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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.




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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: 


This first post by Elyse at Elyse's Genealogy Blog desperately needed to be said. My two cents: If all the 20,30,40 year veterans of genealogy had met with the condescension that these young people meet with today, I would wonder how genealogy exists at all.  This post also sets the stage for what was too be a large part of the theme at this week's Rootstech conference, engaging the young through storytelling and technology.  Be sure to read Young People Aren't Interested in Genealogy? 

Speaking of Rootstech, there were many great blog posts coming out of the festivities. I found a couple of bloggers that I felt really got to the heart of the conference and went at it from the boots on the ground sort of mentality. My two favorites this week were:

Mike Maglio of Origin Hunters

Mike not only wrote for his own blog at Origin Hunters,  Imagine: A New Kind of Family History  

He also wrote 3 great posts for The In-Depth Genealogist.  

The second blogger that scores high marks for connecting with me at home this weekend has to be Jill from the blog, Geniaus. She was everywhere, and she captured some great interviews, had her own lectures to deliver and created a steady stream of posts. Jill an Aussie blogger, started the minute her feet hit American soil and never took a breath. Here's a selection of my favourites.  

A Steinway at Rootstech - her interview with David Pogue! Nice score! David was the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Other great and diverse interviews include Aussies at Rootstech , Else and Alec at Rootstech and Heather at Rootstech. There are plenty of posts with tons of pictures, so spend sometime at Geniaus catching up on Rootstech. I'm sure there will be some post Rootstech articles on the way. 

If you missed any of the 3 day live streaming lectures you can watch them all here at your leisure  Please don't skip over the keynotes, they were lively, inspirational and thought provoking. Really! As of Sunday evening Saturday's lectures and keynote were not available but I'm sure they will be shortly. 

If you want to know who else was blogging at Rootstech, Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has a wonderful round-up of posts and highlights a list from all the bloggers. RootsTech 2013 Geneabloggers Review.

And in non-Rootstech news, Angela Packer McGhie from Adventures in Genealogy Education shares some lessons learned in her posted Unexpected Lessons from Tom Jones Part 1 and Part 2



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

This week’s mention:

I really connected this week with a post by Allison Versterfelt , guest blogger at Jeff Goins. Is Your Writing Timeless? Some food for thought as we move forward with our own family history writing. 


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

This week's mention: 

These days much of the social media streams are filled with self-promotion, and I have nothing against it, I use this approach myself but I also offset it with another approach, something I'm a big believer in and practice daily. Want to know what it is?  Read A Surprisingly Satisfying Alternative to Self-Promotion by way of writer Jeff Goins. 


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

This week's mention: 

 This week's blog deserves to be recognized  And while I am unable to identify the writer of this blog, the writer is busy identifing 102 Confederate soldiers who died in Lexington, Kentucky during the Civil War. The blog owner stumbled upon a Confederate cemetery and chose to honor the men in this cemetery by telling their stories one at a time. Perfect!  Each post is about a different soldier be sure to welcome Ghosts in Gray! 


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 feature book is:


Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries by Maureen A. Taylor. Maureen is well known in the family history circles for her expert ability to identify the clues in old photos. She shares her expertise in this book and helps you to identify the clues in your old family photos, helping you put names and faces to your photos as a means to uncovering your family history. 

Podcasts and Digital Magazines etc.  I've added a new item to Monday Morning Mentions. We will capture all the latest in podcasts, digital magazines and the like right here. 

Be sure to catch Marian's Fieldstone Common podcast this week, Hidden History of the Boston Irish with  Peter F. Stevens. 

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. Will also add hangouts to the list. 

This week's webinars: 


No webinars this week!  


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 Mar 22nd.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Mar 22nd 2013 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 March 18th.

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


Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!
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