Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Genealogy Carnival!

I've just learned earlier today from Miriam's post that another Genealogy carnival has been created! The new carnival is the Canadian Genealogy Carnival. The deadline for the first carnival edition is September 21, and the topic for this carnival is:

"Who were they? How did they get here? Where did they live? Did they move? Do you still have family in Canada? Share with us a bit about your Canadian roots."

You can find out more on the carnival here, on Kathryn's blog.

I've Signed Up For Blog Action Day 2008 ...

I've decided to take part in the Blog Action Day this year, and I'll be posting an article on the fifteenth of October. The topic this year is on poverty. (Most likely it will be pre-published, but that doesn't matter.) I just thought I would let everyone know. If you are interested or curious, you can find out more on the Blog Action Day website.

21st Shades Of The Departed Guest Column Posted!

The 21st Shades of the Departed guest column has been posted! The author of this week's column is Linda Palmer, and you can read the article here. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'm Feeling That Disease Too ...

A few days ago, I happened to notice that Randy wrote about suffering from a genealogy illness, and I just want to say that I'm suffering from one right now. Which one? Well, it happens to be the Genealogicus Terminus version. Why? Well, I'm back up at school, and I won't be able to do any family history research for the next several months. In addition, the last microfilm I ordered came in over a week ago Tuesday, and I have not been able to look at it since it came in. (You can see why I'm frustrated, can't you?)

Of course, not all is lost. I was able to talk to my grandpa about the microfilm, and he is willing to take a look at the microfilm to see if he can find anything. (This is the same grandpa who got me interested in genealogy in the first place.) So, as you can imagine, I'm happy about that, and I can't to hear about whether or not he has found anything. I might not find out what it is until I go home for Christmas, but if there is anything, I'll mention it. Stay tuned ...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

And Another Mystery Photograph ...

Like the photograph I posted yesterday, this photo also came from my great-aunt's album. Unfortunately, she did not label this photograph or write the names of the girls in the picture, and I have no idea as to who these three girls are. I suspect that they might be relatives because these three girls show up in other photographs in the album. Unfortunately, those other pictures were not labeled, so I still do not know who they or when and where this picture was taken. If anyone recognizes these three girls please e-mail me at: jess_history at yahoo dot com. Thanks.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Genea-bloggers' Games Closing Posted!

The closing ceremony for the Genea-bloggers' Games has been posted, and you can read it here. FootnoteMaven made the medals for the ceremonies, and below are the two medals that I earned.

For the Write, Write, Write category:

For the Genealogical Acts of Kindness:

School Begins!

Classes officially start today, so I do not know much time I will have to blog due to the fact that I have to concentrate on schoolwork. As such, I will be posting less than I did this summer, but I still plan post some posts. I just cannot guarantee the frequency and number of my posts.

Such Lovely Hairstyles, But Who Are They?

As you may remember, I mentioned earlier in the summer that I was scanning some old photographs. Well, this photo happened to be one over a hundred photos in an album kept by my great-aunt. Unfortunately, not all of the photos were labeled, and this happened to be one of those that were not. I chose the above photograph out of the others based upon the hairstyles of the two girls standing to the right side of the girl holding the flowers. Outside of where this picture came from, I do not have any other information. I do not know the names of any of these girls, and I do not know if they are related to my family or not. My first inclination would be to suspect that they might be connected, but then again, there are a few photos in the album that were of friends of my great-aunt. I am uncertain as to where this photo was taken, but if the girls are connected to my family, it could have been possibly taken in either Detroit, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio, or Elizabeth, New Jersey. Of course, I do not know for sure, but those are my first three guesses based upon what I know from researching that side of the family.

If anyone has any idea of who these girls are or when and where this picture was taken, please contact me either by leaving a comment or by sending an e-mail to jess_history at yahoo dot com with the tag line mystery group of girls. Thanks.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


I just happened to notice that I am finally on Yeah!

October Anyone?

I just want to let everyone know that I am still looking for a host for October's edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. If you are interested in hosting that edition please contact me at jess_history at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Getting To Know Me, Getting To Know Jessica's Genejournal

Terry Thornton has issued a challenge for genealogy bloggers to post an article about themselves and their best posts, and I thought I would participate as well. So, here goes my attempt:

My name is Jessica Oswalt, and as the author of Jessica's Genejournal, I try to write articles that deal with genealogy research and history. Most of the articles dealing with genealogy research primarily deal with my experiences and searches into my own family history or with recent genealogy news. Even though I am studying history, I have not yet posted any history articles on my blog, but I am planning to eventually post some articles on an event in history or on the history of a location. One of my goals in the future is to post a well-researched article and submit it to a history carnival. Even though I have mostly focused on genealogy, I am hoping that my articles will either spark interest into family history or just into history in general.

And to give even further proof of my goals, here are my three best articles:

For the category of brightest (a.k.a. best) article, I have chosen Genealogy and History Thoughts Column 14 - My Thoughts on Another "Genealogy is Bunk" Article. Column 14 is my apologia, in a way, explaining why doing research into one's own family history is important, and I chose this column primarily because I believe it is the best article I written so far in arguing why genealogy is important.

For the category of breeziest article, I have chosen Ten Signs You're Addicted to Genealogy. So far, I believe this article has been my best attempt at finding humor in genealogy, and therefore, I chose it for that reason alone.

For the category of most beautiful, I have chosen I Am My Own - Well Not Quite .... I believe this article happens to be one of my best analysis of a part of my family research.

Of course, those are my three best in my opinion. If you disagree with my choices, please leave me a comment with the three articles/posts that you believe are my best. I will not be offended, but I do appreciate it when people do leave comments as I never really know which posts my readers truly enjoy. As always, I am a work-in-progress, and any feedback or suggestions do help me become a better blog writer. I still feel new to blogging even though I have been blogging for over a year now, and in consequence, reader feedback is one of my ways of determining how well I have written my posts.

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yes, that's right. It's my birthday today. Yeah!