04 October 2009

Carnival of Genealogy 81: The day the geneablogs died

Tracing the Tribe is hosting its first Carnival of Genealogy, and sincerely thanks geneacolleagues for sending in such interesting posts.

A special shout-out to footnoteMaven for her theme badge (see right).

Please remember that this was a virtual exercise - no blog sustained injuries or died during this 81st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Certified blog wranglers were present at all times to provide proper care.

Keeping in tune with the times, here's Tracing the Tribe's entry a la Twitter for the 81st Carnival of Genealogy:

ICYMI twitty cre8v fab 1st jugen blog TTT ded 2day @3+yo.b2006 w/2500 posts.#10 pop genblog + honors.J/K.L8R 4mor
In case you can't read it, ask any 10-year-old. If you don't have one handy, here's a translation:

In case you missed it, the witty, creative, fabulous first Jewish genealogy blog Tracing the Tribe died today at 3-plus years of age. Born in 2006 and with 2,500 posts, it was the #10 ranked most popular genealogy blog and had other honors. Just kidding. Later for more.
There was even room for nine more characters!

Okay, back to our geneablogger colleagues. Some carnivals list submissions in alpha order or in a very subjective best-first. Tracing the Tribe will list them as they arrived. Do read all of them!

Amir Dekel: R.I.P. Dream-of-Genea at I Dream of Genea(logy). Amir's work is always good for a giggle. I'm still grinning over this one.

The 'I Dream of Genea(logy)' blog died earlier this morning at about 5:30am in a private sector of underused disk space in the Blogger.com hosting facility. It was just a little over one year old at time of death and cause of death has not yet been determined although it is highly likely that the young blog died of boredom and neglect by its owner. Proper archiving and burial will take place later this evening and the final resting place will be at the owner's external backup HD device. ...
Sharon Klein: Thanks For The Memories at Genealogy. Sharon reported on how her deceased blog helped her connect with bloggers and family members and how two cousins found her while Googling for a mutual cousin. She's not going anywhere - she's hooked on geneablogging!

Earline Bradt: COG #81 - A Short But Full Life at Ancestral Notes. Earline covers the short life of her blog, ending with:

...Ancestral Notes can be viewed in the Google cache anytime, day or night. Private cremation of remains. Donations can be made to the Genealogy database of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Apple: What Is and What Could Be at Apple's Tree. Apple wrote a 2019 obit when her blog's circulation was 250 million, and a GeneaVillage Gazette editorial dated December 2009:

I have been unhappy with Apple's Tree for several months now and perhaps I've been a little hard on myself - but only a little. Writing about what could be will hopefully point me back in the right direction. This was a very interesting exercise and harder to write than I thought it would be.
Ken Spangler: COG #81 ? Blog Obituaries at Beyond Fiction. Hopefully, this won't happen soon but just in case, this is what would be on my blog!

...Arrangements have been made for the blog to continue to stay online for at least another year or so. No new posts will be added but those who would like to take one last look at Ken’s writings will have an opportunity to do so. After that, it will be left to the descendants of Ken Spangler to continue his quest.
Bill West: "WiNG-NUTS MOURN GENEABLOG'S PASSING" at West in New England. Although Bill claims this was a hard one to figure out, I'm still laughing:

... Rumor has it that a secret society of devotees known as WiNG-nuts are decrying the early demise of WiNG and some claim it's not dead but merely the victim of a vast conspiracy of town hall clerks.

But whatever the case, we bid farewell to "West in New England" with a softly murmured "Well done, o good and faithful geneablog..."

footnoteMaven: The Day footnoteMaven's Blog Died at footnoteMaven. fM's work is always evocative, as her piece on Big Blue Bird demonstrates:

... The blog struggled for time, eventually succumbing to a vociferous bird, by the name of Twitter;

Twitter fed on time. And thus, it consumed all fM had left, until the blog was no more.

And only the memories remained…
Jasia: Creative Gene's Obituary (COG #81) at Creative Gene. Jasia, the COG Queen, covered her blog's life and beginnings, her heritage and more.

... Creative Gene is survived by an extensive network of genealogy blogs written by friends ....
Jessica Oswalt: If Something Were To Happen ... at Jessica's Genejournal. Her piece detailed her back-up plan in case her blog were to disappear. Good advice!

John Newmark: Writing a Blog Obituary posted at TransylvanianDutch. Rumors are that the cause of death for TransDutch was beverage-related:

... The Coroner's Report is uncertain about cause of death. There are rumors that a programmer in Mountain View, California spilled a glass of orange juice on the servers and the bits and bytes containing two years worth of data were lost in a second. Author, John Newmark, hadn't backed up the posts. ...

Contributions should be sent to the Dead Blog Fund.

Leslie Mehana: RIP Genea-Rooter: You Made a Good Start at Rooting Around Genealogy.

... But buck up, old girl, you made your Wordless Wednesdays, you added some wisdom to the search. Better luck next time. ...
Randy Seaver: Genea-Musings dies - blogger goes... at Genea-Musings. Randy asks: When a blog dies, what happens to the blogger? Vacation? Funny Farm? Rest and recuperation? Back to real life? All of the above? Are there enough beds at the Farm for all of us?
...the writer of Genea-Musings was admitted today to the Geneaholic wing of the Geneabloggers Sunnybrook Farm in Salt Lake City, Utah for rest and rehabilitation. His lovely wife is there with him... trying to pry his fingers off the wornk eyboard thatk eeps makingt ypographic error sin everyp ost. He just keeps repeating "Control-C, Control-V, spell check, damn fingers, genealogical proof standard, it's not all on the internet, Ancestry is..., they're coming to take my blog away! it's Carnival time, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun rocks..."
What comes next? It's the call for submissions for the 82nd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, of course. The deadline for entries is October 15. So sharpen your virtual pencils and get ready to write:

The guest host is Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogical Society and Library blog, and the topic is:

What's your favorite genealogical society?
Do you belong to a society?
Tell us why! Or if not, why not?
Kathryn's COG will be the inaugural edition of the all-new GenSo Blog Carnival, which will focus strictly on genealogical societies and will begin in January 2010. She'll provide more details about the GenSo Carnival in her post, so stay tuned for more.


  1. Schelly,
    Thanks for coming up with the topic & hosting the CoG this time around Great job!


  2. I don't have a 10-year-old handy, so thanks for translating the Twitterspeak!

  3. Hey Schelly:

    A fan-tastic job of hosting! Thank you.


  4. Great COG Schelly - lots of creative writing. And thanks for introducing the next edition and my new GenSo COG blogventure.

  5. Wonderful COG, Schelly!