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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 paper The Armchair Genealogist Journal. 

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

Monday Morning Mentions

Making Your Readers Laugh
Writing Competition for Family History Writers
Learning From the Social Media Experts
Family History Writing Forum: Finding Your Motivation
8 Great Reasons to Attend a Virtual Genealogy Conference

Recent Posts over at The Family History Writing Challenge include:

Making Your Readers Laugh
Family History Writing Forum: Finding Your Motivation
10 Tips for Editing Your Family History Book 

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

This week’s mention:

I know we can have a lot of apps on our iphones or ipads that we rarely use, but I believe Caroline Pointer from For Your Story has found two apps that when used in conjunction with each other are really a beautiful thing for a genealogist. Be sure to read GoodReader and GenuisScan+ Makes Researchers Smile. 

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

This week’s mention:

Many family history writers struggle in self-doubt, so this one is for you. Please give it a read, and perhaps it will but your own self-doubt into perspective. A Powerful Sort of Doubt by Eugene Cross on GlimmerTrain 

This is a wonderful writing opportunity for family history writers. Focusing in on your female ancestors and using the daily writing prompts proposed by Lisa Alzo at her blog The Accidental Genealogist in Fearless Females. Lisa offers us 31 daily topics to help kick start our writing in celebration of women's history month. 

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

This week’s mention:

Since my husband's family hails from Italy, he is the first of his family born in Canada, this week's new blog Finding Our Italian Roots caught my immediate attention. I haven't done much research into my husband's family as of yet, looking forward to certified genealogist Melanie D. Holtz and her blog showing me the way. Melanie is not new to blogging but new to Geneablogger's, stop by an say hello. 

A second blog that jumped out the pack for me this week was Erst*wyle by Elisse Newey. Elisse has a Bachelors of Science in Genealogy/Family History from the BYU, her blog is beautiful and well written with lots of great how-to advice. 

We're adding a new category to Monday Morning Mentions

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 biggest change in social media lately comes via the new timeline format for Facebook pages. If you use a Facebook page to promote your genealogy business than you must learn about the timeline format and how it's going to help you brand your business. This article from is a great place to start. Timeline for Brands: How to Prepare For Your Company's New Facebook Page. 

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 Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End Factories
The Sugar Girls, I discovered this week via twitter and it immediately captured my attention. This non-fiction story tells the tale of Ethel, Lilian, Gladys and Joan set in 1940's East End London. Not due out until the end of this month, March 29th, I'm  giving you advanced warning so you can pre-order your copy. It sounds like a wonderful book and I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing it.

You can learn more about the Sugar Girls and their website and listen to actual interviews with Ethel, Lilian, Gladys and Joan. In the meantime, read this synopsis of the book as written for their website. 

During the Blitz and the years of rationing, the Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. Every year, thousands of women left school at fourteen to work in the bustling factories of London’s East End. Despite long hours, hard and often hazardous work, factory life afforded exciting opportunities for independence, friendship and romance. Of all the factories that lined the docks, it was at Tate and Lyle’s where you could earn the most generous wages and enjoy the best social life. The work was hard, but Tate & Lyle was more than just a factory, it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of the East End.
The Sugar Girls (Collins, 2012) weaves together tales of adversity, resilience and youthful high spirits, bringing vividly to life the East End of Call The Midwife and Silvertown. From young Ethel to lovelorn Lilian, irrepressible Gladys to fun-loving Joan – and Miss Smith, who tries to keep a workforce of flirtatious young men and women on the straight and narrow – this is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness. It provides a moving insight into a lost way of life, as well as a timeless testament to the experience of being young and female.

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

Consider Julie Cahill's Friday Finds at Genblog.

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

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!