Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of November 27 – December 4, 2009

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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:

Happy Blogiversary!

  • LivS Blog – one of our great blogs from Norway – celebrates its second birthday on Monday, November 30, 2009. If you haven’t visited Liv’s space yet go take a look – there’s even a translation button to convert the text from Norwegian to English.

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.

Data Backup Day – December 1, 2009

This Tuesday, December 1, 2009 is Data Backup Day. Have you backed up your genealogy research data lately? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day and all genealogists are urged to backup their files.

This month might be a good time to consider asking Santa for a new external hard-drive or some other way of backing up data!  Check out CNET’s latest reviews of external hard drives!

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

The holidays are a special time for many especially since they are filled with family traditions and evoke special memories.  Starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, GeneaBloggers will be hosting the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  In a nutshell, there is a special prompt each day between the 1st and the 24th of December and all GeneaBloggers members are invited to post at their own blogs about that day’s topic.

Make sure you use the words Advent Calendar in your post title so our roll-up widget will list your post with all the others!

December 1 – The Christmas Tree
Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree? What types of Christmas trees did your ancestors have?

December 2 – Holiday Foods
Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that was unusual?

December 3 – Christmas Tree Ornaments
Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments? (Note: this post can be used for Treasure Chest Thursday as well)

December 4 – Christmas Cards
Did your family send cards? Did your family display the ones they received? Do you still send Christmas cards? Do you have any cards from your ancestors?

Holiday 2009 Recipe Contest and Cookbook

GeneaBloggers is issuing a “call for recipes” for its upcoming Holiday 2009 edition of the GeneaBloggers cookbook. Now is the time to gather those favorite holiday recipes along with any photos and stories that help illustrate how important the recipe was to your family.

Besides creating posts over at your own genealogy or family history related blog, you must use our Submit A Recipe form to make sure yours are included in the Holiday 2009 GeneaBloggers cookbook. The deadline is 11:00 pm on Friday, December 4, 2009.

As an added incentive, each recipe submitted will become an entry in our Holiday 2009 Recipe Contest! One winner will be drawn at random on Monday, December 7, 2009 for a Williams-Sonoma gift card – retail value $25 US. See the contest rules for complete details.

A PDF version of the cookbook will appear here at GeneaBloggers the week of December 7th – in color and fully printable or you can email it to friends and family.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The 7th Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival is accepting submissions through Sunday, November 29, 2009.  The theme is “carousel” which means the author can select a Canadian genealogy-related topic of his or her choosing.
  • The 85th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy’s theme is “Orphans and Orphans” and you can submit your post through Tuesday, December 1, 2009.  This edition will be hosted at Greta’s Genealogy Bog and this editions theme is quite interesting: The first type of orphan refers to those ancestors or relatives who lost their parents when they were young. The second type of orphan would be those siblings or cousins of our ancestors whom we think of as “reverse orphans.” They are the relatives who, for whatever reason – death at a young age, never having married or had children, or having children who did not survive to provide descendants – have no direct descendants of their own, so it falls to us, their collateral relatives, to learn and write their story.

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

Genealogy Conferences This Week

As expected, the genealogy conference season slows down around the holiday season. 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

There are no scheduled appearances by GeneaBloggers members this coming week.  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.

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

Great news – we are now at 780 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. In case you haven’t checked in at Facebook lately, there is a good discussion about RootsMagic 4 in the Discussions section. 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!

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #48: Open up the ancestral military and pension files. Talk about the records contained within.

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration!

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Our Daily Blogging Prompts (Black Sheep Sunday, Madness Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Follow Friday and Surname Saturday) 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.

© 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

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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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