Friday, February 04, 2011

Carnival of Genealogy, 102nd Edition

Welcome to the February 4, 2011 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: The 4th Annual iGene Awards! This is the award show for genealogy bloggers. This is when we look back at 2010 and select those posts that appeared on our blogs that deserve special recognition. It's our chance to highlight blog posts in 5 categories, Best Picture, Best Screen Play, Best Documentary, Best Biography, and Best Comedy. These are the best of the best!

Please pour yourself a glass of the bubbly and mingle with the crowd a bit. The show will be starting in just a few minutes. In the mean time, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in this edition. You are all winners! Pat yourselves on the back for another year of writing outstanding blog articles on a variety of topics related to genealogy. You are all so gracious to share what you know about genealogy, technology, photography, methodology, and your ancestors. Bravo to you!

And now... dim the lights, bring up the spot, cue the orchestra... Introducing, the iGene Awards!

Cheryl Schulte starts us off with The 2010 iGene Awards for Two Sides of the Ocean posted at Two Sides of the Ocean, saying, "Come along for a glimpse of my submissions for my 2010 iGene award out of the 17 posts that I wrote in 2010." Cheryl is a great writer and all of her 17 posts deserve to be read by the masses. But I think you'll agree that her 4 choices for the iGene awards were her best! Thanks, Cheryl!

Dorene Paul presents Annual iGenie Awards for 102nd COG posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "Dorene from Ohio presents the iGenie Awards for 2010 from the Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay." Dorene had a difficult choice to make when selecting her blog posts from 2010. She's a consistently outstanding writer and a regular contributor to the Carnival of Genealogy. Thanks, Dorene!

Cynthia Shenette presents And the Award Goes To... posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, "What can I say about this one? I can already hear my husband saying, "Did you go over the top again sweetie?" Let's just say I love creative writing, and the iGene Awards offered me the perfect opportunity to write creatively." Oooh, you're gonna love this one! Cynthia does a wonderful job of creatively and humorously introducing us to her iGene Award winning posts. Don't miss it! (Oh yes, and you can see her wearing a gown made from the same fabric as my own bedroom draperies. To die for! ;-)  Thanks, Cynthia!

Apple presents The Envelope Please! posted at Apple's Tree, saying, "The judges have made their decisions and I'm very happy with the results!" OK, you don't want to miss Apple's iGene Awards. If you do, you'll miss out on reading which is her all-time favorite genealogy blog post. Gotcha curious, don't I? Go on, go read!

Michelle Goodrum presents The Annual iGene Awards on the 102nd Edition of CoG posted at The Turning of Generations, saying, "Since The Turning of Generations was born just prior to the 2010 iGene Awards ceremony, I am an excited first time participant in the Academy of Genealogy and Family History’s annual gala event. At least the committee had an entire year’s worth of material to select from." It's Michelle's first time but we hope it won't be her last! She has a delightful cadre of award winning blog posts that I'm sure you'll enjoy. The one about the "emergency drinking water" is sure to make you smile. :-D Thanks, Michelle!

Linda Gartz presents 2010 iGene Awards-And the Winners are.... posted at Family Archaeologist, saying, "Danger! Adventure! Love! Loss! Death-defying escapes! See what makes these 2010 iGene awards winners at". Linda only started her blog in November but nonetheless she was able to come up with a fantastic selection of blog posts for the iGene Awards. I'm amazed and impressed and I know you will be too! Thanks, Linda!

Charles Hansen presents COG #102 iGene Awards posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "I never really liked tooting my own horn, but it was fun looking through the posts I did in 2010 for the winners of each catagory". This is the first iGene Awards for Charles so be sure to stop by and congratulate him on the wonderful collection of blog posts he selected. Great job, Charles! Thanks!

Lisa Wallen Logsdon presents COG 102 - Annual iGene Awards - Best of OSU 2010 posted at Old Stones Undeciphered, saying, "This Carnival was a HOOT! 2010 was my first year as a Geneablogger so this is the first time I've had the pleasure of participating in the iGene Awards. The decisions were tough but the Winners were clear! What fun!" Lisa has a collection of the best photos, especially if you have a sense of humor. I don't mean to downplay her articles, but, those pictures of hers are something else! Check out her iGene Award winners and you'll see what I mean! Thanks, Lisa!

Carol presents Reflection's Awards Go To, The 2010 Annual iGene Awards, posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "No red carpets, formal clothes, or candle light dinners this year for Reflection's iGene Awards, however, the awards go on, with RV mats, jeans, campfires and pot luck meals". Carol has a terrific line-up of award winners here and I forgot to include them. Had to take the COG down briefly to add her wonderful submission. And she was so good about emailing me her submission early! Ooops! Thanks for the reminder, Carol! Sorry for the interruption. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...

