google-site-verification: google65e716d80989ba07.html The Armchair Genealogist: November 2012

Want to Build a Family History Legacy Book

And The Winner Is.......

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Scrivener for Dummies Contest. It was great to read all the fantastic projects that readers are undertaking with their Scrivener programs or wish to undertake.

Special Thank You to Gwen Hernandez from The Edited Life for donating a signed copy of her book and registration into her next online course.

It is my pleasure to announce the winner......Cheri Hudson Passey!!! Congratulations!

Cheri blogs at Carolina Girl Genealogy  and plans to use Scrivener to write short stories about her family history and the journey of her discovery. She also wants to compile stories of a historical cemetery where much of her family is buried. Congratulations Cheri!





Finding Your Family History Voice

I remember the day I decided I was going to make family history my mission. Like so many of you, I was excited by this new project. I was eager to get started, to talk to my family and start compiling my family history. 

I was shocked when other family members didn't share in my enthusiasm. There were objections to granting me interviews, my subjects felt they didn't have anything worthy to share. Request for pictures and information were not forthcoming, and some objected to some of the results I had uncovered. The process of updating births, marriages and death dates became a chore. What do you mean my mission wasn't a priority in the lives of my family.

I know I am not alone. Most new family historians are excited when they discover genealogy and begin their search; they eagerly turn to their family for answers. The genealogy world insists upon it. Start with your family, start with the living. However, no one prepares us for the objections we will face. 

When I interviewed John Paul Godges for his family memoir Oh, Beautiful, John eluded that his family was very talkative, and willing share and that made the writing of his book much easier. Oh how I wish we all had that kind of family. We do not.

Many and perhaps yourself included are disappointed when their family doesn't share your enthusiasm and even more particularly when they don't share their knowledge and accessibility to artifacts. When your requests for information are ignored and you find little interest from others, you become frustrated. Perhaps even other fellow family history researchers object to your findings, you may find yourself on a very lonely journey. 

Perhaps you're an introverted genealogist, the thought of interviewing family members scares you. It can be an overwhelming and a completely uncomfortable task for many. 

This is when it's time to take a step back and reconvene. How can you find your family history voice? How can you get others to respond to your requests and gain the respect of your family as the family historian? The one they will immediately think of and share with when they recall their family history memories or the one they'll turn to when they stumble upon and artifact or document or picture. You want to be that person. 

I’ve assembled a few tips to help you find your family history voice.   


1.     Getting The Word Out – A simple email to family members that you are researching the family history and would appreciate any information is the first step. Now, don't expect immediate responses. You are laying the ground work. Let them receive it as information.


2.     Be Patient- it may take some time for you to find your voice and for others to respect and trust your family history mission. Don't bombard them, ease your way into it. I know you’re excited and you want to gather as much information as soon as possible but you must take the time to earn their trust. 

3.     Be Honest About Your Plans – share how you plan to use the information, on a blog, in a book, for your eyes only or to past down to the next generation. It goes a long way to gaining trust and respect from for your family. Help them understand you’re not just being nosy but leaving a legacy and honouring the family name.

4.     Don't Overwhelm - too many requests all at once can shut a family member down. Take baby steps. Ease into it with small questions. One or two questions at a time opposed to a 3-page essay. Becoming the family historian is not meant to be work for them. Make the process as little encroaching on their lives as possible. 

5.     Share Your Findings - to get the conversation flowing share your knowledge before demanding they share their understanding of events. Lead by example. It can often lead to deeper and more insightful information. 

6.     Keep It Informal - Holiday gatherings are perfect time to talk family history. Bring an old picture or artifact to a gathering, pass it around and watch and listen to the information flow. 

7.     Don't Argue - record everyone's point of view, don’t argue over other family members versions of a story or what version of the family tree is correct. Trust that your primary sources will lead you to the truth. 

8.     Treat Every Family Member As Special - be empathetic to their concerns and convey that every piece of information no matter how irrelevant they think it may be is an opportunity to a new discovery.


 Do you struggle with interviewing the living?  

