Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mannahatta by Walt Whitman

Bill West of West In New England has extended a poetry challenge:

1. Find a poem by a local poet, famous or obscure, from the region one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local animal.

2. Post the poem to your blog (remembering to cite the source where you found it.)

3. Did it inspire you to research the subject of the poem and how it relates to your ancestor?

4. Submit your post's link here to me by November 22nd and I'll publish all the entries on Thanksgiving Day!

My contribution is Mannahatta by Walt Whitman. Whitman's Mannahatta (Native American for "land of many hills") is a celebration of New York City glorifying the metropolitan atmosphere that makes the city so unique. Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York.

My ancestors were some of the "Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week." My family also loved everything about New York City, so much so that as my mother lay dying of pancreatic cancer, all she wanted was to see New York one more time.

Below is a reading of the poem via a Cup of Poetry from the Penguin Radio Room, one of my favorite spots to spend time.







Mannahatta
by Walt Whitman

I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name.

Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane,
unruly, musical, self-sufficient,

I see that the word of my city is that word from of old,
Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays,
superb,

Rich, hemm'd thick all around with sailships and
steamships, an island sixteen miles long, solid-founded,

Numberless crowded streets, high growths of iron, slender,
strong, light, splendidly uprising toward clear skies,

Tides swift and ample, well-loved by me, toward sundown,

The flowing sea-currents, the little islands, larger adjoining
islands, the heights, the villas,

The countless masts, the white shore-steamers, the lighters,
the ferry-boats, the black sea-steamers well-model'd,

The down-town streets, the jobbers' houses of business, the
houses of business of the ship-merchants and money-
brokers, the river-streets,

Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week,

The carts hauling goods, the manly race of drivers of horses,
the brown-faced sailors,

The summer air, the bright sun shining, and the sailing
clouds aloft,

The winter snows, the sleigh-bells, the broken ice in the
river, passing along up or down with the flood-tide or
ebb-tide,

The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form'd,
beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes,

Trottoirs throng'd, vehicles, Broadway, the women, the
shops and shows,

A million people--manners free and superb--open voices--
hospitality--the most courageous and friendly young
men,

City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts!
City nested in bays! my city!


Sources:

Penguin Group USA. The Radio Room, A Cup of Poetry. Mannahatta by Walt Whitman.
(accessed 20 November 2009).

Friday, November 20, 2009

“Orphans and Orphans”

85th EDITION OF THE Carnival Of Genealogy

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:

“Orphans and Orphans”



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The first type of orphan refers to those ancestors or relatives
who lost their parents when they were young.

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The second type of orphan would be those siblings or cousins
of our ancestors whom we think of as “reverse orphans.”

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They are the relatives who, for whatever reason – death at a young age,
never having married or had children, or having children
who did not survive to provide descendants

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They have no direct descendants of their own, so it falls to us,
their collateral relatives, to learn and write their story

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The Deadline For Submissions Is
December 1, 2009

Greta, Greta's Genealogy Bog, will be the host this time around.

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Attention All COG Participants

Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blogcarnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you!

Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form or select the 83rd Edition COG poster in the upper right hand corner of this page. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There'll Be No Hell For Dogs

Carnival of Genealogy - 26th Edition - A Tribute To Fathers

Equal time has to go to my Father. How I loved him. How I miss him.
The COG has always been very cathartic.

He was the most handsome man I have ever seen. Movie star good looks handsome, and he was my father. From little girls to little old ladies he could turn them all into babbling idiots just by acknowledging them. He was a farm boy from Missouri who was totally unaware of the havoc his good looks created with women. Oh, women noticed him, but he did not notice women. From the day he set eyes on my mother there was no other woman in the world.

They met in the Army during World War II. My mother was a nurse, a WAC Lieutenant. My father was a corpsman in a hospital for soldiers facing the psychological traumas of war. They met there. I remember my mother telling how she had seen him the first time, sitting on the floor in one of the corridors leaning against the wall. She said he took her breath away, he was so handsome; she hoped he wasn’t one of her patients. They knew each other just two weeks before they were married and it lasted a lifetime – his lifetime.

