Thursday, November 04, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy, 99th Edition

Welcome to the November 4, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic of this edition is: Religious Rites. It's hard to believe but in 99 editions this is the first time we've had "religion" as a topic. We have a nice variety of articles representing a number of organized religions. I think you'll enjoy reading about our families and their religious pasts. The weather has definitely taken a turn for the colder so I may I suggest you stop off at your favorite coffee house and get a nice rich cup of Joe to go with this edition of the COG. The Carnival is back in town!

J.M. presents Spreading the Christian Faith posted at Tracing My Roots, saying, "Although the mission is not technically a religious rite or ceremony, it was an important part of the church around 1900 and played an important part in the lives of my ancestors. So when the topic of this COG came up I thought it was time to take a closer look at the history of Dutch missionaries in the Dutch East Indies." JM does a wonderful and thorough job of looking at this slice of religious history that her family has a connection to. It's interesting reading even if you have no ties to the Netherlands or mission work. Check it out!

Carol presents 99th Edition Carnival of Genealogy, Religious Rites Can Tell A Life Story posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "Follow me as I follow the life of Frieda (Friedarike Julia Laura) Gehrke via her religious rites, baptism, confirmation, marriage, birth of her daughter, and her death/burial." Carol not only tells the story of Frieda's religious background but she also does a nice job of reflecting on the differences among church records and which she has developed a preference for and appreciation of! Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Donna presents Faith of Our Ancestors posted at What's Past is Prologue, saying, "I come from a long line of Catholics, so my ancestors have celebrated many religious rites over the years. In honor of the Seven Sacraments, I present a list of 7 unique, odd, or curious facts about my family’s participation in religious rites!" One does not typically think in terms of "fun facts" when thinking about their family's religious history, but then there's Donna. God bless Donna! She can manage to entertain us even with a topic as staid as religion. It's a real testament to her writing talent that she can put such an interesting spin on religious rites!

Leah presents An Italian Wedding posted at The Internet Genealogist, saying, "I wanted to learn more about the religious rites of my grandmother's Italian family and ended up researching Italian wedding traditions. I learned a lot but have a lot more to learn - like how to dance the tarantella!" Leah took a romantic approach to the topic of religious rites with her research on Italian wedding traditions. She presented her findings complete with music. It's a delightful article. Don't miss it!

John Newmark presents Religious Rites: Weddings posted at Transylvanian Dutch, saying, "I look back at some of the weddings I've attended, as well as take another look at the wedding of a second great uncle, which took place in 1902." John has quite a diverse ethnic and religious background. His articles always make for interesting reading, and this one is no exception. Do stop by and read John's reflections on the weddings he has participated in and the weddings of his ancestors too!

Liz Kehl presents Sacramental Significance posted at Bergschneiders and Beyond, saying, "With most of my family Catholic, I described a couple of sacramental experiences and documents and shared some recent photos of our daughter's Baptism into the Catholic Church." Liz is new to the COG so stop by and give her a warm welcome! Her article about the Catholic rites her family has participated in is nicely written and beautifully presented with photos. Thanks for sharing and participating in the COG, Liz!

Janet Iles presents Carnival of Genealogy - Religious Rites a long standing tradition in our family posted at Janet the researcher, saying, "I am happy that my family has a long tradition of being part of religious rites in their churches." Janet's article shows her pride in her family's religious traditions. She's found baptismal documents for family members in England from the early 1800s. Her admiration is evident!

Jasia presents Catholicism and Religious Rites in My Family posted at Creative Gene. I have a solid Catholic background and there was no shortage of religious rites practiced in my family. Stop by and check out my overview complete with scrapbook pages!

Cheryl Schulte presents Religious Rites in my Family posted at Two Sides of the Ocean. Cheryl wrote a wonderful article about her family's religious history. Most impressive is her collection of confirmation photos... and these are but a few of them. Honestly, she could do a whole series of articles with confirmation photos! Thanks for sharing these with us, Cheryl!

