Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 07-15-11

The Graphics Fairy posted this photograph entitled Early Graphic - Lovely Lady on Balcony. You can feel the breeze coming off the sea as the woman gazes serenely over her domain.

What a wonderful place to escape from the oppressive heat! Wouldn't we all love to have a balcony overlooking a tranquil ocean? Oh well, just have to settle for the kiddie pool in the backyard.

Here are my blogging discoveries that educated, entertained, and challenged.

Last weekend Tonia Kendrick over at Tonia's Roots issued a challenge with 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog: write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog. This exercise makes you focus on blogging goals and stretches your writing skills.

Google+ hit the scene in a major way this past weekend. Carole Riley of Social Media and Genealogy asks the question Can Google+ replace Facebook and Twitter?

Angela Y. Walton-Raji of My Ancestor's Name reinforces good research habits with Always Searching and Sometimes Finding.

Over at the GenealogyBlog you will find helpful advice in Searching Newspaper 'Local Briefs'.

Sharon of The Tree of Me gives us a bit of New South Wales history in Family Treasures - Elector's Rights. Learn about her ancestors 1901 voter right's documents.

I love maps! Wendy B. of Shaking Leaves: My Adventures in Genealogy gives an excellent presentation about this subject in Those Places Thursday: Mapping My Family in Marion County, Alabama. She explains how use of plat and land maps enriches your genealogy research.

Charlieman of A Hawaiian family history blog relates the news the Native Hawaiian Genealogy Society has a presence on Facebook.

This week I discovered a wonderful blog called The Cabinet Card Gallery. Check out the latest entry Bundled Up For The Cold: Adorable Little Girl In Foscani, Romania. Collectors Weekly description of cabinet cards "measuring approximately four inches by six inches and mounted on cardstock (similar to cardboard), cabinet card photos got their name from their size—they were just the right size to be displayed on a cabinet."

Check out Aunt Lola's Raisin Spice Cake-Family Recipe Friday by Brenda Leyndyke of Journey To The Past. Think I may doing a little baking this weekend!

 Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings gives us an entertaining look at What do they say about Genealogy on Twitter? My favorite by far comes from the crankfetter.

Daniel Dillman of Indiana Dillmans posted my favorite photograph with Wordless Wednesday - Blanche Bieger & Alta Day. You can feel the obvious friendship shared by these two lovely women.

In the news - One of my favorite places to visit is the Maryland Historical Society. This week there was upsetting news surrounding the society. Read the article 'America's Presidential Historian' Arrested After Allegedly Stealing from the Maryland Historical Society.

Guess who is celebrating a blogiversary?

Ancestor Hunting

Desperately Seeking Surnames

Into the LIGHT

Lost Family Treasures

Newly discovered blogs:

Gene Notes: Random and not so random thoughts on family history

Massachusetts and More Genealogy Blog

Scottish Genealogy Tips Tricks & Tidbits

Tune in for Cool Ideas for Involving Youth in Genealogy on GeneaBloggers radio. Tonight we have a very special guest host DearMyrtle. She will welcome guests speakers Drusilla Pair "Professor Dru" of Find Your Folks blog, Nicka Smith of the Atlas Family blog, Jari Honora of Bayou Roots, and Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog. Starting times are 10pm. Eastern, 9 pm. Central, 8pm Mountain, and 7pm Pacific.

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. This photo would make a great starter for a short story or story round.

  2. Thanks so much for the shout out, Deb! It's always fun to find someone else who geeks out over maps as much as I do. =)

  3. Happy Baking! Thanks for the mention.

  4. Hi Deb, thanks for the shout-out! You have some great finds, here. There are several I want to read.