Thursday, June 4, 2009

73rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The 73rd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been posted! You can read it here. The topic for the next edition will be on:

Swimsuit Edition! Why should Sports Illustrated have all the fun? This is your
chance to show off the bathing beauties in your family. Pull out the old photos
of Grandma Moses in her seaside bloomers, Auntie Mae in her pin-up girl suit
from the 1940s or 50s, cousin Paula in her psychedelic bikini from the 1970s, or
even yourself in your Speedo! Let's have some fun here! Memorial Weekend is
behind us and that means the start of the summer sun, sand, and lakeside season
so let's get in the mood with summer fun photos. What? You don't have any
swimsuit photos you dare to share? No problem! Tell us your best family beach
stories instead! The deadline for submissions is June 15th. This edition of the
COG will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Carnival Hosts Needed- Update

I just want to let everyone know that I have found a host for September's edition, and possibly July's edition. I still need hosts for these months:
  • October
  • November
  • December

If you are interested in hosting, please contact me at jess_history at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Google Analytics Report For May 2009

May is now over, and that means that it is time for another Google Analytics report! Here is the report for May 2009:

The top ten countries, in number of visits, are:
  1. United States - 380 visits
  2. Canada - 49 visits
  3. United Kingdom - 15 visits
  4. Netherlands - 15 visits
  5. Australia - 4 visits
  6. United Arab Emirates - 4 visits
  7. Israel - 3 visits
  8. Mexico - 2 visits
  9. India - 2 visits
  10. Czech Republic - 2 visits

The top ten states in the United States, in number of visits, are:

  1. Michigan - 80 visits
  2. Illinois - 45 visits
  3. California - 43 visits
  4. Virginia - 31 visits
  5. New York - 25 visits
  6. Ohio - 22 visits
  7. Pennsylvania - 14 visits
  8. Texas - 10 visits
  9. Indiana - 10 visits
  10. Georgia - 8 visits

The top ten articles, in number of views, are:

  1. Celebrate Your Name Week - Day One - 28 views
  2. 72nd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy Posted! - 26 views
  3. Happy Mother's Day! - 26 views
  4. Genealogy and History Thoughts Column 17 - My Thoughts on the IGI and LDS Rite, Baptism of the Dead, Controversy - 23 views
  5. 19th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy - 18 views
  6. A New Award! -16 views
  7. Library of Michigan and State Archives News: Possible Closure? - 14 views
  8. Why I Haven't Posted Too Much Lately ... - 14 views
  9. 13th Edition of the Smile For the Camera Carnival Posted! - 12 views
  10. And Now For Another Episode of the "Adventures of Ben and Casey" ... - 12 views

Well, that is it for this month's report. To my readers, "Thank you for reading!" Stay tuned for next month's results. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer Reading Challenge Book Review 1

As I mentioned yesterday, I have decided to join a reading challenge, and I have already finished reading my first book for this challenge!

The book I chose to read was Inheriting The Revolution: The First Generation of Americans by Joyce Appleby (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000). As the book's title implies, the book is on how the culture of the United States was formed and created by the generation of Americans after the Revolutionary War generation. The author explores how that generation changed American colonial society and recreated that society. She also describes how those Americans interpreted the legacy of the Revolutionary War, and carried on the ideals of the revolution. In short, the book is a social history of American life between 1787 and 1824.

How did I learn about this book? Well, I requested the reading lists for my fall classes from my professors, and this book was one of the books on the reading list. Although I would have had to read this book for my future history class in the fall, I still enjoyed reading it. Why? Well, for one, I enjoyed the author's writing style, and secondly, I have an interest in social history. As someone who has an interest in social history as a result of my genealogy research, I enjoyed this book for those reasons. Would I recommend this book? Yes, because this book illuminated several movements and life in America at this time period and because of this fact, I believe this book would be beneficial in giving historical social context for genealogists researching in this time period. I hope that other people might enjoy this book and find it interesting as I did.