Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blogs and Family History

This article is one in a series of session reports from the recent BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. I tweeted the session live, but I hate to send you to Twitter to read them because they appear there in reverse chronological order. I’ve straightened them out for you here. Additions are shown in italics.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Now attending "Blogging in Family History" by Kelly R. Summers. She's a part-time #genealogy instructor at #BYU. (8:48 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Gave definition of blog. Entries are reverse chronological, often including topic lists, links, photos. (8:49 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
A blog can be educational, news, family newsletter, report research results, ... There are 1,000s of blogs. (8:52 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Here are some of her favorites:
General: Dick Eastman, About.com Genealogy, Gen Insider, DearMYRTLE, Ancestry Insider!!!, Genealogy tip of the day, (8:54 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
..., Creative Gene (one of the ProGenealogist's top 25). (8:59 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Genealogy Technology Blogs: Think Genealogy, Genetic Genealogy, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, The Family Curator, (9:01 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
..., DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy, Family Matters - Tech Support for the Family Historian, Maureen Taylor's Photo Detective, (9:03 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
..., Internet-Genealogy Blog (also from Myrt). (9:04 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Research how-to blogs: OG Blog of Roots Television, Midwestern Microhistory, Historical Town Maps, Free Genealogy Resources, (9:06 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
..., Hispanic Genealogy (Yea, Lynn!) [Translate this page]. (9:08 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
History blogs for genealogists: Civil War Women, History of American Women, Virtual Dime Museum, The History Blog. Specific to Kelly. (9:10 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Blogs 4 writing genealogy: The Heart & Craft of Life Writing, Passing It On, AnceStories2, Your Story Counts. (9:15 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Ready to create your own blog? It's easy. Decide your purpose. Example: http://ksummersfamilyhistor... (9:18 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Another of Kelly's: http://Hamstreetfamily.blog... (9:20 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
(TweetChat doesn't display some of the Tweets visible on twitter.com!) (9:21 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Ready to create your own blog? It's easy. Decide your purpose. Example: http://ksummersfamilyhistor...(9:24 AM Jul 29th from web)
To create: With gmail account, go to Blogger.com, name your blog, choose a template, start blogging. (9:26 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Showed us a simple post. Showed us the button to edit posts in case you make a mistake. (9:29 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Talked about Settings: Basic and Permissions. Talked about Layout: Page Elements, Fonts and Colors. (9:33 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Talked about Dashboard: shortcut links, profile, Blogs I'm Following. Google Reader is an alternative way to read blogs ur following (9:36 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Question from audience about copy and paste. Mark the text and type ctrl-C to copy. Position cursor and type ctrl-V to paste. (9:37 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Used The Cutest Blog on the Block to get the attractive backgrounds she uses on her blogs.

That's it for the first session. (9:47 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
I'd like to go to the session on New Resources for Teaching Family History Classes, but I need to practice my presentation. (9:48 AM Jul 29th from TweetChat )

Remember that tweets are limited to 140 characters. Less the #byugen hashtag, each tweet could not exceed 132 characters. Hence, tweets often use abbreviations, bad grammar, and lack proper punctuation.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Anthony N. Sider for posting the BYU Conference list of Blogs. I had no idea they knew about me! LOL.

    I also have one on writing ones childhood memories and family stories which is geared toward improving your writing skills and giving you ideas on what to write. This is a major part of genealogy and family history.

    Thanks again!
    Emily
    http://writingyourmemories.blogspot.com/
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~orgco2/speaker/EmilyAulicino.html
    http://genealem-geneticgenealogy.blogspot.com/
    Northwest Regional Coordinator and Speaker for ISOGG (www.isogg.org)
    Administrator for twelve FTDNA DNA Projects

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  2. I was stopped the other day in the FHL. The lady asked: "Are you Lynn Turner?" Me: "I am" She said she just attended the BYU conference and heard about my blog several times, and wanted to put a face to the name...guess people do read my blog :)

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