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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:

Achieving Your Family History Goals by Taking Inventory 

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

This week's mention:

Internet genealogy has expanded it reaches once again. Three leading genealogists in the online community Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Terri O'Connell and Jen Baldwin are using Twitter to answer your questions and create an environment of collaboration in this new venture. These online Twitter chats are directed towards hobbyist genealogists and family historians. Read Announcing #Genchat to get further details. 

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013, this list in compiled by GenealogyInTime Magazine. It is meant as a tool to provide an objective and comprehensive list of the most popular genealogy websites from around the world. This list is based solely on the Alexa rankings.  

Greta shares with us her thought process between her online family trees and her DNA testing. I like her approach and may just have to follow her lead. Thanks Greta for Why I'm Creating a Junk Tree on Ancestry from Greta's Genealogy Blog. 

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

We often talk about knowing our readers. This article by Yeremi Akpan at Problogging Tips has some great advice. Read How Identifying Your Typical Reader Can Improve Your Blog Content. Great exercise for family history bloggers looking for their audience. 

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

This week’s mention:

Since it's the new year I thought we needed a kick in the butt kind of post. You've been served. Read Are You Writing, or Are You Dreaming of Writing?  served up by Dana Sitar at DIY Writing. 

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:

Genealogists know all to well the challenges of getting our work done while writing, learning new tech, promoting ourselves and our businesses. This Q and A between writer and publisher Jane Friedman and futurist David Houle, Being A Creative Person in an Ever-Changing Digital Age is a fascinating read for those of struggling with how to stay creative and focused in a world of information overload. 

With a new year comes new ways to organize our time. Here's an article on mastering your calendar, I found a few tips in it, read How to Use Your Calendar by Aaron Lynn at AsianEfficiency. 

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

This Week's Mention: 

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) launched a blog to help communicate information about their organization. Intended for the general public to answer questions  about genealogical standards, and other news or items of interest with regards to the organization. If you're thinking of becoming a certified genealogist or just plan on researching like one you might want to consider subscribing. The blog is named Spring Board. 

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.

The book I chose this week is for all my fellow family history writers who are considering publication in the future. This book is getting rave reviews. I've downloaded it to my Kindle and hope to power through it in the next couple of weeks. 

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki  
In this comprehensive book the author addresses everything from should I write a book, marketing techniques, ideas for financing, editing, pricing your book etc.etc. With 29 chapters in all no subject is left unaddressed. Guy has 11 published books to his name so he brings a great deal of experience to the table. 

 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: 

Beyond the Draft Cards: Additional Selective Service Records presents by Linda Woodward Geiger and hosted by Illinois Genealogical Institute Tuesday January 8th.FREE. 

Lights, Camera, Action :Turning Your Photos and Movies into Family Stories presented by Sandra Crowley and hosted by Friends of the National Archives, Southeast Division. Tuesday January 8th. 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 Jan 4th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Jan 4th, 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 31st.

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

Deb Ruth from Adventures in Genealogy offers Genealogy Blogs, News and Tidbits #1

Motivation. Inspiration. It's Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie at Finding Forgotten Stories

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!