Cynthia Shenette presents A Matter of Habit: Solving a Mystery posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, "I chose to write about one of my "mystery collections." I don't think I solved my mystery completely, but I did learn a little something along the way!" Cynthia discovered that it isn't easy to research Catholic nuns, and kudos to her for trying! She did manage to figure out a way to find them in the U.S. Census... don't miss this terrific article and see how she did it! Thanks for participating in the COG, Cynthia!

Dorene Paul presents Joyce's Confirmation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1945 posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "What Joyce Parker learned in preparing for her confirmation in the Lutheran Church in 1945 stayed with her during her whole life." Dorene writes a lovely summary of her mother's lifelong participation in the Lutheran faith. Her photos complement the story oh so nicely!

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Susan presents Once upon a time or why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church posted at Nolichucky Roots, saying, "By rights - or rites - I should have written about Uncle Vasil's son or one of the other priests, nuns or pastors in the family. Maybe it's because there are so many of them and only one of him, but I find Uncle Vasil pretty irresistible." This is just the sort of interesting tale that family historians love to investigate to attempt to confirm or deny it. Susan did a great job of telling the tale as she remembered it and putting it in context relative to time and place. Wonderful writing! Terrific Title!

Please join me in congratulating Susan for the being the Featured Author of the 99th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy!

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I hope you have enjoyed this look at the religious rites our families have participated in. For many of our ancestors, religion was the fabric of their lives. It's only fitting that we honor them and their devotion to their faith. Thanks to all who participated!

It's been a long time coming, the 100th edition of the COG. There were times when I seriously doubted if this publication would last that long. But here we are wrapping up the 99th edition and preparing for the 100th. I find myself amazed and grateful to be here. What a long and winding road it's been! The COG has gone through some ups and downs, a few transitions, some really popular themes, and some not so popular ones. We've had our share of laughter and of tears, poetry, music, & dance, we've celebrated holidays and seasons, we've shared our food stories, our car stories, and our dog & pony stories to name just a few. Through it all, your support and willingness to read and participate has kept the COG going, and kept me going when I wanted to throw in the towel. I'll be honest here and tell you that for the last several months I had planned to end the COG with the 100th edition because it feels like the genealogy blogging community is just themed out. But I've recently had a change of heart due to a few people who have convinced me that the COG is still an appreciated and viable publication. And so for the time being, the COG will continue. I hope you will continue the ride with me... starting with the 100th edition!

Call for Submissions! As I mentioned in a previous post, I am asking all who have participated in past editions of the COG to participate in the 100th edition. It's a FAMILY REUNION! There will not be the usual cap of 30 submissions for this edition. Instead there will be a floor of 100! I will not attempt to write comments nor choose a featured author this time around. I'm asking all of you to help me out here and make my dream come true. I would like to have 100 or more submissions from my friends, my COG family members, for this 100th edition. It's a tall order, yes. It hasn't been done before and therein lies the challenge. Can it be done? Only your time and efforts will determine that. I know there are many more than 100 authors who have participated in the previous 99 editions of the COG. I need at least 100 of you to step up and write a blog post to submit to the COG to make my day, my week, my month, and my blogging career. I don't know how many past participants are reading this edition so I'm hoping you'll help me get the word out. Please share this info on FaceBook, Twitter, GeneaBloggers, Second Life, your own blogs, mainstream media, the 4 major TV networks, genealogy conferences, and wherever past COG participants may gather!

And the topic for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is... "There's one in every family!" Bring your stories of colorful characters, unique heirlooms, mouth-watering recipes, most dearly beloved pets, whatever! Interpret as you like. Every family has "special" individuals, you know, the ones with a green thumb, the black sheep, the lone wolf, the blue-ribbon cook, the story-teller, the geek! I know you have treasured recipes and amazing heirlooms you've yet to share! Tell us about them and become a part of history in the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! The deadline for submissions is December 1st.

Submit your blog article to the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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