Saturday, September 27, 2008

I *Heart* Your Blog Award

Thanks to the mysterious "Ancestry Insider" for granting Ol' Myrt here the I *heart* Your Blog Award.

The rules for the award are:

1. Can put the logo on his/her blog

2. Must link to the person who gave the award

3. Must award 7 other blogs and link to them

4. Must leave a comment on each of the nominated blogs

I agree with Ancestry Insider that it is impossible to list ALL of the blogs I read each day, but I'll make a stab at it. You will note that some are not in the genealogy genre.


Bootcamp for Bloggers (formerly Facebook(r) Bootcamp for Bloggers) by Thomas MacEntee was designed to help genea-bloggers learn to use Facebook more effectively. But Tom has so much to share, I am glad he didn't limit himself, hence the name change. This month's offerings indicate
the diversity of his topics: Skype, Adding Audio Files to Blogger, Burning Your Feeds, How to Set up a Creative Commons License, Backing Up Your Blog.

Carnival of Genealogy - hosted at a variety of genea-blog sites, but coordinated through this interface. This is one way genea-bloggers are able to write on a specific topic, and have their blog listed with others. The result is a blog entry referencing some 15-20 different points of view on the same topic. WOW!

The Chart Chick features the writing of Janet Hovorka from Generation Maps. She writes about all sorts of topics from keeping up with the latest versions of software and digital storage to how to display a giant wall chart at the next family reunion. Ol' Myrt loves the mix of technical insights with practical, doable family history projects.

Genea-Musings features Randy Seaver's insights as a Grampa, FTM user, member of a local genealogy society, and general researcher at large. He has his mouse pointer on the pulse of online genealogy community and often beats me to the punch in spreading the word about new database collections available here and there on the Net.

Renee's Genealogy Blog keeps me up to date with all things genealogy including the roll out, and the activities of the local Utah Valley PAF Users Group. Renee also uses her blog to keep folks posted on her progress as a very active volunteer. Bravo!

Shades of the Departed by Linda, our favorite footnoteMAVEN focuses on looking at the surviving images of our ancestors. fM has long interested in preserving old photos, digitizing them, and labeling them digitally as well. She is also a dear friend who sent me a pic of the rhododendrons blooming in the Pacific Northwest, where we both have roots.

ThinkGenealogy by Mark Tucker features a new way of looking at the genealogy research process. Mark worked closely with Elizabeth Shown Mills to determine that his research map followed her analysis, citation and professional genealogy standards as closely as possible.

Tracing the Tribe is a masterful work by Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who manages to keep us informed about news and upcoming events throughout the world from her desktop in Israel. Many blog topics reflect her Jewish ancestry. This multi-talented lady also teaches online at


The Lifehacker blog provides insight about technical topics, sometimes as diverse as how to use the new Google toolbar released for FireFox, installing the Wikipedia Screen Saver, and how to turn an Ikea door into a computer desk. (Yes, Ol' Myrt here didn't make that one up!)

ZDNet Blog is a must-read for those with an interest in technology, outside the genre of genealogy. Before the convenience of the blog feed, Ol' Myrt consulted this site when attempting to find out about better choices for anti-spam, anti-virus software, etc.

There are ten blogs mentioned here, though I subscribe to over 250. But the grandchildren call, and I must close this blog.

THANKS to all the genea-bloggers for being part of the conversation -- inspiring family historians to reach higher standards of research, analysis and preservation.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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