What problems do you face in acquiring information from your family? Do you encounter difficult family members who don't want to share? Intimidated by interviews or never conducted an interview before? Are you asking the right questions in the right manner? Are you asking the difficult questions? 

 Many encounter these difficulties. When it came time to interview my family, I realized I was going to have to turn to the interviewing skills I had acquired through my 20 years as a manager and trainer. 

I want to help new family historians develop those skills as well. Allow me to guide you through the interview process and prepare you to conduct your most rewarding family history interviews. Watch for my free ebook January 2013. 

Be sure to sign up for email updates so you don't miss out! 







Two New Scrivener Videos and Last Chance to Enter Our Contest

I've added two new videos to the video library Scrivener for the Family History Writer. Be sure to check them out.  These two recent videos are quick little videos that will allow you to absorb one feature of Scrivener and start applying it today. They include Snapshots and The Outliner.  

You can view them below or follow the links above to my You Tube Channel

Don't forget our Scrivener Contest is coming to a close. Tomorrow evening 7pm Eastern, all entries into our contest need to be made. On Saturday morning I'll announce the winner of copy of Scrivener for Dummies signed by author Gwen Hernandez  along with registration into the her upcoming Online Scrivener Course.  

Snapshots 





The Outliner



Monday Morning Mentions


Monday Morning Mentions is an opportunity to reflect on the events of the week at the Armchair Genealogist and in the blogging and book community. Over my morning cappuccino, I will take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite blogs posts this week and give a nod to my peers.




You can also find me on Facebook. Stop by and leave a message. I often will link some great finds there as well. You can also follow me on twitter at @LynnPal or my twitter paper The Armchair Genealogist Journal.
At the Armchair Genealogist this week, posts included the following:


Today is also Cyber Monday and the Flip-Pal has some sales happening, if you're interested in getting those pictures organized check it out HERE

And a reminder that your last chance to win a copy of Scrivener for Dummies and some free lessons from its author Gwen Hernandez ends this Friday, be sure to ENTER.



Internet Genealogy – a great genealogy or internet tip that will benefit any armchair genealogist.

This week's mention:

Robin Foster at LowCountry Africana offers some help in  Overcoming Obstacles to Recording Your Oral Family History Interview in a section of her blog called Got Tools? 

And with keeping the theme of oral histories, Michael at the Mocavo Blog posted a helpful article this week entitled Tips for Taking Oral Histories

Have you consider using a headset for genealogy? Marian asks the questions and answers along with her readers in Headsets and Genealogy. Seriously, consider adding one to your Christmas list! 



Social Media for the Genealogist - this will include social media advice and learning opportunities from experts both inside and outside of the genealogy industry.

Ever wish one app would integrate with another app, well...check this out. John Jantsch at Duct Tape Marketing tells us about a service called Zapier that allows you to integrate several apps to work together. I'm still exploring this service but I thought this might be handy to the average genealogists who is managing many apps. If you like to learn more, read How to Extend the Functionality of Every App You Use. 


Writing Family History - great advice or information on writing your family history.

This week’s mention:

Mary Carroll Moore discusses From Fake Memoirs to True-Life Novels - The New Trends in Publishing Genres in her recent post on How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book. This is definitely a discussion many family history writers struggle with, this article may help you draw a line in your own stories. 



Productivity and Motivation for the busy genealogist - we all struggle with juggling family life, research, writing, blogs and on and on. Each week I'll choose a blog post that just might give you that little push you need. 

This Week's mention:

I find Tim Ferriss and how he thinks quite intriguing, so this week he was making the rounds on the blog circuit. Tim's latest book is a cookbook/how to learn anything book. Tim breaks down the process of learning to a new level and applies it to cooking among other things. Maybe we should challenge Tim to learn genealogy. In the meantime, you might find some inspiration through these posts. 


Learn to Do Anything With Tim Ferriss at Six Pixels of Separation 

How to Learn Anything with Leo Babuta at Zen Habits 



New Genealogy Blog – we will tip our hat to a newcomer who impresses us right out of the box

This Week's Mention: 

Meet the Genealogy LadyDeborah Sweeney is a genealogist with almost 20 years of experience.She is not only turning her hobby into a profession she joined Geneabloggers and started a blog.  Be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.   


