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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
Finding Your Writing Routine - this post caught the attention of a very wide audience this week, thanks to all who tweeted and shared it. 
8 Steps to a Writing Routine - Once you've declared it, it's time to plan it. 

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

Kathleen Brandt from A3Genealogy wrote a very noteworthy post this week entitled Saving Libraries One Genealogist at a Time. Kathleen sends out a call to libraries to reach out to genealogists as a means of keeping their doors open. Read her list of ideas. Feeding on Kathleen's idea, I would encourage family historians to seek out their local library for all the research options on Kathleen's list. If we create a market need, the libraries will rise to the occasion, I hope! 

And in keeping with the theme, keeping up with the times here's a fabulous idea. While I've heard of the idea, here's a company putting it into practice, QR Codes for Headstones Keep Dearly Departed Close by Elizabeth Fielder on This post is on a non-genealogy site and therefore the comments that ensue are quite interesting, check it out.

If your thinking about venturing into the blogging waters with your family history 10 Reasons to Blog About Your Ancestors by Terri O'Connell of Finding Our Ancestors should give you just the push you need. 

And once your in those waters, you'll want to find your blogging voice. Jacqui Stevens at  Family Tapestry shares some insights in this week's post , A Blog Needs A Voice

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

This is a great read about one woman's journey to becoming an author and her 5 lessons learned. Be sure to read How to Become a Writer by Mary Jaksch of Write to Done. Left me feeling very encouraged. 

This week one of my writing inspirations that regularly makes it into Monday Morning Mentions is Jeff Goins. This week Jeff wrote a post Why We All Need Journeys. Since I always believed that family history has been a journey for me, this post resonated. I hope it will with you. Oh and did I mention that Jeff dropped by The Armchair Genealogist this week and left a comment. Can't tell you how excited I was that Finding Your Writing Routine caught his attention. Thanks Jeff.  

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: 

I admit it, Instagram is one social media outlet I haven't fully embraced yet. A couple reasons, partially time and mostly I'm not sure how I plan to use it. So when this article came along this week, my interest peaked. Check out Using Instagram for Brands from Social Media Today. 

Joe Pawlikowski on Famous Bloggers asks, Are You Suffering From a Bloggers No.1 Problem? This post has some wonderful ideas if your blog content is falling flat. 

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, I stumbled across a blog I think is fantastic, Freud's Butcher. An exciting new genealogy blog by Edie Jarolim, a freelance writer and editor. Edie says her blog is about genealogy, psychology and meat. Interesting huh? Her tagline "Sometimes a sausage is just a sausage but sometimes it's a link to the past." That should peak your interest enough to go check out this blog. 

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 book selection comes by way of a reader and family historian Ellen Taylor. Ellen is a Moment I Knew alumni. Ellen knows my love of finding and sharing family history memoir books. Ellen brought to my attention this week

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA by Richard Hill. Just released this August, Finding Family is available in paperback and Kindle. 

"This highly suspenseful book is a page-turning saga of personal detective work that will appeal to anyone who loves a good mystery. But this isn't fiction. It's an engrossing account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer." 

Sounds like one for my reading list how about yours? 

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. 

This week's webinars: 

Online Photo Editing Workshop presented by Dear Myrtle on Monday Oct 1. FREE

Privacy and Our Ancestors presented by Thomas MacEntee hosted by Legacy Family Tree, Wednesday Oct 3rd. FREE 

Introducing Record Matches presented by My Heritage on Wednesday Oct 3rd, FREE 

Hark! That Tombstone is Talking presented by Linda Woodward Gieger hosted by Southern California Genealogical Society, Saturday Oct 6th. FREE. 

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 Sept 28th

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Sept 28th, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog. 

Michael Leclerc writes From the Blogs, on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!