Friday, July 8, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 07-08-11

Someone turned up the heat on the east coast! Everyone is searching for a shady refuge. Think these ladies have just the right idea for some summer fun.

My plan to beat the temperature has been to check out my Google Reader with a nice glass of lemonade. Lots of wonderful stories and advice to turn my mind from the blazing weather.

Here are the gems discovered this week.

In Livin' the Dream! Becoming an American... Kathy Reed of Family Matters writes about her son-in-law becoming an American citizen. What a wonderful way to celebrate our nation's birth.

I love stories where people discover family history by sheer chance. That is what Lisa Wallen Logdson of Old Stones Undeciphered describes in Tombstone Tuesday: Serendipity in Centerville. Lovely tale about a "happy accident."

Discovered new family members during your blogging travels? Lisa of Are You My Cousin? writes about just that experience in Cousins Connect. Check out the amazing photographs her new relations graciously shared.

How about a nice Greek Salad. Our Krazy Kitchen posted directions to create this easy summer treat. Opa!

Did you know at one point in our nation's history you could go to prison over butter? Learn about this bizarre law in What's Cooking Wednesday: Crimes against butter by The National Archives.

The Dan Slee Blog's posted HISTORY PICS: How English Heritage are doing cool Flickr things. Spent at least an hour viewing the spectacular photographs.

Planning a family reunion this summer? Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog has great tips in Genealogy Games for a Family Reunion - Part 2 (Ancestor Cards).

Thank you to Marian Burk Wood of Climbing My Family Tree. She reminds us about a great resource with her post Wisdom Wednesday: Finding Blogs via Genealogue. Searching the listing I discovered many useful and interesting new blogs.

Leland & Patty Meitzler of GenealogyBlog announced New & Updated USA and Canadian Vital Records Database at

The Smithsonian website has a moving story entitled "Music During the American Civil War."

Ever wonder how present day complex family dynamics will change information on birth certificates? Marian Pierre-Louise of Marian's Roots and Rambles poses this question in Food For Thought: Birth Certificates.

Favorite photograph of the week is from Jennie of They Came to Montana. In Wordless Wednesday...Cute little duffer we meet Edward Marxer decked out in his knickers.

FamilySearch posted Samurai Ancestry: Getting Started in Japanese Research.

Do you have a box filled with special recipes sitting on your shelf? Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist gives advice on creating a "family heirloom" in Family Recipe Friday - Preserve Your Old-Fashioned Recipes in a Professional Cookbook.

Read the fascinating story Genalogists Re-open a Nearly 50-Year-Old Murder Case by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. Maybe you can help solve this murder mystery.

This week the last letter was posted in Treasure Chest Continues - The Last Letter from Marie by The Tree Ward. The series chronicles a mother's correspondence with a local couple to adopt her child.

Want to join the carnival? You can do just that with 108 COG - Food For Thought! by the footnoteMaven. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2011.

A great summer read is "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" by David McCullough. Have not been able to put this book down!

Make sure to wish a happy blogiversary to the following geneabloggers:

Ancestors of mine from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky & Beyond

The Family Curator

Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy

The We Tree Genealogy Blog

Several newly discovered genealogy blogs:

365 Days of Genealogy

Transylvanian Dutch: Genealogy and Family History

Unsolved Histories: Adoption & Forensic Genealogy

Don't forget GeneaBloggers Radio this evening. Join host Thomas MacEntee as he presents Don't Know Much About Genealogy - Genealogy Education.

Happy Follow Friday and stay cool!


  1. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. After all, it led me to yours. I really appreciate it.
    Kathy Reed
    Family Matters

  2. BTW -- The picture that you led this post with is one of the best I've ever seen. It truly captures an emotion.

  3. What a great shout out Deb, thanks! You have quite a few listed that were some of my favorite reads for the week too!

  4. Deb, I really appreciate you mentioning my blog in your blog! Stay cool during this heat wave.

  5. Thank you mentioning my Blog Anniversary! It all happens so quickly. I have learned so much from the blogging community.

  6. Thank you for mentioning my blog. It means a great deal to me and now I have found yours. Awesome!!! Thanks again.

  7. Your photo is a gem! Looks like those ladies are having a great time!!!!

  8. Thanks for mentioning my new blog.
    Oh yes! I too, love the Graphics Fairy!!