Friday, July 1, 2011

Follow Friday Gems : 07-01-11

Time to celebrate! Hot dogs, parades, and fireworks are the order of the day. Watermelon on ice, grill fired up, and everyone ready for the show to start.

Our oldest son was born on July 3, 1979. For many years he thought the fireworks were in celebration of his birth. We did not tell him any different as we traveled to see what he called "my fireworks." What a sad day when he realized they were in honor of our nations birth.

Happy Birthday to Jason and the United States of America!

Here are blogging gems from this week:

A must read is the lovely post called Farewell, my homeland on the Family Archaeologist blog. Linda Gartz shares information about her grandmother's journey to the United States discovered in a "tiny book." Can not wait to read the next installment of Lisi's story.

Lisa Wallen Logsdon of Old Stones Undeciphered writes about family and American history with The Reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace.

Bill West of West in New England wrote Paying For Past Genealogical Sins. Bill shares how he "name-gathered" during the early stages of his genealogy research. What a common mistake! When starting our family trees the best advice would be think before you click!

The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal has an interesting post called Cemetery History in the Newspaper by Diane Wright. Read this great overview about the "treasure trove" of genealogy information and cemetery history located in historical newspapers.

Follow along on The Diary Project by Melissa Mannon of ArchivesINFO. Melissa and daughter are on an exciting research adventure. They are trying to discover the author of a 1882 diary found in a local antique shop.

Alan of Thoughts, Images, and Memories from Alan Burnett shares Some Random Thoughts On A Visit To The United States.

Two great posts with book recommendations. Greta Koehl of Greta's Genealogy Blog with My Top 5 Genealogy Research Books. Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian's Roots & Rambles with The Top 5 Books on My Bookshelf.

Wendy of Shaking Leaves: My Adventures in Genealogy shares another great recipe. This week we have Family Recipe Friday: Aunt Rae's Brown Beans.

Have you heard about the Great Missouri Treasure Hunt? Head over and see what is happening at the Missouri State Archives.

Check out What's Cooking Wednesday's: a dozen dont's of gardening by the National Archives. Enjoy this informative post about victory gardens.

Favorite photograph comes from My Grandma's Sisters by How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey. Lovely ladies with amazing smiles!

Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon gives us 7 Reasons The Zombie Apocalypse Would Be Good For Genealogists. This hilarious look at why the upcoming invasion would be a boon for family researchers will leave your tummy aching from laughter!

The most popular post this week from this blog was David Rumsey Adds 1,676 New Maps Added - Mappy Monday.

Remember GeneaBloggers Radio has another episode this evening! The topic will be The CSI Show - Forensic Genealogy.

These genealogy blogs are celebrating their Blogiversary this week. Stop by and offer your congratulations!

Lisa Alzo of Accidental Genealogist

Valerie Craft of Begin with 'Craft'

Jennifer Holik of Family History Research

Tiny Lyons of Gen Wish List

Mountain Genealogists

Tracie from Spirits Of The Old

Newly discovered blogging gems:

Digging Roots: My Family History

Metropolitan Police Research

Professor Dru's Blog: Integrating Genealogy with Technology

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. Thanks for the Blogiversary mention!

  2. Thank you so much for the mention!

  3. Hi Deb!
    Thank you for mentioning my post!