Thursday, August 2, 2007

29th Edition Of The Carnival Of Genealogy!

Welcome to the August 1, 2007, Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy and thank you to Jasia of Creative Gene for allowing me the opportunity to host this COG edition.

The topic for the 29th Edition Of The Carnival is Moral or Legal Dilemmas in Genealogy and Genea-blogging. Which ones have you had to deal with and how did you resolve them, if you did? There seems to be a common thread to many of the contributions for this COG - our ancestors were all way too human. So join me on this edition's ride and see if we can find a road map for those moral and legal dilemmas!

First up is Laura Young of the Dragon Slayer's Guide To Life (don't you just love the name). She writes a beautiful post entitled On Legacy and asks the question, "If my niece one day Googles me twenty years from now, if Googling still exists, and stumbles on me here, will she want to make a cup of tea, and light some incense and read this?" How could she not, Laura? Thank you.

Next, Everyone's Friend in Genealogy, Dear Myrtle, presents a response to a reader's question on Genealogy Etiquette posted at DearMYRTLE. Thanks, Myrt, for your best Sgt. Joe Friday advice, advice we should all heed.

Jessica Oswalt writes regarding an issue near and dear to the footnoteMaven's heart, sources and their proper citation in Ethical Issues in Genealogy that I have come across posted at Jessica's Genejournal. Thanks, Jessica, we all understand your frustration with incomplete research.

Next, Janice Brown presents Genealogy: Preventing Internet Theft of your Family Photos posted at Cow Hampshire. Janice answers the question "But who in the world would want to use my old photographs?" and gives us a lesson in the fine art of watermarking. If you want to save your cherished family photos from online theft this is a post not to miss. Thanks Janice for sharing your expertise.

Larry Lehmer cooks up a dilemma in What should you include in your 'family stew?' posted at Passing It On. Does that new "secret spice" alter the old family recipe? Thanks Larry, a little food for thought goes a long way!

Next, John Newmark presents How much to say about the reason Relative A stopped speaking to Relative B posted at TransylvanianDutch. Thanks for discussing a real life, all too human dilemma, John. A dilemma that carries over to the post itself.

Craig Manson writes What do I Do Now? Moral Dilemmas in Genealogy posted at GeneaBlogie. Those of you who have followed Craig’s summer odyssey may wonder out loud where Craig got the time or energy to submit such a thorough article to the COG. I certainly did. Craig discusses secrets, confidentiality, and an obligation to set the record straight. Thanks Craig, for a great post and for making time for the COG. Safe trip home!

Everyone’s favorite genea-blogger, Jasia, writes another terrific article entitled Include? Omit? Justify? Defile? Do Time? posted at Creative Gene. The names have been changed to protect the innocent or not so innocent as the case may be, but we all recognize the dilemma. Jasia presents us with her conflicted thoughts and feelings on the subject of an all too human ancestor. The title says it all. Thanks, Jasia!

Next, Lori Thornton presents Moral & Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. Thanks Lori, for sharing the frustration of seeing someone else take credit for your hard earned work and for discussing genealogical education versus turning over researched information. The fact that you use proper citations warms the footnoteMaven's heart.

Randy Seaver writes about A Challenging Moral Dilemma posted at Genea-Musings. As always, Randy gives us a crowd pleaser post that discusses nibbling around the edges of an extremely personal dilemma. Thanks Randy, we all hope you get that telephone call or email.

Next, Steve Danko presents his views on Ethics in Publishing Family Histories posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. What, you can’t copyright facts? Of course not! Which only leads Steve to more dilemmas.

Ken Spangler posts an article entitled Publish Or Withhold, What To Do? at Beyond Fiction. Ken is searching for a break through in his dilemma. He wants to tell the whole story but can he really do that? Is it a legal or a moral issue, or just a judgment call? Who decides? Thanks Ken for a very interesting article with some great questions.

Next, Becky Wiseman submits a well written post entitled There are no easy answers at kinexxions. It’s uncommon knowledge versus common sense in recording, publishing, sharing, correcting and acknowledging family information. Well done Becky, and thanks.

Bill West asks the question “Do I really want to know everything?” in his submission entitled MY DILEMMA posted at West in New England. Bill takes an in-depth look at all the options and ramifications to answering this question. Thanks Bill, this is a really tough question that hits home for every family historian.

Rounding out the submissions is the footnoteMaven’s own dilemma in To Post or Not To Post :: That Is The Question at the footnoteMaven. Come work through my thought process as I decided whether to post an old family photo sans copyright.

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I hope you enjoyed it; it certainly gave me a lot to think about!

And now it's time for the Call for Submissions! The topic for the 30th Edition (can it be thirty already) of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Genealogical Conferences/Seminars. Just to get you thinking, here are some things you might want to write about. Have you been to a conference you really enjoyed? Is there one you attend every year? Which would you recommend to others and why? Is there one you've always wanted to attend but couldn't? If you could design the "dream conference", what sessions would you have in it? Have you been on a genealogy cruise? What are your pet peeves regarding genealogy conferences? Those ideas should be good for a blog post or two but don't feel limited to them. If you've got something else to say on the subject, let's hear it! The next edition will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene and the deadline for submissions will be August 15th.

Share your Conference/Seminar experiences with us and submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Your hostess for this edition of the COG would like to take this opportunity to thank Jasia of Creative Gene for doing a fantastic job on publishing this COG. As I can attest, she devotes a great deal of time and effort to making us a true community of genea-bloggers. Thank you Jasia, we couldn't do it without you!

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Blogger Jasia said...

Take a bow, Maven! Great job with this edition of the COG. Thank you so much for hosting it. I appreciate all your effort. And you found time to create a new graphic for the next edition too... I'm impressed! <-Applause->

August 2, 2007 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Good job, fM! I sure enjoyed the ride this time around. My head is reeling and I feel a bit dizzy with all the issues that need to be considered in this hobby of ours! Kudos to everyone who contributed.

August 2, 2007 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you both! I enjoyed the ride myself, but I now understand the amount of work that goes into the COG and why Jasia deserves to have some time off.

The two of you are aware of the commitment it takes and have both performed magnificently.

Now, on to the next COG.


August 2, 2007 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Janice said...


I think the link to your blog post lost the letter h.

It might be playing hooky with the photo that is missing from your article hehe


August 2, 2007 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Now if only an "H" were the only thing I was missing!


August 2, 2007 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Thanks for a great COG fM!

I'll have to sit this next one out, never having been to a genealogy conference but I will look forward to reading it!

August 5, 2007 at 1:12 AM  

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