Genealogy To-Dos – February Wrap-Up

February turned out to be a good genealogy month.   I thought I might get sidetracked from my original plans by playing in the Geneablogger Games, but I was able to combine many tasks and make them work for both the Games and my To-Do list. February Plan: Write 10 blog posts – This post makes […]

Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games – The Final Tally

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Competition in the Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games is over.  I accomplished much more than I had anticipated when I began. Here are my standings: 1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources – All competition is this category took place last week.  Platinum Medal! 2. Back Up Your Data – did not compete. 3. Organize Your […]

Weekly Updates for 2010-02-24


RT @rootstelevision: RT @KerrySimpkins How to Plan a #Genealogy Research Vacation # RT @MyNolaHeritage: RT @ACoffin: {Blog] Look what I found at my FHC: || #genealogy # Added a new blog post “Thomas Young Hemphill McEntire” on Genealogy Wise: # Excited! RT @EricaDuvic: How is the genealogy crowd feeling about the upcoming […]

Playing with Wordle


I spent a little time playing with Wordle this weekend, as part of the Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games.  I’ve made surname visualizations before using Image Chef, so the process was familiar to me.  Wordle has some different features, so I made several different word clouds. First, the standard surname visualization.  I used the top 100 […]

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Google Maps

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This week’s challenge from Amy at WeTree is to play with Google Maps, a “a helpful tool for determining the locations of addresses in your family history.”  My genealogy software uses Google Maps to map all the locations for each individual within the database, so I’ve never gone straight to Google Maps and used it […]

Weekly Updates for 2010-02-17


RT @LisaCooke: Had a blast talking with Lisa Kudrow about WDYTYA! Listen to the exclusive interview on Valentine’s Day. Podcast episode 81. # The death certificates I ordered in November FINALLY came yesterday. # Updated old blog post – SNGF – Most Recent Unknown Ancestor – with newly found information. # Very nice! RT @InnerCompass: […]

And the iGene Award Goes To

Carnival of Genealogy

Welcome to the 2009 iGene Awards, spotlighting Tonia’s Roots.  We’ll be celebrating the best posts of 2009 and presenting awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, and Best Biography. The nominees for Best Picture are. . . F. M. Kendrick Mariah (Langston) Roberts Mary Elizabeth (McEntire) Hemphill And the winner is. . . Mariah […]

Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games – Opening Ceremony

Genealogy, Geneabloggers

The Tonia’s Roots flag is flying, announcing my participation in the Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games.  The base of my flag is the United States Stars and Stripes.  My ancestors came to these shores centuries ago, so the bulk of my research takes place in the United States.  The middle layer is the German flag, representing […]