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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:

This past Friday, The Armchair Genealogist launched a community on Google+ for Family History Writers. I have considered a group of this kind for a while and with the launch of communities at Google+ this past weekend, the time and place seemed right. In this community, we will discuss all the various aspects that we need to learn and overcome in our journey to write and or publish our family history stories. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn or you have written and or published a family history or family history related book please join us and offer your expertise. Simply follow the link Family History Writer's Community and join this popular and growing community. 

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

This week's mention:

Edie at Freud's Butcher uses a few metaphors to describe the genealogical landscape and very effectively  I might add. Read Forests, Brick Walls and Fish Ponds: A Newbie's Genealogical Landscape 

Have you made plans for your family history research upon your passing. Read Estate Planning for The Family Genealogist by Arleen Richards at the Epoch Times. Arleen is a licensed attorney and she walks you through your options. 

Michelle Simmons at Ancestoring's Ask a Genealogist. Michelle takes on handwriting and more particularly handwriting analysis  and more specifically Graphology. Imagine reading an ancestors diary or letters and uncovering their personality traits. That could really help the story writing. Read Handwriting From a Different Angle (Graphology) 

And if you read no other blog post this week please read this one, Jen at Ancestral Breezes has written a heartfelt post that will help you keep the spirit of season in perspective. Read Bravery: Found in the Depth of Our Youth. 

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

Why Twilight Has Such a Massive Following- And How To Apply This Concept to Your Blog from guest author at Allison Boyer. Allison has done a beautiful job of explaining how to use story to draw readers to your blog. 

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

This week’s mention:

This week Biff Barnes at Stories to Tell takes us to another level, Memoir: The Third Level of Life Story Writing

Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt brings us a thoughtful post this week in Family History: Why Aren't you Writing From the Heart? 

Productivity and Motivation for the busy genealogist - we all struggle with juggling family life, research, writing, blogs and on and on. Each week I'll choose a blog post that just might give you that little push you need. 

This Week's mention:

The year is almost up and with it comes a renewed hope to improve our productivity and with it our goals for 2013. Consider this post by Eric Barker at Business Insider, there is some solid information in this post 7 Researched-Based Ways to Stop Wasting Time

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

This Week's Mention: 

I'm impressed with this beautiful website and blog called Family Lines Studio. The owner of this blog is Susan Saunders a videographer, editor and interviewer. Susan can help you to create legacy videos and video slideshows as well as video biographies and family documentaries capturing the life stories of individuals, couples or an entire family. 

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.

Reunion: A Search for Ancestors is written by Ryan Littrell. Ryan is a follower of this blog and he recently asked me to take a look at his first book. After reading the sample I've downloaded this book to my Kindle to read over the holiday. I thought some of you would be interested in picking up Ryan's book.  

Ryan asks the question: Where do I come from? 

Book Description: 

"That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries and many miles. An anonymous letter, found at the bottom of a box of black-and-white pictures, reveals the first clues about his grandmother's family story, and soon those clues lead him to a country graveyard and a long-lost cousin.

Then faded names in old books, along with a DNA surprise, unearth one more generation, and yet another. And as one hint leads to the next, from the 19th century back into the 18th, he discovers his family's place in a people's tragic struggle--a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.

A real-life account, Reunion shows how our ancestors just might still be a part of us, and how our story began long before we were even born."

 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: 

Embracing Technology presented and hosted by Dear Myrtle on Monday Dec 10th. FREE. 

Using Spreadsheets to Organize Your Research presented by Linda Greiger Woodward hosted by Friends of the National Archives. Monday Dec 10th. FREE. 

Ready-Set-Plan Developing a One Step Research Plan presented by J. Mark Lowe hosted by Illinois State Genealogical Society. Tuesday Dec 11th. FREE. 

Other Great Round-ups

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 Dec 7th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Dec 7th, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

Here's a new round-up to follow, Two Nerdy History Girls offers us a weekly round-up. I think you'll find them fascinating. This week's Breakfast Links: Week of Dec 3rd.

And John at Transylvanian Dutch brings us his Weekly Genealogy Picks.

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!