Friday, January 20, 2012

Follow Friday Gems 01-20-12

This photograph was taken several years ago after a major snow storm. Thus far winter on the east coast has been extremely mild. Some would think I am a little crazy to be craving the first major snowfall, but just looking at the picture you feel the peace and serenity.

Being snowed in for days is the family researchers ultimate dream. A roaring fire, cup of hot chocolate, and hours to get lost online.

Doing the snow dance!

This week has been filled once again with wonderful stories and helpful tips. Here are just a few to help entertain and educate you today.

Searching for ancestors in Ontario, Canada? Check out the Brant County OGS post Provincial Archives-Maritime Provinces for links to helpful websites.

Check out the interview with WikiTree creator, Chris Whitten by Elizabeth Powell Crowe of Crowe's Nest.

Read how Shelley Bishop of A Sense of Family found a common family name in census records. Great post giving the details of how Shelley found the correct line.

Randall Dickerson of Alabama Free-Ranging Organic Genealogy brings us 5 Habits of Ineffective Genealogists. I will admit to being guilty of number five on the list! Must focus!

Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames reminds bloggers to include a seperate surname page on their site.

Over at 'On a flesh and bone foundations': An Irish History discover free online sources for Irish family history and genealogy.

Have inherited books laying around the house? The Family Curator tells a tale of how looking inside a book helped further family research.

Read the lovely tribute Remembering A Man Named King by Angela Y. Walton-Raj of My Ancestor's Name.

Denielle Radcliff Koch of Ancestrally Challenged shares another book review. This week we have the West Virginia Genealogy Sources & Resources by Carol McGinnis.

A great discover this week is the show called "The Family History Show". This series from the United Kingdom describes themselves as "a monthly video podcast or "vodcast" where we showcase the best in genealogy and personal history.

A fun post this week is The Accents in Downton Abbey over at the Dialect Blog.

Diane Rapaport of shares helpful tips on Finding Your Massachusetts Ancestors: Genealogy Research From the 17th to 21st Centuries.

Lynn Palermo of The Accidental Genealogists issued a challenge for the month of February. Come along and write your family history in 29 days! I am game! How about you?

Do you use the Find-A-Grave website as a research tool? Lisa Swanson Ellam of The Faces Of My Family shares how to suggest corrections on the site.

One of my friends suggested I check out a Irish based website today. The site called Historic Graves is "a community focused grass roots heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys and related multimedia stories."

Head over to Sepia Saturday Theme - Hats by Kathy Reed of Family Matters. Wonderful photographs!

Trying to encourage youngsters to get involved their heritage? The Chart Chick by Janet Hovorka shares 6 basic principles of sharing your family history with your children.

Do you know the top 2 free resources for genealogists? Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian's Roots & Rambles explains how important your local library and FamilySearch Centers are for the family researcher.

Interested in learning more about Google Reader? Head over to DearMYRTLE Blog and register for Google Reader Update with DearMYRTLE Evening Session. The webinar will be held Monday, January 30, 2012.

The following geneabloggers are celebrating their blogiversary! Stop by and offer your congratulations.

Ancestral Discoveries

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors

British & Irish Genealogy


It's All Relative

Mam-ma's Southern Family


Blogs I started following this week:

Genealogy Puzzles

Genealogy Sisters

Random Genealogy

Roots Seeker

Walking Your Tree ~ Genealogy, from Connecticut to California

Tonight on GeneaBlogger Radio the topic is Go Local: Local History and Genealogy. No worries if you miss the show! You can still catch the archived episode on the website.

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. Thanks for the heads up on the Dialect Blog; I've added that to my language-themed blogs.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Liz. That was a magical day.

  3. Hi Deb! I just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you the Liebster Blog award! For more info see my blog post about it:


  4. Deb,
    I thought there must be something wrong with my stats. All week long they've been almost double the normal number of views. Tonight I was catching up on my reading and came across your mention of my blog. Thanks for the mention. I, too, love the picture you included in this post.

    1. Kathy, you are most welcome! Glad other people were as interested in the post as I was!