Books that Move and Matter - each week we will feature an ebook or print book with the family historian in mind. It may come as a great source of information, for research or writing or playing to our historical interests, or may just be a great read I think genealogists will love.



The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life 

I know this may seem like an unusual choice, but what if this book teach you about how to  learn genealogy, would you read it? If you're looking to learn anything new, whether that is genealogy, or taking your skills to new level, or learning to write that family history book  or anything in your life you would like to learn, Tim Ferriss may shed some light on how to bring it to a new level. 


"WHAT IF YOU COULD BECOME WORLD-CLASS IN ANYTHING IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS?
The 4-Hour Chef isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of rapid learning."

Want to learn more about Tim Ferriss and his books check out the posts above. 

 The Webinar Watch - Each week we will list upcoming webinars mostly in genealogy, but occasionally I come across one for writing or social media I think is beneficial, I'll be sure to share it here. 

This week's webinars: 

DNA Explained: An Intro to DNA for Genealogists presented by Roberta Estes hosted by Association of Professional Genealogists, Tuesday Nov 27th. FREE. 

The Big 4 U.S. Record Sources presented by Mary E.V. Hill hosted by Legacy Family Tree, Wednesday November 28th. FREE. 

Ten Reasons Why Your Ancestor Was In Canada presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan and hosted by Legacy Family Tree, Thursday November 29th. FREE. 

Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: Scanning, Organizing, Editing and Sharing Your Digital Images. presented by Geoff Rasmussen hosted by Legacy Family Tree, Friday November 30th. FREE. 

Sharing and Preserving Memoirs presented by Daniel Horowitz hosted by Southern California Genealogical Society, Saturday Dec 1st. FREE.


Other Great Round-ups

You can find more new genealogy bloggers at Thomas' list of New Genealogy Blogs at Geneabloggers.

For other great reads, Randy at Genea-Musings offers the Best of the Genea-Blogs

Read Friday Finds by Julie Cahill at GenBlog

Dan Curtis, Professional Personal Historian always puts together some interesting selections in Monday's Link Round-Up.

British and Irish Genealogy blog offers lots of goodies, This week brings Genealogy News for Nov 23rd.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Nov 23rd, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

Here's a new round-up to follow, Two Nerdy History Girls offers us a weekly round-up. I think you'll find them fascinating. This week's Breakfast Links: Week of Nov 19th.

And John at Transylvanian Dutch brings us his Weekly Genealogy Picks.


Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!

Black Friday Sale!

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Black Friday Sale! 


Whether you're a family historian or a scrapbooker or a Mom with an unruly array of photos in shoe-boxes or you know someone like this then you may want to consider The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner this Christmas season. 

Today's Black Friday Sale, November 23, 2012 offers a selection of savings. 


Free Shipping on all orders of $100 or more in the USA and Canada!
(Applies to standard ground shipping only.)


Save $20 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner + Deluxe Carry Case Bundle!
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Save $30 on the new Genealogy Bundle!

Genealogists and Family Historians—here’s a bundle just for you! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit, and an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger. (Regular Price: $223.96, Sale Price: $193.96)


Save $50 on the Really Big Bundle!
Do you want it all? This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit, a Picture Keeper PK 8, an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Cleaning Cloth and a Flip-Pal Window Protector Sheets 3-pack. (Regular Price: $288.93, Sale Price: $238.93)




And on Monday..........

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner Cyber Monday Sale Preview! 


This is a preview of the upcoming Cyber Monday Sale that starts Monday, November 26, 2012. The deals shown below will not be available until then! 


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Save $15 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner!
You will need to place the Flip-Pal mobile scanner in your shopping cart and then use the promotion code Cyber12 in order to receive the $15 off discount.
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Monday Morning Mentions


Monday Morning Mentions is an opportunity to reflect on the events of the week at the Armchair Genealogist and in the blogging and book community. Over my morning cappuccino, I will take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite blogs posts this week and give a nod to my peers.




