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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:

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

This week's mention: 

In case you missed it, there's a shiny new digital genealogy magazine to help you with your research. Be sure to check out the premier issue of The In-Depth Genealogist. 

Kenneth Marks of Ancestor Hunt shares some free newspaper websites and gives us a tour of few in this video, Researching Newspapers for Genealogy for Free. 

How Do I Decode Slave Records? by Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Gates helps a researcher understand what to look for in antebellum documents. 

Nominate your  favorite genealogy website, tools, software, books, societies, and educational experiences in Kimberly Powell's Reader's Choice Award Nominations at Genealogy. 

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

This week’s mention:

Trying to make sense of your memoir Biff Barnes at Stories to Tell brings it into focus with Writing a Memoir: The Search for Meaning.  

Family History Writing Challenge.  

Below is list of blogs that posted this week on The Family History Writing Challenge. 

Beyond the Horizon by Midge Frazel
Adventures in Family History Writing  by Deb Newton-Carter
Deborah A. Carder Mayes  Family History by Debbie Mayes
Branching Out Through the Years by Fran Ellsworth
Converging Roots by Kristen Wimbush
Ohana Tree Family Research  by Ami Mulligan
Roots and Stuff by Mary Fox
Rhine Girl   by BettyAnn Schmidt
GenWestUK by Ros
Finding Family by Janet
Freud's Butcher by Edie Jarolim
Rhea/Yeakley Family History by Ann Hinds
Genealogical Musings by The History Chick
Family History Writing Service by Joy Stubbs
Sifting Through the Past by Natalie Parker
My Mother's Family History by Betty Taylor
Kitchen Sink Genealogy by Jane Neff Rollins
Genealogy on the Go by Pamela Wile
Maybe Some One Should Write That Kassie Ritman
Hoover History by Betty Taylor
Anglers Rest by Julie Goucher
Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories by Bill Smith
Our Ancestories by Miles Meyer
Many Branches One Tree by Linda Huesca Tully
The Life of John Ebbott by Sandra Williamson 
Climbing Greenwood by Leslie
A Sense of Family by Shelley Bishop
Uncovering the Dead by Marianna Craig
Writing Your Way to the Past by Julie Cahill

If you posted about the challenge this week or posted your stories for the challenge and you're not on the list be sure to leave me a message. I'll be updating this list every Monday throughout the challenge.

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:

This one every one can benefit from but it specifically goes out to my challenge writers who are busy this month creating new writing habits. Read The 3 Questions That Will Lead to Guaranteed Success by Izzy at Lifehack. 

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 mention: 

I have to admit I don't spend a lot of time studying the numbers of my blog. I focus on content and as long as a couple of key numbers are headed in the write direction I'm good. Perhaps it's just because haven't taken the time to understand all the numbers available to us to help  grow our blogs. This article hit home for me this week. 15 Metrics Every Marketing Manager Should be Tracking by Hub Spot. A nice article to help you take your blog numbers to the next level. 

I do some guest posting and I allow guest posts so this article caught my attention and is definitely worth a read if you intend to offer guest posts on your blog. Why Blogs That Allow Guest Posts Will Be Penalized in 2013 by Problogger. 

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 loving all the Polish blogs that have been joining the family history blogging community. Hoping one of these days I find a distant Polish cousin. This week welcome My Polish Roots blog. 

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: 

Family Search Wiki presented by Laura Williams Carter, hosted by Georgia Genealogical Society. Monday February 18th. FREE.

 No Will, No Problem presented by Michael John Neill hosted by Southern California Genealogical Society. Wednesday February 20th. FREE.

Making the Most of Canadian Census Records presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan hosted by Legacy Family Tree. Wednesday February 20th. FREE. 

Doing It Backwards: Finding Descendants First presented by Alice Volkert hosted by Utah Genealogical Society. Thursday February 21st. FREE. 

#Genchat this Friday February 22nd, discussion topic newspapers.

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 Feb 15th.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Feb 15th, 2013 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 February 4th.

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

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!