Friday, September 23, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 09-23-11

Happy Autumnal Equinox! My favorite season has finally arrived. The perfect weather for hiking, leaf peeping, and graveyard rambling. Plenty of genealogy research on the schedule.

I would like to thank both Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and Gini Webb of Ginisology. What an honor to be featured in the May I Introduce You.... article last week. I received wonderful comments on my blog because of the article, and gained new bloggers friends! What a lovely way to start the week. Make sure to check back each Monday and learn about the featured blogger.

Here are picks from another week of informative and entertaining blog reading.

Start the season with a wonderful fall recipe from At Home With Mrs. M called Apple Loaf Cake with Carmel Topping.

Get in the autumnal mood by reading Forever autumn - fruitfulness, falling leaves and a poem by Phillip Larkin courtesy Suzie Grogan of No more wriggling out of writing woman...

Melissa Mannon of ArchivesINFO has a great overview on The Value and Pitfalls of Tagging Tweets.

Renee Zamora of Renee's Genealogy Blog has FamilySearch Records Update 21 September 2011. Learn about the 16 million new records added to the database.

Jen of Muddy Boots shares Does this count? Boy can I relate! Love friends with the decorating flare but sometimes feel out of step.

A great new blog is Czech Genealogy for Beginners. Check out Czech first names, Czech Registries - basics and Czech Archives dictionary.

September 21st was Alzheimer's Day. Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family shares a moving tribute to his mother with Alzheimer's Action Day - Our Family's Journey to Remembering.

In The Book Is Dead, Long Live The Book Alan Burnett of News from Nowhere discusses paper versus ebooks.

How fun! Greta Kohl of Greta's Genealogy Bog meet Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie's Ghost! Read about her interesting encounter on Fan Friday: Google Alerts and Annie's Ghost.

Susan Holloway Scott of Two Nerdy History Girls shares a stirring tale with The Sad Civil War Story of Jennie Wade, 1863. Susan tells the story about the only civilian death during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Learn about the Three (3) Question Rule by Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy. Kathleen shares advice about what you should be asking when researching each "document/evidence/newspaper clip, etc."

Thanks to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. Randy shared the link yesterday on Facebook for J.K. Rowling (British) episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Will be watching this weekend.

Two favorite photographs this week. Susan Thomas of Climbing the Branches of My Family Tree shares Wonderful Wednesday's Photo - Horst Siblings in Cincinnati ca. 1892. Each child has the identical expression! Thanks to Yvette Porter Moore of Digging Roots: My Family History for sending Cheers to Genealogy: Wordless Wednesday.

The Lady Blogger Society brings us How to Blog When You Are Exhausted and Uninspired. Lots of great tips to get you back on track.

Head over to 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time for Tech Tuesday - Finding Surname Variants. Lisa shares two helpful websites and the outcome of her research.

Jen Newby of Writing Women's History posts about the website History to Herstory.

The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal posted Cemetery Art: beauty in the cemetery. Learn how to "piece together two or more photos or create a collage using Picasa3 editing program".

In a rut? Don't know what to do next with your research? The Scrappy Genealogists gives great advice with Genealogical Jump Start - Part 1.

Happy blogiversary to the following geneabloggers. Stop over and offer your congratulations!

Bayside Blog

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

Enduring Legacy Genealogy

Grace and Glory

Luxegen Genealogy and Family History

Blogs started following this week:

Founding Americans and their Kinfolk

Leaves Of Heritage

My Mt. Lookout Heritage

Traveling Through the Generations

Tonight's episode of GeneaBloggers Radio is "Genealogists Bore Their Families - What You Can Do About It". I can attest to watching more than one family members eyes glaze over!

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. Thanks for the mention, Deb. I still haven't gotten a Google Alert on the ancestor whose name I posted - musta done something wrong.

  2. thank you for mentioning my post Deb.

  3. Beautiful blog Deb! I love your backgrounds!

  4. You are most welcome Melissa & Greta!

    Greta-hope you are having better luck with Google Alerts. Can't wait to hear if you have a discovery.

    Nancy-Thanks for the compliment. This blog has become my passion, therapy, and connection to the past.

  5. Hi Deb, Finally figured out why people were jumping from your blog to mine. Thank you so much for including my blog post in your Follow Friday Gems last week. Sorry it took me so long to say thank you. Jennifer :)

  6. You are most welcome, Jennifer! Love reading your blog.