Follow Friday: Clue Wagon

I wholeheartedly recommend that you begin following Kerry of Clue Wagon on her blog and on Twitter. She tells it like it is and it is usually hilarious.

Recent stand-out posts include her “12 Days of Christmas for Genealogists” and her take on a recent Facebook meme meant to raise awareness about child abuse.

I’m so looking forward to meeting Kerry at Rootstech in February!

Holiday Tidings

I will be taking a sabbatical from blogging this December as I tie up several projects and gear up for the holidays. I wish everyone a happy holiday season and I’ll return with new posts after the New Year.

To tide you over, I encourage you to check out this year’s Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories by my fellow genea-bloggers (check out my own trip down holiday memory lane from last year). New posts will be up daily, so you shall have plenty to read until I return.

Happy Hols, everyone!

Carnival of Genealogy: There’s One in Every Family

When I saw the topic for this blog carnival, I knew I had to post. A few years ago, I saw a photo on the web site icanhascheezburger.com that was eerily familiar. It reminded me of this shot, which I took of my sister and one of our cousins:

Every family does indeed have at least one.

In a previous shot, my sister appeared perfectly normal, but she hammed it up for this one. Compare it to the LOLcats shot and you’re sure to see the resemblance.

Sorry, sis. Had to be done. For genealogy’s sake!

Search Engine Visits to Bayside Blog

With a tip of the hat to Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog, I decided to post about some recent search engine terms that landed folks at my blog:

grave tombstone: Welcome to my plethora of Tombstone Tuesday posts — a favorite among some of my readers. Well, one that I know of for sure.

maryland eastern shore fences: I’m guessing you didn’t find what you needed at my blog, but best of luck to you!

1930 physicians documents: this probably brought up results about my father and grandfather, both of whom were physicians in Washington, D.C.

marathon scrapbook layouts: you probably were looking for scrapbooking layouts related to running (sorry, nothing-doing here), but instead came across my posts about scrapbooking marathons. Whole different animal.

rootsmagic organization: this led you to my post about getting RootsMagic to work on a Mac. Probably not exactly what you needed, but I hope it helps someone someday.

mr corley blog: Welcome to my blog, which features lots of Mr., Mrs., and Miss Corleys. If you’re kin, drop me a line!

survey results conference: you arrived at my blog thanks to the survey I did recently on conference materials and their organization.

creative memories mini everyday display: here you go!

Follow Friday: Greta’s Genealogy (and Other) Blog(s)

Here’s another fab FGS10 attendee to follow: Greta Koehl of Greta’s Genealogy Blog.  I don’t think she’s on Twitter (someone please comment below with her handle if I’m mistaken), so be sure to set your reader to follow her blog.

Added bonus on this Follow Friday is she posts very thorough Follow Friday posts herself, so you’ll get great reading suggestions by following her.

And she has two Graveyard Rabbit blogs:

The Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Virginia
The Graveyard Rabbit Afield

Labors of my Ancestors

In honor of Labor Day, Geneabloggers everywhere are posting what their ancestors did for a living. Here’s mine:

On my father’s side, I have two physicians (my dad and grandfather), a minister, and then many farmers. I also have a grocer (my dad’s maternal grandfather).

On my mom’s side, I have office managers (my mom* and grandma), and a long series of housewives who supported their farmer-husbands. My maternal grandfather was an accountant who descended from merchants.

*My mom also was an artist and entrepreneur, later in life.

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!