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The Joy of Genealogy

Here's one "gene" find that would make me do the Happy Dance (oh, like you didn't know that was coming with the subject of this COG!)

Here’s one “gene” find that would make me do the Happy Dance (oh, like you didn’t know that was coming with the subject of this Carnival of Gene-eaology!)

When I first started “doing” genealogy, any find was exciting and the cause of great joy –  whether it confirmed something I already knew or took me back one more generation.  After a while, I was surprised that the research became “routine” – not that it wasn’t exciting anymore, it was just to be expected.  If you have the luck to have records readily available that go back hundreds of years, going back a few generations will be a task on your “to do” list along with buying milk and stopping at the post office.  But, no matter how many years you’ve been searching, some finds are worthy of the genealogy “happy dance” – when you find something that makes you so happy you want to dance!

Poster by footnoteMaven.com

Poster by footnoteMaven.com

In my own research, there are quite a few remembrances of doing the happy dance that only the joys of genealogy can cause:

  • The first census find – Today, the availability of U.S. census records online has made it relatively easy to find your ancestors in those records.  But twenty years ago, it was a bit more dramatic.  When I first started my research, the latest available census record was from 1910 – and I had to look at it on microfilm at the Philadelphia branch of the National Archives. My first find was rather exciting for one simple fact – three of my four families to find were so badly misspelled that the Soundex was useless.  I wouldn’t find the others for years!
  • The immigrant hometown find – One of the most spectacular happy dances was finding IT – my immigrant ancestor’s hometown.  Each time it happened, the dancing began – for I finally had a place beyond “Poland” or “Germany” in which to search further.  The ways and hows of this particular find varied.  For one, it was through an American-born child’s baptismal record.  For another, a social security card application.  For others, it was as easy as the passenger arrival record!  No matter the source, finding the place makes you feel like a detective who has just solved the case no one else could solve!
  • The next generation find – While finding evidence of my great-grandparents’ birthplaces in Europe was exciting, even more so was finding a record of who their parents were.  It finally disproved the challenge posed when I started my research: “They didn’t keep records back then!”

[Written for the 65th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: Happy Dance - the Joy of Genealogy]

Explanation to the “Really Young” or “Really Don’t Know Movie History” readers – the dancer above is Gene Kelly, one of my other “gene” hobbies.

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My readers probably know this by now, but just in case… The 46th Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! This edition focuses on Family Traits, and the submissions cover a wide variety of traits – physical or personality, good or bad. Stop by for some great reading. I wasn’t sure how to make the subject interesting to others, but I tried by best. Read my own submission – “All in the Family” – here.

The next Carnival of Genealogy topic is A Place Called Home. For me, that is quite serendipitous – I’ve been working on a post that fits this very theme. Thanks, Jasia! She explains the topic as follows:

It’s time for a geography lesson. Pick out a city/town/village where one of your ancestors once lived and tell us all about it. When was it founded? What is it known for? Has is prospered or declined over the years? Have you ever visited it or lived there? To a certain extent, we are all influenced by the environment we live in. How was your ancestor influenced by the area where they lived? Take us on a trip to the place your ancestor called home.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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For Women’s History Month, this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is A Tribute to Women. There were 31 submissions (with some multiple submissions), all honoring those special women who have touched our lives in some ways. Mothers, aunts, teachers, and courageous and inspiring women of all sorts are represented! Hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene, read her roundup of the carnival entries here. My own entry is here about my great-great aunt (who was great!).

Next up for the COG (Carnival of Genealogy):

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Cars as stars! Next to purchasing a house, a “new set of wheels” was the next most significant purchase for many families. What car played a starring roll in your family history and what roll did it play? Did your family build cars or tinker with them? Did they take “Sunday drives”? What was your first car? Was there a hangout that you frequented in your car? How far back can you document your family’s automotive genealogy? Tell us your car stories… front seat or back! ;-) Vroom, Vroom!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2008. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Jasia at Creative Gene has posted the 43rd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This edition’s topic was: Technology. What technology do you most rely on for your genealogy and family history research? My submission is here, but visit Creative Gene for the full listing.