Yes, women noticed him and often that made me just the least bit jealous. When I was in high school and played in sports he would come to watch me compete. Female classmates who were not close friends would wait for him and sit next to him feigning interest in my performance just to be near him. It was the same if he brought my mother. She laughed, she didn’t mind, he made her feel that secure, and he even made those rotten girls feel comfortable.

To go with those good looks was a large dose of southern charm. That off-handed sense of humor that is natural and not the least bit contrived. My sister inherited his sense of humor and the way with words that were his. I hear him in her speech and when I do, I miss him. I have already told you of his tipping outhouses escapades, but there was so much more to the humor in his life, at least a book of stories more.


He was known for his little homilies. One of my favorites was “there’ll be no Hell for dogs.” What does it mean? I have absolutely no idea, but when he touched his belt buckle and uttered those words his children always ran for it. I still use it today at just the appropriate moment, when I want to daze and confuse. It’s always good for a smile.


He was my knight, my rock. He protected us all. His wife, his children, his mother, his sisters, his friends; we have all been rescued by him at least once. In my case he rescued me more times than I can count. He rescued us from broken down cars, the driving exam, tornadoes, abusive relationships, dementia, heartbreak, disappointment, fractions, and the reality of death at an early age. He did it with surprising good humor, under what were often the worst of circumstances. He always knew what to say and do. We could depend on him.


My very favorite memory of my father is of the two of us sitting on my uncle’s porch on a summers evening while he brushed and braided my hair. He loved my hair. One summer when I was nine my mother got it in her head to give me a pixie cut, without telling him. When he arrived home from work he cried and was completely inconsolable. I attribute my reticence to cutting my hair to that childhood memory.


His proudest moment of me was when, instead of taking Home Economics, I took an automotive class. He taught me to change a tire, the oil, to know all the parts of the car’s engine and to weld. I was the only girl in the class and I got the top marks. Little did I know at the time, he had a bet with the father of one of the boys in the class that his “little girl” would get the best grade and beat his son out for the top mark. He was so proud when I did just that. I think the prize was that infamous 3.2 beer again.


His life had not been an easy one. He was the seventh of eight children. His father died when he was eleven of pernicious anemia, something easily cured today. His mother took in washing to try to make ends meet, but it soon became apparent she couldn’t afford the clothes to send him to school, so he stopped going and got a job supporting his family at the age of twelve. He had no carefree youth. He often talked about how as a child he had wanted a wagon for Christmas, but his mother could not afford to buy him one. For their first Christmas together my mother gave him a shiny red Radio Flyer. He never forgot that gift.


He was plagued by poor health. My first memory of his illness was when he collapsed at thirty-five of a heart attack and my mother and I had to carry him to the car and drive him to the hospital. I have never been so frightened in my life.


When I was a junior in high school he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain was excruciating, but he never complained. He would get out of bed and balancing on crutches would fix our meals. We were at school and mother took on the burden of supporting the family. He didn't complain and he didn't give up.


I think it was his absolute joy and love of life and his endless curiosity as to what would happen next that kept him going through the pain; that and the plot for his next practical joke.


I could not have had a better Father, in that I won the lottery. Happy Father’s Day Dad - thank you for the laughter, the curiosity, the extra large dose of common sense and the good hair.

There’ll be no Hell for dogs - or for my father.



Friday, November 13, 2009

A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

I enjoyed the research and writing of this, my submission for the 48th Edition of the COG. But most of all I enjoyed meeting my Mother as I never 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.

She placed a very high premium on education and had a tremendous amount of reverence for the written word. The written word was sacred she always said. When I took down her high school yearbook and started to look through it for this article, I realized there were no autographs on the autograph page. Typical Mom, she would never have written in a book. They're sacred after all.

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.

