Geneabloggers Week In Revew – 24 April 2009

Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of geneablogging:

Happy Blogoversary!

Congratulations to Sheri Bush whose blog Twig Talk celebrates its first year on Sunday, April 26th!

In case I missed yours, remember to send me your blog anniversary info.

Geneabloggers Group on Facebook

Woot! We just hit 500 members with the addition of 11 new people!  Check out the new discussion on Tech Help for Blogspot – and pick up some blogging tips and tricks.

And check out Genea-Bloggers group listing 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 let me know and send me their email info!

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

There’s still time! If you have family lines in Canada and in particular, a black sheep among those lines, then get your entry in for the 4th Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival. Entries are due Sunday, April 26th!

Entries for the 71st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy are due Friday, May 1st with the theme of Local History.  This edition is hosted by Donna at What’s Past is Prologue.

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

Scanfest

The next Scanfest will be held Sunday, April 27th.  If you’ve never been to a Scanfest you don’t know what fun you are missing.  Scanning your old photos and documents should never be so much fun!  It takes place from 11am – 2pm Pacific Daylight Time (1pm – 4pm Central Daylight Time) and you can get more information here.

Data Backup Day – May 1st

Remember to plan the 1st of each month to take a few minutes to copy your data either to a CD, a flash drive, or up to an online repository.

I’d love to have a guest blogger for May 1st telling of her/his experiences with data loss especially any close calls!  Email me if interested.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #17 Make a research task list. Posting these items to will help you get your tasks done, and may encourage readers to do the same.

Surname Saturday

If you are a Twitter user, follow us @geneabloggers and join us tomorrow for Surname Saturday. Participants “tweet” about the surnames they are researching using the #surnames hashtag in each tweet. You can then search for other surname entries over at Twitter Search. Also consider joining the Genealogy Surnames group over at Twitter Groups.

Need help getting started with Twitter? Check out the Twitter cheat sheet created by Geneabloggers!

Geneabloggers Calendar

Remember we have Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday as regular ongoing memes! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the new 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.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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