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 […]

Help Others, Help Yourself

COG-Volunteerism

There are many opportunities to volunteer within the genealogy community.  Whether it is working with a genealogical society, indexing records, performing “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness,” or fulfilling Find-a-Grave requests, opportunities large and small abound.  I would even venture to say that all us geneabloggers are volunteers every time we write a blog article; after […]

Reflections and Resolutions

COG-NewYear

Anniversaries invite us to reflect, review, and plan for the future.  Today is the two-year anniversary of this blog, which combined with the year-end, puts me in a particularly reflective mood.  I’ve been thinking about what I’ve accomplished and what goals I want to set for the coming year.  The 87th edition of the Carnival […]

Orphans and Orphans: A Sad Bit of History

Hemphill Family Gravestones

The topic for 85th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is Orphans and Orphans; we’re invited tell the story of traditional orphans – children who lost their parents, or “reverse orphans” – those who left no descendents of their own to tell their story. A branch of my family that represents both kinds of “orphans” […]

Weekly Updates for 2009-11-25

Interesting news. . .DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: DAR: Online databases now available http://ow.ly/DylA # RT @footnote: Check out our new Native American Collection. Explore unique documents and share Native American heritage. http://bit.ly/sLNEk # Ditto. RT @rjseaver: highlighted the 84th Carnival of Gen., and Jasia, our carnival goddess, in http://tinyurl.com/COG84th Thanks, Jasia! # RT @23andMe: Blog Post- […]

Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

The topic for the 76th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is “How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Favorite Summer Memory from Your Youth.”  When I think of my favorite summer memories, I don’t think of the “big” events – vacations, trips, camp, etc.  It’s the soft, fuzzy memories that come to mind – the […]