Friday, April 18, 2008

Carnival of Genealogy, 46th Edition

Welcome to the April 18, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: inherited traits. Where'd you get those baby blues? That luscious red hair? A love for adventure? A talent for music? Our DNA combines in just such a way as to make us the unique individuals we are. But what traits did we get from who? These questions are addressed in today's edition of the COG. The weather's getting warmer. Might be time to put the coffee maker away and brew up a tall glass of iced tea. Pour yourself a glass of whatever suits your fancy and grab yourself a lemon bar. The carnival's in town!

Bill West starts us off with West in New England: AVERAGE posted at West in New England. Bill would have us believe that he's just an average guy but we know better. Here he divulges where he got his love for reading and books which he parlayed into a career for himself. Stop by and see what other traits Bill inherited... Thanks for sharing Bill!

Lidian presents Green Eyes & Bookishness With A Side Order Of Gossip posted at The Virtual Dime Museum. Aha! True confessions here... No wonder Laura is such a talented writer and story teller... it's in her genes! Stop by and read Laura's tell-all list of inherited traits. You'll be saying, "uh huh, uh huh, no wonder she writes so well!" Thanks for sharing, Laura!

Janet Iles presents You look just like your mother posted at Janet the researcher. Janet has the most wonderful family photo showing an inherited trait. Do stop by and see it for yourself! Thanks for sharing with us Janet!

Chery Kinnick presents Giving Credit to Gene posted at Nordic Blue. Chery poses the question, "Could it have been the herring?" in regards to one of the traits she inherited but I won't tell you which one. Check it out for yourself and while you're reading her blog be sure to click on the link to the blond map of Europe. Looks good to me (I love the term Baltic blond)! Thanks so much for sharing your family traits with us Chery! Great post!

Ken Spangler presents Traits, Some Good & Some Bad! posted at Beyond Fiction. You've got to see this one... Ken's daughter and her 3rd great grandmother have an uncanny resemblance! Stop by and check out these and the other family photos that Ken has to show. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

Lee Drew presents Grandpa Left Me What? posted at FamHist. Lee shares the story of one genetic trait in his family that no one is happy about and goes on to examine other traits and their implications. Thanks for sharing your important story with us, Lee.

Robert Lord presents Lord and Lady: What Traits Run in Your Family posted at Lord and Lady. Robert shows just how prevalent a family trait can be with some wonderful family photos. It seems his family has a knack well-timed humor too. Splendid article Robert! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Klein presents Common Threads posted at Genealogy. Sharon does a beautiful job of weaving together the occupations and hobbies of her family members. She accounts for common threads among her ancestors, among other things ;-) Check it out! Thanks so much for sharing your family traits with us Sharon!

Janice Brown presents What Runs In The Family, Stays in The Family posted at Cow Hampshire. Stop by Janice's blog for a good dose of her wonderful sense of humor. She entertains us this time around with tales of family traits one can't help but laugh at. Great post Janice! Thanks for sharing your family traits with us!

Brenda presents Colour Me Red posted at Brenda Dougall Merriman. We have a humorous entry from first time COG participant, Brenda. Do stop by her blog and enjoy a good chuckle as she tells of one fiery trait that runs in her family. Terrific post, Brenda! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lori Thornton presents It Runs in the Family posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. She sings! She cooks! She reads! But don't ask her sew unless you have three legs! Stop by Lori's blog and you will delight in learning about her family traits. Which one makes her the most happy? Like I said, stop by Lori's blog! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

Jessica Oswalt presents Things Handed Down: Traits and Characteristics posted at Jessica's Genejournal. Jessica tells of noticing common facial features in old family photographs. She also shares with us who she got her smile from :-) Thanks for sharing with us Jess!

Jasia presents It's In The Genes posted at Creative Gene. The older I get the more obvious physical family traits are to me. I can see so much of myself in my mom and dad, and in my kids. My son is the spitting image of my dad. The older my daughter gets the more she looks like me. I have a couple pictures to share that tell my story. I invite you to stop by and see for yourself.

Steve Danko presents The Man with the Mad Scientist Eyebrows posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. Steve is able to identify several physical family traits and makes an interesting behavioral observation about his family members. The behavioral trait won't surprise you if you're a regular reader of Steve's blog ;-) Stop by to see what traits Steve inherited and from whom! Thanks for sharing Steve!

Thomas MacEntee presents My Family Traits posted at Destination: Austin Family, saying, "this one was a toughie!" Well you'd never know it was tough from your writing Thomas! As always, Thomas brings his sense of humor to the party and shares with us a most unusual family trait. It concerns a certain type of fruit but I'll let you head on over to his blog to discover what it is yourself. Thanks for another entertaining post Thomas!

John Newmark presents Family Traits posted at Transylvanian Dutch. John has a very interesting post examining some non-physical traits that run in his family. Religion is not something that I would have thought to be an inherited trait but John's article caused me to pause and consider the possibility. Check it out and see what you think. Thanks for sharing, John!

footnoteMaven presents Blame It On The Ancestry Nova posted at footnoteMaven. Our fM was fated to be a photo-book-magazine-autograph pack-rat. I mean collector! No doubt it's in her genes. Stop by and read fM's blog and see which traits she inherited and from whom. A wonderful read, as always. She didn't mention inheriting a writing gene... but I'll bet there's one there somewhere! Thanks for sharing, fM!

