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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
The Moment I Knew - Mariann's Story  
How to Identify the Book Inside Your Family History Blog 

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

Another great lesson from Elizabeth Shown Mills and her website Evidence Explained, Quick Lesson 11: Identify Problems and the Fan Principle. 

Michele at Ask a Genealogist provides some great tips in her post, Tips for Breaking Down Brick Walls. 

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

Tonia Kendrick at Tonia's Roots shares Write As You Go, Tonia offers a structure for writing a research report with a template she uses in Evernote. 

 If you think your perspective of living in this day and time won't be relevant to your descendants, think again. Andrea Chalupa lays out a very compelling argument in  Yes, Plan to Write a Memoir by at 

There always time to improve your writing. How many on this list do you use? 20 Redundant Phrases to eliminate from your writing from Mickie Kennedy at Ragan's PR Daily. 

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: 

More apps to make your writing more convenient. Apps for Journaling and Keeping Track of Your Memories from Paul Shimmons at Ipad and Technology in Music Education. 

Wondering how to use Pinterest and Instagram for your genealogy business? This post just might put things into perspective for you. How Pinterest and Instagram are changing your brand strategy from Teresa Caro at iMedia Connection. 

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

This week's mention: 

A 40 something Mom, Jenny Davis is sharing ideas on how to attract a new generation of genealogists to your genealogical society. Be sure to stop by and welcome Jenny into the fold at Attracting 21sters to Genealogy.

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 Mariann Regan wrote a beautiful story for our feature The Moment I Knew. 
If you were as moved as I was by Mariann's story then be sure to read her book,  Into The Briar Patch: A Family Memoir

Book Description from Amazon 

"This book is the story of the author's quest to understand her family history. As she tries to untangle the briars of the past, she sees lines of cause and effect back to the early 1800s. As slaveholders, her South Carolina ancestors lived inside a psychological briar patch of American history. Journeying through family documents and cultural histories, the author explores the likely results of slaveholding upon the family character and the beliefs passed from parents to children. History helps shape the moral psychology of a Southern family through five generations. Deep within the briar patch lies the will to survive. Belief in one's own goodness is necessary to survival. The author studies evidence of her family's self-professed virtues-physical bravery, nurturing, and purity-and speculates about their roots in slaveholding. Her family may have subconsciously intensified their virtues to an extreme, in order to reassure themselves of their own goodness while they were participating in slavery and Jim Crow. From these unspoken depths of the briar patch may also emerge those familial and cultural stories about blacks and whites that turn and wind in order to reassure whites that they are good. Into the Briar Patch interrogates the roots of racism and the interplay of culture and soul. The subconscious entanglements that begin with slavery have produced both good and bad in family history, both fruit and thorns. As the author engages in this meditation upon human nature, the family tree becomes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Each branch bends differently, and each of the family's stories and anecdotes-wistful, amusing, tragic, zealous, ironic-is distinct from all the others. "With succinct, rich language that rings in one's ear like a wind chime . . . [Regan] delineates how many of her family's demonstrable characteristics . . . were probably . . . hardened during the prominent period of slave ownership."

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: 

What is a Reasonably Exhaustive Research? by Michael Hait at Legacy Family Tree on Wed Sept 12th. FREE

Grandma Did What? Researching Your Famous and Infamous Relatives by Gene Philibert-Ortega presented by Illnois State Genealogical Society, Tues Sept 11th, FREE 

Getting Started with Heritage Collector, a Legacy Add-On Tool for Your Photos by Kathleen Bittner at Legacy family Tree on Friday Sept.14th. 

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 7th. 

And Jana Last list some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Sept 7th, 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!