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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:

I'm Back! 

After a wonderful trip to Paris France, I had full intentions of jumping right back into the blogging pool when I returned. What I didn't count on was jet lag. With a 6 hour time difference, it took me the better part of the week to feel like myself again. Every morning I got up with full intentions of writing only to find myself unable to string a sentence together. I'm beginning to find my energy again. Although I wasn't writing this week, I was certainly reading. There were plenty of great contributions to genealogy blogging this week, I hope you enjoy this week's Monday Morning Mentions.

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

This week's mentions include:

Caroline Pointer at brought us two great video tutorials this week. First, Using OneNote to keep up with those ancestors followed by More OneNote Features to Rock Your Research World.  If you're not a user of OneNote then you must check out these videos. As a long time user, I can vouch for it's usefulness for genealogy researchers and writers. If you're already a fan check the videos out anyway. Sometimes when you use a tool for so long you get tunnel vision, using only certain aspects. Sometimes another persons perspective can help you discover new found gems in a tool. I did. 

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

This week’s mention:

Judy is famous for her great legal advice, however, this week she brought us a beautiful family story, read Why do Genealogy? and The Storms of Spring at the Legal Genealogist. Two wonderful examples for those looking to write family history stories in blog posts and turning an interview into a wonderful narrative story. 

Biff Barnes at Stories to Tell, lays out for a us a simple system for managing your pictures while writing your family history manuscript. Consider reading How to Manage Photos for Your Self-Published Book. 

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

This week’s mention:

This is a wonderful premise for a genealogy blog that will help a lot of newcomers get started and keep many more from becoming overwhelmed. The 45 Minute Genealogist ( Genealogy for Busy People) is off to a great start. Well written and well-organized, author Steve Birkhauser is looking to help beginners research their family history, asking them to dedicate 45 minutes a week to their research with step by step instructions. Steve brings years of experience to the table and is in the process of completing his accreditation with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 

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 mentions:

It has always been my motto on this blog to bring tangible useful information to readers and help my readers and fellow bloggers in anyway and all ways that will serve them best. Therefore when I read Jeff Goin's post this week, The Best Way to Network: Serving People it struck a chord with me and I hope with you as well. 

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 weeks book is Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad (Genealogist's Reference Shelf) by David R. Elliott. As someone who longs to break down her Irish brick walls, I immediately downloaded this book to my Kindle. 
The book description reads as follows: 

This book will help all those, no matter where they live, who are searching for ancestors in Ireland. David R. Elliott has taken eight research trips to Ireland on behalf of his clients and has worked in most archival repositories in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dr. Elliott gives clues to finding your ancestral county, then the parish and townland within the county. He explains how Irish archival centres work and describes how you can flesh out your ancestors’ lives and what you might find in cemeteries.

An experienced genealogist and seasoned traveller, Dr. Elliott gives practical advice on preparing for your trip with tips on travel, driving, accommodation, and meals. Ireland’s unique history is outlined, as well as the impact that religion and politics have had on genealogical research. An annotated bibliography and a review of important websites round out this illustrated guide. 

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 Friday Finds at Genblog by Julie Cahill.

British and Irish Genealogy blog offers a list of featured blog posts for the week. This week brings Devon, Scotland and Ireland & New Mags.

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

And stop by Genealogy Round-up at Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak Root's World.

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!