Saturday, January 28, 2012

Follow Friday Gems 01-27-12

This is one of my favorite photographs taken during a snow storm several years ago.

Just looking at the picture makes me long for the peace and beauty of a quiet winter's day. Especially after reaching the upper 50 degree mark and hearing rumbles of thunder!

Even with the unpredictable weather the geneablogging week was true to form. Many wonderful posts discovered around the blogging world to educate and entertain. Here are just a few that caught my attention.

One of my favorite reads this week was J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth gets a complete genealogy by Alison Flood of the Guardian. How fun to combine one of my favorite authors with family history!

From Genevieve Netz of Prairie Bluestem we have the thought provoking post Discovery by Dowsing.

Jennifer of 'On a flesh and bone foundation' : An Irish History shares Tuesday's Tips: 'Granny was in the IRA' : Turning a story into a history. Here you will find information about early 20th century Irish military history.

Last week I shared the fact that Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist has issued a Family History Writing Challenge. To learn more read Guess Who's Coming to the Party? There is even a red carpet!

Very unconventional urns can be found on the blog My Grave Addiction.

Check out the photograph of a very stylish young woman on The Cabinet Card Gallery. Love that hat!

Lisa Wallen Logsdon of Old Stones Undeciphered shares Walter M. Runyan - He Wasn't Born on Wednesday. Read about this little lad and the affliction that caused him to institutionalized.

Excellent information shared about offline genealogy tools by Cassmob over at Family history across the seas.

Liz Stratton of Attics and Old Lace takes us on a trip to learn about Broadway during the early 1900's.

Speaking of New York, the Two Nerdy History Girls share a 1910 fashionable stroll down Fifth Avenue.

Angela Y. Walton-Raji of The USCT Chronicle tells the story Remembering the Teachers - Who Brought Thousands Out of Darkness. Learn how Mary L. Peake, daughter of a free black woman and an Englishman, dedicated her life to educating former slave children.

Shelley Bishop of A Sense of Family offers excellent tips for first-time Family History Library visitors.

This week Lisa Swanson Ellam of The Faces Of My Family continues her series on the website Find A Grave. Learn the appropriate way to ask for a memorial transfer.

Janet Hovorka of The Chart Chick has announced the release of her book The Chart Chick's Quick Insider Guide To Salt Lake City. The book is chock full of helpful information.

Favorite photograph this week comes courtesy John of Currach with Behind the Stone.

Check out the very interesting read The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937 by Kathy Reed of Family Matters.

Caroline Pointer of For Your Family Story tells us that Google is not the only search option. Helpful information and websites are offered in this informative post.

The National Archives made a new announcement! They invite the public to join their National Archives Transcription Pilot Project. Learn how you can participate in transcribing the Archives historical documents.

Come join the fun at Scanfest this Sunday, January 29th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time! What is Scanfest? Your chance to gather with genealogy friends online to chat while scanning family documents and photos. This is a wonderful opportunity hosted by Miriam over at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.

The following geneabloggers are celebrating a blogiversary this week. Stop by and offer your best wishes!

Ancestor Soup

A Grave Interest

Hunting Dead People

Jennifer's Genealogy Blog

Karen's Chatt

me and my ancestors

My Tombstone Collection

The Tree of Me

The Turning of Generations

West in New England

Blogs I started following this week:

Brewster/Swanson Family History

Mad About Genealogy : English & General Genealogy News & Links

A Man of Family

Sally Searches

Trippin' Over Roots

Tonight's episode of Geneabloggers Radio will be Slave and Slaveholders Descendants, Collaborating. Do not worry if you miss the show. The episodes are available to enjoy anytime.

Happy Follow Friday!


  1. thanks for the mention Deb. Off to read some of the others new to me. BTW it's thundering away in the background here too, but the it's the season for it.

  2. Thank you for the link to my blog. I appreciate it! I love the surnames list in your sidebar. What a great idea for a genealogy blog!

  3. Thanks for the shout out re: Scanfest, Deb!