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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
Journaling Your Family History Journey
The Moment I Knew - Shannon's Story 

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

The (Not So) Private Lives of Our Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee at Archives. Thomas explores the records that provide a window into the private lives of our ancestors. 

Last week I introduced you to a new genealogy blog and this week here's a post from Freud's Butcher, that  I think you'll agree shares some valuable lessons. Be sure to read, Five Genealogy Lessons I Learned from B'Nai B'rith (Once I Stopped Sulking) by Edie Jarolim.

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

How to Become an Exceptional Writer by Demian Farnworth at Copyblogger. Damian expands on four aspects of writing; strategy, technique, knowledge and flair.

As genealogist we are dear friends to the librarian and want to help and support them during this transition period in the book industry. If you're following the problems that libraries are experiencing with ebook lending and the Big 6 Publishers you'll be particularly interested in this post from a very upset librarian. If you're not up to speed, please read for an education. E-books in Libraries: They Still Don't Get It posted at A Newbie's Guide to Publishing by J.A. Konrath.(warning this librarian uses some strong language)

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 post outlines a great routine for editing your blog before clicking publish. Read 7 Editing Tips to Improve Your Blog Writing Skills from Social Media Today by Natalie Contreras

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

This week's mention: 

Be sure to offer your support to the new blog Georgia Archives Matters. Run entirely by advocates to keep the Georgia Archives open to the public and staffed. It will contain updates and information on the campaign to save the archive as well as announcements and commentary. 

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 Stephanie at Corn and Cotton and the bookstore at Moultrie Creek brought this book to my attention. 

Past-Forward, A three-decade and three-thousand mile journey home by Maureen K. Wlodarczyk.

Available in print for $24.67 or on Kindle for $2.99. Downloaded mine this week. Be sure to grab yours.

Here's the book description from Amazon: 

Time can’t “heal all wounds” but traveling its dusty, winding paths searching for its long-lost stories can be a journey of love that ultimately soothes those wounds with the balm of context and perspective.

I am a DNA dead-end. The journey of a genetic signature that originated tens of thousands of years ago and wound its way through the ages, the eras, the centuries and generations of my maternal ancestors to fuse into my being at the moment of my own conception ends with me. Maternal DNA, called mitochondrial DNA or MtDNA, is passed by mothers to all their children, male or female, but only daughters can pass it on to the next generation. That means that the MtDNA passed on by mother to daughter for tens of thousands of years remains the very same MtDNA. Whenever a woman does not give birth to a daughter, she becomes a DNA dam, a DNA me.My maternal DNA was one of many hereditary gifts given to me by my ancestors including my dear grandmother Kate. Kate survived a sad and turbulent childhood at the turn of the twentieth century in order to make that gift which resulted in my safe, secure childhood, starkly different from her own. For more than thirty years during Kate's life and after her death, I struggled to research her family lineage and history, determined to discover her "story" and dilute her painful childhood memories with a broad tale of the generations that defined us. This is that tale.

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: 

Is Social Media a Genealogist's Tool   presented by Dear Myrtle on Monday Oct 8th. FREE. 

Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research presented by Leslie Albrecht Huber, hosted by IIlnois  State Genealogical Society. Tuesday Oct 9th. 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 Oct 5th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Oct 5th, 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!