Each year, the Academy of Genealogy and Family History (AGFH) offers genea-bloggers the opportunity to celebrate the “best of the best” – our best blog posts for the previous year. After reviewing all of the entries and deliberating with great care, it’s time to roll out the red carpet and present the honors. Welcome to the 2009 iGENE Awards starring What’s Past is Prologue!
Best Picture“What a great picture! How can things get better when you’ve got both a bottle AND a pacifier!”~ Leah Kleylein from Random Notes ~
“I see he’s already perfected the Clint Eastwood stare. What a tough guy!” ~ Denise Olson from Moultrie Creek ~
The “Best Picture” category honors the “Best Old Family Photo” that appeared on What’s Past is Prologue in 2009. And the winner is…Blazing Diapers from August 14, 2009. The subject of the photo, my brother, may dispute whether it qualifies as an “old” family photo or not, but it is in black and white! This photo beat out more vintage family photos as my favorite because it was a rare snapshot taken by my parents that seemed to capture the essence of who their little boy would grow up to be!
Runner-Up: February’s Fashions of the 1920’s – My great-grandmother’s sister strikes a dramatic pose in these stylish photos.
Best Screenplay“Great post…Rome is a heck of a first vacation.” ~ Tim Agazio from Genealogy Reviews Online ~
“What an amazing first vacation. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Makes me want to hop on a plane.” ~ Tracy from The Pieces of My Past ~
Which family story shared in 2009 would make the best movie? Without a doubt, The Innocents Abroad from July 14, 2009. While it was more of a story of my personal history in lieu of family history, it would definitely make the best movie – a side-splitting comedy. Four adults and eight teens on a whirlwind trip through Rome – can the city survive their visit? This would have been a John Hughes film for sure! The movie is still being cast at press time, but it is rumored that Kathy Bates will star as the history teacher leading the teens. Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock are fighting over the role of me.
Runner-Up: March’s I Remember Betsy – How my life intersected with actress Betsy Blair’s. Betsy’s own life story is worthy of a movie, but for the story of how the former Hollywood star welcomed the starstruck “kid” into her home would make a great one too!
Best Documentary“I’m sitting on the ‘edge of my seat’ in anticipation of reading ‘the rest of the story’ as Paul Harvey says…” ~ Becky Wiseman from kinexxions ~
“Enjoyed reading this multi-part story on your search, research & confirmation!” ~ Wendy Littrell from All My Branches ~
The “Best Documentary” category offered a wide variety of eligible posts, which included any informational article about a place, thing, or event involving my family’s history. The winner is the 3-part series The Slesinski Sisters from January, 2009. This documentary starts with a mystery – how do you find female ancestors with just a few clues? Part 2 highlights the research, and part 3 confirms it with a surprise cache of photographs.
Runner-Up: Another 3-part series, The Millers’ Tale from September, 2009. Three families with the surname Miller, all coming from the same town in Poland to Philadelphia, and all living on the same street – are they related?
Best Biography“What a beautiful tribute to your beloved aunt!“ ~ Lisa from 100 Years in America~
“Your Aunt was beautiful bride, and from you shared with us, a beautiful person. Thanks for telling her story.” ~ Bill West from West in New England ~
The best biographical article in 2009 is Memories of Aunt Joan posted on March 15, 2009. I was missing my Aunt Joan, so I wrote a tribute with some facts, photos, and funny stories about her life. Remembering and laughing at those good times make me smile even though I still miss her.
Runner-Up: I didn’t write any other biographies this past year (other than the Betsy Blair piece that’s the Runner-Up in the Best Screenplay category). But my uncles got equal time in the Carnival of Genealogy entry from April – Uncle, Uncle!
Best Comedy“Wow – you have really neat parents! I can see where your creative humor comes from…” ~ Greta Koehl from Greta’s Genealogy Bog ~
What was the best funny story, poem, joke, photo, or video that I shared on my blog in 2009? For the second year in a row the award goes to a Smile for the Camera entry…photos and stories of my father’s show-biz days are far funnier than anything I write! The winner is…A Different Kind of Bling from August 10, 2009.
Runner-Up: While it did not appear here on this blog, it was written by me! My Runner-Up is my Weekend with Shades debut for The Humor of It Column, Off With Their Heads! It’s still my favorite column!
I’d like to thank the Academy, and our Carnival of Genealogy hostess, Jasia, for a wonderful chance to look back on our blogs.
[Written for the 90th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: The Third Annual iGene Awards, The Best of The Best!]