Thursday, November 25, 2010

To All!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We're Still Having Fun, & You're Still The One


“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

~ Jane Howard ~

Yes, every family has "one." One who is loved and admired. One who is gracious, kind, and encouraging. You know, every family's favorite "one."

That one who selflessly shares their passion with their friends and family. They neither strive for nor enjoy the spotlight when it's on them. They revel in it when the light shines on another member of the family.

The Genealogy Blogging Community has "one." And she's still the one, 100 Editions later.

Congratulations Jasia (Creative Gene)
Queen of the Carnival on 100 Editions!
Thank you for bringing us together &
keeping us together!


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

I have enjoyed Jasia and the COG from the first day I put them in my reader, from the first day I was brave eneough to post my first submission (Edition 19), to today's celebration of her accomplishment of 100 Editions. I would like to share some of my favorite work by Jasia and the COG. Examples of why she is the "one" in this family.

Jasia has two series that will live forever. They are quoted often in the genealogy blogging community. The first, my favorite, got me addicted to directories. Directories are now one of my most used tools when researching photographers and missing relatives. Because of this series, I found my elusive Grandmother hiding in plain sight in New York City. (She didn't just hide from me, she hid from the census taker as well.)

It all began with an eBay winning bid and ended with this excellent genealogy resource:
The second generated much discussion in our online community about genealogy and the real world with Jasia's, Declining Membership in Genealogy Societies Series:
My favorite Jasia COG submission has to do with cars as stars of our family history (Edition 45); but then what would you expect from a woman who grew up and lives in Motor City? The title of Jasia's COG submission was "It Was An Ugly Car!" Jasia does a masterful job of leading us through this post to the moment we turned the corner. Vintage Jasia!

I'd also like to leave you with a few examples of Jasia's encouragement to those who submitted articles to her COG. You always knew she had taken the time to really read your post and she made you feel as if it was the most memorable COG post ever written. Now that's real talent.

Edition 45 Cars as Stars of Our Family History 4/04/2008:
Donna Pointkouski presents Got Milk? posted at What's Past is Prologue. Donna can make just about anything interesting to read about. She doesn't disappoint this time around either. You won't want to miss this look at a "milk truck chauffeur" on her family tree. It's both interesting and informative. Head on over and check it out! Thanks for sharing, Donna!
Edition 21 Funny, Foolish, Family! 4/04/2007:
Our own footnote Maven presents My Ancestors Didn’t Raise No Fools – April or Otherwise - Or Did They posted at footnote Maven. Maven Dear, did you laugh hysterically the entire time you were writing this??? ...because I would have been if it was my story to tell. Thank you for the belly ache! (Check out Maven's COG button... it's fantastic!) Was this the start of the encouragement to create all those COG posters?
Edition 49 Swim Suit Edition 6/04/2008:
Craig Manson presents Carnival of Genealogy: Gulf Coast Summer 1962 posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig not only shares with us some of the cutest kids-at-the-beach photos you ever did see but he also reveals the first major writing project of his life. It was undertaken at the age of 8 and I think you'll agree that it was a well written and well illustrated masterpiece! Thanks for sharing your first vacation trip with us, Craig! OK everybody, all together now.... "aww, you were soooo cute Craig!"
A listing of all Editions of the COG can be found in the COG Index.

Now you know why she's the "one." If you have a favorite intro Jasia has written just for you, please share it in the comments.

It is Jasia's fondest wish to have 100 submissions for the 100th Edition of the COG. As a thank you for all her hard work she deserves it, so please keep those posts coming. You certainly don't want a visit from the footnoteMaven, now do you?

My submission for the 100th Edition of the COG.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Hearse, Frozen Goldfish & Twins

Today, November 22, is the birthday of THE TWINS. I remember their first day on earth. I've told the story before, but in honor of the fact that all my siblings are now online, I will repeat it just for them.

We had only been at my Grandmother's house an hour when the hearse came and took my Mother away. The hearse did double duty as the town ambulance. I was only five, but I knew there was something ominous about a hearse. My Mother with her overnight bag climbed into the front seat next to the driver and they left. They left in a hurry.

