Saturday, February 23, 2008
So, what names do I give to my grandparents? I call my grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa. If I happen to be talking to a family member about one of my grandparents, I might specify with the surname of my grandparent. For example, I would say, "Grandma [Surname]." I can't say for sure, but I think it was the same way for my parents as well. In referring to my grandparents, my parents call them "Mom and Dad," even if they are not their parents, but their in-laws. (As far as I know, I don't believe my parents' calling each other's parents, "Mom and Dad," has ever caused problems, although I did have a high school teacher who got upset that his married daughter called her father-in-law, "Dad.")
Speaking of parents, I have only called my parents either, "Mom and Dad," or, "Mommy and Daddy" when I was younger. I have never been allowed to call my parents by their first names, although I understand that there are some parents who do allow their children to call them by their first names. If I ever have children, I don't believe I would allow them to call me by my first name. I guess I'm just too traditional to allow that to happen.
Hardware: For the hardware category, I would have to say that a ubs 2.0 flash drive has been one of the items I have relied the most on. (I couldn't choose my computer.) I have a flash drive that I use to store my genealogy software and family tree. Of course, I must state that this flash drive is also password protected. I would not put my family tree on a flash drive that did not have a password-protected component to it. There are many different ubs drives out there at different prices and storage capacities. The flash drive that I use for my genealogy has 256 MB of space on it. I keep my genealogy files and genealogy software on this flash drive. (I must state that I have other flash drives that I use for school.)
Software: For the software category, I would have to nominate the genealogy program that I use. I use Family Trees Quick and Easy, version 5. How did I come to choose this program? Well, a few years ago, my college's bookstore was selling some computer programs for five dollars or less, and I happened to notice that one of the programs was a family tree program. Since I already knew what the price for other family trees programs were being sold at, I bought the program because it was such a bargain. Even though I have tried some other free and demo versions of family trees, I have never been impressed by those programs. I like the program that I use, and I am happy with the program.
Website: For me, this category was the most difficult for me to make a decision. For the moment, I think I'll have to go with Rootsweb's message boards. As there are many different categories and topics for queries, I think many novice genealogist could find a lot of information on how to do genealogy research or where to find records. (I had a hard time coming up with this answer as there are many websites and blogs that I visit, and this was best I could do at the moment.)
So there are my three choices. Do you agree or disagree with me? As always you can leave a comment.
Friday, February 22, 2008
- "Copyright Issues: Photographs" at GeneaBlogie
- "Age of Consent vs Age of Majority Explained" at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
- "If These Walls Could Speak: A German Häuserchronik" at What's Past is Prologue
- "Building a Better Blog" at the same blog as above
- "What is Blogging? Why Would I Want to do it?" at Kinexxions
- "What's Next? European Genealogy & Social Networking" at 100 Years in America
- "European Genealogy Resources Online" at the same blog as above
- "Nagyon Köszönöm! The National Archives of Hungary in English" at the same blog as above
- "British WW1 Medal Cards on Ancestry" at Anglo-Celtic Connections
- "New Genealogy Guide for Finland Research" at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
I realize that I have listed a large number of articles, but I thought these articles were interesting. Enjoy!
Update at 2:30 p.m.: I added the links to the articles for Anglo-Celtic and AnceStories, and more post labels.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I usually do not post on politics on this blog because I have another blog for that purpose, but I did so in this case as I thought my readers might have been interested in reading about the recent events with Kosovo. I realize that the issues surrounding Kosovo's declaration have long roots in history that are connected with strong emotions, but I don't have any sympathy for the Serbs who attacked the embassy of my country. I can't speak for my fellow countrymen, but I don't believe attacking another country's embassy will garner very much sympathy from the citizens of the attacked embassy. Especially when one remembers that Serbs attacked the Albanians in Kosovo back in 1999, I don't believe the average American will be very sympathetic to the Serbs. I could be wrong, but then, I can only speak for myself. I guess the best thing one can do is pray that this difficult and intense situation does not erupt into violence or war.
- Virginia Pioneers
- Primary Selections from Special Collections (Davenport, Iowa Public Library)
You can find these and other genealogy blogs on the lower left side of the page. Any suggestions for other genealogy or history blogs are welcome.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
First off, we have three articles from Lisa of 100 Years in America. The first article is An Eastern European Celebration in Pittsburgh. In this article, Lisa writes about the FEEFHS conference that will be held in Pittsburgh in early August of this year.
