Monday, August 22, 2005

Here's a site that aggregates a lot of the genealogy news. It lists titles of articles and blogs so you can decide if you want to read them. Having all of your genealogy news in one place is certainly convenient and you get to see many items that you would not otherwise know about. You can subscribe to it and it will keep track of what you've read and what you've not read. You can mark any item as read if you don't want to see it listed any more. Check it out here:


Thursday, August 18, 2005

David Lambert is a genealogist who works at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He's one of many that have a blog and periodically add very informative information to it. Here's David's blog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Most blogs publish the latest post at the top of the page and you have to scroll down to see previous posts. At the end of the month they all disappear and you have to click on the archive for that month to see that month's posts. Some blog programs allow you to create a main page that stays in place with posts listed below it. Others who want to keep a post in place and not have it archive set a post date way in the future, say Jan 1, 2010. But perhaps a conventional web page might be more appropriate in those cases but the ease with which a blog can be published makes it an attractive medium for those who want to share their wisdom.


Saturday, August 13, 2005

A blog such as this is a way for the "blogger" to share something with the world; opinion, facts, pictures, a diary or other information. Since the only effort is signing up and then typing a "post" to your blog, it's the easiest way to create a web page. A blog can be an individual effort or a team effort. In a team effort, the host of the original blog sends email invitations to team members who can accept or reject the invitation. In order to accept, the team member must sign up or already have a blog.

The purpose of this blog is to demonstrate how a team blog could be useful for an extended family to share genealogical research. But, of course, that concept would apply to any afinity group; club members, classmates, present and former employees, etc.

If any Pastfinder member is interested in participating in this demonstration, you can email me either through email the webmaster at the bottom of our home page (listed to the right) or reply to any email from me and I'll send you an invitation to join. Note that Dotty accepted an invitation and is now a member.

The blog service we are using is BLOGGER, owned by Google. To sign up you are asked to enter a user name, a password, a name for your blog, select a blog template (the way your blog will look) and enter your email address. If you have privacy worries, check the privacy policy. Once you accept you will have Pastfinder listed under your blogs and you can click on it and post messages to the Pastfinder blog.
If you have any suggestions for topics you would like to discuss at future CUG meetings, please present them at our meeting or send them via the blog.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Pastfinders Users Group meets the Wednesday following Pastfinders regular meeting which is on the second Thursday of the month. We meet at 1 PM at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont, Florida.

The index and meeting summary of the results of all of our prior meetings can be seen at

Our next meeting will be on September 14 and we will discuss creating a web page which will include blogging and we will use this page as an example.