Participants selected one each of hardware, software, and web site/blog that are indispensable. I couldn’t resist tallying up the results since there were 32 writers this time. And the winners are…

  • Hardware: The top 3 choices were a scanner (9 carnival entries, including scanner/printer variations), digital camera (5), and the often-overlooked and forgotten microfilm reader machine (4).
  • Software: The top choices were genealogy software with 17 entries – various programs were lumped together in this tally (Family Tree Maker, Rootsmagic, etc), and various photo/scanning softwares with 7 entries.
  • Websites: Ancestry was worthy of 8 entries, while “local” sites (archives, genealogical societies, etc either for a state or a country) received 7 write-ups and Google received 6.

As you can tell, there were a wide variety of choices submitted if the highest vote-getter only had entries by half of the participants. Do take the time to read all of the entries, and I’m sure you’ll learn a thing or two about technological “tools” that are available to aid us in our research.

Next up for the COG (Carnival of Genealogy):

In keeping with the month of March being National Women’s History Month, and March 8th being International Women’s Day, the topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will once again be: A Tribute to Women. Write a tribute to a woman on your family tree, a friend, a neighbor, or a historical female figure who has done something to impact your life. Or instead of writing, consider sharing a photo biography of one woman’s life. Or create a scrapbook page dedicated to a woman you’d like to honor. For extra credit, sum up her life in a six-word biography.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2008. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Jasia at Creative Gene has posted the 42nd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This edition’s topic was: the best of the best…presenting the iGene Awards 2007! Submitters announced their best blog posts in the following 5 categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Screen Play
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Biography
  • Best Comedy

Read about all of the submissions in Jasia’s post here.  Unfortunately, I didn’t submit anything this time…I didn’t think I had a broad enough base of posts to choose from since I’ve only been blogging for about six weeks.  There’s no sense choosing one as “the best” if I only have one post the meets the category’s description!  But, I think it was a fantastic idea.  What I’m most impressed by out of all of the  awards is everyone’s “Best Biography”.  I’ve gotten some fine ideas on how to piece together an ancestor’s bio when you really don’t know too much about the person!  Enjoy these posts — they truly are the best of the BEST!

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival is: Technology. What technology do you most rely on for your genealogy and family history research? Select one piece of hardware (besides your computer), one piece of software (besides your internet browser), and one web site/blog (besides your own) that are indispensable to you. Resist the urge to dilute the impact of your 3 choices by mentioning several others you use and appreciate as well. This is an exercise in appraising the technology you use/recommend the most. The deadline for submissions is March 1st.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Jasia at Creative Gene has posted the 41st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This edition’s topic was: If you could have dinner with four of your ancestors who would they be and why? There was quite a respond this time – so many great stories to read!  Read all about the latest edition in Jasia’s post.

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival is: The Best of The Best! It’s Academy awards time… time for the Academy of Genealogy and Family History aka AGFH (an esteemed organization that all genea-historian bloggers who participate in this next edition of the COG will become founding members of) to honor their best blog posts of 2007 in 5 categories.  Fortunately for me and some other new bloggers, 2007 has been expanded somewhat!  If you’d like to participate, submit your blog article with the carnival submission form. The deadline is February 15th. Visit the carnival index page to see all of the past editions.

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Jasia at Creative Gene has posted the 40th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. This edition’s topic was living-relative connections. Twenty-two bloggers participated, including yours truly for the very first time. I’m sorry I missed the previous 39 editions because it was so much fun. I’m always amazed that no two posts are alike despite the same topic. Read all about it here.

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival is: If you could have dinner with four of your ancestors who would they be and why? Interesting! I’m already thinking about who I’d invite… If you’d like to participate, submit your blog article with the carnival submission form. The deadline is February 1st. Visit the carnival index page to see all of the past editions.

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