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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.Photoxpress_23848093

If you want to see what ranked in my Google Reader this week click, The Armchair Genealogist's Google Reader Highlights

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At the Armchair Genealogist this week, posts included the following:

Monday Morning Mentions
Genealogists for Hire – The Myths and Misconceptions
Family Recipe Friday – Old-Fashioned Sponge Toffee
Calling All Ancestors – A History of Halloween

Each week I’m choosing blogs that deserve a shout out, they will be in the form of 3 categories, Internet Genealogy, Family History Writing, a New Genealogy Blog . I will also highlight a book either print or ebook that I feel lends itself well to researching and writing family history. OK some weeks I choose more than 4 just because it to hard to pick just one, and it's my blog so I can change the rules.

Internet Genealogy – a great genealogy or internet tip that will benefit any armchair genealogist.
This week’s mention:

Two tips I want to share with you this week

Sassy Jane Genealogy, gives us a look at Hamburger Passenger lists in Tuesday’s Tip: Hamburger Passenger Lists 1850-1934. She offers advice on how to search this database located on for maximum results.

The Upfront with NGS blog brings us a post this week that introduces us to What Was There? I had not heard of this website. What Was There ties historical photos to Google maps, allowing you to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past. This is a very cool tool and can only get better as more pictures are uploaded. Or perhaps you have some pics you wish to upload. 

 Writing Family History - great advice or information on writing your family history.
This week’s mention:

Exercises in Memoir: Finding Your Story, from  One Wild Word. This little exercise is for writing memoirs but it easily could be applied to your ancestors for writing your family history stories. Check it out, it will help you pinpoint your story.

What’s the Difference between Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Life Stories? by Dan Curtis, Personal Family Historian. Dan offers up the answers and all the possibilities for recording your stories.

New Genealogy Blog – we will tip our hat to a newcomer who impresses us right out of the box
This week’s mention: 

I am stoked about this new blog, The Italian Side. My husband is Italian, and this website looks very promising. They have a surname database (still under construction) , old pictures of various towns, Italian culture, and recipes. Looking to learn more about your Italian ancestors and culture check out The Italian Side.

 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 Lisa Cooke brought us another great interview with another writer turned genealogist. In Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 120. Lisa interviews Steve Luxenburg on his novel Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret. 

After the death of his mother, author Steve Luxenburg discovers that his mother had a sister. A secret she kept from the family. Steve begins digging, he uncovers many secrets about the hidden sister, and his mother who would hide her existence. His search takes him to Russia, Depression-era Detroit, the Holocaust in Ukraine and the Philippine war zone. Available in Hardcover, paperback and Kindle, published in 2009, Annie’s Ghosts looks like a 5 star read for family historians.

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

Stop by the Week in Review by John at Transylvanian Dutch for another great round-up.

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

And check out Around the Blogosphere at Long Lost by Susan Petersen.

Deb Ruth at Adventures in Genealogy offers Follow Friday Gems.

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!