Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 07-22-11

The heat is on! Most of the country is baking well over 100 degrees. Ready to grab my bathing suit (nothing close to the ones above) and head to the beach.

Before I look for relief from the weather here are a few blog posts to keep your mind off any discomfort.

Thanks to Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy for showing us how to Beat the Heat!

Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy shares a wonderful family treasure. I get goosebumps each time I look at The 5 Generation Morris Family Quilt. Such a lovely way to document your heritage.

Favorite photograph of the week comes from Alan Burnett of News from Nowhere. Check out Picture Post 1014 : Reflections On a Boston Church. Talk about being in the right spot at the right time!

Thanks to genealogy friend Susan Peterson of Long Lost Relatives for mentioning the blog My Daguerreotype Boyfriend: Where Early Photography Meets Extreme Hotness. Here is your chance to flaunt the handsome gentlemen lurking in your family tree.

BookCheckJen of Digging under my family tree... shares a family tale with Thrilling Thursday - Flood.

Head over and read family stories from Kay Sturgeon of Gol Gol Girl : Family History (Genealogy) Research. In Week 28 - Bridging the generations with story telling Kay reminds us how important stories are to future generations.

A must read from FamilySearch this week is Use Online Map Resources to Break Brick Walls.

IrishEyesJG of 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History gives us If they had stuck like glue to those Irish naming patterns....

James Pylant of has an interesting look at surnames with Weaselhead, Devil and Drunkard: Surnames Originating As Insults.

Before heading out on that summer vacation read the post by Nancy Hendrickson's Ancestor News on How to Photograph Historic Sites. Great advice to capture that perfect picture.

Check out 3 Reasons I Love WikiTree over at Elyse's Genealogy Blog. I have recently started using the site and must admit to falling in love too!

Just discovered the new blog called Youth Genealogy & Historical Research. Drusilla Pair, genealogist and family historian, has created a place to share family history with the youngsters in your life.

The people of at have launched a new blog called Past Imperfect. They describe the site as being "history with all the interesting bits left in."

Margel of 2338 W. Washington Blvd. shares a moving tribute with A Gift From My Ancestors.

The National Archives has the Thursday Photo Caption Contest. Each week they post a picture and ask the public to supply the caption. The photograph for next week is one of the most unusual I have ever seen! What would be your caption?

Are you planning a family reunion this summer? Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogists offers Family Reunions - Tips, Tricks and Tons of Fun, part 1 and Family Reunions - Part 2 - Fundraising and Genealogy. Excellent ideas to help create a memorable day for all who attend.

Ending the week with Cheryl Cayemberg of Have You Seen My Roots post Family Recipe Friday - Ravioli...The Way My Irish Mom Used To Make! Thanks for Sunday's dinner suggestion!

Happy blogiversary this week to the following:


Elyse's Genealogy Blog

Janet the Researcher

Ruth's Genealogy

Blogs started following this week:

Dead Librarian: Helping South Carolina family historians find free, online information

Donna Moughty's Genealogy Resources

Tonight's episode of GeneaBloggers Radio is entitled "Until We Meet Again! - Family Reunions and Genealogy". Tune in 10 pm eastern, 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, and 7 pm pacific.

Happy Follow Friday and stay cool!


  1. Thanks for the mention, Deb! I hope you enjoy the ravioli!

  2. Deb - glad you enjoyed the link to the pics of hot dead guys! I get a kick out of that blog.

  3. Thanks for the shout out for my "Beat the Heat" blog post. I still wonder how they survived 100 degree muggy days without AC. They were obviously tougher than me! Stay cool!

  4. Thanks so much for the mention. I took the opportunity to follow some of the other wonderful links you found. Great job!

  5. You are all welcome! Thank to you one and all for the wonderful posts.