Welcome to the June 4, 2007 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The theme for this edition is Who Inherited the Creative Gene in your family? I think this was a bit more challenging for some than previous themes of the COG but when all is said and done you guys came through with some dynamite articles. There are all kinds of creativity and a good variety of it is showcased here. I knew you were a creative lot!!!
Starting us off, Randy Seaver presents The Creative Gene? Nope, not me! posted at Genea-Musings. Randy claims not to have the Creative Gene but we all know better. Unwilling to own the limelight, his article is about the other folks on his family tree who inherited the Creative Gene. Thanks for sharing, Randy!
Next up, Jasia shares two articles, Finding the Creative Gene in Your Family History and A Common Thread of Creativity in My Family both posted at Creative Gene. I have to be honest with you all, I never really thought of my family as especially "creative" but when I sat down to write an article for the COG I came up with a whole list of creative folks on my family tree.
Next, Steve Danko presents Discovering the Creative Genes of an Inventor in the Family posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. In a clever and creative way, Steve not only tells us about his cousin Joe who used his creativity to invent things, he also skillfully weaves a genealogy how-to lesson on researching patent holders on the internet into his article. Yep, you've got the Creative Gene Steve! Thanks for sharing!
And next, Ken Spangler presents Is There A Creative Gene? posted at Beyond Fiction. Ken both asks the question and answers it in his article on creativity in his family. No doubt his family members have inherited the Creative Gene, including Ken himself. Great article! Thanks for sharing it with us, Ken!
Next, Becky Wiseman presents Necessity is the mother of invention... posted at kinexxions. We all know Becky has creative talent, she's a regular contributor to the COG and we've read her excellent writing many times before. Here she looks at her family tree and sees evidence of creativity in many of her ancestors and relatives. Some have classic creativity in fine arts/music but others have relied on creative ways to get by and get ahead in life. Thanks for sharing, Becky!
T.K. presents The Artworks of Kate Pettis Kerr and Before My Time: Something Very Special for 2007 both posted at Before My Time. O.K., then. We know where T.K. got her Creative Genes from! These two posts introduce us to extraordinarily creative women, T.K.'s great grandmother and an aunt who both have the kind of classic/artistic creativity and talent I think we all envy. Wow. Thanks for sharing, T.K.
Up next, Craig Manson presents Creative GeneaBlogie posted at GeneaBlogie. To no one's surprise, there are plenty of folks with Creative Genes in Craig's family. Craig is modest in claiming his own Creative Genes but they are obvious to those of us who follow his writings. Thanks for sharing with us, Craig!
And next, Cheryl Schulte shares My Special Grandmother posted at Two Sides of the Ocean. Heartwarming. That's the word that comes to mind reading Cheryl's wonderful article about her grandmother. There are certainly Creative Genes in your family Cheryl! Thanks so much for sharing. Great pictures too!
Next, Bill West presents Drawing Conclusions on Talent posted at West in New England. I don't normally include graphics in the COG but this "doodle" of Bill's is just too cute to resist. Bill has plenty of Creative Genes in his family, and contrary to his own assessment, more than few of his own too! Thanks for sharing, Bill! I love this guy -->
And last but not least, FootnoteMaven shares with us Creativity - I Know it When I See it posted at FootnoteMaven. Maven (who we know to have Creative Genes from the COG graphics she comes up with on her blog and her delightful blog posts) shares a video she found on Female Portraits in Western Art and asks how it is done. She'd love to see the women in her family transition from one to another. Well, this is the perfect opportunity for me to bring up the subject of my new blog, Creative Genealogy. I'll have a post on how you can create a transitional video similar to the one Maven found coming soon, so stop by and visit! And Maven, from all the COG contributors, we wish you well and look forward to reading more of your wonderful articles soon. Take care!
That concludes this edition of the COG. Thanks to all who contributed. You really are a creative lot! And now it's time for a Call For Submissions! The theme for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Fathers... dads, step-dads, grandfathers, or Godfathers, or even someone you thought of as a father figure! Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th so the deadline for submissions will be extended to include that day. The edition will be posted on the 19th instead of the 18th so that I have time to put it together.