Friday, February 13, 2009

"I'd like to thank the Academy"

footnoteMaven's 2nd ANNUAL iGENE AWARD WINNERS
~ 2008 ~

We're here on the red carpet with the footnoteMaven who has nominated several of her 2008 Blog Posts for award consideration. Always a standout on the red carpet Maven has again shown that her style is classic. She has chosen a beautiful gossamer beaded gown with over one million dollars in diamonds sewn into the bodice. This wonderful gown was designed specifically for Maven by the House of Worth, Paris.

Maven's escort for the evening's festivities is her famous publishing agent, blogHearst II. As you will remember, Maven was escorted to last year's ceremony by robberBarron. Maven always seems to find the right man for the right occasion. We've asked Maven if their are wedding bells in her future, but she has reminded us there is a Mr. Maven at home and he stays away from awards ceremonies!

Jasia of Creative Gene will again host the iGene Awards Gala in the Creative Gene Theater. When asked what she expected from this year's Awards Gala, Maven said, "I just don't see how Jasia can top last year's ceremonies. They were divine, but then the incomparable Jasia never fails to mesmerize. What else could one ask for?"

The house lights have flickered so join the crowd inside the Creative Gene Theater and let the festivities begin.


Best old family photo that appeared on this blog

And The iGene Goes To:

Yes, It's Who You Think It Is

Ooh la la! What a terrific photo! I'm sure if I had this one in my collection
it would be my favorite too!
. . .Jasia - Creative Gene

Clark Gable

Every photograph I own is a favorite for one reason or another. This photograph is my favorite because my Grandfather, Edward J. Greene, was the photographer.

That's Clark Gable between takes on the set of the movie San Francisco (1936). It's just after the earthquake scene where Blackie Norton (Clark Gable) is searching San Francisco for Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald) and believes she is dead. He and Father Tim (Spencer Tracy) find Mary at a Salvation Army Camp where she is comforting the mother of a dead child, in song of course.

The family story that would make the best movie.

And The iGene Goes To:

John Campbell Is Dead

Wonderful vignette, fM, bringing the past to life, from the title
through the conclusion. You have a great story
to tell here . . .
Denise Levenick - The Family Curator

THE HEAVY silvered coach harness was brought out and polished. Doc and Frank came up from the stable to be groomed. The big black coach was brought out washed and gone over carefully. An unusual sadness rested upon the community of Carrollton, Missouri. Uncle John Campbell was dead.

John Campbell Is Dead is coming to the big screen and fM is very
pleased to announce the following Hollywood stars have been cast
in the lead roles for her second period piece.

Best informational Article in 2008

And The iGene Goes to:

Wait It's A Three Parter!

The Little Girl Wearing Pearls
Going Home Going Home
That One Defining Moment

Yes, what a defining moment! This surely is a moment that underlines
one of the reasons many of us do what we do. . .
Congratulations!. . . Craig Manson - GeneaBlogie

The story that started on Shades and ended in the heart of every genealogist. In the life of every family historian or collector of old photographs, there comes a defining moment. A moment when what you've always known in your heart, that this is what you were meant to do, becomes a reality. That defining moment came for me yesterday, April 30, 2008.

This year I started a new digital publication called Shades Of The Departed. It is here I write about my passion for collecting old photographs and how analyzing those photographs can fill in our family history. Every week I post a Photo Of The Week, one of those "orphan photographs" I buy on my many trips to flea markets, second hand stores, antique shops and auctions.

One of my first Photos Of The Week featured what is my favorite photograph in the collection, "the little girl wearing pearls". I was captivated by her from the moment my daughter brought her home to me. I would like to think that this connection was her reaching out from the past, urging me to find her family.

Best Biographical Article Written in 2008

And The iGene Goes To:

A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

You wrote, "Somehow I thought you were born - well, my Mother." I think that it sums up quite well how most of us think of our mothers. I love this piece, and your own introspection on how you have seen your mother in the past and how you see her, now that you have searched for clues on who she really was . . . Terry Snyder - Desktop Genealogist Unplugged

My mother, I never really knew her.
Until I started this article, I hadn't really thought of my Mother as a school girl, as the 14 year old bobby-sockser you see in the photograph to the right. She was just Mom. I took her intelligence for granted. As most children do, I took everything about her for granted . . . Were you ever so young or so small? Somehow I thought you were born - well, my Mother.

I've had her Bayside High School yearbook for many years, but I've never really looked at it, looked at the high school girl that was my mother. I guess I've thought I knew everything about her.

Kids say the darnedest things!

And The iGene Goes To:

Who's The Man On That Coin

Nicknames are a Southern tradition. Everyone, I think, has one, even if
they won't tell you what it is. . . Lee Anders - Genealogy In The New World


Wy reached in his pocket and took out two coins and put them face up on the table. "I collect money," he told me. "I have more at home. Grandma, can you tell me who the men on my money are?"

Happy Birthday - Dillon!

The poster that grabbed the imagination of
the GeneaBlogging World in 2008

And The iGene Goes to:

Mirror Mirror!

The photo reminds me of my younger days when I'd sit in front of the mirror and say "I'm pretty mama! I'm a pretty girl!" Wait. Oh - that was Natalie Wood in Gypsy. . . Thomas MacEntee - Destination Austin Family

I humbly accept these awards on behalf of my ancestors, my fellow GeneaBloggers, and the family history and education for which we have been privileged to be a small part.

Thank You to the Academy and particularly my ancestors for providing the material!

And Thank You Jasia for one terrific idea!

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, the clock has run down
on the 2008 iGene Awards Gala.

Now it's off to the After Awards parties. I have a lot of GeneaBlogs to visit.


Academy of Genealogy and Family History (AGFH)
Founding Member

All photographs and illustrations are in the collection of the author.

Note: Be careful what you comment! You could find yourself here next year!


Blogger wendy said...

I absolutely LOVE the way you walked the red carpet, introduced your escort, described the theater and announced all the winners! What a brilliant piece! And I nominate your entry for the Carnival of Genealogy as a Winner! Thanks, fM!

February 13, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Wendy. You know Maven. Loves a party and is always looking for a reason to dress up.

This is my favorite Carnival of the year. I love any post where I can add Brad Pitt.


February 13, 2009 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Great post, fM! You always show your style and flair in an outstanding way. Once again yours will be the awards post that all others will be compared to. :-)

February 14, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you, but you had the brilliant idea with this carnival theme. I looked forward to this post and had it in the works for some time.

Getting Maven in that dress was the hard part.


February 14, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Those were some great awards! :) It's been a joy to attend and see the winners.

P.S. - You've been tagged!

February 17, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

Absolutely stunning! Once again you leave me awe-struck with your brilliant writing and creativity. When I could try to reach by standing on my very tipee-toes, you just raised the bar even higher!

February 17, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Cousin Russ said...

I've given you the KreativBlogger Award - Visit to receive your award.


February 18, 2009 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

I've just loved your presentations this year and last year, footnoteMaven, and was inspired by them while working on my own this year. The iGene Awards were so much fun to put together, but now the fun is making the rounds and reading all the good articles I've missed this past year. I'll certainly be reading yours - it is hard to keep up with your prolific writing! This gives me a few places to start as I try to catch up. Your work is such a joy to read.

100 Years in America
Small-leaved Shamrock
A light that shines again
Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture

February 19, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
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February 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger familytwigs said...

Hi fM!
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Loved the awards, BTW!

February 20, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

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