Saturday, August 23, 2008

10th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy

This edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy is the tenth edition, which is a milestone in itself. The topic for this edition was a carousel, so the topic of this edition's submission could be on anything. Five people submitted articles, and here are this edition's articles:

First off, we have an article from Amir Dekel of I Dream of Genea(logy), who is a first time submitter to this carnival. In Almost no oaks in my forest, Amir writes about the effect of the Holocaust on his grandfather's family, and the reason for his grandfather's emigration to Israel.

Next, we have an article from Elizabeth O'Neal of Little Bytes of Life. In Slavic Folklore for Kids: The Little Einsteins, she writes about a Disney's show that incorporates a Slavic folk story about a firebird into the episodes storyline.

Next, we have an article from Stephen J. Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog. In Finding the Village of Trelkowo, Poland (Gross Schöndaerau, Germany), he writes about his attempt to find the village of Trelkowo and how he found the village. He also writes about the name change of this village after World War Two.

Next, we have an article from Al of Polish-American Genealogy Research. In Adeline Sopa Q & A Interview, he shares a transcript of his interview with Adeline Sopa, an expert Kashubian genealogy.

Last, but not least, we have an article from Jessica Oswalt of Jessica's Genejournal. In Looking For My German Ancestors Part 4, she writes about the research she did into Fred, the relative of her ancestor, Carl.

Well, that ends this edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. For the next edition, we have a bit of change. Instead of the edition being hosted on my blog, the edition will be hosted by Steve Danko. The topic, as suggested by him, will be on: "First (Given) Names: Did any of your ancestors have an unusual given name? Have you discovered the meanings behind the given names of your ancestors? Did your ancestors use any naming patterns for their children? Are there any given names that are particular common in your family history? Did any of your ancestors have given names that you particularly like or dislike? Does your family celebrate "Name Days"? Did your immigrant ancestors change their given names after they arrived in America? Tell us about the first (given) names in your family. You can concentrate on one name, a few names, or you can go wild and write about the first names of all your ancestors!" Submissions for the next edition are due on September 21, and the edition will be posted on September 24. You can submit your article here.

So, Where Was I?

Last week I mentioned that I would not be posting any major articles or be available due to the fact that I was preparing to go back to school. What I did not tell anyone was that I would be away on vacation.

So, where did I go on vacation? Well,I went on a cruise with almost all of my family. In addition to going with my parents and brother, I went with three of my cousins, my grandparents, an aunt and an uncle. The cruise lasted for five days, and we stopped at Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman Island. At the moment, I do not have any pictures of our trip. When I do get some, I'll post a few and write more about the trip. At the moment, I'm not going to post anymore on my vacation because I want to post an article with pictures from my trip.

The Genea-bloggers' Games: My Final Statistics ...

Well, today happens to be the deadline for all of the statistics for the Genea-blogger's Games. I haven't worked on the Genea-bloggers' categories since August 14th, so I'll just do a recap of what I did do up to that point.

Just as a reminder, I chose to participate in the "Back up your data," "Write, write. write," and "Reach out & perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness." So, here is what I have accomplished:

Back up your data!

To be honest I have not completed any of the tasks. All I have done so far is burn some photographs on my flash drive to a CD, so I don't believe I have even completed task C.

Medal Earned - none

Write, Write, Write!

Here are the tasks that I have completed:

  • Task A - I wrote an article explaining what my blog was about.
  • Task B - I submitted an article to the upcoming edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture and an article to the upcoming edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy.
  • Task C - I did write a couple of articles (small ones) that I scheduled to publish later on in the week. (I took care of those on the 14th.)

Medal earned - Gold

Reach out & Perform Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness!

Here are the tasks I completed:

  • Task A - I left a comment on a new genealogy blog, In Deeds.
  • Task B - I joined a few blogline networks during this time period, and I also joined two more yesterday.
  • Task E - I helped to index a couple pages of census records for FamilySearch Indexing.

Medal earned - Gold

Well, that I all I have accomplished since the Genea-bloggers' Games began. I guess I have completed a lot more than I expected to do. In addition, I just want to say thank you to the creators and hosts of this year's Genea-bloggers' Games.

Still Looking For A Host ...

I think I have a host for the September edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, so I'm just looking for one more host. I still need a host for October, and if you are interested, please email me at jess_history at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Another note, I will post the tenth edition later on today.

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm Back!

I just want to let everyone know that I am now back. (I'll explain later.) Even though I am back to blogging, I will be posting articles less frequently than usually due to the fact that I am now back at school. In the meantime, I am still catching up on what I have missed for the past week. Stay tuned ...

20th Shades Of The Departed Guest Column Posted!

The twentieth Shades of the Departed guest column has been posted. The author of this week's article is Bob Franks, and you can read the article here. Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2008

54th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The 54th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! You can read the edition on Donna's blog.

(As a note, I have pre-published this, so I do not know what the upcoming topic will be or the link to the article.)