August 31, 2015

Visit The GenealogyLuv Store And Start Customizing!

 

I have a new store on Zazzle! It’s called GenealogyLuv. I’m slowly adding some new sections as I go along, but I wanted to show you my latest creation.  What could be more useful than a binder for your genealogy things?  The best part is, the design(s) can be customized.  Like with the binder, you can add a surname to the front, or say it’s for photos, a scrapbook…anything!

There’s more in the store…Go see!

Genealogy: Why You Still Need To Use Message Boards And Mailing Lists

 

Rootsweb Message Boards and Mailing Lists

When genealogical research was still in its online infancy many people were using mailing lists and message boards on Rootsweb to make connections and find new cousins. Guess what?!  You still can!

 

About Message Boards

Message boards can be found in major categories, with in-numerous sub-categories.  Rather than me listing them individually, please visit the Rootsweb Message Board page to choose your areas of interest.  (Locations, topics, surnames, etc.)

 

About Mailing Lists

Rootsweb Mailing Lists can be a little more diverse in topics, but equally as helpful in your research.  There are over thirty-nine thousand mailing lists to choose from in categories similar to message boards.  They include Surnames, USA, International, and “Other”.

 

Additional Mailing List Suggestions
  • Don’t overlook the Rootsweb Archives search engine.  All the posts to those mailing lists are archived and waiting to be discovered.
  • When you join a mailing list, you have the choice of doing so as a Digest of the posts that come in your email less frequently (i.e, per week); or the full Daily postings to the list.  If one doesn’t work for you, then maybe the other will be more suitable.
  • When you post your query to a mailing list or message board be sure to include as much descriptive information as you can. For instance: YATES, William Gale b. 1920 MO – d. 1996 Olympia, WA.  The surname in caps designates that it’s the surname of the person. The b. means ‘birth’ and d. means ‘death’.  If I was looking for marriage information I would have also added m. 1944 Seattle.  Do NOT waste your time putting in a query with titles like “Looking for Family” or “Smiths in Tennessee”. Be SPECIFIC.

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Have you tried using Mocavo the newest genealogy search engine? Just out this month and it’s a gem!

Surname Roundup Submission From iPentimento

MT cabin picture

 

It’s Surname Roundup Time!*

Genealogy veterans probably have a ready-to-go document with their research surnames on it so they can post them to message boards and mailing lists.  If you’re new to genealogy though, it might be time to create that list and post it on your blog. Doing so makes it visible to search engines and helps potential cousins find you.

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YATES Surnames

ANDERSON

BALL (TN)

BREEDLOVE (VA, KY, TN, MO)

CARLISLE (TN)

CRAWFORD (VA, SCOTLAND)

DAWSON (KY, MO)

HARRISON (NC, TN)

HOLMES (NC, VA, TN, MO, OR)

KELSEY/KELSAY (TN)

MOLINE (SWEDEN, MN, WA)

NORDGREN (SWEDEN, MN, IA, WA)

OSGATHARP/OSGATHORPE (ENGLAND, NC, KY, TN, AR)

PENTECOST (TN, MO)

POINDEXTER/POINGDESTRE/POINDESTRE (Channel Islands, VA, KY)

REDDIN/REDDEN (Wales, TN)

REGISTER (DE, MD, TN)

SMITH (2) (VA, KY, TN, MO)

SPEER, SPEERS, SPEARS (VA, KY)

STEELMAN (Sweden, PA, NJ, NC, DE, TN)

WRIGHT (England, NY, NC)

YATES (Possibly England, TN, MO, WA)

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WILKERSON Surnames

BEAN (VT, NY, MI, IA)

BOYERT (Germany, IA)

COOK (Canada, NY, IA)

DESPAIN (VA, NC, KY, IA)

HAGA (OH, IA)

HARMES (Germany, IA)

HORST (Germany, IA)

JORDAN (VA, OH, IA)

LANGREHR (Germany, IA)

MCCOY (IA)

MILLER (PA, IL, IA)

OTTO (Germany, IA)

PERKINS (IA)

RIPLEY (NY, OH, IL, IA)

SIX (England)

SKAGGS (KY, IA)

WHIT(T)MORE (KY, IA)

WILKERSON/WILKINSON (DE, IN, IA, WA)

*© Photo in Wilkerson Family collection and is private property.

Genealogy Posting For Posterity And Bait

Tabbloid

 

With thousands of genealogy blogs out there, I certainly don’t expect all of them to visit my blog every day. Some may never visit here, and I may never visit theirs.  And you know what? That’s OK.

I don’t write posts for traffic (although I do appreciate my readers immensely) or even tons of comments.  The reason I write is to create a collection of my posts for posterity.  I use Tabbloid to save them in PDF format where they go into a special file folder named :::surprise::: iPentimento as Tabbloid.  I may put them on my external drive someday, but currently they reside on my desktop.  Tabbloid converts all the text and photos included in the articles and makes it look like a magazine.

When I write an article about a surname I always include it in the post title, and have post tags for the search engine bots to find.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from a cousin or made a new friend just because they “found” my post while doing a search.

Lastly, I’m not in any specific category of genealogy or history blog writer.  I’ve learned to use a WordPress self-hosted blog platform by trial and error.  If you had to put me in some niche, I suppose it could be a gen-geek.  I love plugins that make my life easier;  technology is fascinating to me and I use as much of it as I can afford.  I try not to fall back on making excuses for sporadic articles because I have fibromyalgia, but it is a big factor in how I feel each day.  It doesn’t define me though. I write about genealogy to take my mind off any pain I might be feeling that day.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Smiley from millan.net

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