Donna presents All in the Family posted at What's Past is Prologue. Here's a wonderful article with amazing pictures. There's no doubt about who's related in Donna's family! And now we know where she gets her sense of humor from... so glad you keep us all laughing Donna! You don't want to miss this heartwarming post! Thanks for sharing, Donna!

Becca presents Carnival Of Genealogy: Genes and Traits posted at Tales From Indiana. Welcome to another first time COG participant! Becca introduces herself to us by sharing the family traits she inherited, and she's got some good ones!!! I'm not going to tell you what they are but I will say that those of us lacking the musical gene will feel some envy upon reading her article;-) Head on over and say "howdy" and have an enjoyable read! Thanks for joining us Becca!

OMcHodoy presents A Shocking Experience posted at Orations of OMcHodoy. Well, if we were giving out a prize for the most unusual family trait I think it would go to OMcHodoy. I think we've all experienced a static shock from time to time but this situation seems to go to the extreme. Check it out and see if you can relate! Thanks for sharing this most unusual trait, OMcHodoy!

Amanda Erickson presents Stubborn with heart disease posted at Random Ramblings. Say hello to another first time participant in the COG! Amanda just recently started her blog and she's off to a great beginning by joining us in the COG :-) Stop on by and say hello to Amanda and read all about her family traits. Thanks for sharing them with us Amanda!

Ruth Stephens presents Carnival of Genealogy: The Lunatic Files posted at Ruth Stephens. Ruth is a brave soul (with a healthy sense of humor) to mention a family trait that not many would feel comfortable divulging. Not all family traits are neutral or complimentary ones. Some have a darker side. Ruth seems to have uncovered one such trait in her family. Stop by and read her well written and thought provoking article. Thanks for sharing with us, Ruth!

Becky Wiseman presents Why I am the way I am? posted at kinexxions. Regrettably, Becky did not inherit eyes in the back of her head from her mom. It's a shame really. Just think of all the genealogy research she could get done with two sets of eyes ;-) Head on over and check out Becky's impressive list of family traits and see which ones she did inherit! Thanks for sharing, Becky!

Dru Pair presents Musical Genes in My Family posted at Find Your Folks. Dru's got the musical gene! And boy oh boy does it run in her family!!! Check out Dru's blog and you'll be impressed with her extensive list of family members who also inherited the musical gene. What fun it must be at family get-togethers with all this musical talent! Thanks for sharing your family trait with us Dru!

Kathryn Lake Hogan presents Crooked Little Fingers and Temper, temper... posted at LOOKING4ANCESTORS. Kathryn's first article on her crooked little fingers is cute and intriguing, don't miss it, but her second post on temper has an impressive analysis of the family trait. You'll be amazed with her look back at her ancestors' personalities and what she's able to point to that contributed to making them the people that they were. It's really quite well done. Thanks for sharing your family traits with us Kathryn!

Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes... posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors saying, "Random thoughts about the physical and personal traits that gallop through our family!" The one family trait that is no surprise to those who read Miriam's wonderful blogs regularly is writing. She definitely inherited that gene! But check out her article and you'll discover that there are many other interesting traits that run in her family too! Thanks for sharing your family traits with us Miriam!

Randy Seaver presents I Am a Unique Person posted at Genea-Musings. One of the many traits that Randy inherited is an analytical ability which is obvious from his article. He is thorough in his analysis of his family's traits and it is this thoroughness that serves him so well and makes him such a terrific genealogy researcher and blogger! But the most endearing trait he inherited is his "glass is half full" way of looking at the world. God bless you for that Randy! The world needs more like you! Head on over and check out the other traits on Randy's list. Thanks for sharing with us Randy!

Terry Snyder presents This little piggy... | Desktop Genealogist - - Fremont, OH posted at Desktop Genealogist saying, "You know how in the middle of the night you sometimes get these absolutely brilliant ideas that don't seem quite so brilliant in the bright light of day? Well, apparently the morning after on this idea it was overcast and raining and not enough light hit my retinas telling me, wait don't do it. This just proves that a bad combination to inherit is my grandmother's love for story telling, my father's warped sense of humor, with a dollop of my mother's creativity. Yup, definitely not a good combo. Boy, is that one honkin' big foot. My husband is never going to let me live this down." OK, I left this one till last because it will have you laughing so hard you won't be able to read any other posts afterwards. Head on over and have yourself a good giggle. Terry's done it again! Thanks Terry!

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Didn't these articles paint wonderful images of who we are? And now we all know what each other looks like! (Aww, you know you've been curious ;-) Special thanks to Lisa Alzo for the topic suggestion! I'm still pressed for time so I won't be able to personally thank everyone who promotes the COG on their blog this time around but please know that I am grateful to each and every one of you for helping to get the word out!

And now it's time for a Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: A Place Called Home. It's time for a geography lesson. Pick out a city/town/village where one of your ancestors once lived and tell us all about it. When was it founded? What is it known for? Has is prospered or declined over the years? Have you ever visited it or lived there? To a certain extent, we are all influenced by the environment we live in. How was your ancestor influenced by the area where they lived? Take us on a trip to the place your ancestor called home. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008.

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