Monday, November 19, 2007

Carnival of Genealogy, 36th Edition

Welcome to the November 18, 2007 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This is a "carousel" edition which means that there is no specific theme. It's a kaleidoscope of colorful articles that I know you'll enjoy. We have several first-time participants this time around, welcome! If the weather in your neck of the woods is as dreary and raw as it is here in Detroit, pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee, grab a sweet and sticky cinnamon bun, and indulge your senses in good reading, good eating, and a good dose of caffeine to sustain you! Twenty-six authors, thirty-one articles. Come on... let's get on with the ride!

Starting us off, Janice Brown presents Salem New Hampshire's Canobie Lake and Park posted at Cow Hampshire. Janice wins the award for the most fitting article for a carousel edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! Check out her piece on Canobie Lake Park (and an antique carousel) and be sure to watch the video she links to at the bottom of her post. Terrific Janice! Thanks for sharing!

Smallest Leaf presents Small-leaved Shamrock: Calling all Ó Cobhthaigh, Cowhey, Coffey cousins! posted at Small-leaved Shamrock. If you're interested in Irish genealogy and DNA, you won't want to miss this one. Thanks for sharing Smallest Leaf!

Dan-O presents Here is a Quick Way to Make Your Own Social Network Like Myspace, Facebook and Bebo posted at - Discover. Inspiring . Media, saying, "How to create a your own private social community online for people in your family without using myspace." I have no experience with Myspace, Facebook, or Bebo so I'm not really in a position to comment on this one. But some of you might find this interesting reading.

Randy Seaver pulls out his crystal ball and looks into the future with... Genea-Musings: The Future of Genealogy - My Turn posted at Genea-Musings. Randy is a progressive thinker and a terrific writer. You don't want to miss this one. Check it out and leave a comment about what you think the future of genealogy holds. Thanks for sharing Randy!

Thomas MacEntee presents Technology: Any "Early Adopters" In Your Family Tree? posted at Destination: Austin Family. Thomas takes us down memory lane via the technology train. He reflects on the inventions that came along during his great grandmother's lifetime. Wouldn't it be great to know what great grandma thought about them? Have you written your thoughts on current technology in your personal memoirs? Thanks for another unique and intriguing look at family history, Thomas!

Becky Wiseman presents kinexxions: Are You Prepared? I'm Not. posted at kinexxions, saying, "I realize this is not a "new" post, but it is important and perhaps more people will read it (other than the "regular" genea-bloggers) if it is included in the carnival." I sure hope a lot of people read it because it is indeed important!!! Read Becky's article, think about it, and then take some action. It's the right thing to do. Thanks for writing and contributing this thought provoking article Becky!

Along the lines of preserving our genealogy, Apple has an article to share. Apple's Tree: Uncertain Future posted at Apple's Tree. Apple brings up a subject we probably don't spend enough time thinking about... the future. What's to become of the things we've collected when we're gone? Interesting question, interesting comments. Very thought provoking. Check it out. Thanks for sharing, Apple!

John Newmark presents Our Name in History: A Review posted at Transylvanian Dutch, saying, "Happy Thanksgiving!" John gives us a charming snippet of his family history as an intro to a great review of a new book offering from Ancestry. All book reviews should be this helpful. Check it out and see if you don't agree. Thanks for sharing your family and your review John! And Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents Loving Genealogy...For Over 30 Years! posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, saying, "A chance note in one of my mother's old letters records my love-at-first-sight with genealogy!" Miriam's mother wrote letters, Miriam writes a blog. The tradition of writing wonderful stories about life was clearly passed down from mother to daughter. Here Miriam is writing about her mother's writing... it all comes full circle doesn't it? Enjoy! Thanks for sharing Miriam!

OMcHodoy presents The Oracle of OMcHodoy: The Disappearing Doyles posted at The Oracle of OMcHodoy, saying, "This is one of two articles I'm sending; the other is a sequel to this one, which explains how I answered most of the questions in this article. If possible, please in the "blurb", ask readers to read this one first :)" and The Oracle of OMcHodoy: The APPEARING Doyles! posted at The Oracle of OMcHodoy, saying, "The sequel to The Disappearing Doyles. These posts were written quite some time ago, but I think they show how much fun a "light bulb going off" can be when a new lead is found!" Colleen's article is a nice lesson in solving genealogical mysteries. She poses the problem, shares her analysis, and takes us through the resolution. Great detective skills, Colleen. Thanks for sharing!

Bill West presents THE SEARCH GOES ON posted at West in New England. Bill also poses a genealogical mystery, but his isn't solved as quickly. Stop by and see if you don't have a suggestion for Bill. He'd love to scale the brick wall surrounding his ancestor. Very nice assessment of the situation Bill. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Oswalt presents Jessica's Genejournal: One Puzzle Piece I Would Like to Solve and I Am My Own - Well Not Quite .... posted at Jessica's Genejournal. Who's up for solving mysteries? Jessica has a few of her own and could use some advice from anyone familiar with what records were available from the California gold rush era. Theories on a May/December wedding in her family would be welcomed too. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Nikki-ann presents Remembering posted at Nikki-ann - Journal. Nikki-ann remembers the veterans in her family with this very nice tribute given on Remembrance Day. Thank you for sharing your tribute with us Nikki-ann!