I'm looking more closely now, trying to be an objective researcher and historian, trying to suppress that familiarity born of being her child that kept me from really knowing my Mother the person. Looking at her the way others saw her or knew her.

Each entry in the Triangle Yearbook, Class of 1942, was accompanied by a saying - Gentle of speech, beneficent of mind - Desiring success, you shall have it. Some of the entries sounded a bit forced, as if those writing them really had to work to come up with something to say about the person pictured.


Bayside High School
32nd Avenue and 208th Street

Bayside, New York


My Mother's saying was - A pretty girl is like a melody, from the 1919 Irving Berlin song that had become popular again at that time. It didn't sound forced to me. It sounded as if the person writing it actually meant it. She was a pretty girl and she certainly came from the house of melodies (Carnegie Hall). At least, that is what I choose to believe.

Yearbook Entry

I wasn't surprised she was in the History and English Honor Classes, she was always a great homework resource, but I was surprised at all the sports; volleyball, tennis, and small games (whatever that might be). The only sport she discussed that I can remember was fencing and it's not listed here. Perhaps she had given it up by her senior year. She also had three years of Latin and spoke German. She had taken German, she said, so that she could talk to Papa. Papa was Louis Salter's father John, her great grandfather. So as a child I learned to sing German Christmas songs and say a phrase "telling others my name and asking if they spoke German."

She must have approved of the saying beside her name, because she was a member of the Triangle yearbook staff. She would never have allowed it to be printed if she didn't approve. Mother's that little thing in the middle of the picture below. Were you ever so young or so small? Somehow I thought you were born - well, my Mother.


Triangle Yearbook Staff

The yearbook also contained a Class Prophecy in which my Mother was prominently mentioned.

Rustling silk, shimmering velvet . . . Evening in Paris . . . immaculate white shirt fronts . . . shiny black top-hats . . . sables slung carelessly over shoulders . . . soft golden lights, a buzzing stream of chatter--all the glamour, suspense, and excitement of a gala Broadway opening night.

Not an ordinary opening night, mind you; not even Orson Welles, that fond memory, who has since gone to his eternal rest (onMars), was ever able to assemble such a sparkling galaxy. And no wonder. For that new bright light on the dramatic horizon is none other than that famous producer, Tommy Emma, preenting an original venture, which, according to advance press reports whould be the first on your "must see" list. And quite naturally too, for the whole show is studded with alumni of the Bayside High School.

While the audience is getting settled, let's take a look at the playbill "Variations on a Theme":

PROGRAM

1. AMERICAN PRELUDE

Aaron Ladman at the piano

2. "SNOW AND ICE"

featuring Janice Hamilton,
internationally known
performer
Chorus led by Veronica Kern

3. "PAN AMERICANA"

Spanish Serenade
Pat Zarth, vocalist

Tropic Tempos
Dances interpreted by
Gloria Cutting and
Harriet Waite

4. "MEMORIES"
Glee Club under direction
of Jimmy Lynch

5. "POETESS IN LOVE"
The Cast
The Poetess . . . . .Bette Taylor
The Hero. . . . . . .Ken LaBarre
The Villain . . . . .Harry Gardner

Play written by Joanne Michelson
Produced and directed by T. Emma
Settings designed and executed by
Jane Reynolds
Advertising by Regina Reckholder
and Margaret Cahill
Fire Notice: The exit indicated
by a red light and sign, nearest
to the seat you occupy, is the
shortest route to the street. In
the event of fire or other emergency
please do not run--WALK TO
THAT EXIT.
Joe Badger, Fire Commissioner.

With the conclusion of the first part of the show, we find ourselves at intermission time, and, having nothing to do, we follow the carpeted footsteps into the buzzing lobby. Familiar faces begin to emerge from the sea of sables, velvets, top-hats, and shirt fronts. Behold the famous society matron, Lillian Uppity (nee Greene), admiring the celebrated diamond necklace of Joyce Van Sniff (nee Lenz), who in turn is being guarded by our master detective, Bob Bingham. . .



