Saturday, February 04, 2012

Carnival of Genealogy, 114th Edition

Welcome to the February 4, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This is without a doubt the most exciting edition of the COG all year... It's the 5th Annual iGene Awards edition! Cue the spot lights, cue the orchestra, bring on the dancers! The annual awards ceremony for genealogy bloggers near and far is here again. This is the very special event where bloggers select their "best of the best" articles on their blogs from the previous year. Selections are made for the following categories: Best Picture (photo), Best Screen Play, Best Comedy, Best Biography, and Best Documentary.

Pour yourself a glass of bubbly, don your best suit or gown, and take a seat. The show is about to begin. In the interest of moving this event along we ask that you please hold your applause until the end (but feel free to share comments along the  way ;-). And don't forget to silence your phones! And now the drum roll begins and the Academy of Genealogy and Family History presents... the 2011 iGene Awards!

Charles Hansen presents Carnival of Genealogy #104 iGene Awards posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "I really find it hard to pick the winners, but I did have some good articles this year for my second iGene Awards."

Randy Seaver presents The iGene Awards for 2011 for Genea-Musings Posts posted at Genea-Musings.

Bill West presents THE 2011 WEST IN NEW ENGLAND GENIE AWARDS posted at West in New England.

Dorene Paul presents The 5th Annual iGene Awards for the 114th Edition of Carnival of Genealogy posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "Dorene from Ohio submits her picks for the 5th Annual iGenie awards."

Brenda presents Competing with Myself for iGene Awards (and Winning) posted at Brenda Dougall Merriman, saying, "Competing with yourself for iGene Awards can be a rewarding exercise (if you’re into self-flagellation) but also fun as you examine your yearly output. Good thing it was just me I was up against: the iGene Academy in its wisdom declared winners in all categories."

Steve Danko presents It's Time for the 5th Annual iGene Awards posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog, saying, "Best Picture I have. Best Documentary I have. But, the other three categories… not so much. Nonetheless, with a little creative interpretation of the categories and (in one category a blatant case of backposting to my blog something I had previously posted elsewhere) I managed to find some winners for the 5th Annual iGene Awards."

Greta Koehl presents Live from Falls Church, Virginia: It’s the iGene Awards! posted at Greta's Genealogy Bog, saying, "Slim pickin's after a quiet year, but I did manage to come up with something for each of the five categories. And, as usual, a great opportunity to lampoon awards shows!"

Jasia presents Creative Gene's 5th Annual iGene Awards posted at Creative Gene. I always have fun looking back at the blog posts I've written and selecting them for the various iGene award categories. Come see which I've chosen for this year!

Julie Goucher presents Anglers Rest: Carnival Of Genealogy 114: Creative Gene's iGene Awards for 2011! posted at Anglers Rest, saying, ".....And the nominations are......"

Carol presents iGene Awards, 114th Carnival Of Genealogy, Reflection's Awards Go To posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "The year of THE Trip, as well as some research provide many nominees, and of course, winners. Of course there is an after party, wait till you hear about the menu for that! That menu gets the nod from this southern born gal and her Man. Oh, and the venue isn't half bad either. Bring on the grits!"

John Newmark presents Fifth Annual iGene Awards posted at TransylvanianDutch, saying, "The TransylvanianDutch Chapter of the Academy of Genealogy and Family History is proud to participate once again in the iGene Awards."

Donna presents The Envelope, Please... 2011 iGENE Awards! posted at What's Past is Prologue, saying, "Donna Pointkouski submits her picks for "the best of the best"."

Becky Wiseman presents The 2011 iGene Awards for Kinexxions posted at kinexxions, saying, "iGene x 2. Double the pleasure? I'll leave that up to you, dear reader!"

Linda Gartz presents I-Gene Awards 2012-And the winners are... posted at Family Archaeologist, saying, "A dress designer from Vienna modeling her masterpiece, my grandmother's diary of her travels from Austro-Hungary to America in 1911, my hang-dog chagrin at being named "Linda," a 1912 Chicago saloon photo, and an intimate look at falling in love 70 years ago. I hope you enjoy my I-gene picks for 2012."

Kristin Cleage Williams presents The 5th Annual iGene Awards! posted at Finding Eliza, saying, "A young girl growing up in Detroit in the 1930s. A short story with mellowrummies and ghosts. Drama in old Montgomery with a narrow escape as dawn breaks. And more in this years Igene Awards roundup on Finding Eliza."

Cynthia Shenette presents 2011 Favorites In Review: And The iGene Goes To... posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, "The buzz of excitement is in the air! It's that time of year again! I chose my favorite posts from 2011. I don't know if they are my best, but I enjoyed writing them, and my followers seemed to enjoy reading them. Thank you host, Jasia! Let the festivities begin!"

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all the presenters and award winning posts! I hope everyone enjoyed the show and I look forward to reading your blogs and looking for the 2012 winners!

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will really stretch your writing abilities. But you're up for a challenge, aren't you? Well if so, you're going to really enjoy this next edition because you're going to write your entire family history!!! No, I haven't lost my mind. It's doable, and here's how we're going to do it...

Have you ever heard of "flash fiction"? If not, check out "flash fiction" at Wikipedia. The basic idea is to write a story that's shorter than a short story. What better month to do this than in February, our shortest month? For our purposes we're going to apply this "flash" concept to our family history, instead of writing fiction, and we'll limit it to 300 words (roughly a little over 1 typed page) per family line. So if you choose to write about each of your 4 grandparent's family lines, that would top out at 1200 words total or 300 words per each of the 4 grandparent's family lines. Of course you can write about just one family line, you don't need to write about multiple lines. You should expect to have to write, rewrite, and revise, to end up with a good condensed family history. So, write up your "flash family history" and submit it to the Carnival of Genealogy. The deadline for submissions is March 1st (that's 11:59pm, your time zone, on March 1st). I can't wait to see what you'll do with this challenge!

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