In case you missed it: Jennifer Shoer at The Scrappy Genealogist invited several geneamommybloggers to share their secrets in her series: How She Does It – Secrets from a Geneamommyblogger. Six moms – and a dad! – bared their souls, telling how they juggle family, work, genealogy, blogging, personal hygiene, and life in general.
“The Rideau Township Historical Society, located just south of Ottawa, has announced that they are still collecting information and photos of barns in the former township of Rideau before they all disappear.” See Barns Appreciation Project from Genealogy Canada by Elizabeth Lapointe for details.
Decisions, decisions: D Lee from A Patient Genealogist needs help selecting the most useful class at an upcoming genealogy conference. See Thankful Thursday to offer your advice.
Last Tuesday, I made an out-of-the-blue decision to schedule a mammogram. This was a big deal for me because two medical procedures that I never, ever wanted to have again were a mammogram and a colonoscopy. Eewww.
I’ll try to write more about my experience next week, but for now, suffice it to say that the mammogram wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered it being 13 years ago (yes, I put it off for a while).
So ladies, in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage you to schedule a screening for yourself. Your family needs you to be alive and healthy so you can take care of them… and carry on the family history research.
Attendance was good, but not that good. Who hasn’t thought that at a genealogical society meeting/conference? Debbie Roberge of the Maine Genealogical Society asks your input in Why or Why Don’t You Attend A Conference?
I don’t know about you, but I was particularly saddened by the news of Steve Jobs’ death this week. It just seems so tragic that such a creative genius was taken so early in life. I can’t help but wonder what else he might have invented if he’d lived a bit longer.
His Macintosh computers especially impacted my life. If it hadn’t been for Mac, I don’t think I would have overcome my fear of computers, or learned programming and web design web. Oh, I suppose I eventually would have sat down to learn the rudimentaries, but to truly conquer a computer, you cannot be afraid. And before Mac, I was afraid.
While I no longer have an Apple computer on my desk, we do have two iPhones and 2 iPods in our house. And I’m still trying to talk Santa into bringing me an iPad for Christmas.
As President Obama pointed out in his statement on Jobs’ passing, “…there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
Blogger Buzz is Announcing the Blogger app for iOS. “With the Blogger app, you can write a new blog post and publish it immediately or save it as a draft right from your iOS device. You can also open a blog post you’ve been working on from your computer and continue editing it while you’re on-the-go. Your blog posts are automatically synced across devices, so you’ll always have access to the latest version.” Awesome!
I started a new diet this week, so I hope you will forgive my grumpiness. I seriously think I’m having carbohydrate withdrawals, and it’s starting to affect my mood.
That being said… I will be taking the next 2 weeks off from writing “Best Bytes.” Next Friday, I’ll be busily enjoying the SCGS Jamboree, along with about 70 other geneabloggers and thousands of genealogy enthusiasts from all over the country (dare I say WORLD?). The following Friday, I’ll be in San Mateo at the N.S.C.A.R. Western Regional Meeting, enjoying the sights and sounds of the lovely California Bay Area.
Hopefully by the time I return, I will have experienced an attitude adjustment.
Note to my husband: Please do NOT remind me ONE MORE TIME that today is National Donut Day. It’s a bad idea to mess with a woman having carb withdrawals.
The FGS Outreach Committee is accepting nominations for the FGS 2011 Youth Award, which honors volunteers under the age of 18 who have made a significant contribution to an FGS member society. Submit your nominations by July 15, 2011.
It appears that source citations passions are “blooming” like spring flowers again. Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings does his best to fan the flames round up various bloggers’ posts on the topic in Inflaming Source Citation Passions.
Another hot topic this week has been self-publishing your genealogy. By Kimberly Powell of the About.com Guide provides some resources in Self-Publishing for Genealogists.
And… not really genealogy-related, but still a great story: How Twitter made a believer out of me by Shelley from A Sense of Family. I’ll be keeping an eye on TweetDeck the next time I fly!
Wow, was this a big news week, or what? First we have the Royal Wedding, then America’s Most Wanted is… well, no longer wanted, if you know what I mean. It’s hard to top what’s happened this week with anything new. But despite all the excitement, here are a few items that caught my eye:
Freebies and Goodies
Legacy Family Tree has announced a contest at its new Facebook page where contestants could win one of five special Legacy Family Tree software/webinar bundles and even a new netbook computer. Deadline is TODAY, so don’t dawdle!
Despite all the big news this week, this one stuck with me for some reason: Claude Stanley Choules dies at 110; last known World War I combat veteran. Not only do I find it amazing that he lived to the ripe, old age of 110, but after serving in two major wars, he still considered himself a pacifist. “He didn’t believe in war,” his daughter is quoted as having said. Perhaps serving in two wars is the reason.
Did I miss any good stories this week?
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Hello, I'm Elizabeth! I'm a genealogist, writer, and educator, and I've been looking for my descendant's ancestors for 3x's longer than she's been alive. I tell some of their stories here, but I also share tech and blogging tips, news, and other stuff I like. I am the host of the Genealogy Blog Party, which I hope you will join! Find out more right here.