Follow Friday: Tonia’s Roots

For this week, I’d like to call your attention to Tonia Kendrick‘s blog Tonia’s Roots. Tonia mostly posts about her own genealogical exploits, and you can learn a lot from following her posts. I had the pleasure of meeting her at FGS10 in Knoxville and look forward to seeing her again at future conferences.

I’m especially intrigued and inspired by Tonia’s Notebook Project. Tonia has concentrated on being as paperless as possible as she investigates her family history. However, out of concern for the usefulness of her online and electronic data for future generations, she is now developing a set of notebooks about each branch of her family. These she plans to bequeath to a local library — what a wonderful idea!

Also impressive is Tonia’s diligence in setting up to-do lists for herself each month and reporting back on how she did. The posts about her genealogical discoveries also also are thorough and highly organized. Follow her blog — she’ll inspire you!


Follow Friday: Anything & Everything Thomas MacEntee

First of all, I’m going to try my best to list all of the various blogs that Thomas MacEntee writes (and for each one, there’s usually a Twitter account and Facebook fan page to follow/like as well). I know I’ve written about Thomas in this Follow Friday spot before, but he really deserves as many props as possible — he’s the glue that keeps us genea-bloggers together! He’s supportive, resourceful, prolific (obviously) and hilarious. I don’t know how you do it all, man!

Personal family history blog: Destination: Austin Family

Genea-Bloggers (keep track of blogging themes, events, challenges, etc., in the geneablogging community)

High-Definition Genealogy (his business arm, providing market research, consulting and more; check out the cheat-sheets!)

Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog (brand new and I’m really excited about this one since I have ancestors from Illinois)

And I Helped! (his family recipes)

There are still more blogs that Thomas has worked on in the past like the Graveyard Rabbit of New York Rural Cemeteries. Be sure to check some of these out too if the topics are of interest to you!

Don’t miss the GeneaBloggers Zazzle store (which Thomas also runs) for all your genealogy-blogging merchandise needs.

I feel like I’m missing some of his other links and contributions, so feel free to add them as comments!

Follow Friday: Family Tree Magazine Top 40 Blogs

This week, Family Tree Magazine published its list of the Top 40 genealogy bloggers. I highly recommend checking out the complete list, but I especially vouch for the following list members. I’ve come to know them well over the past several months via their blogs and on Twitter:




George Geder

Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog

The Family Curator


Be Not Forgot


Little Bytes of Life

Our Georgia Roots

We Tree (special props to Amy for being a fellow AIIP member!)

Follow Friday: Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This Follow Friday, I’d like to call your attention to a genius genealogy blogger, Elyse at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog.

Elyse posts wonderfully rich information on her blog. Check out her recent post spotlighting USGenWeb’s information on Carter County, Tenn. She makes use of many social networking tools including Twitter and YouTube to spread the word. She even recently published an e-book on strategies for organizing genealogy files.

At age 33, I’m considered a young’un in the field of genealogy, but Elyse astounds everyone as a genea-blogging college student! But don’t let her age mislead you. Her posts are thorough and thoughtful.

Follow Friday: TV Time Out

For this week’s Follow Friday post, I’d like to call your attention to two genealogy-related TV shows debuting this year.

“Who Do You Think You Are” will debut on March 5 on NBC. This show will trace the roots of several celebrities including Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, to name a few. Watch a preview here.

But you don’t have to wait until March for such a show. Next week, on February 10, “Faces of America” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., debuts on PBS. If the preview clips featuring Stephen Colbert’s story are any indication, this show will be excellent. So weird to see him break character, huh? Follow the show on Twitter for updates.

(Un)dead Follow Friday

Their focus is on the dead, but their tweets are quite lively. For this week’s Follow Friday recommendations, I thought I’d highlight those who specialize in cemeteries — news surrounding them and their preservation.

Some may find it creepy that there are those of us who enjoy wandering around graveyards, but every stone tells a story and beneath each marker lies someone’s ancestor. They should not be forgotten.

Follow CemeteryMan101 for the latest news involving cemeteries across the country and the world. From preservation to management to history, he scours the news for reports on burial grounds.

Follow jackrobinson181 to learn about his latest forays into cemetery preservation, especially African-American burial sites. His mission is very worthwhile and his posts are always interesting, often with photos and/or movies accompanying them.

Follow southerngraves for interesting posts on a variety of cemetery-related topics from the U.S. South, including recommended reading and history. Bonus points for being a scrapbooker too!

Follow fairangels for updates on the Online Searchable Death Indexes (his creation) and some beautiful photography, along with other links of interest to genealogists/historians.

Finally, visit Cemetery Curiosities for a unique view on graveyards, specifically those mementos left behind by friends and relatives at the gravesites of their loved ones. These artifacts can offer an interesting view on someone’s life and their relationships with others.

Follow Friday: footnoteMaven

For this edition of Follow Friday, I’d like to call your attention to footnoteMaven (aka Tweet Maven aka Shades Maven).

footnoteMaven is on top of it all: citations, photography and genealogy in general. Following her on Twitter is a must. If you have not seen Shades of the Departed Magazine, and you have any interest in older photographs, then it would be well worth your time to page through the current and past issues, all available online for free. These are beautiful e-publications full of useful and fun articles.