Although not hot in the classic sense, this has been making big news in the genealogy community: beloved web site Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) has gone down - and will stay down - indefinitely. I first heard about it from Vermont Genealogy, RAOGK is Down Indefinitely. Dick Eastman has also posted about this news at Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness (RAOGK) will be Offline for Some Time. Be sure to read the comments for suggestions on how to help in other areas. Also, check out the RAOGK Facebook Page where folks have also been offering assistance.
Serious Threat to VA Vital Records Access -- Your HELP is Needed NOW!
You still have time to go RootsTech on the cheap: RootsTech Conference Discount Oct 27-29 ONLY from SCGSGenealogical Society Blog. Hurry, deadline is October 29, 2011.
National Archives Joins iTunes U Community.
National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2012.
Video: 10 Years of Fires on Earth Seen From Space from Wired Science.
Looking for creative gift ideas? Check out Christmas is Coming! from From Helen V Smith's Keyboard by Helen V Smith.
Another possible gift idea? Write an Ancestor's Story For an Original Piece of Artwork from Remember by Betsy Cross. No deadline is given, but the winner will be announced on October 31, 2011, so get your story in before then!
I don't, but I might: DO YOU TATTOO? WEARING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY from Irish Genealogy: Help! The Faery Folk Hid My Ancestors! by Deborah Large Fox.
In case you missed it: Jennifer Shoer at The Scrappy Genealogist invited several geneamommybloggers to share their secrets in her series: How She Does It - Secrets from a Geneamommyblogger. Six moms - and a dad! - bared their souls, telling how they juggle family, work, genealogy, blogging, personal hygiene, and life in general.
In the News
Safer Down Syndrome Test Hits Market Monday
Gone but not forgotten: Latter-day Saints clean up neglected black cemetery
New Irish DNA atlas will uncover makeup of Irish
Who is she: Another Baby Doll is Looking for a Name from The Turning of Generations by Michelle Goodrum.
He's a cutie, but who is this Mystery Little Boy (from Nutfield Genealogy by Heather Rojo)?
Here's another: Unidentified Photograph - Can You Help? from Are You My Cousin? by Lisa.
Calling all people who can read old handwriting: 1789 document from Bridgwater concerning John Chubb needs transcribing (from Bridgwater Gene Pool by Ursula Martin).
"The Rideau Township Historical Society, located just south of Ottawa, has announced that they are still collecting information and photos of barns in the former township of Rideau before they all disappear." See Barns Appreciation Project from Genealogy Canada by Elizabeth Lapointe for details.
Decisions, decisions: D Lee from A Patient Genealogist needs help selecting the most useful class at an upcoming genealogy conference. See Thankful Thursday to offer your advice.
If you like working at home in your PJs, here are a couple of volunteer projects that you might enjoy: The San Joaquin County Obituary Indexing Project Is A Go! from The Educated Genealogist by Sheri, and Volunteer Opportunity: Civil Cases Project from the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society.
From the Blogs
What set you on your genealogy journey? The Moment You Knew from The Armchair Genealogist by Lynn Palermo.
A Window into Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Car from Nebraska History Blog by lmooney.
Public Libraries Are Free; So, Does That Mean They Don't Cost Anybody Anything? from Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror by Mel Wolfgang.
Do those Captcha codes make you nuts when you try to comment on a blog? Yeah, me, too, and we're not alone: Easy & Fast is the Name of the Comment Game from For Your Family Story by Caroline Pointer.
Genealogy and the Brand New You - Part Deux from Family Cherished by Valerie.
Good Source for World War I Overseas Research from a3Genealogy by Kathleen Brandt.
Mine was "Lamb Chop," and I did it in my bedroom and my car: Reminiscing - Before Twitter from Ancestors Live Here by Leslie Ann.
Fave photo of the week: Wordless Wednesday - the Lamb family from Blundering Blindly Backwards by RAH. I've seen some scared-looking new dads before, but this guy takes the cake!
The Last Byte
Last Tuesday, I made an out-of-the-blue decision to schedule a mammogram. This was a big deal for me because two medical procedures that I never, ever wanted to have again were a mammogram and a colonoscopy. Eewww.
I'll try to write more about my experience next week, but for now, suffice it to say that the mammogram wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered it being 13 years ago (yes, I put it off for a while).
So ladies, in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage you to schedule a screening for yourself. Your family needs you to be alive and healthy so you can take care of them... and carry on the family history research.
And if you still think you need a reason to do this, I invite you to read this post by Jim's Girl: Wisdom Wednesday: Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Why I am Taking a Blogging Break.
I dare you not to have the phone in your hand as soon as you finish reading it.
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