How can I reconcile the young woman her friends thought was destined for sable, diamonds, and society with the woman who stood in our backyard in Missouri wringing the chicken's neck that was about to be dinner. I can't, I really didn't know her.

She went on to graduate that year and from there went directly into a four year degree nursing program. Until I read her yearbook I never knew that nursing had always been her goal. What was it that made your decision such an obvious one for you? There are no nurses in the family.


Graduation Photograph
1942


It was just a month shy of her graduation from nursing school when something happened that changed my Mother's life forever. War! The father and brother she adored had both enlisted. There was a parade down Fifth Avenue, a drive for war bonds with handsome young men in uniforms marching down the famous avenue. She told me there were soldiers who had been wounded that marched as well.

She was hanging out a window on Fifth Avenue waving as they marched by, when she was struck by the fact that she had to do something to contribute to the war effort. The next day, she dropped out of nursing school and enlisted in the Army. She did not go on to graduate, something she regretted all her life.

This wasn't the end of her education, she continued to take classes, even after I'd left home. She was one of the most intelligent women I've ever known, but there's so much more I should have known and I don't.



48th Edition

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Warm and Welcoming


My first post, Shelter From The Home and Hearth, was also my first contribution to the Carnival of Genealogy. I was so new, my hand shook as I hit the blog submission button. I had been reading the Carnival of Genealogy and its famous bloggers for months. They and their writing was so polished, so professional. I wanted to test the waters, but I was certain that I was not worthy. With that first Carnival post I was about to prove my worth to the world.

I joined the 19th Carnival with my blogging idols, Randy Seaver - Genea-Musings, Jasia - Creative Gene (the reason I started blogging), Miriam Midkiff - AnceStories, Becky Wiseman - kinexxions, Craig Manson - Geneablogie, Apple - Apple's Tree, David Bowles - Writing the Westward Sagas, Tim Abbott - Walking the Berkshires, and Chris Dunham - The Genealogue.

This is how Jasia described my first submission:

I'm not the only one whose family lived in the same building they worked in... footnote Maven shares with us Shelter From the Storm, Stories of the Home and Hearth. posted at footnote Maven. You'll never guess where the footnote Maven's great grandfather lived. The only hint I'll give you is that it's a world famous building. Check it out, it's a great story!

These were the Old Guard and I was jumping into the deep end of their blogging pool. As you can see, Jasia was kind, generous, and welcoming. Encouraged, I wrote more Carnival submissions. Then, miracle of miracles, I received my first comment. A comment for my Carnival submission, Only Woman-Built Boat On Long Island. Here is that memorable comment and my response:


Apple said...

A very interesting story. Your comment that she evaded her family for most of her life is very intriguing. I hope you'll share more about her in the future as you learn more.


The footnoteMaven said...

The stories of Lois Green have not always been kind. They are the type of family lore that you must be certain of before you plant your ancestral foot in your mouth.

Apple holds a special place in my blogging heart for being the first to comment on an article I had written, an article that was my submission to the COG. You have no idea how excited I was, then again, perhaps you do.

Then I wrote a post about being hopelessly addicted to the COG and designed my first badge.


Another blogger warned me of the perils of my addiction.


While I understand your addiction to the Carnival, I trust you will keep it in proper proportion.

GENAnon is currently supporting hundreds of family historians who have stepped over the line into genealogical addiction.

By all means Blog the Cog (and I like your widget very much) but please, for the sake of your families, don't let it goo too far.

Kind Regards
Thomas Hamburger Jnr
GENAnon

But I was hooked.

July 4, 2007, I created my first Carnival specific poster attached to the post for the 28th Edition Surnames COG. I created other posters and they can be seen in the COG Posters :: A Retrospective.


People have often asked why I create a Carnival of Genealogy poster twice a month when the Carnival is Jasia's and not mine. It's really quite simple. I owe my blogging life to the Carnival and Jasia. It is my homage to her for my online start. I will be forever grateful.

