Blogs! What The Heck are They?
- The Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter --- helping you find
the roots and branches of your family tree.
V. 3 #18: Blogs! What The Heck are They?
Well, Christmas is almost on us, and for those who celebrate this
Holiday season, it's a busy time of year.
My soldier son is home on leave for 3 weeks, and I plan to enjoy
some time with him. Today we are going to do some last-minute
shopping, that should be fun. I haven't shopped with him since he
was a little guy! Speaking of my soldier son, please check out his
site, his very first attempt at a website, at
http://blacksheepancestors.com/ I think he did a fantastic job!
My grandchildren arrive Dec. 27th (ages 3, 4 and 6) and I'm still
working out the logistics of cooking for everyone.
I hope all of you are enjoying family and friends and not getting
too caught up in the hustle and bustle.
And now I want to let you know about Blogs. I'm having a lot of fun
with them, and have made a list of Genealogy Blogs I think are
worthwhile visiting. The list includes my own, of course! Basically
a Blog is a Journal, a daily or weekly posting of items of interest
(in my case it's all genealogy naturally)
My main blog is at
http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com It has Tips & Suggestions
for research, plus researcher Questions which I answer. I hope you
find it helpful.
Olive Tree blog also has a newsfeed, so if you have a reader, you
can view the feed at
If you don't have a reader, or don't want to be bothered to download
one, check out Bloglines.com where you can register for free, and
read these blog feeds in your web browser. The feeds are summaries
of each article or post put on the Blog you have added to your
reader - to read the complete article or post, you just click on the
link from your reader.
To sign up for my Blog Feed, use this URL below:
If you can't click on this link, go to
http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/ and look in the left side
bar, half way down the page -- you will see a little icon "Sign up"
with a link
What this does is allow you to add different blogs to your reader,
kind of like getting several newspapers delivered to your door each
day. Instead of going out to a different newsbox to get each paper,
you go to one spot to get them all. The feed gives you the
highlights for each blog when new items are added.
Some of my other Blogs are
The Paper Trail - Eclectic mix of old documents - you may just find
an ancestor's will, land record or general store receipt here!
Past Voices - Letters, letters and more letters! Letters from Civil
War soldiers, from wives to husbands, sons to mothers, sisters to
sisters... This blog contains poignant old letters full of genealogy
After Christmas I'll have more time to add all the wonderful
databases that my hard-working volunteers have been transcribing
over the past 6 weeks. There are many goodies waiting for me to code
and put online and I know you're going to be as excited as I am to
see them. As always, they will be free for all to use and enjoy.
For now, enjoy your holidays, and see you in 2005!