Brian Zalewski presents Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan posted at Zalewski Family Genealogy. Brian shares with us his attempt to discover if he is in fact related to "Wrong Way" Corrigan. Great article... and a mystery yet to be solved! Thanks for sharing this interesting article, Brian!

Bob Franks presents The Sturdy Little Red Wagon posted at Itawamba History Review: The Itawamba Historical Society. Bob's article is a perfect example of personal memories, family history, and some good research to establish the facts. Great story telling here which provides for great reading. Not to be missed! Thanks for sharing, Bob!

Terry Snyder presents It's All in the Details | Desktop Genealogist - - Fremont, OH posted at Desktop Genealogist. Terry shares with us a wonderful article about the real joy to be found in genealogical research. It's not about how far back the tree goes or how many are on it, it's all in the details. Great article Terry. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Stephen J. Danko presents More Annotations on Immigrant Passenger Manifests posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. Steve shares a research lesson with us. Read and learn :-) Thanks for sharing, Steve!

Reb Chaim HaQoton presents Illegitimate Origins of King David's Dynasty posted at Reb Chaim HaQoton. I'm always at a loss as to how to comment on these posts. I found this to be an interesting read. Let's leave it at that. Thanks for sharing!

Yehuda Berlinger presents My Genealogy posted at Yehuda, saying " Missing a few back to Adam". And you thought you had a lot of generations in your family history... Yahuda's got his established back to Adam (minus a few names here and there ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Trinity Providentia presents Rooms of My Heart: Family Reunion and Rooms of My Heart: Lunch With Family... posted at Rooms of My Heart. Two touching articles about being together with family. Nice articles and very nice photos, Trinity! Thanks for sharing!

Rory Sullivan presents I Think I Might Have Killed My Father posted at hamelife. A son reflects back and shares his memories with us. Very moving. Thank you for sharing your father and yourself with us Rory.

John Pinkston presents John T. Pinkston and Charlie Milam Pinkston, my Great Grandfather posted at Along the Time Coast blog. Thanks, John, for writing about and sharing the information available on these men from your family tree. I think you'll find John's article on Charlie Milam especially interesting as he tells us about the advantages that pioneers and youth had in the old days over the youth of 1939. "The hog range was excellent." Evidently hogs were the premiere meat back then. And what an unlikely but great segue to the next articles...

Terry Thornton presents Hog Killing at Parham posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi saying, "Without pigs and corn many of the pioneer families would have had problems feeding themselves. Here is my more-than-sixty-year-old memory of hog killing in the rural hill country of Monroe County, Mississippi." Terry's got a thing for hogs. He's even started a group of them (H.O.G.S. Bloggers). Here he writes about killing hogs. The ones back in Mississippi, not the bloggers. Wait. You don't think... nah. He wouldn't would he? Hmm ;-) He also writes about Elvis Presley in the Hill Country: Concert at Amory saying, "Recollections come in all sizes and about all sorts of events --- even about young performers getting started. Here is my account of a young Elvis Presley at a performance in Mississippi." Terry laments that he knows little of what causes girls to scream. Well Terry, I can tell you that writing about hog killing won't do it!

Shifting gears from hogs to turkey...Lori Thornton presents On the Menu: Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. Lori gets our mouths watering for a tasty Thanksgiving feast! Personal memories and some research on Thanksgiving dinners of the past make for a delightful read. Thank you for sharing and teaching, Lori!

Jasia also has Thanksgiving dinner in mind with, You're All Invited to a Feather Party! posted at Creative Gene. Almost all strange conventions have seemingly logical beginnings. This one is no different. Thanksgiving was the catalyst for the first Feather Party. Dinner anyone? For those of you who weren't reading my blog last year at this time, I'd also like to include my Plan To Be Remembered post. I did this last year on Thanksgiving and I'm so glad I did. You never know when it will be the last holiday you'll spend with a loved one and the details become so dear when they've gone.

And wrapping things up for us, Denise Olson shares a wonderful "from the heart" article, Community, posted at Family Matters. Denise beautifully articulates why it isn't just family that matters... community matters too. Thank you for putting into words the feelings that many of us share, Denise.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give thanks for all the wonderful friends we've made online this year and for all that we've learned from each other to aid our genealogy and family history research. I'm grateful to my fellow Genea-Bloggers for all that you've taught me, all the support and caring you've shown me, and the many, many, laughs I've had along the way. It's been quite a year. I'm so very glad you were there with me.

That concludes this edition of the COG. And now it's time for a Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Wish Lists! Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner and these are the seasons of gift giving and receiving. What are you wishing for this Christmas? The Genea-Santa wants to know! Do you have any suggestions for the folks who have to buy a gift "for the genealogist who has everything"? We had the same topic for the COG last year about this time. If you participated then, perhaps you'd like to review your list and comment on how your wish list is different this year.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions will be December 1st. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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