It was November and one of the coldest winters in Missouri. My Mother was pregnant and the baby was due any day. This would be her third child, so when the snow storm hit she called our neighbor, Mrs. Mary's husband. He arrived with his tractor and dug us out. The drifts had covered the front door.

I remember standing there next to my Grandmother crying for my Mother, thinking I would never see her again. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized my Mother had been in labor when she called the neighbor. Snowed in, two small children and in labor; yet she remained so calm.

Grandmother was not very demonstrative. She was not affectionate. She seemed at a loss to comfort the two little girls holding tightly to her apron and crying.

That night my sister and I slept in the front bedroom just off the parlor. Neither room had heat, the stove being in the back bedroom just off the kitchen, quite some distance from where we were to sleep. My grandmother piled her handmade quilts on us for warmth. To this day I do not remember ever being that cold. No goodnight kiss, no father. I was frightened. "Watch the goldfish," my grandmother said as she pointed to the fishbowl on the table next to our bed. She turned out the lights. My little sister cried herself to sleep. Nothing I did comforted her.

I woke the next morning to the sound of my Father's excited voice. I sat up and looked around. The fish bowl was frozen solid, the goldfish caught in mid-swim. I could see my breath and remember well how cold it was as my bare feet touched the floor.

I ran to my Father leaving my sister under the pile of quilts. He was sitting at the kitchen table eating biscuits with honey and drinking coffee. My Grandmother, looking very pleased, was waiting on him and treating him like a child. It was so difficult at five to understand the relationship between my Father and my Grandmother; to realize that he was her child.

He lifted me to his lap and hugged me. I was so glad to see him. "Well Sis, guess what," he asked as he tickled me. "Do you have a new baby brother? No, you have two new baby brothers."

Twins had not been expected and were not discovered until the delivery. This revelation was the reason for the pleased look on my Grandmother's face and the excitement in my Father's voice.

I, on the other hand, was not pleased in the least. Not then, and not for many years to come. But I am now.

Posted originally for: A memory for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Childhood Memory.

The photograph is in the collection of little sister Biblio.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bowled Over

Yes, I'm bowled over to find that Family Tree Magazine has eliminated the "Old Photographs and Heirlooms" category in its 2011 40 Best Genealogy Blogs contest.

I wrote the magazine and told them how very disappointed I was, given the fact I had declined their offer to be a panelist based on the fact that Shades and The Graveyard Rabbit Association would be unable to be considered. I told the Magazine that was my reason for declining.

You see, Shades and The Graveyard Rabbits are created through the efforts of many, not just me. I wanted everyone who worked so hard to have the opportunity to, at the very least, be considered for their body of work.

In response, Family Tree Magazine has added analyze photos to the "Research Advice and How To Category." They have indicated that is where they believe Shades belongs. Thank you to the Magazine.

Now, I understand an event such as the Top 40 can not please the entire Genealogy Blogging community. Not in the categories or the choices. But when it come to Family History, those treasured old photographs and heirlooms play a significant part in our research. It is sad to see that category eliminated.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This One's Special

Help make Jasia's dream come true.
100 posts for the 100th Edition!

100th EDITION OF THE Carnival Of Genealogy

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

There's one in every family!

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Bring your stories of colorful characters, unique heirlooms,
mouth-watering recipes, most dearly beloved pets, whatever!

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Interpret as you like.

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Every family has "special" individuals, you know, the ones with a
green thumb, the black sheep, the lone wolf, the blue-ribbon cook,
the story-teller, the geek!

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I know you have treasured recipes and amazing heirlooms
you've yet to share!

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Tell us about them and become a part of history in the
100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy!

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The Deadline For Submissions Is
December 1st
Looking For 100 Submissions

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Attention All COG Participants

Read Also The Changes To The COG In 2010

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 100th 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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nominate Your Favorite Genealogy Blogs

It's that time again, Family Tree Magazines' Nominate Your Favorite Genealogy Blogs.