I hosted the 29th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. It did not go smoothly. The subject I selected was Smile For The Camera. Heard that somewhere before? There was some trepidation by other bloggers as to posting photographs. Boy things have changed.

Another subject was selected and announced: "Having had the proverbial bucket of cold water thrown on the choice of topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, the footnoteMaven has officially changed the topic to: 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?" Deep, really deep! There were 15 submissions and six comments. Again, Jasia and the COG were there to encourage me:

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-> Jasia

My favorite COG posters have been the Swimsuit Editions:



And my favorite posts have been submissions to the COG; so from today until November 15, I will reproduce some of my favorite COG submissions and their posters.

The Carnival of Genealogy is a brilliant idea, just like its creator, Jasia. I would not be the footnoteMaven if it were for Jasia and the COG. Thank you BBF!

Two Of My Favorite COGs

48th Edition Of The COG

A Traveling Man



I wrote an article about this photograph of Clark Gable stepping out of the "Globe Trotter," entitled Yes It's Who You Think It Is. It was taken by my Grandfather Edward J. Greene. I knew he worked for MGM and had something to do with the "Globe Trotter," but I didn't know what he did for MGM or what exactly the "Globe Trotter" was.

I've also written about the time, as a child, my grandparents came to visit and brought films of the "Little Rascals" for us to watch in our living room. I remember my mother saying that Grandfather was a talent scout and that he had discovered the "Little Rascals." Nothing that I could substantiate - until now.

Recently, my interest was reignited in this aspect of my family history research when I received an email from Sherry Stewart of British Columbia. Sherry was in Los Angeles doing research on her father and mother, Russ and Phyllis Stewart, who handled the advance publicity for the "Globe Trotter." Sherry's son had found my article "Mr. Denver Colorado," that contained a photograph of Eddie Carrier. Carrier was a friend of my Grandfather and her parents and the conductor of this interesting group of people. Carrier worked in MGM's Exploitation (Publicity) Division, as did my Grandfather.



Sherry was researching at the Margaret Herrick Library turning the delicate pages of The Distributor, an in-house publication of MGM Studios. She had many photographs of the "Globe Trotter" and the men and women who traveled with it, but could not identify all the people in the photographs. She directed me to her website MGM Movie Train. There on the front page was a photograph containing my Grandfather. Sherry had photographs and articles found during her research at the Herrick Library.

I'm now finishing the research and writing the story. This is an update with some new information. The article and photographs will of course debut here.

Edward Jesse Greene was a member of the crew of the "Globe Trotter." The train traveled from city to city promoting new films and screen testing young hopefuls as potential new stars. The Globe Trotter was billed as "A Motion Picture Studio on Wheels - Complete in every detail!" Newspapers announced its arrival as "The traveling advance agent of MGM's Great Stars and Big Hits of 1932-33."

I also have found a wonderful article that talks about Eddie Carrier having discovered Spanky MacFarland of the "Little Rascals." This is the link I've been pursuing. The pieces are beginning to fall into place. Sherry and I are sharing information and photographs. Thank you, Sherry! If you have any information about these people or the marvelous "Globe Trotter," please contact me.

Stay tuned, it's turning out to be a wonderful story!


Sources:

Clark Gable by Edward Jesse Greene. Edward Jesse Greene. Print. ca. 1934/35. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.

Eddie Carrier and Edward Jesse Greene. Anonymous. Print. 1935. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wisconsin Magazine of History and The UW Certificate in Genealogy and Family History Program

I am a member of the Advisory Board of the Certificate in Genealogy and Family History Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. As you know, I am also a 2005 graduate of this outstanding program. The following is the program description:

Learn to unearth new facts about your ancestors and view the information within the political, economic, and social changes that shaped communities of that time. Focus in depth on a selected project to better understand the course of your ancestors' lives and the lives of the subsequent family members. Uncover fascinating stories not just about your past, but also about the forces and people behind societal transformations.