The next article from Lisa is Back and Forth Across the Kingdom of Hungary. In this article, Lisa writes about the Radix Log - Hungarian Genealogy Blog, and the useful links for Hungarian genealogy that a genealogist can find on that site.
The last article from Lisa is Crossing Borders and Language Barriers. In this article, Lisa writes about the difficulty she has in researching on her ancestors in Hungarian and Croatian language records.
Next, we have an article from Miriam of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. In 11. The Railroad Front, Miriam writes about the conditions her great-grandfather and fellow soldiers experienced in the 1918-1919 military expedition in Russia.
Next, we have two articles from Stephen Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog. In The Website of the Plock Diocese, Steve writes about the information one could find about church records and priests in the Plock Diocese in Poland.
The last article we have from Steve is Abstracts of Presentations. This article was posted was posted on the United Polish Genealogical Societies blog, and the article contains abstracts of presentations that will be presented at the 2008 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in April.
Next, we have an article from Donna of What's Past is Prologue. In Polish Names and Feast Days, Donna writes about the Polish tradition of naming children after the Saint of the closest feast day.
Last, but not least, we have News From Eastern Europe ... from Jessica of Jessica's Genejournal. In this article, Jessica briefly writes about the recent events that occured in Kosovo and includes a link to a news article about these recent events.
And so that ends this edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. The topic for the next carnival will be on the traditional dishes of our ancestors from Central and Eastern Europe. The deadline for the next edition of the carnival will be March 21. The carnival will be posted on the 22nd. You can submit your article here.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So, why is this important? When an amateur genealogist/family historian lists a source without including the information on the source's location or posts false information without correcting it, all genealogists/family historians look like fools. We appear to lack the professionalism of other people who do historical research. When a professional biographer or historian does this, false information is just perpetuated. It is bad enough that false information is spread around over the Internet. This misinformation does not need to be repeated in books.
Monday, February 18, 2008
What issues/topic interests you most--non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
Well, I mostly read history books, but I also read a few genealogy books. Most of the genealogy books I read are how-to-do books. I also enjoy reading books about current events, different cultures and about different religions from my own. Most of the reading that I do is on non-fiction topics. I don't read as many works of fiction as I use to when I was younger.
Would you like to review books concerning those?
I already write mini-reviews of history books that I have read on this blog. I haven't posted a review lately, but eventually I'll get around to doing so.
Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
I'm not paid now to do the reviews that I do. I have never thought about being paid, and I really do not feel like being paid for them. I don't believe my book reviews are very good to make money, anyhow.
Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
Only if I knew that they were interested in the subjects of books that I read.
If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
Here are a few posts where I have reviewed a few history books:
I have only included the first three reviews. I don't believe these reviews garnered very much attention as they were posted very early on on my blog.
And now, I am supposed to tag ten other people. So, here are the ten I am tagging:
- Harold of Midwestern Microhistory
- Jennifer of But Now I'm Found
- Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
- Terry Snyder of Desktop Genealogist
- The Ancestry Insider
- Chris of The Genealogue
- Two Sides of the Ocean
- Irish Family History
- The Polish Genealogy Project
On a side note, should I include this in the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy? Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Update, a few minutes later: I keep forgetting to mention the location of the submission link. It is toward the very bottom of the page. It is above the links to my yahoo groups. I'm terribly sorry about that.
I guess the best example at the moment is my Great Depression post. I could have included some of my grandparents' memories, but I just felt that that would be violating their privacy. I'm not sure if they would want to find their memories posted on the internet, so I just decided to play it safe and write in general terms. I've also written in mostly generic terms about my ancestors since the whole Internet Biography Database fiasco. I'm still uncomfortable with the thought that a genealogy company could take my words and call them their own. So, in order to prevent that, I've come to the decision to include as few indentifying details as possible. (Plus, one could possibly run into copyright violations if one is quoting or using information from another source.)
Still, I wonder how much should a genealogy blogger post on his or her family or ancestors. How much is too much? I really don't have the answer to this question. Has anyone come across this issue before? How did you resolve this problem? How much is too much?
As always, you can leave a comment with your thoughts and feelings.