We’ve start a new series on Ancestry.com called Between the Leaves. It’s a genealogy chat show for some of the genealogist who work at Ancestry.com: Myself, Juliana Szucs Smith, Amy Johnson Crow and Crista Cowan. The first episode was a lot of fun to film and I can’t wait to do the next one!
The Ancestor Hunt has done a fun new thing with twitter hash tags on Rebel Mouse.
Try this one: https://www.rebelmouse.com/genealogy/
Rebel Mouse #genealogy tag
There is also one for #familyhistory: https://www.rebelmouse.com/familyhistory/
It’s a really interesting presentation of twitter #hash tags.
I thought I’d do a few top ten lists this final week of 2012. Here are the top ten stories that you clicked on from my Follow Friday listings and other posts:
- Blown Away With DNA from the Legal Genealogist
- uencounterme – A Way to Plot Cluster Genealogy Research from Geneabloggers.com
- Workday Wednesday The Dispatcher from Gail Grunst Genealogy
- 10 Awesome Onenote Tips You Should be Using All the Time from makeusof
- Family Lore and Indian Princesses from Evidence Explained
- Five Tips for Safely Reading and Photographing Tombstones from Karen Miller Bennett
- Brickwall Case of Oscar F Brown from Ancestral Breezes (be sure to read all parts!)
- Tech Tuesday: Using Pinterest for Your Family History Photographs from Tall Tales of a Family
- Wedding Wednesday: Robbing the Cradle from Kathryn Smith Lockhard
- A True Love Story? from A Southern Sleuth
All are worth another read.
Here is what inspired, moved and made me think this past week:
So I’ve be blogging for a few months now and it has indeed been a lot of fun. I spent the last couple of days thinking about what kind of posts have gotten some of the best responses.
Posts that have a story associated with them. Can be small snippet of a story of lengthy piece. But it seems those with a genealogy bent to their personality love a good or even passable story.
Posts that talk about how I’ve done it wrong. Confessing one’s genealogical sins seems hard at first, but it seems to have brought out some camaraderie. Let’s face it — none of us are perfect. And we all started as really naive and clueless family historians. Who knew a birth record could be wrong? Who knew that vital records don’t exist for everyone and are not readily available? Who knew those stories about Indian princesses are just stories and not facts? But figuring this out and then learning how to fix our errors? That is one of the joys of genealogy. We never stop learning. I enjoy discussing the learning process as much I enjoy discussing my ancestors.
Posts about the forgotten. This was and still is the main goal of my blog. I don’t want my ancestors, good, bad or ugly to be forgotten. They have made me who I am. And remembering those who have left no one behind, such as my maiden aunts and bachelors uncles, seemed to have struck a real chord with many.
So I think I’m on the right path. It’s OK not to be perfect. Which is good, because that is not in my DNA. And sharing our mistakes maybe can make it easier for others. Or at least we can share in our “can you believe I did that?”
And telling the stories. Making the records come to life. That is the fun and addictive part, isn’t it?
I am a perpetual student because the world is a limitless place. — Elissa Scalise Powell
I had the honor of being in Elissa’s class when I was a student in the Boston University Online Certificate program. She was inspiring then, and in a recent post on APG mailing list, she delivered the above gem. (I couldn’t find this attributed to anyone else, so I assume it is hers.) It was part of a great discussion about education.
When I was a computer science student at the University of Arkansas working on my bachelor’s degree, I remember sitting in an architecture class and thinking, there is absolutely no way I am ever going to know all there is to know about this. It inspired me to go get a Master’s Degree at Purdue.
I had that moment in my BU class where the light went on and I knew I would have to pick and choose what I became truly knowledgeable about in Genealogy.
For me, I want to know all I can about Southern Genealogy, specifically Virginia, and the Carolina’s and the Civil War. That is where my family’s history lies.
Oh, and sourcing!
Some days I feel like I am making progress and some days I am overwhelmed.
But I keep reading and practicing. Because the world is indeed a limitless place.