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A Friend of Friends/Follow Friday: “Over Troubled Water” BlogTalkRadio show

I will be a guest on the Internet radio show “Over Troubled Water” on BlogTalkRadio this coming Wednesday, 21 September 2011, at 8pm EDT.

Host Robin Foster and I will discuss my new work Genealogy At A Glance: African American Genealogy Research (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011) as well as other genealogy subjects.

For a review of the Genealogy At A Glance and other information about the show, read Robin’s blog post “Michael Hait’s African American Genealogy Research At A Glance.”

The “Over Troubled Water” radio show has the following stated goals:

We are coming together to celebrate our heritage and identify what we can do in our families and communities to enjoy the full measure of economic, political, social, cultural, and educational advantage. With the blessings … of technology, all African ancestored descendants can develop an online haven where healing can take place. Let’s recite and relish in our history. Let’s come together to identify the principles that help us to enjoy freedom and happiness. Hopefully, “Over Troubled Water” will be the beginning of that for you. We welcome contributors who will share their history and perspectives that we may all learn and benefit.

You can visit the show’s site on BlogTalkRadio to watch previous episodes “On Demand.”

I am looking forward to this opportunity. I hope to see you there!

Follow Friday: Brain Pickings

It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.

I did not want to do this. Really? Two “brain-related” blogs in back-to-back weeks?

But Brain Pickings has been so great since I started reading it 2-3 weeks ago, that I simply had to recommend the site. Unlike Litemind (reviewed last week), Brain Pickings does not offer practical advice on how to increase your mental prowess or your problem-solving abilities. Instead, BP simply addresses Thought and the Mind in a general sense and in their manifestations through other’s work.

The author, Maria Popova (who also writes for Wired and The Atlantic), describes BP thus:

Brain Pickings is a discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.[1]

Some of the recent posts that forced me to mention this blog are:

And these are only a few of the posts that Maria has published in the past three days! Go back a few weeks and you will see why I simply had to recommend this blog.

Follow Friday: Litemind

It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.

This week I would like to highlight Litemind, written by Luciano Passuello.

The subtitle of this site is “Exploring ways to use our minds efficiently.” This line is what drew me in a few years ago. I am extremely interested in how the mind works, how people learn, and how to increase creativity and productivity. Litemind discusses all of these issues and others.

Luciano and I share some of the same interests in this area. Like myself, he also employs mindmaps as a way of incorporating visual (“right brain”) thinking with organizational (“left brain”) thinking.

Here are links to a few of my favorite articles:

While these are some of my favorites–and most of them introduced me to new concepts such as “lists of 100″ and “E-Prime”–I can only conclude by stating that these are only a few of the many great articles on the site. I enjoy reading every single new article that Luciano writes. Many of them have directly assisted me in accomplishing my personal and professional goals.

I can offer no higher recommendation.

Follow Friday: Historic Wanderings

It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.

This week I would like to spotlight the Historic Wanderings blog by my friend Maddy McCoy.

Though Maddy is a genealogist, Historic Wanderings is not a genealogy blog. At least not in the traditional sense.

Instead, Maddy takes photos of historic buildings and locations–often in Virginia or Maryland, but also in Washington, D. C., Delaware, West Virginia, and (due to her attendance at IGHR this past June) Alabama. These photos are absolutely beautiful. If you have ancestry or research interests in any of these states, you are likely to find photos of interest on this blog. Maddy’s most frequent photo subjects are historic mansions, churches, and cemeteries. Especially sites of significance to African-American history and genealogy, betraying Maddy’s interest in the subject as creator of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Slavery Inventory Database.

Some of the most recent subjects have been Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica, Delaware, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson’s historic Monticello mansion and its “burial ground of the enslaved.”

Follow Friday: David Airey, graphic designer

It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.

This week I would like to spotlight the blog of David Airey, graphic designer. I have enjoyed this blog for a few years now.

David Airey is a graphic designer, and the author of the book, Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities. His blog reflects his interest in design in all its forms, but also the intersection of design and business branding.

In his blog, David often shares interesting designs — not only logos, but also product packaging and the work of other graphic designers and artists. David’s philosophy can be summed up in a Gerard Huerta quote from a recent blog entry: “When you are stuck, walk away from the computer and draw. It will teach you how to see.” [SOURCE: David Airey, "On Creative Block," David Airey blog, posted 28 July 2011 (http://www.davidairey.com/ : accessed 4 Aug 2011).]

This artistic sensibility informs David’s blog. His posts, complete with photos, are often among the most beautiful that I have read in any genre.

In other words, if you are at all interested in design or branding yourself as a professional or a corporate entity (no matter how large or small), I would recommend that you follow David Airey, graphic designer.

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