Jasia presents Creative Gene's 4th Annual iGene Awards! posted at Creative Gene. These articles are the best of my blog from 2010. I'm especially fond of the biography of my great grandmother, Karolina Furman, but I really like the posts with photos I shot too. I feel like I was a little weak on humor in 2010 so I'll have to work on that! Stop by and check out all my choices!

Donna presents 2010 iGENE Awards...and the winner is... posted at What's Past is Prologue, saying, "Join me on the red carpet - it's time for that genea-spectacle, that famous annual award event that has fans clamoring for tickets...the 2010 iGENE Awards!" Get your tickets and get in line... Donna's show is not to be missed! You'll appreciate her humor, her excellent research skills, her wonderful family photo collection, and her writing. She brings it all with style and flair. Thanks so much, Donna!

John Newmark presents Fourth Annual TransylvanianDutch iGene Awards posted at Transylvanian Dutch, saying, "The TransylvanianDutch chapter of the Academy of Genealogy and Family History submits its selections for the Fourth Annual iGene Awards." I am a devoted follower of John's blog so it came as a surprise to me that I missed one of his award-winning posts... a "Genealogy Shocker" no less! I'm so glad he included it in this year's awards. John has a terrific collection of award winners as always. Do stop by and check them out (and check out his previous year's award winners too!) Thanks, John!

Greta Koehl presents Live from Beautiful Falls Church, Virginia: It’s the iGene Awards! posted at Greta's Genealogy Bog, saying, "Once again, the iGene Awards have compelled me to make a serious review of what I have written during the past year and have helped me to identify strengths and weaknesses - always a revealing, rewarding, and humbling exercise." Greta is one of those gifted creative writers who brings color to an otherwise black and white world. Not only are her blog posts creatively written but so is her iGene Awards post! Stop by Greta's blog for a visit and plan to stay a while! Thanks for entertaining us, Greta!

Judy Cole presents Shameless Self-Promotion? the iGenes 2011 posted at The Genealogy Gals, saying, "With this much self-promotion and lack of shame we should run for office". The Genealogy Gals really have a sense of humor, and they are not above self-promotion. Hey, ya gotta love the way they did it!!! I say they should run for office. I'd vote for them! Stop by and check out their iGene Awards post... you're probably mentioned by name. Thanks Gals! You really had me giggling!

Janet Iles presents IGene Awards for 2010 - Carnival of Genealogy posted at Janet the researcher, saying, "Janet has chosen her favorites for each category. Do you agree with her nominations?" I agree, Janet! Stop by Janet's blog and see if you agree too. I know you'll enjoy her selections as much as I did. Thanks for sharing your award winners with us, Janet!

Jennifer presents The Annual iGene Awards! posted at Climbing My Family Tree, saying, "A fun look back at 2010." Fun indeed! You'll get a kick out of her award winning comedy, "My Life is Laundry", even though it's a good lesson in history. ;-) Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

Bill West presents The 2010 iGene Awards posted at West in New England, saying, "Lights! Camera! Action! It's the 2010 iGene Awards at West in  New England  and suspense builds as the winners are about to be announced!" Bill's submission is a winner complete with Flutaphone fanfare! His selections are a great showcase of his best from 2010. Be sure to check out his blog right now. He's using his "Best Picture" as his blog background and combined with the Best Picture image in his iGene blog post it makes for a stunning effect! Thanks, Bill!

Nancy Messier presents Humility, Be Gone! The Annual iGene Awards at My Ancestors and Me posted at My Ancestors and Me. Nancy has a nice collection of iGene Award winners here. There are few guarantees in life but here's one for you... you'll smile when you read, "A Big Radish". Do it! Thanks for sharing your award winners with us, Nancy!

Kristin Cleage Williams presents The 4th Annual i Gene Awards at Finding Eliza (and My Cleages) posted at Finding Eliza, saying, "This time last year I didn't know the i Gene Awards existed. This year I am here to present the Awards for the best posts on my blogs in five categories." Kristin is participating in the iGene Awards for the first time and what a wonderful collection of articles she has! Be sure to stop by and read them for yourself. I really enjoyed them! Thanks for participating, Kristin!

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy and wraps up the 4th Annual iGene Awards. How about a round of applause for all of this year's winners! )(  )(  )(  )(  )( I am absolutely delighted with this year's presentations. Thank you, to all who participated. Write on! And see ya next year!

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Women's History! The COG traditionally honors women in March each year in conjunction with National Women's History Month. This is the perfect opportunity to write a biography about a woman on your family tree, research an aspect of history that relates to women, or create a collage of photos featuring the women in your family. However you choose to honor women, post it to your blog and submit it to the 103rd COG by March 1st. International Women's Day is March 8th!

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