From The Insider Blog: "Genealogy blogs are going strong with new ones popping up every day, so we’re doing it again in 2011! You can nominate your favorite genealogy blogs using our online form now through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

When you nominate a blog, you’ll give us the title and URL, optionally tell us why you’re nominating it, and put it into one of these eight categories (a few have changed from last year’s Family Tree 40):

  • Local/regional history and genealogy: blogs focusing on research in a specific county, state or region. Most library and archive blogs, as well as many local historical and genealogical society blogs, would go here.
  • Heritage groups: Blogs focusing on the family history of a specific ethnic, religious or national background (such as African-American, Jewish, Polish, etc.)
  • Research advice and how-to: Blogs that primarily explain how to research, analyze photos or perform various family history tasks. The blogger offers tips, strategies and examples; explains genealogical concepts; and writes about how to use new resources.
  • Cemeteries: These blogs feature content primarily about cemetery research and visiting cemeteries. Many feature tombstone photos and transcriptions, with information about those interred.
  • “My Family History”: Blogs about the blogger’s own roots, including accounts of personal research, their own family photos and heirlooms, stories, recipes, etc.
  • “Everything” blogs: Blogs that cover it all—genealogy news, research advice, opinions, local history, family stories, etc.—go here.
  • New blogs: Was the blog you’re nominating launched during the past year? Categorize it here, even if it would also fit into another category.
  • Technology: Blogs focusing on genealogy websites, software, DNA testing or other aspects of technology as it relates to genealogy.

From Dec. 13 to 20, you all will vote on those finalists for the final Family Tree 40 blogs. The Family Tree 40 blogs, featuring five winners per category, will be revealed in the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine.

Qualifying blogs should:

  • be primarily about genealogy.
  • have original content (aggregators featuring posts from other blogs will be disqualified).
  • belong to a private individual or individuals, not to a business (a change from last year’s Family Tree 40). They may not exist primarily to market products.
  • be active, having at least four posts per month for the past three months (or, for blogs newer than three months, four posts per month since the blog has been in existence).
  • contain or link to information about the blogger(s), such as an “About Me” page.
  • not be hosted by a Family Tree 40 panelist or by Family Tree Magazine.

Look for reminders and updates on Facebook; on Twitter (we'll use hashtag #FT40), in the Family Tree Magazine free, weekly e-mail newsletter, and, of course, here on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Nominate a Family Tree 40 blog here."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day - November 11, 2010

May we remember them always. Not just on Memorial Day or on Veterans Day,
but every day that we remember the freedoms that we have in this country.
For those of you veterans who are with us today,
a grateful nation remains indebted to you.

The Veterans who offered their lives in service, who bear the scars of duty
should always, always have a special place in our society.

~ Rick Perry, Governor of Texas ~

Admiral Stanley Montunez awards Mr. Maven
the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Maven was also awarded the
Purple Heart.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War."

Beginning the following year we commemorated Armistice Day, November 11th, which became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans--living or dead--but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.

Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).

Red poppies, were a symbol of World War I (due to the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, below). Poppies are sold in Canada and the United Kingdom on Remembrance Day to raise money for veterans or worn in the lapel as a tribute. In the United States, red poppies are reserved for Memorial Day.

In Flanders Fields

IN Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~ Lieut. Col. John McCrae, M.D. ~
Born in Ontario, Canada (1872-1918)
Died of pneumonia January 1918, Boulogne, France
Poem first published in Punch December 15, 1918

Today, November 11, 2010,
Thank a Veteran, please!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Annotate Your Sources - It Can't Hurt And It Just Might Help

Good good good good citations
I'm pickin' up good citations
You're giving me excitations
Good good good good citations

Recently Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, authored two articles on citing sources, Confessions of a Name Collector - English Sources and Citing My English Sources - My Preference. I agree with his conclusions and would like to offer some suggestions.

