Sunday, February 21, 2010

One Carnival, Two Carnivals, Three Carnivals...and More!

Wow! Has this ever been a week for blog carnivals! The following were published within the last few days:

The 20th Edition of the Smile for the Camera Carnival was the first to be published on Tuesday, February 16th at Shades of the Departed. Valentine was the topic, and twenty bloggers submitted beautiful images (photos, scrapbook pages, valentines and love letters) to illustrate their posts.

The footnoteMaven says "the word prompt for the 21st Edition of Smile For The Camera is "Give Their Face A Place." March is Women's History month and you are asked to picture women back into history. The unknown, known and unsung women who are often the foundation of our family history. Give their face a place. The interpretation is yours. Admission is free with every photograph!

"Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!"
Deadline for submission is midnight (Pacific Time) on March 10. You can submit by sending an email to footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!  You can also use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival.


The 90th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy was published at Creative Gene on Thursday, February 18th. The theme was the iGene Awards (the Best of the Best), and they were done in style according to those famous annual movie awards! Twenty-three bloggers wrote about their Best Pictures, Best Screenplays, Best Documentaries, Best Biographies, and Best Comedies. My own post, AnceStories Presents the 2009 iGene Awards, was included. Whose submission was the feature article? You'll have to read the carnival post to find out!

The 91st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be A Tribute to Women, an annual event which corresponds with Women's History Month (March). Our hostess Jasia writes, "This is will be the 4th annual edition on this topic so we're going to change it up just a bit to keep it fresh... Write a biography about a woman on your family tree starting with a timeline of their life. The timeline can be a separate post that you link to from your biography (which can itself be a series of articles) but please just submit one post to the COG. If you haven't written from a timeline before you may find it a great learning/research experience! Since this topic will likely require more research and writing time you'll have a full month till the deadline. There will be no March 1st edition of the COG. The deadline for submissions will be March 15th. Thirty submissions will be accepted.

"Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the 'comment' box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page."


Jessica Oswalt published the 29th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy on her blog, Jessica's Genejournal, on Saturday, February 20th. The topic was a carousel, which mean people could choose their own. There were seven submissions on a variety of interesting topics, and I can't wait to read them!

Jessica shares, "The topic for the next edition is on 'The Village of my Ancestor'. Each article should deal with any known history of any location that one ancestor may have lived. It could be history of a town or area in the U.S. or an European Village, and will be hosted by Al of Polish-American Genealogy Research. The deadline for submissions will be March 19th, and the edition will be published on March 22nd. You can submit your articles here."


Kathryn Lake of Looking4Ancestors published the 8th Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival today, February 21st. Five bloggers submitted posts on the topic, Winter Sports in the Great White North. We all know that the Canucks are the hosts of this year's Winter Games, so the topic is very appropriate!

"The topic for 9th edition of the CGC is Canadian Fashion Fads.  Share with us by photo and/or post the popular fashions of your Canadian family.  Submit your entry using the convenient submissions form at Blog Carnival. The deadline is April 16, 2010."

And if all that wasn't enough, folks, there are not one--but two!--new carnivals coming to town!

The first is the Carnival of Genealogical Societies. For the first time ever, genealogical society blogs will be able to participate in their very own carnival! Hosted by the California Genealogical Society and Library Blog, the first edition of the CGS will be themed Doin' Things Right:

"Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked. Tell an anecdote about how you benefited from a particular genealogical society service. Share a success story and be specific! The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2010.

"Please do indicate in your article that you are writing for the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies. Submit your blog article using the the submission form provided by Blog Carnival. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any article you plan to submit and/or write a brief introduction to your articles in the "remarks" section of the form."

The second new carnival is the Carnival of African-American Genealogy. How appropriate that this is being announced during Black History Month!  Luckie Daniels of Our Georgia Roots is the carnival host, and she announces the first edition in Spread the Word! We're Having a Carnival!

"On March 19th Restore My Name – Slave Records and Genealogy Research, will kick-off the first of an ongoing series of African-American themed carnivals, intended to be a gathering place for the community to share and learn about African-American genealogy.

"Our first CoAAG discussion theme will deal with how records of slave ownership are handled by the genealogy researcher. Contributors will be asked to write a blog post (at their own blogs) on one or more of the following aspects:
  • What responsibilities are involved on the part of the researcher when locating names of slaves in a record?
  • Does it matter if the record(s) are related to your ancestral lines or not?
  • As a descendant of slave owners, have you ever been pressured by family not to discuss or post about records containing slave names?
  • As a descendant of slaves, have you been able to work with or even meet other researchers who are descendants of slave owners?
  • Have you ever performed a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness involving slave ownership records? Or were you on the receiving end of such kindness?
"Submissions will be accepted starting today through March 12th 11:59 PM EST. Once you’ve created your blog post, use the blog carnival submission form to make sure it is included in the CoAAG post..."

Whew! Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a whole lot of reading to do...and some thinking about some posts to write for next month's carnivals!

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