You can also find me on Facebook. Stop by and leave a message. I often will link some great finds there as well. You can also follow me on twitter at @LynnPal or my twitter paperThe Armchair Genealogist Journal.



At the Armchair Genealogist this week, posts included the following:
Scrivener- A Book Review and a Contest

I've been spending the weekend in Denver, Colorado and enjoying my first visit to this beautiful area of the country. Tonight, I'm looking forward to the Bruce Springsteen Concert and will be returning to Canada tomorrow evening. 

For that reason I've been unable to put together this week's usual round-up of blog posts. However, I thought I would turn the tables this week. 

It's Your Turn

In comments below share with everyone that one blog post that resonated with you this week. It could be a genealogy blog, a writing blog, a social media blog, or it could be a book. Share and link the post in the comments below so we can all enjoy the post.

Please try to refrain from putting up your own links. In the spirit of the upcoming American Thanksgiving let's shine the light on someone else.  

Other Great Round-ups

You can find more new genealogy bloggers at Thomas' list of New Genealogy Blogs at Geneabloggers.

For other great reads, Randy at Genea-Musings offers the Best of the Genea-Blogs

Read Friday Finds by Julie Cahill at GenBlog

Dan Curtis, Professional Personal Historian always puts together some interesting selections in Monday's Link Round-Up.

British and Irish Genealogy blog offers lots of goodies, This week brings Genealogy News for Nov 9th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Nov 9th, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

Michael Leclerc writes From the Blogs, on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

Here's a new round-up to follow, Two Nerdy History Girls offers us a weekly round-up. I think you'll find them fascinating. This week's Breakfast Links: Week of Nov 5th.

And John at Transylvanian Dutch brings us his Weekly Genealogy Picks.


Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!

Scrivener - A Book Review and A Contest!

Scrivener

 I’m not the kind of gal who takes to reading a manual, there's just too many great books in the world for something so dry. And honestly, if I needed a manual to learn the basics then I will surely pass on the program, that much I’ve learned about myself. I like to learn hands on and quickly.  This is why I started using Scrivener as my primary writing software program.

After having used Scrivener for about a year and not really venturing much further then the basics, I decided it was time to expand my knowledge. I purchased a couple of books to take my learning to the next level. Now, Scrivener comes with a 500 page manual, and while to some degree it might seem perfectly reasonable to use it then to purchase another book, it was is in my opinion not as wonderfully user friendly, like the program it was detailing. I’m ok with that because I found Scrivener For Dummies.

Now let’s make something perfectly clear, anyone can use Scrivener and if you never looked at a manual you would be perfectly good to go. However, after passing by many of the features of Scrivener for over a year, I decided to take some time to go beyond the basics and get to know Scrivener better.

Scrivener for Dummies is written by Gwen Hernandez, and published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd. She began using the program in 2009 and writing about it on her blog, The Edited Life. Before she knew it she was writing a book to help her fellow writers. I purchased the book this past summer and immediately it became my desk reference for Scrivener.

This is how I used Gwen’s book. I never sat down and read the book from cover to cover (Sorry Gwen). I got acquainted with the table of contents. Scrivener for Dummies is divided into 7 parts and 23 chapters making it very easy to zoom in on any given topic straight away. It also has a very complete index. I flipped through the book a couple times and got acquainted with the design and style of the book. I then flagged some chapters with particular elements of Scrivener that I knew interested me the most and  I thought would definitely appeal to a family history writer. With Scrivener and Scrivener for Dummies open in front of me, I began learning one or two new things and started putting them into practice. In 10 minutes, I could find, read and utilize a feature of the Scrivener program.

I can’t tell you how many times I remarked to myself “Cool, that’s how you use that!”

There are so many hidden treasures in Scrivener and Scrivener for Dummies is a wonderful companion to help you uncover them with little effort and in the most efficient manner possible. The design of the book with it's bite-size manageable pieces of information make it the perfect reference manual.