If the women don't find you handsome... they should at least find you handy

- Red Green -

That is also my philosophy with regard to citations. While they may not be handsome (technically correct), your citation should be handy (sufficient information to find the source). You may have missed a comma, capitalized something that shouldn't be, or have things out of place, but we should be able to find that source.


The basic purpose of a citation is to allow the reader to locate a cited source accurately and efficiently. A citation should contain at the minimum, the amount of information necessary to lead the reader directly to the specific items cited. There is no rule for maximum.


1. Scholarship: We want our work to reflect our excellent research and show our sourcing stuff. You're only as good as your sources.
2. Finding Aid: We want those using our research to be able to find the sources for themselves. The basic tenant of this is consistency. However you cite, cite the same way every time.

The conclusion to Randy's article was that you cite the sources you use. If you haven't actually used a source, how can you cite it? It would be poor scholarship.

You can make a source more informative by adding more information, also known as annotating the source.

One of the learning objectives of the University of Washington Certificate Program in Genealogy and Family History, was the development of an Annotated Bibliography. I graduated from the 9 month program having been required to develop an annotation for each of the sources I used. An annotation could be several sentences or several pages. Examples of those created: Historical map, county or town history, book published contemporary to my subject, a scholarly article, historical photograph, microfilmed newspaper, etc.

There is no law as to how much information a citation can contain. There are no Citation Police who will come to your home, open your genealogy program, read you source entries and start ticketing you. It's what works for you provided you meet the purposes of a citation.

The following is the annotation bibliography entry I developed for my use of an historical photograph and the local microfilmed newspaper for Carrollton, Missouri.

Historical Photograph

"Clerical force & U.S. Deputy Marshalls, U.S. Land Office, Perry, Okla. Ter. Oct. 12, 1893." Photographs of the American West: 1861-1912. Select Audiovisual Records; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington. Online: ; file west145.jpg; printout dated December 1, 2004. 49-AR-35.

Relevancy: While the photograph does not depict my Great Great Grandfather John Campbell or his area of the country, it does depict everyday lawmen in the Midwest for the approximate period of time he was a Sheriff. Looking at the photograph gives some idea of how John Campbell might have dressed.

Below is the annotation for the local newspaper in Carrollton, Missouri. I apologize for the fact that this is the copy with the professor's notes to me.

I can attest to the fact that by having so much information at my fingertips I was able to use this information two years later knowing exactly what I would be able to find in this source.

The Carroll Record Summary
Independent In All Things - Neutral In Nothing

Newspaper: The Caroll Record, Coffey Building, South Main St., Carrollton, MO

Published: Every Saturday

Editor: Jos. H. Turner, Proprietor

Rates of Subscription:

One copy, one year $1.59
One copy six months $0.75

Directory - Each paper contains

Train Time Table
City Directory
County Directory
Public School Directory
Church Directory


Front Page
Inside - Left (for purposes of the summary referred to as Page 2)
Inside - Right (for purposes of the summary referred to as Page 3)
Back Page


Current Topics, National and International news
Personal and General - National and International new in brief
Indian Depredations
Missouri State News
Crimes and Casualties
Facts for Farmers
Carroll County Stock/Harvest
Splinters - Small Advertisements
Record Racket - Local and area news
More Racket - Local gossip
Advertisements - Large
Farm and Fireside - Recipes and farm life
Our Young Readers - Poems and religious sermons
Education - School news and honor rolls

You will also find a very informative post by Dear Myrtle on Book citations and annotated sources here.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Typhoid Maven?


What a load of hooey! The hooey of which I speak means silly or worthless talk, writing, ideas, etc.; nonsense; bunk. Example: That's a load of hooey and you know it. The perfect introduction for discussing two blog posts titled Jingoistic Genealogy and Genealogy Snob. In my opinion, these two articles are a load of hooey.

The author of these posts, claims to be a genealogy snob. He is not. He is a plain old garden variety elitist snob. Elitist (The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.) Snob (a person who behaves condescendingly to others).

