Happy Blogoversary, footnoteMaven!

It’s hard to believe that’s only been two years since the public debut of footnoteMaven, the proprietress of her pseudonymously eponymous blog as well as of Shades of the Departed.  In that short time, her publications have set the bar higher and higher for content and she has become by acclamation one of the respected leaders of the Geneablogosphere.  She …Continue reading →


Five Things Meme

I’ve been tagged three four times for the Five Things meme, by Donna Pointkouski at What’s Past is Prologue, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe,  Denise Olson at Moultrie Creek, and John Newmark of Transylvanian Dutch.  So I play: 10 Years Ago, I was: clueless as to the names of any of my great-grandparents. a Superior Court judge in …Continue reading →


GeneaBlogie Among “Best of the Best”

at Alltop. Our friend the footnoteMaven was among the first, if not the first, of the genea-bloggers to notice that the site has added a genealogy section. And her blogs were listed! fM closed her post about Alltop with an enticing “See anyone you know?”  So we had to look and there was GeneaBlogie! Allltop describes itself as a …Continue reading →


The 2008 Summer GeneaBloggers Games

Some of the clever administrators at the GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook (Thomas, Miriam, Kathryn) have put together the 2008 Summer GeneaBloggers Games.   Although I missed the Opening Ceremonies, I will be competing in every category.  The Games end on August 25.  Below are the categories and rules.  Also below is my flag. It’s taken from the flag of Ghana, representing …Continue reading →


Pix from Burbank

Above: George G. Morgan, flanked by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, and Stephen Danko, responds to a question during the first-ever Genea-Bloggers Summit on June 28, 2008, during the 39th Annual Southern California Genealogical Jamboree. The all-star panel finds themselves looking at themselves looking at themselves thanks to Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life. Genea-bloggers gather: front row from left–Kathryn Doyle; Dick …Continue reading →


SCGS Jamboree: Elizabeth Scoops Bloggers at Summit

BURBANK, Calif.–As some of the geneablogosphere’s brightest stars sat on a panel discussing what they do and how they do it, the story was being scooped by genea-blogger Elizabeth O’Neal from her vantage point in the third row. At 10:28 AM PDT, less than half an hour after the session began, she posted the following: (click to enlarge) Kathryn Doyle …Continue reading →


78%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? Uh-oh . . . I honestly thought it would be lower! See Miriam at AnceStories, and Tim at Genealogy Reviews Online. I hope Randy plays this one–I can’t wait to see his score!


On the Hunt

I have a number of posts in draft but not quite done. I’ve been obsessively tracking down a new lead on an ancestor–that’s used up my time. We’ll get caught up on some interesting blog stuff this weekend.


Greatest Finds Ever

My “Greatest Genealogical Find Ever” elicited very interesting responses from a host of genea-bloggers. Colleen at The Oracle of OMcHoDoy writes about the mystery of the Doyle women. Lisa tells us a bit about her great-great-grandfather John Donnelly and the Mollie McGuires at Small-leaved Shamrock. On Destination:Austin Family, Thomas MacEntee shares a tiny magical book with us . Apple tells …Continue reading →


My 2008 Goals

For 2008, I think it’s worth recycling some of my 2007 goals, especially where I didn’t do so well. So here we go: 1. Attend a national conference. Conveniently, the National Genealogical Society has planned its 30th Conference in the States and Family History Fair for Kansas City in May! 2. Make contact with more cousins to hear their stories. …Continue reading →

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