Scrivener for Dummies has given me a more in-depth  knowledge of the program that in turn allowed me to create the Scrivener for the Family History Writer Video series. The more I learned about Scrivener the more I knew it was a perfect fit for family historians. Gwen agrees with me and tells me genealogists make up a considerable portion of her Scrivener classes that she now offers online.

The Scrivener program is so affordable that I recommend spending a few extra dollars and picking up Scrivener For Dummies as your desk reference. On the other hand, you could win a free copy.

I’m giving all of my readers an opportunity to win a copy of Scrivener for Dummies. As an added bonus, Gwen is throwing in registration to her Scrivener online classes.

The winner of the book will receive a signed copy of Scrivener for Dummies from Gwen and a registration to Gwen’s next 4 week session of Scrivener classes set to begin in 2013.

How to do you enter? Simple. In comments below, tell me how you are using Scrivener or plan to use Scrivener in your family history journey. What kinds of projects do you plan to use it for, a book, short stories, ProGen, articles, blog to book or anything else family history related or not. If you're shy, you can drop me an email with the same info at lynn@thearmchairgenealogist.com.

Gwen will be checking into comments today so if you have any questions for her fire away!

I will enter all names into a hat and pull a winner on November 30th, at 7pm EST. The winner will be announced on the blog the following day. This contest is open to all Canadian and US residents. 
That’s it. Easy peasy.

Now explore Gwen’s website, take a look at the book here or check out the Scrivener for Family History Writer Video Series. Really, what are you waiting for, with so many resources for Scrivener available to you, there’s no need to hesitate, it's time to make Scrivener your newest family history writing tool.

(The above post contains affiliate links.)

Monday Morning Mentions


Monday Morning Mentions is an opportunity to reflect on the events of the week at the Armchair Genealogist and in the blogging and book community. Over my morning cappuccino, I will take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite blogs posts this week and give a nod to my peers.




You can also find me on Facebook. Stop by and leave a message. I often will link some great finds there as well. You can also follow me on twitter at @LynnPal or my twitter paperThe Armchair Genealogist Journal.
At the Armchair Genealogist this week, posts included the following:


May We Never Forget - A Remembrance Day Tribute with Snapshots of Normandy, France. 



Internet Genealogy – a great genealogy or internet tip that will benefit any armchair genealogist.

This week's mention:

Valerie from the genealogy blog Begin With 'Craft' shares a great post on Using WikiTree: The How and Why? As a user of this website, Valerie has first hand knowledge of the website and offers a great tutorial. 

It's always an exciting week when more Irish Genealogy help arrives online. The Genealogy Insider blog by Family Tree University brought me the news that The National Archives of Ireland Launches Genealogy Website

There's a new list of research lessons available from FamilySearch.org. You can read the blog post listing all the new learning courses at New Research Lessons Added to FamilySearch.org September 2012


Social Media for the Genealogist - this will include social media advice and learning opportunities from experts both inside and outside of the genealogy industry.

Did you get the email this week telling us Pinterest users about the new secret boards? This is a great idea. Not sure what to use a secret board for? Here's a post from mashable.com Read 
7 Ideas for Your First Pinterest Secret Board by Joann Pan

Now that you can see how you can use it, here's a quick little post to help you set up your first secret Pinterest board. How Do I Set Up Secret Pinterest Boards? from Social Media Today by Tammy Kahn Fennell. 


Writing Family History - great advice or information on writing your family history.

This week’s mention:

Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn gives some clear advice in 5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out of Your Head And Onto the Page. 

 Help Your Ancestors Live Forever, Write Your Family History by Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt. Kenneth lists all the remarkable stories waiting to be told in his own history and gives you plenty of reasons why you should write your family history stories. 




Productivity and Motivation for the busy genealogist - we all struggle with juggling family life, research, writing, blogs and on and on. Each week I'll choose a blog post that just might give you that little push you need. 

This Week's mention:

I believe that clutter and chaos inhibits productivity and motivation. Here's a nice post with 10 great decluttering tips. Even if you only do one on the list you'll be on your way. Read 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home by Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalistic.

