Friday, June 3, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of June 3, 2011

Evil, they name is "Carbohydrate."

I started a new diet this week, so I hope you will forgive my grumpiness. I seriously think I'm having carbohydrate withdrawals, and it's starting to affect my mood.

That being said... I will be taking the next 2 weeks off from writing "Best Bytes." Next Friday, I'll be busily enjoying the SCGS Jamboree, along with about 70 other geneabloggers and thousands of genealogy enthusiasts from all over the country (dare I say WORLD?). The following Friday, I'll be in San Mateo at the N.S.C.A.R. Western Regional Meeting, enjoying the sights and sounds of the lovely California Bay Area.

Hopefully by the time I return, I will have experienced an attitude adjustment.

Note to my husband: Please do NOT remind me ONE MORE TIME that today is National Donut Day. It's a bad idea to mess with a woman having carb withdrawals.

In the News

5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet

Want to go back to get those ancestor answers? Desktop Big Bang Shows Time Travel May Be Possible After All.

Students Curate 'Inventing Brooklyn' Exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society

R.I.P. Paul B. Ferrara, pioneering Virginia DNA scientist, dies at age 68; remembered as visionary.

Help Wanted

The FGS Outreach Committee is accepting nominations for the FGS 2011 Youth Award, which honors volunteers under the age of 18 who have made a significant contribution to an FGS member society. Submit your nominations by July 15, 2011.

Sheri from The Educated Genealogist is looking for interested genealogist to participate in a research group. See NGSQ Articles Online Study Group for details.

Jen from Climbing My Family Tree wonders if she did the right thing in Tombstone Tuesday: Gravestone-Tipping. Really?

D Lee from A Patient Genealogist wonders about the safety of sharing family information online in Tech Tuesday: How do I protect my family?

Jim's Girl of Jim's Girl Family History Blog is Looking for Julia Moynihan, Grandad's Sister the Sister. Can you help?

From the Blogs

This one will give you a big case of ancestor envy: John Laymon - a photograph helps locate 100 family members from Long Lost by Susan Petersen

Had enough of Blogger down-time? Check out Is it time to move to WordPress? from Moultrie Creek Gazette by Denise Barrett Olson.

Smartphone users: don't let this happen to you - Scrappy Gen Gets Organized - Backup Smackdown Meets Lookout from The Scrappy Genealogist.

Chris Staats from Staats Place wrote a thoughtful post about the ol' "pros vs. hobbyists" discussion in Beep, beep! Researcher Coming Through!!

It appears that source citations passions are "blooming" like spring flowers again. Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings does his best to fan the flames round up various bloggers' posts on the topic in Inflaming Source Citation Passions.

Another hot topic this week has been self-publishing your genealogy. By Kimberly Powell of the Guide provides some resources in Self-Publishing for Genealogists.

And... not really genealogy-related, but still a great story: How Twitter made a believer out of me by Shelley from A Sense of Family. I'll be keeping an eye on TweetDeck the next time I fly!

The Last Byte

My family takes honoring military veterans and service people very seriously, especially at times like Memorial Day. So this story made me very unhappy: Soldiers' graves at Old West Farms cemetery tell story of bravest sacrifice.

Sadly, the 40 men who served in four wars buried in this 200 year-old cemetery were forgotten on Memorial Day.

I know, I know... people are busy, and not everyone cares.

But let us never forget that freedom isn't free.

And it doesn't cost anything to spend a few minutes saying thank you to a veteran, alive or deceased.

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Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Elizabeth!

Jim's Girl said...

Thanks for sharing my request for help! And good luck with the diet.

Shelley said...

Thanks so much for the mention, Elizabeth! Have a great time at Jamboree--I look forward to hearing all about it!

footnoteMaven said...

Thank you for some excellent articles. I read the e-book article to see if they mentioned what I see as an obstacle to using them for research. They didn't - good. I'm working on an article about that.

Wrestling with blogger this week sent me to Denise Olsen. Wordpress? Maybe.

Diet - not in my vocabulary! Good luck.

See you soon.


Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Looking forward to seeing you at Jamboree!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Glad you all found the posts useful!

Thanks for the good wishes about my diet. I fell off the wagon yesterday, but have lost about 2 lbs this week. Still trying to figure out how to get enough protein without all the carbs. Oh, and I don't eat red meat. Hmmm...

Looking forward to seeing/meeting you, too, @Joan! And @footnoteMaven!