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.


Blogger Jasia said...

I'm just blown away. And in tears. I'm just now getting caught up on reading my feeds and I came across this. This is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me and done for my COG. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, fM. I will never forget your kindness. Self promotion is sooo very hard for me, even where the COG is concerned. Thank you, thank you, thank you, my very dear friend.

November 26, 2010 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Judith Richards Shubert said...

Jasia is TRULY special. I haven't written too many posts for the COG, but the ones that I have submitted I could tell were read by her with care. Here is my favorite:

Judith Richards Shubert presents "A Volunteer Historian" posted at Genealogy Traces, saying, "My charge as volunteer Historian was to organize and protect the large amount of memorabilia that has already been donated to the 50 Year Club over the years. I follow after other dedicated and competent Historians that served their fellow graduates well." Judith is working to preserve a segment of personal and academic history for the students who attended Mineral Wells High School over the years. How fortunate those alumni are to have her keeping and maintaining the items that represent their teenage years! Go Rams!

November 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger TK said...

Oh, ditto, ditto, ditto, fM! Jasia is the heart and soul of our blogospheric genea-family, and your post is perfect!

November 29, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Jasia - This is long overdue. There would not be a genealogy blogging community without you.

You are loved by so many for all your wonderful contributions.

Judith - thank you for sharing. Each of her intros is a jewel in her crown.

T.K. - Thank you so much! We knew her when, and she's still the one!


November 29, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger J.M. said...

First of all, here, here! You're so totally right!

As for my favorite intro by Jasia, I liked the one below very much, for she picked up on my post's tone and it showed that she really does read everything!

KABOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! That's the sound of C4 bombs exploding and bringing down J.M.'s brick wall! I must admit, she found the mother lode of documents... what a discovery!!! You must read this article. Well written, of course. Fascinating. Exciting. Complete. Terrific! Thanks, J.M.!

December 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Dorene from Ohio said...

So beautifully put! Great job to you both!!!

December 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

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