New Genealogy Blog – we will tip our hat to a newcomer who impresses us right out of the box

This Week's Mention: 

Stop by and meet Patti at her new blog Like Vintage Sliver. It's a beautiful blog with beautiful writing and with a lovely thought out name. Patti writes "Like vintage silver, the stories of our ancestors' lives (as well as our own lives) may be tarnished or they may be beautiful...but they always grow more precious through the years...and they always deserve to be cherished and passed on to the next generation. Here is where I will display some of my family's "vintage silver." 


Books that Move and Matter - each week we will feature an ebook or print book with the family historian in mind. It may come as a great source of information, for research or writing or playing to our historical interests, or may just be a great read I think genealogists will love.

This week I stumbled across this book, it immediately got placed on my list of must reads. 
A Home Called Your Ownby Steve Hanna , a family history story that spans 6 generations certainly captured my attention. 

Amazon says:

Steve Hanna is the sixth generation descendant of a small but determined band of Bohemian immigrants who sacrificed everything they owned to set his great ancestor free. One hundred and twenty-five years later in A Home Called Your Own, Steve journeys to the town of his great ancestor and discovers far more than he bargained for - a story of surrender that will change his life forever.

 The Webinar Watch - Each week we will list upcoming webinars mostly in genealogy, but occasionally I come across one for writing or social media I think is beneficial, I'll be sure to share it here. 

This week's webinars: 

You Tube For Archiving Family Interviews presented and hosted by Dear Myrtle on Monday Nov 12th. FREE. 

SideStep Genealogy presented by George G. Morgan and hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society on Tuesday Nov 13th. FREE. 

Genealogy for Beginners: Where Do We Begin? presented by Linda Woodward Geiger and hosted by Legacy Family Tree on Wednesday Nov 14th. FREE. 

The Basics of DNA Testing presented by Diahan Southard and hosted by Utah Genealogical Society on Thursday Nov 15th. FREE. 

10 Ideas for Great Gifts Using Your Family Photos presented by Thomas MacEntee and hosted by Legacy Family Tree on Friday Nov 16th. FREE. 


Other Great Round-ups

You can find more new genealogy bloggers at Thomas' list of New Genealogy Blogs at Geneabloggers.

For other great reads, Randy at Genea-Musings offers the Best of the Genea-Blogs

Read Friday Finds by Julie Cahill at GenBlog

Dan Curtis, Professional Personal Historian always puts together some interesting selections in Monday's Link Round-Up.

British and Irish Genealogy blog offers lots of goodies, This week brings Genealogy News for Nov 9th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Nov 9th, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

Michael Leclerc writes From the Blogs, on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

Here's a new round-up to follow, Two Nerdy History Girls offers us a weekly round-up. I think you'll find them fascinating. This week's Breakfast Links: Week of Nov 5th.

And John at Transylvanian Dutch brings us his Weekly Genealogy Picks.


Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!

May We Never Forget

Today on this 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour let us remember those who have fought and  sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. Let us keep in our prayers all those who continue to serve and place themselves in harms way  in order to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

The following photos are from my personal collection from May 2012, when I had the opportunity to visit Normandy, France.

Scrivener For The Family History Writer - The Editor

In our newest video we take a closer look at the editor. Learn how to make the editor adapt to your writing style and your family history writing projects.

Other videos in our series Scrivener For the Family History Writer:

A Tool That Adapts to Every Kind of Genealogist - An Introduction to ScrivenerThe Corkboard Where you'll plan and outline your family history projects


Monday Morning Mentions


Monday Morning Mentions is an opportunity to reflect on the events of the week at the Armchair Genealogist and in the blogging and book community. Over my morning cappuccino, I will take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite blogs posts this week and give a nod to my peers.




You can also find me on Facebook. Stop by and leave a message. I often will link some great finds there as well. You can also follow me on twitter at @LynnPal or my twitter paperThe Armchair Genealogist Journal.
At the Armchair Genealogist this week, posts included the following:






Internet Genealogy – a great genealogy or internet tip that will benefit any armchair genealogist.

