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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
A Reader Shares His Story 
How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers 

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

This week’s mention:

Podcasts for Genealogy by Carolyn L. Barkley offers a wonderful overview of the numerous genealogy podcasts available to the family historian. If you're not familiar with podcasts and where to find them be sure to read Carolyn's post at

Copyright and the Old Family Photo by Judy at he Legal Genealogist puts copyrights and family photos into perspective for family historians. A don't miss read. 

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

This week’s mention:

We all struggle with our writing demons. Jeff Goins shares his struggles and asks you to share yours, because the first step to solving your struggles is admitting to them. Be sure to read My Biggest Writing Struggle (What's Yours?) by 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:

Ok Geneabloggers, let's rally around Katelyn, she is blogging under the title The Adventures of a Young Genealogist. We are always harping how we need more youth in this industry, let's show her our support. It will be great to read her posts from both a beginner genealogist's and a young genealogist's point of view. 

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

There is no question social media can overtake our lives. I work very hard at not feeling required to be online and plugged in every hour of every day yet there is definitely an allure that you may miss something if you are not. I found this post from Zen Habits which I think reminds us all to find a balance, read A Survival Guide to Beating Information Addiction. 

Along the same theme, read How to Keep Your Inbox at Zero by Caitlin Muir at Author Media. Caitlin offers some great suggestions for organizing your inbox and staying ahead of the every ending influx of information. 

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 Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference: Tips, Tricks & Fast Facts to Track Your Ancestors by the Editors of Family Tree Magazine. Just in time for the 1940 census, this handy book will help you get the most of your ancestor's census documents.  The Kindle Edition is available now while the print copy will be available on March 14th.

The book covers 
  • websites with census records and date
  • questions from each U.S. census 1790 to 1940
  • maps of the territory covered in each federal census
  • a key to common abbreviations
  • instructions to enumerators population and immigration trends
  • explanations of special schedules
  • state and international census resources

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

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!