Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 07-29-11

In the evening after dinner I kick back with Google Reader. How wonderful to relax with a tall glass of iced tea and friends from the geneablogging world.

Forget the newspaper and television! All they bring is stress, anger, and sadness. By far my favorite entertainment to end a long day is family history, great stories, and wonderful research advice. Thanks to everyone for making this week a delight!

Here are some great reads I'm sure you will enjoy.

Kathy Reed of Family Matters has an interesting tale about Six Degrees of Separation.

If you are a techy and enjoy stats read Site Engagement or Big Brother-ish Stalking? by Taneya Koonce of Taneya's Genealogy Blog. Learn about the benefits of accessing information about your blog visitors.

Wonderful resources and advice about The Transcription of a Will by Leslie Ann over at Ancestors Live Here.

James Tanner of Genealogy's Star has blogged with his observations attending the BYU Genealogy Conference. Each day he shares new and exiting information!

Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian's Roots & Rambles tells us that Google+ Hangouts are Fun!

If you enjoy Downtown Abbey you will love Two Nerdy History Girls by Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott. The blog shares "gossip about history, writing, and yes, shoes". Favorite post this week was Jonathan Swift's Directions to Servants, 1731.

What a fun story Jennie of They Came To Montana gives us with Not So...Talented Tuesday...Joseph Marxer Drives A Car. A smile comes to my face days after reading about Joseph's adventure in a 1917 Studebaker.

Nancy of My Ancestors and Me shares Hearth - Tuesday's Tip. She explains how this website gives a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. How they may have raised their children, bought food, and decorated their homes. What a great way to gain a better understanding of their day-to-day life.

Randy Seaver of Genea-musings has Tuesday's Tip-Check Leland's FamilySearch Collections Lists Often.

Guess what? Scanfest is Coming! Have lots of photographs to scan? Hang out with really great genealogy friends to make this task less of a chore and more of a party. Miriam of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors has set the date & time: Sunday, July 31st, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time. Hope to see you there.

The Cabinet Card Gallery posted a lovely photograph of a Pretty Lady With Excellent Fashion Sense in West Hoboken, New Jersey.

Great resources and a history lesson on French Genealogy, Part 1 & Part 2 by Nancy Hendrickson's Ancestor News.

Make sure to visit Wordless Wednesday: Betty Porter-Teacher Christmas Greeting from Yvette Porter Moore of Digging Roots: My Family History. Yvette's mother looks like the ideal teacher. What a lovely smile!

Do you remember paper dresses? Lidain of Kitchen Retro takes us down memory lane with her post The Psychedelic Pie Dress.

Lisa Wallen Logsdon of Old Stones Undeciphered brings an outrageous tale in Wedding Wednesday: Murder and Marriage. Those are two words you generally don't see placed together in a sentence!

A treat for the little ones in your life by Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. In the post Ancestor Stepping Stones: More Genealogy Fun With Children you will find step-by-step instructions to create a wonderful keepsake.

Have fun taking the 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD quiz from Michael John Neill of My score indicates I might be a wee bit obsessive. What is your number?

This week The Association of Graveyard Rabbits features an interview with Neil McNally of The Daily Deceased.

Remember tonight is another episode of GeneaBlogger Radio. Join in for Your Story Matters - Capturing Your Personal Family History. This week Thomas MacEntee welcomes Ian Kath founder Create Your Life Story; Zach Weiner of; and Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog. Times are 10pm EDT, 9pm CDT, 8pm MDT, and 7pm PDT.

Happy blogiversary to the following GeneaBloggers:


Nutfield Genealogy

Twigs of Yore: the blog

Newly discovered blogs:

Digging Roots: My Family History

A Family Tapestry


Lastly, thanks to everyone for their kind words on my "Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket" post. This girl is still walking on air with that amazing discovery!

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. Deb,
    We obviously enjoy a lot of the same blogs, as I also read and agree with your assessment of many of those you chose to list. Thanks for mentioning my blog, too.

  2. Thanks for the mention Deb! I have read most of those listed here but a few I missed so I'm heading off to read the rest...thanks again!

  3. Thanks for the mention. The story of Joseph in the Studebaker is one of my favorites too. Off to read the other stories you mentioned here.

  4. Deb, thanks for mentioning my blog. I certainly enjoyed visiting your site, and will be back for more!

  5. What a lovely long list of finds you have this week. I haven't been keeping up with my blog reading very well this week so I appreciate these recommendations. I'm headed off to read them. Thanks for including my post in your list. I appreciate it.

  6. You are welcome! Must thank all of you for writing interesting, funny, and touching posts. Makes my weekly geneablog reading a sheer joy!

  7. Thanks so much for the FF mention Deb! I am way behind on my reading so that's why I didn't holler at you sooner ;-)

  8. Thanks for mentioning my new GenWriter blog. Also, thanks for bringing the Family Matters blog back to my attention...when I switched readers, I must have missed adding that one...I recognized the title and blogger, but didn't have it on my list...I have several months of Kathy's blog posts to catch up on!