Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weekly Rewind

Weekly Reading

Footnote Maven has published the January Edition of the Shades of the Departed Magazine at Shades of the Departed. I hope to be able to read my copy this weekend.

As anyone who has been following my blog for any length of time knows, my mother's family lived in Buchanan, Michigan. My buddy, Jasia, recently visited there and shared her day on her blog Discovering St. Joseph. On my last too trips I took many pictures of cemeteries but none of the town!

At FamHist Blog I found "Lost" Garden Varieties Grown By Ancestors. A very welcome post for me as I long to be out in my garden!

On a sad note, Debra Osborn Spindle has had to face The End of an Era with the sale of her family's farm at All My Ancestors.

Joe Beine shared How I found Some Genealogy Records for My German Ancestors at Genealogy Roots Blog. Now I have to do some research on he churches in the area where my husband's family lived.

A family treasure lost and found story, Gram's Christmas Present, was a wonderful read at They that go down to the sea.

Last year I wrote about the Apple Butter my family made and my attempt to make it myself and it was fun. Tim is trying something similar at Genealogy Reviews Online but I think he will have more fun than I did! Diary of a Home Wine Maker.

A few lucky bloggers were invited to Genealogy Media Day by Randy Seaver has been linking to the individual posts they all have written at Genea-Musings.

I have a few Scottish ancestors so I found John D Reid's post, at Anglo-Celtic Connection, National Library of Scotland Digital Archive, very interesting.

Lori at Family Trees May Contain Nuts, Needs Your Opinion. What is free came and what is not? Lots of opinions shared so far, both pro and con. Go weigh in with yours.

Another interesting post that should be generating some discussion is, Is taking photos of microfilm a good or bad practice, what do you think? at Virginia Genealogy. Kevin Lett has asked, so tell him what you think.

Lorine's, Olive Tree Genealogy has been on the web now for 14 years! It was one of the first sites I discovered and was invaluable to my search for my early New York ancestors. She tells more about the history of the site and a give away she is having at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.

Amanda Aquard wrote about Google Personalized Results at A Tale of Two Ancestors. She notes it can be both a help and a hindrance. I'm hoping for more help!

I like the format for the timeline that Nancy has used at My Ancestors and Me: Every Scrap of Evidence. She can easily she what she has, where there are gaps and can easily update when more information is found.

Daniel Hubbard has some great tips for visiting cemeteries with Grave Portents at Personal Past Meditations.

Without cable TV, I am always looking for good shows that I can watch on my computer so I was very excited to see Sherri's post at CanadaGenWeb's Blog, Reminder: Ancestors In The Attic Returns Tomorrow. She shared a link to where you could view the episodes online. Alas, when I clicked on the link I received the message, "Sorry! This video is not available in your country." Ah, the disappointment! They have several other shows I'd love to watch too. If you live in Canada be sure to check them out.


Donna Pointkouski has posted Donna's Picks at What's Past is Prologue.

You can find last weeks Best of the Genea-Blogs by Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings.

John Newmark shared his Weekly Genealogy Picks at TransylvanianDutch.

Julie Cahill-Tarr, at GenBlog, shares her picks with Friday Finds.

At Passing It On, Larry Lehmer shares Five We Like: Another week of family history goodies.

My Week

I'm back to working on the letters. I finished transcribing the Camfield letters from the 3rd batch of images and started working on finding the applicable letters in the 4th batch. Of course I can't just skim and label when one looks interesting, so I've been lost in reading ahead a bit too.

I've also been working on another project I have of sorting my husband's family by addresses and hope to write about that this week.

The indexing of this blog is going very slowly as I am indexing the Hall series of letters right now. I am enjoying rereading them however. I urge all of the newer bloggers to concider creating some type of index now and making it an ongoing effort rather than waiting until you have 900 posts and can't find what you're looking for!

Beyond genealogy, I aced my annual defensive driving test at work! We also had our state mandated refresher on distracted driving. I made great progress on getting some housework caught up at Mom's. Usually when I go to her house we get to visiting and her dust bunnies take advantage. We had a slight warm up this week but very little sunshine so it was mostly a week spent on the computer or watching old movies.


Becky Wiseman said...

Congratulations, Apple, on acing your defensive driving test!

I'm glad you got back to posting your weekly rewind. Being on the road traveling makes it nearly impossible for me to keep up with blog reading so I'm counting on you and the others that create "best of" and "weekly picks" to point me to some good reading when I have the time!

Nancy said...

When I went to my blod today I noticed (and was surprised) that lots of people had come to visit the post "Every Scrap of Evidence." I wonderd what the attraction was. Then I noticed that several folks had come directly from your site. Thanks for the mention. I appreciate it.

Are you having to index your blog because you didn't put tags/labels at the ends of the post? I'm still new to blogging....

Nancy from My Ancestors and Me

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Hi Becky! Thanks, I hate tests and the week before had been ugly, so I was worried :-)

I'm happy to sort through all the TT and WW for you. I know I'm not highlighting everything which is why I'm linking to Randy and John's lists too but I'm sure you follow them anyway.

I hope you have warmed up! I'm really looking forward to a time when I can spend an entire day exploring a beach!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Hi Nancy! You're welcome. I should have left you a comment myself, I must have gotten distracted when I first read your post.

I have tons of labels. My problem stems from the fact that I have written a lot over three years! For example, my Camfield label has 281 posts and my Camfield family letters has 237. Then I run into problems such as the four Daniel Carlisle's. My problem may stem mostly from the letter project. I know that Ella mentioned so 'n so but I never recorded it. When I go back to look for it I have to go back through all of her letters to find it. Of course if I'd known how big a project it would be I might never have started it! The search this blog box does help me find things - to a point.

footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so much for the shout-out for Shades. It is greatly appreciated.

I do not envy you the indexing of your blog. I have started the same at least 10 times and it seems so much like filing (my least favorite chore) that it never holds my attention. How do you do it?


Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Hi fM!

I do it a little at a time usually at the end of the day when I don't want to start anything else. I still have at least 400 posts to go so it will be a long while before it's done! I don't know how you get a magazine out every month - I'm terrible about deadlines.

Dan Hubbard said...

Hi Apple,
Thanks for the mention of Grave Portents! I appreciate it.

By the way, as reasonable as it sounds at first, the mind still boggles at the idea of refreshing school bus drivers about distracted driving. When would you get a chance to forget?

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

You're welcome Dan! I guess the state is worried about all the videos of drivers using their cell phones showing up on YouTube. I was just happy I didn't have to go outside and do any hands on training in the cold!