I turn up bad stories, that the next generations had that much more to overcome – and did.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Diane’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Diane, it’s great to have you here!

© 2012, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, November 26, 2012

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Today is Monday, November 26, 2012, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is Cyber Monday.

Daily Blogging Prompts

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Madness Monday – create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who either suffered some form of mental illness or an ancestor who might be hard to locate and drives you mad. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Mappy Monday – do maps, deeds and land records factor in to your family history? Join us for Mappy Monday where you can post map images and how they relate to your research or discuss other aspects of land ownership and your ancestors. Several members of GeneaBloggers suggested this type of theme and in fact Holly Spencer of Ravenna Area Historical Society Blog has been using this theme since March 2009.

Maritime Monday – Post about anything to do with the sea: ancestors who were sailors, shipwrights, fishermen, or coastguards including images, records and links. Maritime Monday is an ongoing series created by Ros Haywood at the GenWestUK blog.

Matrilineal Monday – Post about the female line of one of your families you are researching. Matrilineal Monday is an ongoing series by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of ‘On a flesh and bone foundation’: An Irish History.


Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

Mobile Monday – Do you use mobile applications on a SmartPhone to assist with your genealogy research? Post a review of any applications you’ve used or post about what you’d like to see in a mobile application related to genealogy. This is an ongoing series created by A.C. Ivory of the Find My Ancestor blog.

Motivation Monday – do you have a set of genealogy-related goals you want to tackle? Do you have tips on getting motivated? Whether you want to lend advice or you need advice, participate in Motivation Monday at your blog and tell us what’s on your genealogical plate. This is an ongoing series created by Dionne Kurti at Finding Josephine.

Mystery Monday – Closely related to Madness Monday only these missing ancestors might not cause madness! Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery. Several genealogy bloggers have been using Mystery Monday as an ongoing series including Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, Kathleen Moore of The Misadventures of a Genealogist and Betty Tartas of Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets below, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Honey Dijon; Tombstone Tuesday – Ida Slapter.

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

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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