This week's mention:

If you have ever pondered the possibility of becoming an accredited and or certified genealogist then I urge you to read Valerie's post this week at Family Cherished. Valerie compares two boards, the credential process and their respective requirements. A handy chart for those interested, read The Contract, The Basketball Player and the Genealogist or Why Get Certified? 

And while were talking genealogical education, read Shelley's post at A Sense of Family. Shelley shares her knowledge and experience with a certain home study course, read Why I Recommend the NGS Home Study Course. 

Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt identifies why you may not be having fun with your genealogy research and offers some tips to get you back on track. Read Why Aren't You Having Fun with Your Family History Research?

At the Indepth Genealogist author and genealogist Michelle Goodrum offers Ten Tips and Reasons to Transcribe Documents. It can be a pain but Michelle offers some great reasons why and some tips to getting it done. 


Ever fumble around trying to find where you filed those articles, blog posts and notes. This week, I came across an article that I thought offered some great tips, read 5 Step Plan to Better Document Tagging written by Robert Oschler. 



Social Media for the Genealogist - this will include social media advice and learning opportunities from experts both inside and outside of the genealogy industry.

The Social Media Examiner brings us this week a great post for bloggers, 21 Business Blogging Tips From the Pros. A very nice list of tips you should definitely check out. 



Writing Family History - great advice or information on writing your family history.

This week’s mention:

Not sure how to start that book outline using index cards, don't miss this great tutorial by Alexandra Sokoloff in Nanowrimo Prep: The Index Card Method and Grid 

Ramsay at the Blog Tyrant discusses just what qualifies as good writing, read How to Write Gooder: The Controversial Guide to Good Writing (and Not Sucking) 


Productivity and Motivation for the busy genealogist - we all struggle with juggling family life, research, writing, blogs and on and on. Each week I'll choose a blog post that just might give you that little push you need. 

This Week's mention:

Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income sheds some light on The Sad Truth About Your Unfinished Projects through his own personal experiences. 

Then Thorin Klosowski at Lifehacker Australia offers some hard core advice for those who want to get serious about reaching those goals,  How to Motivate Yourself to Actually Achieve Your Goals.









Books that Move and Matter - each week we will feature an ebook or print book with the family historian in mind. It may come as a great source of information, for research or writing or playing to our historical interests, or may just be a great read I think genealogists will love.

  This week's book will help you to digitize your family history photos.  Geoff Rasmussen's new book Digital Imaging Essentials. Geoff's book is aimed at genealogists who are looking for an easy-to-read-guide that will aid them in digitizing, organizing, preserving, sharing and backing up their digital family history photos. You can pick-up the PDF copy in the Legacy Family Tree Store or pre-order the paperback version. 



The Webinar Watch - Each week we will list upcoming webinars mostly in genealogy, but occasionally I come across one for writing or social media I think is beneficial, I'll be sure to share it here. 

This week's webinars: 

You Tube for Archiving Family Interviews presented and hosted by Dear Myrtle on Monday Nov 5th. FREE. - This has been rescheduled to next week, Monday Nov 12th.  

Researching Your Canadian Ancestors presented by Claire Brisson-Banks hosted by Legacy Family Tree on Wednesday Nov 7th. FREE. 




Other Great Round-ups

You can find more new genealogy bloggers at Thomas' list of New Genealogy Blogs at Geneabloggers.

For other great reads, Randy at Genea-Musings offers the Best of the Genea-Blogs

Read Friday Finds by Julie Cahill at GenBlog


Dan Curtis, Professional Personal Historian always puts together some interesting selections in Monday's Link Round-Up.


British and Irish Genealogy blog offers lots of goodies, This week brings Genealogy News for Nov 2nd.


And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Nov 2, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

Michael Leclerc writes From the Blogs, on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

Here's a new round-up to follow, Two Nerdy History Girls offers us a weekly round-up. I think you'll find them fascinating. This week's Breakfast Links: Week of Oct 15th.

And John at Transylvanian Dutch brings us his Weekly Genealogy Picks.


Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!