Friday, November 26, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 26, 2010

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Best Bytes is late today... I apologize. I had every intention of posting this morning, but... IT has been calling to me for days. And the ads - THE ADS! - yesterday's newspaper was full of them. What could I do? I just had to go. I HAD TO GO SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY! It's like a sickness. Every year I promise I won't do it again... but I... I can't help myself. I'm in my car... I'm driving to the stores. The crowded parking lots, the throngs of people grabbing, grabbing, GRABBING! They're everywhere! What was I thinking? A brain transplant would have been less painful!

On the bright side, I got some of my shopping done, and stimulated the economy. You're welcome.

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Today is the National Day of Listening. If you missed it (like I did, because I was too busy shopping to listen), I'm pretty sure it will be ok to listen another day. But do check out their resources, and visit the StoryCorps web site for tips on telling your story. Also, take a gander at Thanksgiving table talk and the National Day of Listening at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools for a round-up of advice on how to get your family to talk turkey over... well, turkey.

In the News

The mystery of where they got their blonde hair and green eyes may be solved: DNA tests show Chinese villagers with green eyes could be descendants of lost Roman legion.

It's not perfect, but at least they're playing nice now - Google Launches Plugin That Fuses Microsoft Office With Google Docs.

If image-hosting sites like Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and the like, are just too annoying to be useful, check out Minus Makes Photo Sharing As Simple As Possible. Seriously, I have never seen a more minimalist interface than Minus.

Just when you thought you were finally keeping up - There Goes Everything: A Handy Guide to all the Things that are "Dead."

At least they only have to remember one day: Baby born on same day as parents' shared birthday (via Paula's Genealogical Eclectica).

From the Blogs

Harry Potter fans will enjoy The Slovak Yankee's The Genealogy of Harry Potter. Accio ancestors!

If you find yourself unable to attend a conference in person, check out the great tips from Joan in Can't Attend a Genealogy Conference? on Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.

Susan Peterson shares a wonderful story of her mother in The Women in My Family Tree - Patricia Landon Kelly Petersen on Long Lost

What I wouldn't give for even half this many pictures of my great-great grandfather (any of them) - Wordless Wednesday -- Aging on Life From the Roots.

Home is where the heart is... and also plenty of history, if you're lucky. Adding a House History to Your Genealogy on Gena's Genealogy reminds us to include those special places in our family stories.

Have something to say, but not sure how to say it? Take a look at Writing Tips for Genealogy Bloggers on Geneabloggers.

Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions has been doing a terrific series on the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh. Her most recent post is The 44th Regiment at Shiloh :: The Burying Ground, but be sure you scroll down to see them all. Great writing and some great photos, too.

The Ancestry Insider gives us his thoughts on why it's such a pain to photograph oversized documents in We Want Tech: Stitching Folio Size Documents.

And finally, you absolutely will not want to miss THE SECOND GREAT AMERICAN LOCAL POEM AND SONG GENEALOGY CHALLENGE IS HERE! Bill West did a fabulous job rounding up and sorting out all the wonderful poems submitted from around the blogosphere. On a sentimental note, this year's challenge was dedicated to our late, fellow geneablogger Terry Thornton, "who loved a good poem as much as a good laugh." Terry would have loved that, Bill.

The Last Byte Bite

If you didn't get enough turkey, stuffing, and Pilgrims at yesterday's feast, I recommend a big helping of the following posts (you can catch the full collection of Thanksgiving stories from around the blogosphere at Geneabloggers).

Nolichucky Roots gives a brief history of her family in Thanksgiving: Our American Story.

Ever wondered Why Turkey? at Thanksgiving?

I loves me some historic postcards - A Turkey Tale at Nebraska State Historical Society.

Some great archival photos of Thanksgiving in the trenches (sometimes literally) at A Repository for Bottled Monsters.

I'm doing this next year, and resistance (from my family) is futile: The Thanksgiving Tree on The Journey Takers Blog.

Personally, I'm still feeling a tad bitter that I haven't found any Mayflower ancestors (yet), but I suppose there's always next year.

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Bill West said...

Thank you for the shout out, Elizabeth!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Elizabeth for mentioning my blog and the piece on Aging. My gg grandfather was very well known and that is why I have the photos. He is the one with the very long obituary (I just added the link to Aging).

Susan Petersen said...

Elizabeth - thank you for including a link to the post I wrote about my mother. I really appreciate it.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Great read. I look forward to these weekly recaps.

Becky said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth! I always look forward to your weekly Bytes post as you always link to interesting stuff I haven't read.

Nolichucky Roots said...

Thanks for the mention Elizabeth. And I hear you on the Mayflower ancestors. I'm settling for ancestors who brushed against the greats (possibly picking their pockets in the process).

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I accidentally hit "delete" again on this nice comment from Greta. I really need to stop doing that. My apologies, Greta. Sometimes the iPhone is a hazard. Or I am. Or both.

Greta Koehl said...

"You are braver than I am, Elizabeth. I cringed at home all day while my daring husband went out to brave the horrible traffic just to get some grocery shopping done."

BTW, the shopping was fun. Most of the morning crowds had cleared by the time I got there. I went home when the late afternoon/evening crowds showed up. At least I made a dent in my shopping!