Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow Friday Gems - 12-02-11

Hard to believe 2011 will be ending in a few short weeks! It has been a very productive genealogy year. For this I am extremely thankful. Great discoveries and wonderful new friends.

Several years ago I attended a women's conference with close friends. During the event a "historical" nor'easter came up the bay. Out of this experience came some of the most lovely photographs I have taken. Each week on the gems I will share on of these treasures.

On to the wonderful posts that educated and entertained this past week.

Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family shares My Blog is Decked Out for Christmas! Great links to help make your site festive.

Must read! Each day In 'Tis the Season - The Christmas Gift Kathy Reed of Family Matters will be posting excerpts from letters written by her brother. Come follow along as Tom reflects on the meaning of Christmas.

Sean Bentley of Eff-Stop Local: Small-Radius Travel shares photographs of the Jimi Hendrix grave. Any flower children out there?

Conducting Virginia research? Then listen to the blogtalkradio presentation by Natonne E. Kemp, family historian, researcher and writer.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog has a fun December Genealogy Challenge! Lorine suggests we bring back a family tradition.

Ancestry announced they will be making WWII records free starting today until December 07, 2011.

Having trouble picking out gifts for the genealogists in the family? Your Story Coach blog shares 10 Gift Ideas that Celebrate Family History. Great link to send family members for gift ideas for yourself!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy shares a family treasure with My Dad's College Paper on the Underground Railroad in Massachusetts.

Over at Relatively Curious About Genealogy you will find the informative post What do not-so-local genealogical societies have to offer? PLENTY?

Favorite photograph comes from Stephanie of Corn And Cotton: My Family's Story. Check out Wordless Wednesday: The Bullingtons. Even with everyone looking so somber you have to smile. The bows steal the show!

J. Geraghty-Gorman of 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History has the haungting post The Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland.

Come share your holiday memories over at GeneaBloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2011.

Read the sweet tale The Un-Decorator Is Here by the Collectin Texas Gal. We all have had one of these little critters in our house at one time!

I love cabinet cards! A goal in the new year is to start my very own collection. Favorite one discovered this week would be Cabinet Card: Carl Th. Meyer, Wien over at Currach. What do you think the little boy standing in the front is thinking?

Valerie Craft of Begin with 'Craft' tells us Why You Read Back of a Tombstone.

Have a favorite cookie recipe? Then check out Family Recipe Friday - Online Cookie Exchange from Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogists.

Michele Goodrum of The Turning of Generations shares Using Indirect Evidence to Identify a Photo-Summary.

Savannah of The Lady Bloggers Society give great tips about How to Balance "Blogging" and the "Holidays".

Love chocolate? Then check out Chocolate Mousse Round-up & Vintage Recipe by Janet Randolph of Dying for Chocolate.

Do you have or thinking of purchasing the Android Tablet? Head over to Documenting the Details by Linda McCauley for Testing My Android Tablet - Part 1.

Thanks to Jennie of They Came To Montana for her Friday Funny ....working off those holiday pounds.

The following geneabloggers are celebrating a blogiversary! Stop in and offer your congratulations.


California Genealogy Society & Library

Family Folklore Blog

Genealogy Dragnet

The Historian's Family

Starting following this week:

Breaking Down Brick Walls

Lessons From My Ancestors

Origin Hunters

Penrose Mornings: Blood Family Blog

Make sure to read this weeks GeneaBloggers article May I Introduce To You...Sue Well by Gini Webb of Ginisology.

Tonight's episode of GeneaBloggers Radio will be Capturing Family Memories -All Year Round.

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. Deb, I'm looking forward to those photographic treasures you will be posting. Today's picture is indeed stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks, Jacqi! That was such a magical time. We headed up early to the event to beat the storm. Spent most of the night by the windows watching Mother Nature do her thing across the water. Truly humbling.

  3. Thank you so much for the mention! Isn't that photo great? I love the bows. :)

  4. Enjoyed your list. I now have some new blogs in my reader :)

  5. Linda & Stephanie, you are most welcome You always have such wonderful posts!

    Catherine-Thanks! Went over and checked out your blog. Looking forward to following along on this genealogy road!

  6. Thanks so much for mentioning Your Story Coach! I've been enjoying your blog posts and tweets. Great topics and always fun to read!