Friday, October 29, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of October 29, 2010

First, I want to wish Jasia of Creative Gene a most happy 5th blogaversary! That's a long, long time in blogging years! If you haven't already done so, please be sure to read Creative Gene, 5 Years of Making My Way in the Genealogy Blogging Community, and make your pledge to participate in the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Many thanks to Jasia for her support, encouragement, and for bringing the genealogy blogging community together way back in the day. P.S. Love the new look!

Around the Web:

Revolutionary War soldier first to be honored in Jackson County (MS) - His name was Matthew Carter, and he was a former soldier and North Carolinian who in 1811 trekked west with his family and settled on 640 acres in north Jackson County near Wade. Was he your ancestor?

I just this was a sweet story: Genealogy Gems: Attitude of Gratitude. Just goes to show you that we don't always know everything about our ancestors, even the ones we knew in person.

Are you a descendant of Louis XVI? Bloody Gourd May Contain Beheaded King’s DNA.

What we've all secretly feared is coming true: Audit shows records at National Archives at risk.

Need a job in the Portland, Maine area? LibraryThing is hiring: Are you bookish and social-media savvy?

If you live anywhere in or near the Florida Panhandle, you'll want to get your tickets for this one: Genealogy author, lecturer Elizabeth Mills coming to Pensacola. She will not be giving seminars on the proper placement of semicolons, but she may take your questions.

From the Blogs:

Bill West posted some lovely photos of autumn in New England in A THURSDAY ROADTRIP TO WORLD'S END. I was half expecting to see Captain Jack Sparrow in there somewhere... but that just goes to show you where my mind is (I keep reading "AT World's End").

Carolyn L. Barkley gives some great information for those researching the War of 1812 in The War of 1812 – Get Ready to Celebrate at

I loved Donna Pointkouski's Genealogical Smackdown: Colonials vs Immigrants, but I'll have to side with both camps on this one. And who is that cute baby, anyway?

Marian Pierre-Louis has some interesting points in The genealogy WORLD is on Twitter. Is it easier to make "international" friends on Twitter than on Facebook? Tell Marian what you think.

Have you been toying with the idea of buying an eReader? Me too. Valerie Craft reminds us that eReaders are for more than just reading books in My Family on My Kindle.

Got railroad ancestors? If so, don't miss Gena Ortega's Weekly Tip: Working on the Railroad on the Family History Expos blog.

If it's Hungarian research you're into, you'll want to read Nick Gombash's Best Hungarian Websites.

Leah, of The Internet Genealogist, has issued a challenge to the genealogy blogging community in Commons Photo Challenge.

Two posts by two different bloggers pointed out the value in not just researching your own, direct-line ancestors. Cheryl Rothwell reminds us of the importance of those genealogical "clusters" in Everyone May be Someone. And Renate found a beautiful, intriguing photo of... well, Somebody's Ancestor, in a Cracker Barrel restaurant, and is determined to find out who she is! You go, girl!

The AOTUS details some important changes coming to the National Archives in Open to Change. Are you in?

Don't forget: Scanfest is Coming this weekend!

Science, Technology, and Social Media:

For those of you who still think Twitter is silly, check out White House Press Secretary Fields 'First Question' From Twitter. Got a question? Go straight to the top with Twitter.

Seems those cave men might have been smarter than we thought - Stone Agers Sharpened Skills 55,000 Years Earlier Than Thought.

Could the Japanese really have invaded Alaska as a possible route to Canada and the United States during WWII? Find out in This Day in Tech - Oct. 29, 1942: Alaska Highway Built as Hedge Against Invasion. (And I now know where Dawson's Creek really is.)

He broke my heart when he got married, but he's still one of my favs: Oct. 28, 1955: Gates Open for Tech Titan. Happy birthday, Bill.

Haven't tried Dropbox yet? You're really missing out. DearMYRTLE gives an excellent explanation of what it's all about in OK - More about Dropbox. I couldn't have said it better myself... except that you should sign up HERE instead of DearMYRTLE's link (sorry MYRTLE, couldn't resist!). ;-)

While not directly related to genealogy, you can make yourself (and your family) a part of history by sending your name to Mars on the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in 2011. I've done several of these "send your name to [some place in space]" events over the years, and have collected the cool certificates for my daughter's scrapbook. I'm married to a rocket scientist, so this sort of thing passes for fun in my household.

The Last Byte:

"Green" funerals and burials are becoming more and more popular these days, offering environmentally-friendly burials for humans and pets. The cremated remains are buried, and instead of a traditional headstone the deceased receives a memorial tree. Companies like The Green Funeral will mark the tree's GPS, and include a QR code containing a person's epitaph, life story, photos, family tree, etc.

Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have nothing against cremation or the concept of "green burials," but as a genealogist, I'm rather attached to the idea of a headstone. Perhaps I'm just too old school on this. How do YOU feel about "green" funerals or burials?

(Hat tip to LaDonna G. on the APG Members' List for bringing up this interesting topic!)

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Be sure to check out the weekly picks of others, such as Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, and Megan Smolenyak. So much to read out there, and so little time!

UPDATE: I found out yesterday that Greta Koehl is still doing a scaled down version of her Follow Friday/Friday Newsletter, so be sure to check out her picks, too.

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Bill West said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth!

Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...


What a great round-up of posts! Thanks for the shout-out. That adorable baby is my nephew Nick (about a year and a half ago) - he's still CUTE!


Miriam said...

Thanks for highlighting Scanfest, Elizabeth! Hope to see you and your readers there!

Life Goes On said...

Thanks for sharing your favorites for the week. Tonight I founds some new bloggers. Great reading.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Glad you all enjoyed the links! It's my pleasure!

Bill, You're welcome! It's been several years since I've seen New England in autumn, so thanks for sharing.

Donna, your nephew is quite a cutie! Was that a professionally done photo? Or is he in training? ;-)

Miriam, since we're all home sick this weekend, and plans are out the window, I may actually be able to join in the Scanfest fun tomorrow!

Life Goes On, Glad you found some new bloggers to follow!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

In the immortal words of Brittney Spears, "Oops, I did it again!" I can really be a hazard with an iPhone. As I was driving up the I-5 freeway this afternoon at a NOT high rate of speed, and NOT looking at my email messages, I accidentally hit the "delete" link and rejected a comment from my good buddy Sheri Fenley. This is the 3rd time I've unintentionally deleted a comment that I meant to publish - DOH!

FWIW, I would never, ever, ever reject one of Sheri's comments on purpose, I promise!! But here's what she had to say (copied from my email):

"Elizabeth, Roomie, Dahling!

I do believe that you may have found your niche. Very clever play on the "bytes". I do believe that this is your "brand". If things start getting a little tough in your world, you can tell them - "byte me!"

I still remain niche-less. Feel much the same as per our late night discussions at the Expo last month. Maybe I will blog about the stigma of being niche-less. LOL"

Sheri, I apologize profusely for being a ding-dong (at least, this time)! Thank you for your very sweet words, and yes, I do get some mileage from the phrase, "Byte me!" You are most certainly NOT niche-less in my book.