Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks --August 1 to August 7
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere
  • James Tanner at Genealogy's Star discusses Notes and Note Taking, and how he made it through law school without being good at taking notes, and what he is now doing as a genealogist to counter this deficiency.
  • Carol at Reflections from the Fence also discusses how death certificates can have errors in them, with a personal narrative about her mother-in-law's recent passing.
    Press Releases
    These may appear at multiple sites, but I have chosen one representation.
    Social Networking
    Other Weekly (and monthly) Lists
    The genealogy bloggers below provide their selections for the week - many different from my own.
    Amanuensis Monday: August 2nd participants
    [Amanuensis Monday is a weekly blogging theme I began in February of 2009, where participants transcribe letters, audio, and other documents.  Why I do this.]

    Valerie C at Begin with Craft
    Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings
    Ginger Smith at Genealogy by Ginger
    Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy
    Lisa Wallen Logsdon at Old Stones Undeciphered
    Martin Hollick at The Slovak Yankee 
    Chris Staats at Staats' Place
    John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch

    If you participated, but don't appear on this list, please, let me know.

    Pet Peeves

    Since I know more people read this weekly post than any other post on my blog, and since I see this error often, and saw it again just this weekend in some submission guidelines for a poetry competition, I am going to remind all my readers:

    Copywrite and Copyright are both English words.  However, they have different meanings.

    Copywriting is the process of creating copy to promote a person, place, or business - often copywriters are hired by companies for advertising, marketing, public relations, etc.  Copywriters write for a living, hence the word 'write' is found within the job title.

    Copyright refers to the rights granted to the creator or author of a work (or assigned to someone else).  It has nothing to do with writing since copyright can refer to photographs, artwork, recordings, etc.  It has to do with legal rights.  That's how you tell the difference.

    When someone uses the wrong spelling, I assume they don't know the meaning of the word, for if they did, they wouldn't get confused.


    Barbara Poole said...

    Thank you John for including a post from my Life From The Roots as a selection of your favorites for this week. Also, I'm doing my first Amanuensis Monday tomorrow. Your Pet Peeves is great, thanks.

    Carol said...

    Thanks for the shout out, and just to set the record staight, cause that is what all good family historians aim for, straight accurate records, it was my mother-in-law that died, not my mother.

    John said...

    Barbara - thanks. I look forward to reading your Amanuensis Monday entry tomorrow.

    Carol - I apologize for the error, and I've made the correction.

    Carol said...

    Thanks John! With her passing, I have pages and pages of love letters and such to transcribe. I just might have to post one or two to Amanuensis Monday. Love the pet peeve, made me quiver a moment, and I double checked my own blog, just in case! LOL