Friday, April 29, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 29, 2011

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Yes, I've got it too: Royal Wedding Fever. Sure, I'm a yank with no known royal ancestry, but I still love all the pomp and pageantry (it's a chick thing). I couldn't quite bring myself to wake up at 1:00 a.m. this morning to watch the live event; however, I have watched the "re-runs" so many times that my daughter is now bored (I can tell by the sighs and eye rolls). In case you haven't had enough yet yourself, I offer the following...

Royal Wedding Fever

This one's been around the blogs a few times, but in case you missed it: The Genealogy of the Royal Family from The Geni Blog by Grant Brunner.

Things that make you go "Hmmmm." The Middleton Family Tree: Does Kate Descend from King Arthur?

Get your shopping on: eBay: Searches For Royal Wedding Products Up 1,815 Percent In 2011.

Things Royal -- Follow Friday from Life From The Roots by Barbara Poole.

Wordless Wednesday: I've Been To London To Visit The Queen from In My Life by Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski.

This explains the Winsor research: Congrats Cousin Will, Best Wishes Kate from The Family Curator.

More on Kate Middleton's Genealogy from Sassy Jane Genealogy: An Archivist Blogs about Family History.

Yum! Family Recipe Friday - Royal Wedding Scones from The Armchair Genealogist by Lynn Palermo.

In the News

Bummer. Iceman Mummy Lost Darwin’s Game: He Seems to Have No Modern Kin.

I knew it: Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Were Righties from Wired Science by Bruce Bower, Science News.

This explains a lot: Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You're Awake from Wired Science by Brandon Keim.

And the story of the week that made me the angriest: Graffiti Vandals Leave Own Easter Message at Santa Barbara Mission. Seriously, people: get a life. One that doesn't involve spray paint.

Help Wanted

Voice your opinion to the FDA: Public Comments Due on Possible FDA Regulation of Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing from The Spittoon by 23andMe.

Jim's Girl asks: Where eXactly was Martha Burrows born? in X is for X Marks the Spot from from Jim's Girl Family History Blog.

Tessa needs some help "redecorating" her blog: Tech Tuesday - It's Time to Freshen Things Up! from The Keough Corner.

Which one is it? When shared information doesn't add up, Part 2 from Blog of a Genealogist in Training by N. LaRue.

Where did they go? My Ancestors Were Abducted by Aliens! (so were mine; maybe we're cousins?) from Are My Roots Showing? by Jenny Lanctot

Got sleuthing skills? Help the Library of Congress solve a mystery

Be part of the TEAM: Genealogy Success Team Wanted by Laura at It's All Relative.

From the Blogs

Must-Have Genealogy Tools from Wolfram|Alpha from the Wolfram|Alpha Blog. (Haven't tried them yet, myself, but they look interesting.)

A couple of interesting posts from The Map Room: Tornado Deaths Since 1950 and Mapping Long-Term Radiation Exposure at Fukushima.

Part VII: Profiling Your Ancestors from "Good to Know" by Heather H. Doherty.

Fancy Chart How-To: Ethnicity in America from Minnesota Family Historian by MNFamilyHistorian.

Titanic's Unknown Child Given New, Final Identity from Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.

Something Worth Knowing from The Hunt for Henrietta by Suz.

Great list of resources: Genealogy for Children from Adventures in Genealogy by Deb Ruth.

Three posts I enjoyed on the topic of bringing your genealogical society out of the "dark ages": Getting others involved in your genealogical society from Paula's Genealogical Eclectica by Paula Stuart-Warren; 21st Century Genealogical Societies from Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver; and Bringing Genealogy Societies into the 21st Century: Recap by Amy Crow on the Amy's Genealogy, Etc., Blog. All were in response to the first episode of the My Society internet radio show sponsored by the FGS.

The Last Byte

In spite of all the Royal Wedding news, my favorite story of the week has nothing to do with royalty or weddings at all. It's the story of a "tech savvy 11th grader" who took matters into his own hands to fix what the government and military could not. For your warm fuzzy of the week, read Teen makes digital record of Arlington graves, via the Los Angeles Times.

As one commenter on Facebook said: "Here, here. It took a boy to do what the bureaucrats couldn't. Maybe we need to get more kids to help run the government. Things might get done a lot faster." (Considering how slowly my daughter moves sometimes, I'm not sure that kids would really speed things up, but they would most likely cut down on the red tape.)

What was your favorite story this week?

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imagespast said...

Wasn't it a wonderful occasion? I listened a bit on the radio and saw the pics on the net - lovely :-) makes me feel all warm and fluffy for them.

hummer said...

Enjoyed all, but loved the teen fixing what the government hadn't.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

@imagespast, My husband thinks I'm nuts because I keep watching the wedding "replay." Sure, it's kind of silly in a way, but in another way, it's really amazing that such tradition (and the monarchy) has lasted for so many centuries. Seems like nothing endures anymore. Maybe that's why I'm so fascinated. Or maybe it's the bling. ;-)

@hummer, I love that story too. I hope that boy knows what a special thing he's done.

Jenny Lanctot said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for the mention in your Best Bytes post! I read your 2008 post, and after catching my breath from laughing, I have decided that we MUST be related. We should start saving our money and take a trip to Alpha Centauri. I bet that's where they're keeping all the records.