We were all exceptionally pleased to find that one of the recent program graduates, Nancy K. Plant, an attorney in Seattle, has had her program project published in the Wisconsin Historical Society magazine, Wisconsin magazine of history. It is an exceptionally well written and researched article.


She Taught Him to "Hear With His Eyes"


By Nancy K. Plant

At the turn of the 20th century, Wisconsin had the most progressive program to educate deaf and speech-impaired children in the entire nation. As part of this movement, Maude McGinty touched the lives of many young students by giving them the gift of communication. This article details the growth of the deaf education movement in the United States and Wisconsin, focusing on the extraordinary devotion Maude had for her students and the impact the chance to communicate had on these children.


Writing your family history may be of interest to a broader audience than just your family. Have you considered writing for the historical journal of the state where your family lived? The historical society publications publish guidelines for written articles that can be found online. Many of the state historical societies also honor written family histories with special awards.

The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society give an award each year for a published genealogy detailing the history of a Wisconsin family.

The nominations are evaluated by the following criteria:

-- The quality and depth of research and documentation (inclusion of more than just names, dates and places)

-- Accounts should include activities, achievements and personalities of individuals described

-- Attractiveness of presentation and ease of use (do the illustrations, table of contents, index, tables, etc., contribute to the quality of presentation?)

When writing your family history look to expanding your horizons. And if you're looking for a fantastic genealogy program please consider the University of Washington's nine month Certificate in Genealogy and Family History. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How Do I Love The COG?

84th EDITION OF THE Carnival Of Genealogy


The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:


“What The COG Means To Me

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The COG has been published twice a month for over three years now, 83 editions thus far! It's covered a wide variety of topics and introduced many, many new bloggers and even a new carnival. Here's an opportunity to look back and reflect on when you first discovered the COG and when you first participated in it.

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What was your favorite topic to write about?

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Have you guest hosted the COG?

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Is there an article you've read in the COG that stands out in your mind?

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What have you learned from reading or writing for the COG?

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Have you ever recommended the COG to anyone?

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If you haven't participated in the COG thus far, why not?

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How has the COG helped your family history research?

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Has it impacted your life in any way?

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Share your COG experience with us and please indicate the number of COG editions you've participated in at the end of your article.

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The Deadline For Submissions Is
November 15, 2009
Edition (#84) returns to its home at the
Creative Gene blog.


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Attention All COG Participants

Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blogcarnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you!

Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form or select the 83rd Edition COG poster in the upper right hand corner of this page. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Have You Voted?

Yes, today is "Election Day" around the country, but there is voting here in the blogosphere as well. Have you voted for your favorite genealogy blog? The genealogy blog that inspires you, educates you, makes you laugh, makes you want to blog. I have!

Good luck to all the blogs that have been nominated. We who blog know blogging is hard work. Now, let's take another look at the blogs that have been nominated in the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.



Family Tree 40 Voting! Congratulations to all the blogs that have been nominated. Voting ends Nov. 5.

The 40 Best Genealogy Blogs will be named in the May 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine. The nominees have been divided into 10 categories. In each category you are to choose the number of blogs specified in the question (you'll get an error if you choose too many).

You can read more at the Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Insider.

1. THREE Blogs from the ALL-AROUND category. These bloggers give you a little (or a lot) of everything: news, research advice, their own family stories, photos, opinions and more.

- AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
- CanadaGenealogy or, "Jane's your aunt"
- Creative Gene
- footnoteMaven
- GeneaBloggers
- GeneaBlogie
- Genea-Musings
- The Genealogue
- Tina's Genealogical Wish List
- Transylvanian Dutch

2. TWO blogs from the CEMETERIES category. These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like.

- Blogging a Dead Horse
- Granny's Genealogy
- Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario
- Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay
- Granite in My Blood
- The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

3. ONE blog from the GENEALOGY COMPANIES category. Blogs in this category are written on behalf of a genealogy company, and contain helpful (but not overly advertising-oriented) information on the company’s products, as well as other resources.

