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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:

by Biff Barnes of  Stories to Tell 

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

This week's mention: 

Certified genealogist Harold Henderson helps us understand the importance of our research notes in his article Keeping Track on The Road to Proof  at

Self-Publishing for The Family Historian, Is It For You?, Julie Cahill from Writing Your Way To The Past provides a round-up of articles across the web to help you with your self-publishing endeavours.

Swapping My Cheek for Deep Ancestry, Leslie Lang from Talk Story Press, shares the beginnnings of her DNA testing with National Geographics Genographic Project. Another DNA project to consider? 

Want to participate in a family history scavenger hunt and win some prizes. Marian at Roots and Rambles gives us all the details of Houstory To Host Online Scavenger Hunt for Genealogy, Family History Fans. Sounds like fun! 

Dick Eastman shared the news that Family Tree DNA now as a $39.00 entry level DNA test. Hard not to jump in at that price. Read Family Tree DNA Unveils $39.00 Test for more details. 

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

This week’s mention:

This one goes out to all my challenge members. Janice Hardy from The Other Side of the Story encourages talking through your scenes with a writing partner. Read The Benefit of Talking Through Your Scenes. 

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
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail by Deborah A. Carder 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:

Oh wow, this one really hit home, and I suspect it will for many a genealogist, please read Why You Need to Get Rid of The Digital Crap That Ways You Down by Joan Otto, community manager at Man vs Debt. 

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: 

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income has always been someone I look to for guidance and inspiration. I encourage you to watch this week's podcast, Pat shares with us his presentation from the New Media Expo conference. For those of you promoting your business online or creating an online business you may find this presentation extremely compelling. How to Use FREE In Your Business to Get More Traffic, Subscribers and Customers

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.

A New book to share with you this week. 

Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing 

Amazon Book Description: 
This book provides guidance and insight for women who write about family. Award-winning women writers from all walks of life share their experiences in planning, composing, editing, publishing, teaching, and promoting work in a variety of writing genres. Readers will learn to tackle sensitive family issues and avoid pitfalls in memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and others. Filled with tips, exercises, and anecdotes, this anthology is appropriate for both well-seasoned writers and those just beginning. 

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 stop by and welcome  Lynn Broderick from  The Single Leaf. A beautifully designed and well written blog on family history. 

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: 

Annie Moore of Ellis Island: A Case of Historical Identify Theft presented by Megan Smolenyak hosted by Legacy Family Tree. Wednesday Feb 27th. FREE.

Time Travel with Google Earth presented by Lisa Louise Cooke hosted by Southern California Genealogical Society. Saturday Mar 2. 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 Feb 22nd.

And Jana Last lists some favorites on Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for Feb 22nd, 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 18th.

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

Have a great genealogy week, keep researching and writing!