Friday, November 23, 2007

The Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture Has Been Posted!

The first carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture was posted yesterday at Lisa's Small-leaved Shamrock. The topic for the next carnival is recommendations of books, resources and databases that have been useful to you in doing Irish genealogy. Article entries are due by December 28. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

All I Want For Christmas Is ...

Okay, I realize that it is still too early to write about Christmas, but I'm doing this ahead of time primarily because I probably won't have any other time to post this between now and December 1st.

So, what would I like for Christmas, genealogically speaking? Well ...
  1. More time to do genealogy. (Obviously, this is probably what every genealogists wants. I'm hoping I'll have some time to do research over the Christmas break.)
  2. Break down a few "brick walls"/ difficult areas on a couple of branches.
  3. Find Marriage records for a couple of my ancestors and their siblings that I have not yet been able to find.
  4. Order a couple of microfilms of German records.

Well, that is all that I can think of. I realize that this a pretty generic wish list, but then, I don't really have the time to sit down and think about what I want exactly.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Carnival Created!

I have created a new carnival. This carnival is the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. This carnival will cover a diverse and large area; an area that stretches from Germany to Russia to the Balkan Peninsula. Topics can be on genealogy, history or culture of these regions.

For this first carnival it will be a carousel, so any article that focuses on Central or Eastern Europe is welcome. The first submission is due by November 30, and I will post within a couple of days. I will probably have carnivals every second and last Friday of the month. You can submit your articles here.

Please feel free to spread the word about this new genealogy carnival.

Monday, November 19, 2007

An Ancestor Meme!

John of Transylvanian Dutch blog came up with a new meme a couple of days ago in his Can you top this? article. I don't believe that I can come up with an ancestor who has fathered more than 22 children because I have only been able to go back only 150 to 200 years so far. But I do have a couple of female ancestors who had at least 11 children. I have to wonder, though, how common was it for women in the late 1800s to early 1900s, to bear eleven children? Most of my female ancestors that I have researched so far have had between six and eight children. I could be wrong, but having eleven children, to me, would still seem to be an accomplishment, especially if the majority of the children survived to adulthood. Since we live in an age of antibiotics, I don't believe we can fully comprehend what life was like when antibiotics and vaccines were pretty much non-existent. (When I say non-existent, I mean when they were uncommon or not readily available. Edward Jenner came up with the first vaccine back in the 1700s.) Of course, I can't comprehend because I was born way after antibiotics became readily available. So what do think? As always, you can leave a comment.

Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The carnival of genealogy has been posted at Jasia's blog. The topice for the next carnival is on genealogy wish lists. Enjoy!

Oh I Just Can't Wait ...

In a couple more days I'll be going home for Thanksgiving, and I'll get to see my family. I've been dying for a break for a while, and it will be nice to get a break. Of course, I still have school work that I'll be working on, but at least, I'll be able to relax a little. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!