Sunday, February 14, 2010

And The iGene Goes To

footnoteMaven's 3rd ANNUAL iGENE AWARD WINNERS
~ 2009 ~

We're here on the red carpet with the footnoteMaven who has again nominated several of her 2009 Blog Posts for award consideration.

As we look down the carpet we find fM has stopped to pose for "the glam cam," hosted by Thomas MacEntee. They're discussing fM's beautiful gown and jewels. She has chosen a gossamer gown with over one million dollars in diamonds sewn into the bodice. This is a signature look for fM, last year she also wore a gown heavy with diamonds. The Bulgari jewels she wears were a gift from Maven's escort. What must his wife think? The crown we all know is as much a Maven trademark as the pince-nez glasses. This gorgeous gown was designed specifically for Maven by the Italian fashion house, Ferragamo.

She is a picture isn't she?

Maven's escort for the evening's festivities is her famous dancing partner, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. As you will remember, Maven nominated a small independent musical at the first awards, of her and her escort doing an infamous dance. Some men never learn, and it seems Mr. Clemens can not resist the Maven's charms.

Jasia of Creative Gene will again host the iGene Awards Gala in the Creative Gene Theater. This is the GeneaBlogger event of the year. Maven has progressed a little further down the carpet and is being interviewed by intrepid GeneaReporter Randy Seaver. When Randy asked what fM hopes for from this year's Awards Gala, Maven said, "That I don't fall on the way to the podium to accept my award and that I don't put my footnote in my mouth." I'll bet Randy has blogged that already.

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:

Sticks And Stones Will Break My Back

What a backbreaking job to cut and stack so much wood. I love the way you solved
the mystery of the photo backdrop with another photograph; it's a good
reason to "curate" everything with care.. . .Denise - The Family Curator

Olive Suter Palmer
Born 26 December 1895 - Neligh, NE
Died 31 May 1989 - Ronan, MT

It's that huge pile of sticks that has been the cause of much discussion in my husband's family when viewing this photograph of Olive. There have been many creative guesses as to what that pile of sticks in the background might be. Then my husband's uncle delivered the photograph below. It solved the mystery. All guesses were wrong.

The family story that would make the best movie.

And The iGene Goes To:

Auntie Em, Auntie Em

Aw, seriously, fM, I think my lips are blue at this moment. I'm sure I stopped breathing
at paragraph 3! . . .
T.K. - Before My Time

May 21, 1957
Shortly After 4pm
St. Francois County, Missouri

By the time I was ten, I had been taught to read the clouds. Reading the clouds could save your life. When the storm clouds gathered in southeastern Missouri you would find everyone in their yards, their eyes fixed on the heavens. You had to know when to take cover. There were no sirens or tornado alert systems in 1957. That tornado intuition Missourians are born with was all we had to depend on to save our lives; and sometimes even that didn't save us.

Auntie Em, Auntie Em is coming to the big screen and fM is very
pleased to announce the following Hollywood stars have been cast
in the lead roles.

Best informational Article in 2009

And The iGene Goes to:

Wait It's A Tie!

Search Engines Can't Read Your
Mind Or Your Images

Thanks so much for this great explanation. Sometimes when I read things meant as advice they are along the lines of, “You really should be doing X.” Well, if I understood how to do X I probably WOULD be doing it! I need the step-by-step instructions that you have here and I also love to be told WHY something is important. I’ve learned so much from reading your blog – thought it was past time I told you that!!. . . DianaR - Random Relatives

tombstone of Jacob W. Huffman, Civil War veteran, Co. B, 93  Illinois Infantry, Fall City WA Cemetery
As genealogists and family historians, we blog hoping to make online connections. Connections to family, friends, and other researchers. When those connections occur it is most often attributable to the use of search engines.

Much of the valuable information contained on our blogs and websites involves photographs. Photographs of people (our ancestors), places (cemeteries and tombstones), and things (documents).

Are you getting the most contact potential from the photographs that you post? Have you optimized your images for search engines?

I've been trying to make my titles a bit more enticing as you've suggested and now I'll work on my opening sentences. I continue blogging with the hope that with much practice my writing will become easier to read and enjoy. Thank you for the advice. . . KayB - Kay B's Place

"Few good works, if any, spring fully formed in first draft."

~ Tom Jenks ~

My sentence was, "We had only been at my Grandmother's house an hour when the hearse came and took my Mother away." Short, not complex, setting a mood, making you want to know what my Mother was doing in a hearse. Was she dead?

Best Biographical Article Written in 2009

And The iGene Goes To:

Today I Understand, I Wish I Had Then

What a powerful story! Thank you so much for sharing such a personal part of your family history. . . The Genetic Genealogist. . . The Genetic Genealogist

My Mother came from a privileged family and married into what her Mother considered abject poverty. I don't know if I could have lived my Mother's life. Moving from the excitement of Carnegie Hall to wringing the necks of chickens in a coop in nowhere Missouri.

Both she and my father had a quiet dignity. What they believed, they lived. My Mother and Father did not believe in credit or debt. If you could not pay cash for something then you couldn't afford the thing you wanted.

Which was the best funny story, poem, joke, photo, or video
that you shared on your blog in 2009?

The First Great Genea-Bloggers' Just Make Up
Some Lyrics Challenge!

And The iGene Goes To:

Stop The Music

Wow! Does that bring back memories! Of course I was but a wee itty
bit of a lad *cough*...alright, I was 7 or 8 when "Runaround Sue"
was a hit!
. . . Bill West - West In New England

With apologies to Dion and The Belmonts.

Yeah, I should have known it from the very start-a,
Great Grandma’d leave me with a broken chart-a.
A-listen people what I'm telling you-a,
I-keep a lookin’ for-a Runaround Lu.

The poster that grabbed the imagination of
the GeneaBlogging World in 2009

And The iGene Goes to:

It Seems Like Only Yesterday

Wow, what a killa tribute poster! You've done our Queen Jasia good. I'm glad I've gotten to know both of you remarkable ladies.. . . Donner Pointkouski - What's Past Is Prologue


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 2009 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 Family Curator said...

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

too true!

The flashbulbs are popping, restaurant reservations waiting,
enjoy a well-deserved spectacular!

See you at the After Party,

February 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

Bravo! Bravo! Mas! Mas!

February 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply splendid work fM! What a year you've had & so regal... you were born for the Red Carpet!



February 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent choices, every one!

February 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

These truly were memorable posts. You know how to make every word count. And I am so dyin' with jealousy over that dress.

February 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Denise and Craig - thank you and see you at the party!

Luckie - thank you, Red is one of my favorite colors.

Kay - Thank you, I'm looking forward to next years.

Greta - Thank God! Someone noticed my dress!


February 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Sherry - Family Tree Writer said...

Awesome! What fun it was to read your Best of the Best, and what a joy it was to read, and re-read your original posts!

Congratulations on being chosen for the best of the best! It was well-deserved and your choices were awesome.

I've still got a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat about your mom giving up her diamond. That is so sad. We have so many heirlooms here. Some worth a dab of money (probably not as much as a diamond ring!) and some not, but I would hate to give up any of them.

February 18, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger J.M. said...

Great posts! I loved the stories and pictures.

February 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Just caught up on my blog reading, including your IGene Awards. Not only were your choices interesting, but your presentation was so very creative. I just had to add my applause. Take another bow!

March 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

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