- Ancestry.com Blog
- dynastree Blog
- GenealogyBank Blog
- MyHeritage Genealogy Blog
- Roots Television Og Blog

4. ONE blog from the GENETIC GENEALOGY category. Blogs that are primarily about genetic genealogy and family health history.

- Dienekes' Anthropology Blog
- On-line Journal of Genetics and Genealogy
- The Genetic Genealogist
- The Spittoon

5. FOUR Blogs from the HERITAGE category. Here, blog content focuses on a particular heritage group, such as African-American, Jewish or Irish.

- AcadianRoots
- African American Genealogy Examiner
- Al's Polish-American Genealogy Research Blog
- George Geder
- JewishGen Blog
- Le Chercheur Nomade (The Nomadic Researcher)
- Mad About Genealogy
- Museum of Family History Blog
- Small Leaved Shamrock
- Scottish Genealogy News and Events
- Steve's Genealogy Blog
- The Professional Descendant
- Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter
- Trace Your Dutch Roots
- Tracing The Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog

6. THREE Blogs from the HOW-TO category. These blogs have instructional content on genealogical resources and methodology.

- Family Matters
- Family Tree Maker User
- Genealogy Roots Blog
- Genealogy Guys
- Genealogy How To.com
- Genealogy Tip of The Day
- Personal Past Meditations
- RootDig
- Relatively Curious About Genealogy
- The ProGenealogists Blog
- ThinkGenealogy
- Treasure Maps Genealogy

7. THREE blogs from the LOCAL/REGIONAL category. Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a city, town, state or region.

- California Genealogical Society and Library Blog
- Dead Librarian
- Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi
- Itawamba History Review
- Midwestern Microhistory
- MoSGA Messenger
- Nutfield Genealogy
- Pennsylvania Research Blog
- Sandusky History

8. FOUR Blogs from the NEWS/RESOURCES category. Blogs in this category deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources.

- About: Genealogy
- Anglo-Celtic Connections
- DearMyrtle
- Destination: Austin Family
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newslettter
- Genealogy Blog
- Genealogy Gems News
- Genealogy's Star
- GeneaNet Genealogy Blog
- Megan's Roots World
- Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
- Renee's Genealogy Blog
- The Ancestry Insider
- The Chart Chick

9. TWO blogs from the PHOTOS/HEIRLOOMS category.
Content on these blogs is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.

- Above the Trees
- Photo-Sleuth
- Sense of Face
- Shades of The Departed
- The FamilyCurator
- The Practical Archivist

10. TWELVE Blogs from the PERSONAL/FAMILY category. These blogs primarily cover the blogger's (or, in a case or two or more, bloggers') own research and ancestors. Family historians write what they know and what’s important to them, so this is our biggest category.

- A Canadian Family
- All My Ancestors
- Ancestral Notes
- Apple's Tree
- BeNotForgot
- Brenda Dougall Merriman
- Circle Mending
- Debby's Indiana Genealogy
- Educated Genealogist
- Elyse's Genealogy Blog
- Ernie's Journeys
- Everything's Relative: Researching Your Family History
- FamHist
- Family Stories
- Fermazin Family
- Find Your Folks
- GenBlog
- Genealogy: Diggin up Dirt
- Ginisology
- Grace and Glory
- Greta's Genealogy Blog
- Gtownma's Genealogy
- Heritage Happens
- Herstoryan
- Hesch History
- Janet The Researcher
- Just Thinking
- kinexxions
- Leonard Family Legends & Legacies
- Lineagekeeper
- Little Bytes of Life
- Looking4Ancestors
- My Jamaican Family
- MyNolaHeritage
- Our Georgia Roots
- Rare Ramblings
- Saturday's Child
- Spence-Lowry Family History
- Spiker Family Gathering Place
- Still More Genealogy
- Taneya's Genealogy Blog
- Tangled Trees
- Tennessee Memories
- The Fonda Blog
- The Ties That Bind
- TheYouGoGenealogyGirls
- Untangled Family Roots
- West in New England
- WeTree
- What's Past is Prologue