In all fairness the author owns his position saying, "this is an explanation of how I see social genealogy" and admitting that as he is an introvert everything comes from within. Being an introvert appears to have encouraged him to believe everything he says or thinks is the correct position, having no validation for his opinions other than himself. You can't survive in an echo chamber? Embrace us and this new medium.

Tiger has a tremendous amount of disdain (to regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise) for the people he has assisted in becoming members of the DAR or Mayflower Society while working at NEHGS. He has been doing, gasp, their research. Gosh, I hope this was for free and you aren't trashing people who actually gave you their hard earned money.

The author says, "Socially-active genealogists have, by and large, hurt rather than help (sic) genealogy." Socially-active genealogists? Sounds as if the author equates us to some sort of nasty disease. Pardon me, but is there an inoculation for blogging, Twitter, or faceBook? Truth be known there are times I could use a shot. Wait a minute! Isn't that a genealogy blog on which you post? Gads, you're one of them/us.

And God (that would be my personal God - had to slip him in here with the patriotism part. I know how you love posts on God and patriotism.) help me, but I love my country and even the flag. Patriotism (love for or devotion to one's country) is not a bad word. I believe that because we are largely a country of immigrants we are the first to fly the badge of patriotism. It is from the words of so many of our ancestors that we have gained true insight into what so many born here take for granted.

"It doesn't help when Geneabloggers offers blogging ideas such as Election Day or 9-11. Neither has to do with genealogy. What else are people to say, but how great it is to vote, and how freedom is great, and how we owe so much to the generations that fought and died for our right to vote, etc. etc. It just makes me so uncomfortable."

Now, I write often about my personal experiences. I call it family history. It is a gift to those for whom I will be their ancestor. They will know far more about my mundane life than I did about my ancestors' lives. I have wondered so many times where my ancestors were and what they were doing on significant dates and events. I have always wondered did my ancestors vote, how did they vote, and what was their political party? So I find these topics extremely relevant to genealogy/family history.

I offer a suggestion. If this makes you uncomfortable, don't read those posts. I enjoy them very much and have never felt uncomfortable with a heartfelt post. I do find it interesting that you have taken Thomas' suggestions for Surname Saturday and Wordless Wednesday posts and used them. So are you the arbiter of what is and is not relevant in the world of genealogy?

Quotes From The Posts

"There was a presumption of intimacy that was never there, nor does it exist today--Facebook is not the same as having real friends." Well, sure it is. Not only friends, but dare I say it out loud, RELATIVES follow me. Many are friends in the "real world" and the relatives have found me through blogging, facebook, and Twitter. And I am the richer for it.

"Well, all that would be fine if I were a God-fearing straight republican, but I am agnostic gay liberal (sic). And the conversation would end abruptly." Is it possible that it wasn't the "message," but the "timing" and "delivery?"

I'm sure by now the above referenced author is expressing irritation at being questioned by Typhoid Maven, swearing under his breath, "I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!" In the words of the great Monty Python, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" But you should when you blog your opinions.

Now, I will stop shellacking the author and commend him on his dedication to citing his sources and to his use of footnotes. Typhoid Maven always says that you're only as good as your last source citation and the author is pretty good.

Suggestions from Typhoid Maven:

It is the wise genealogist/family historian who embraces the
belief that genealogy is not solely a backward facing discipline.
We must all look to the future.

Educate yourself.
I am intelligent enough to know I don't know everything.
If Thomas ever gives a class on Twitter, facebook, or blogging in
your area, attend. I can't believe there is nothing left for you to learn.

Read Thomas' post explaining the work of
Geneabloggers. Excellent!

Let's try this again!
There is no more warm and welcoming
community on the internet.
Did you really give us a chance?

And in the words of my good "friend" (that would be my Twitter, facebook, blogging, and real world friend) Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, I'm ready for the slings and arrows! (I expect the Spanish Inquisition.)

P.S. A note to new genealogy/family history bloggers. We have had one of these dust-ups every year since I started blogging. This too shall pass.

And maybe, just maybe, I'll make the list at The Clue Wagon. LOL!