Friday, May 27, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of May 27, 2011

Memorial Day weekend gives us a chance to pause and remember those who sacrificed to keep this country free. If you're wondering what Memorial Day is all about, Joy Neighbors from A Grave Interest wrote a very informative post entitled The Reason for Memorial Day.

Fun Stuff (and Holiday Sales)

Surprisingly, I haven't heard of many sales or freebies going on this weekend in the genealogy community. Have I missed something? I sure do hate to miss a good sale!

Here's Your Chance to Get Your Ancestor's Handwriting Analyzed at the Live Genealogy Gems Podcast at Jamboree! One lucky podcast audience member will have the opportunity to have their ancestor’s handwriting analyzed during the show by Paula Sassi!

Genealogical Publishing Company is offering 25% off from today through 11:59 p.m. EDT, Monday, May 30, 2011. Get the scoop at Angela's Adventures in Genealogy Education: Genealogy Books 25% off for Memorial Day. If you're planning to sign up for the ProGen Study Group, this would be a great time to purchase the text!

UPDATE #1: Shortly after I posted this, I received an email from WorldVitalRecords about a sale on subscriptions to FamilyLink. Offer ends May 30, 2011.

UPDATE #2: While surfing Find A Grave, I noticed an ad about a sale at Blurb. Save 20% on purchases of at least $12.95 until December 31, 2011.

Help Wanted

Leslie Albrecht Huber of The Journey Takers Blog asks for Advice for Burn Out? How do you cope with it? How do you prevent it? (I would love to know this, myself.)

Kevin Harwell of Cousin, Once Removed asks Where Should I Go from Here? Sounds like he's got a plan, but might find some distractions on his next research trip.

Lori E of Family Trees May Contain Nuts (I love that title!) asks for help with A VERY IMPORTANT DEADLINE. Read how you can help get all the living WWII veterans to their memorial site in Washington DC.

In the News

Not sure I would want to be the kid posing as Bin Laden: Students bring history, nature to life

Congratulations, Sarah B!  Genealogy Society High School Youth Award. (Wouldn't it be great to see more awards like this go to young people?)

I can't help but wonder... why is this cemetery only open for ONE HOUR A YEAR: Opened briefly to the public, New Milford cemetery offers a glimpse of borough's history.

I understand why people want this done, but... when is it ok to change history? El Dorado leaders OK removing historic headstones with racial slur. Also along these lines, you may want to read the thoughtful post by Craig Manson at GeneaBlogie: Smallpox, History, Genealogy, and Context.

If you've got some extra cash, or if you've always wanted to live in a haunted house, here's your chance: HOUSE OF THE DAY: A $2 Million Estate Haunted By A Revolutionary War Captain.

And you thought your family was dysfunctional: After 92 years, millionaire miser’s heirs finally split $100M.

UPDATE: I just read this story and had to include it: Korean War POW Finally Buried After 60 Years. May he finally rest in peace.

From the Blogs

This weekend, many folks will probably be taking genealogy trips and trekking to cemeteries. Get some good "graving" tips from Carolyn L. Barkley in Leave That Shaving Cream at Home Taking Care of Gravestones.

If you like the game "6 Degrees of Separation," you'll love Abe Lincking from Nolichucky Roots by Susan.

This seems to be the season for natural disasters. Denise Barrett Olson of Moultrie Creek Gazette asks What’s your plan? (and offers suggestions, in case you don't have one).

Susan Petersen from Long Lost asks Are You Making Full Use of Find A Grave? Keep checking... you never know what you might find!

For a giggle (or a cringe), read The Test for Death! and ANTIDOTES FOR POISONS! by Jen from Genealogy Geeks. I sure wouldn't want to have been checked for chloroform poisoning!

Mark Tucker of ThinkGenealogy has challenged genealogy bloggers to post photos of ancestors having summer fun. Read Ancestor Summer Fun for details.

Shelley from A Sense of Family shares some cool tools in My Favorite Genealogy Calculators - Tech Tuesday.

The Last Byte

Isn't this what we all hope for when posting that orphan photo? For a fabulous warm fuzzy that you won't want to miss, check out The Overstuffed Baby Comes Full Circle! at footnoteMaven's Shades of the Departed. For more background on the story, read Shades and The OverStuffed Baby Make A Connection.

And if you don't feel warm and fuzzy enough yet, get yer genea-cheerleading from Randy Seaver in GeneaBlogging Works! at Genea-Musings.

Gimme a B! Gimmie an L! Gimme an O! Gimme a G! What's that spell? BLOG! Rah, rah, rah! Blog, blog, blog! Yaaaaaay, blog!

(I was never a cheerleader. Can you tell?)

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Susan (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth. We've had fun with Abe and a few others this month.

Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for mentioning my post about using Find A Grave! I appreciate it.

Moultrie Creek said...

Thank you for including my annual disaster pitch in your weekly update. I just hope hurricane season doesn't try to outdo tornado season or we're all in big trouble.

footnoteMaven said...

Rah! Rah! Rah! - Goooooooo Genealogy Bloggers! (Pretend I'm high kicking!)

Thank you for making Shades Overstuffed Baby Connection your Last Byte. Yes, it is what I live for and what so many of us live and blog for. Haven't had this much fun since the Little Girl Wearing Pearls.

As the Overstuffed Baby's Grandaughter said - "God love the internet and people who love history." Make that "family history."

I am a very fortunate woman.


Shelley said...

Thanks for including my post about genealogy calculators among your Best Bytes! I really appreciate the mention and am glad you liked it!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You are all very welcome! Thank YOU for writing such great posts last week!

@Moultrie Creek - We Californian's are hoping earthquake season (yes, there is one) doesn't rival hurricane and tornado season!

@footnoteMaven - you are a much better cheerleader than I am. Perhaps we should put together the GB Cheer Squad! LOVED your story, and hope to have the same luck someday with my "orphans" (which I have yet to publish).

Heather Rojo said...

Loved that story about the house haunted by the Revolutionary War Captain. It reminded me of the old TV show "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". I always wanted a house with a ghost, but it had to be a NICE ghost like on the TV show!