Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - do a Wordle

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It's Saturday Night, so it's time for more genealogy fun.

Did you see John Newmark's post today about Surname Wordles on his blog, TransylvanianDutch? Let's do that tonight.

Here's your assignment if you want to play:

1) Go to http://www.wordle.net/ and create a Wordle with your surnames in it. As many as you want.

2) Post it on your blog or web page, and/or print it out and hang it on your wall. Show off your prowess!

3) Tell us what you've done - either in Comments to this post or in your own blog. Brag about your creation! If you want me to post it here, send a JPG file to me at rjseaver@cox.net.

4) Can you make something else really creative or pretty? If so, show us.

Here is my Surname Wordle for my last five generations:


How did I make some of them bigger than others? I put Seaver and Carringer in four times, others in three times, others in twice, others only once. Pretty simple, eh? Brute force if you will. You can play around with the font, layout and color selections until you get something you like. I like everything horizontal and colorful.

Here is something I played around with - do you like it?



Who knew? Heh heh. Go forth and create Wordles. Have fun.

Thank you, John, for inspiring me to use this for SNGF.

9 comments:

Terri said...

Randy - That was a blast! You always come up with such great things to do! Thanx - Terri

Terri said...

Randy - Just noticed the name Hildreth in your Wordle - that's not Carson Hildreth - who the town of Hildreth, Nebraska was named for is it? Just curious......

Janet Iles said...

I took a break and did my surname wordie over at Janet the Researcher

http://researchergal.blogspot.com/2009/03/saturday-night-fun-with-wordie.html

Delia Furrer said...

Thanks for the creative project for tonight! It was fun. Check out my creation at http://deliasgenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/saturday-night-fun-wordles.html

Terri O'Connell said...

Randy, just posted mine. Took me a bit to figure out how to get it done. But it was fun. Check it out at http://researchingoconnells.blogspot.com/
Thanks. Terri

DianaR said...

Thanks Randy - this was SO much fun! I'm not done playing with it yet, but I've posted my first 2 "creations" over at Random Relatives

kinfolknews said...

That was FUN! I've posted my creations at http://kinfolknews.blogspot.com/.

Louisiana Genealogy Blogs said...

I'm a bit late in catching up on my blog reading. I loved this idea and posted a Wordle, too. The only problem is that there are so many Louisiana researchers and surnames that my Wordle MUST be clicked on to become readable. I didn't want to limit the number of words in my Louisiana Wordle 'cause that would leave someone out ... and it wouldn't be fair. Thank you for a great read.

Sandi Einspahr said...

To Terri O'Connell -- How do you know about Hildreth, NE??? I graduated from there and have contact with one of Carson Hildreth's grandsons. Interesting to see your comment. Another coincidence -- I live in the same county as Randy! Sandi