Monday, January 10, 2011

Mappy Monday: Making use of a lesson learned

On Wednesday 5 January 2011, I was one of many who 'attended' Thomas MacEntee's excellent webinar "Google for Genealogists". The presentation was filled with solid advice for genealogists and family historians who want to make the best use of the 155 applications Google offers.

One of these applications is Google maps. For many years I have used Google Maps when travelling, and over the years as I began to document the history of my family, I created maps to guide me to the various places in which family members were born, lived, died, and are buried in Ireland. I have emailed maps to others and printed out maps; however, I have not yet used such a map in any blog postings.

In his presentation Thomas demonstrated the use of such a map. If you wish to include a map in a blog post, after you have created your map in Google Maps, you will see on the left side of the map page the icon for the link possibility. If you click on this link icon you will see the HTML code you will need in order to post your personal map. You can also customize the map size.

So...Thank You Thomas MacEntee for this suggestion and many more, and here on Mappy Monday is the first of many family tree related "Google Maps" for this blog. If you click on the blue markers each one bears a description of the significance of the place on the map. For the best overall view, click on the link to view the larger version.

View 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History: Mapping out family history in a larger map

©Copyright J. Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ancestor Approved: Thank You for the lovely surprise

To put it mildly, I have felt less than great over the last few days. Maybe it's that big let down that happens after all the mad rush to get ready for hosting over the holidays. When you know you don't have to prepare anything for anyone, then maybe your body takes over and says, "okay it's time to get sick".


This morning, still not feeling 100%, I received a message from Jo at Images Past awarding this blog the Ancestor Approved Award, a lovely surprise. Thank You very much Jo. Back in April Carol at Reflections From the Fence and Sharon at Kindred Footprints recognized this blog with the award, and I am very grateful to receive it once again.

My list of ten lessons learned needs a little tweaking, so I ask that you allow me a little time to get that done, and to pass the award along. The old saying "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" seems most fitting at this time; however, the spirit of gratitude is alive and feeling very well, and I thank you so very much.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Mystery Monday: In a daguerrotype: who is she?

It is funny what you come across when you are running around picking up odds and ends in preparation for Christmas. In preparing our home for company we had to go to a drapery shop to pick up a finial for the dining room drapes. In the midst of their mad play, our dogs had become entangled in the drapes and down came the rod, smashing one of the glass finials, so off to the shop we went. Walking from the parking lot to the drapers we noticed a antiques and curiosity shop nearby, so we went inside to have a look.

In a larger counter in the middle of the shop was displayed a selection of photographs and cartes de visite. While they were interesting, all were only copies of the originals. While I was perusing them, for some unknown reason, the word 'daguerrotype' popped into my head (not a usual occurrence) and I asked the shop keeper if she had any. A daguerrotype is a 'photograph' produced through the 19th century process developed by Louis Daguerre, in which an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapour are employed in order to produce an image.

The shop keeper said she had only one, which had been in the shop since it opened, and which just happened to be in a cabinet directly behind me. As far as I know, the woman in this image is not a member of my family, but I could not leave 'her' in the shop because I felt there was some reason I was supposed to have her image. Someone must know her story. The image was sold to the shop after a family cleared out the farm home of a deceased elderly relative in Ontario Canada.

Who is this woman in the daguerrotype?
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