It was actually last week that footnote Maven posted the 9th edition of Smile for the Camera, Who Are You?, at Shades of the Departed. Lots and lots of mystery photos. The next edition will be Costume. "Costume as in dress in general; especially the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period."
At Creative Gene, Jasia posted the 64th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: Winter Photo Essay. I was hoping for more warm weather pictures! Even though I do not enjoy snow I did enjoy reading all of the entries. The topic for the next edition is, "Happy Dance, The Joy of Genealogy," and will be hosted by Becky at kinnexxions. Jasia has also posted the topics for the rest of the year with the exception of the dates she still doesn't have a host for. I'm shocked that all the dates weren't snapped up right away! Remember not to submit your article before the Call for Submissions for each topic.
Tim has another interesting edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities, A Baker's Dozen posted for your enjoyment at Walking the Berkshires. While you're there check out his interesting observation on President Obama's Inauguration Speech, "Our Patchwork Hertitage."
Lisa has posted the the 11th editon of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture: My Key to Ireland at Small Leaved Shamrock. I had planned to participate but my keys were lost so well that I couldn't pull it together. I found a few great ideas I can try to help take my lines back to the Emerald Isle and maybe you will too! Next month we'll be celebrating with the second annual online St. Patrick's Parade.
Best Reads of the Week
Lorine has a heartbreaking tale at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Later in the week Lorine lost her mother and I offer her my sympathy.
I had never heard of a coffin plate. If you haven't either let Brian enlighten you at Ancestors at Rest.
I learned from Annie at BlogU that my FeedBurner account is moving. Twitter isn't for me right now but I know many of you are trying it out so also check out Annie's post that will tell you how you can add "Twit This" to your posts.
Randy had his weekly Best of the Genea-Blogs at Genea-Musings which led me to Amy at They that go down by the sea and the story of Clock Miller. Other good reads listed by Randy, be sure to check and make sure you didn't miss anything.
Jasia had some great tips and ideas for digital Heritage Albums in her monthly column, Captured Moments, at Shades of the Departed.
They've been clearing the tracks in my area so the account of trains stranded by snow on some of those same tracks in 1902 at The Crooked Lake Review Blog was quite timely. I wonder if my cousin, James Hollington was working on one of the trains?
As far as I know none of my ancestors settled in the "Firelands" of western Ohio but I'm enjoying the reading about those that did at the relatively new Firelands History Blog.
Miriam, at AnceStories, continues her series on how to get more traffic to your blog in Part 3. She also has some tips for ScanFest, which resumes this Sunday, 2:00 pm ET.
Becky at Grace and Glory received a gorgeous Family Quilt that has the actual images of her family.
Cheryl has resumed her series at Two Sides of the Ocean on her trip to Germany where she stayed with a cousin she discovered during her research.
Becky Wiseman is the Queen of scanning! Check out what she has accomplished at kinexxions.
fM has completed her series on the murder of Mamie Kelly, at Shades of the Departed. This is a must read! Part I, Part II, Part IIa, Part III.
Searching in Iowa? Then check out Jerry's post at Free Genealogy.
Most of my week was taken up with work and family, leaving little time for genealogy. I only transcribed 4 or 5 letters.
I did learn quite a bit about the Cherokee Outlet and land runs in Oklahoma in my quest for more information about James Madison Graham. I requested a look up from the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census and I have yet to decide which records to order.