1) Best Picture - Best old family photo that appeared on your blog in 2009. Tell us which you liked best and why.
Ta-da - the iGene goes to: A June Wedding. The wedding picture of my paternal grandparents is the only one I have of them together in a formal setting. They are young and ambitious, little did they know what role in our family history they would play.
2) Best Screen Play - Which family story that you shared in 2009 would make the best movie? Who would you cast as your family members?
Ta-da - the iGene goes to: The Good Earth? Sometimes not good enough. Struggle is a part of every life, and my great-great-grandparents, D.J. and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer, had enough of it as they moved west from Pennsylvania to California during their lifetime.
3) Best Documentary - Which was the best informational article you wrote about a place, thing, or event involving your family's history in 2009?
Ta-da - the iGene goes to: the series of Day 1 in Salt Lake City, Day 2a, Day 2b, Day 2c, Day 3, Day 4. This series documented my experiences attending the first Bloggers Day at Ancestry.com in Salt Lake City. I really enjoyed my time there meeting with the Ancestry.com staff, fellow bloggers and writers, and the larger group of active genealogists attending or planning the Salt Lake Institute of genealogy. While this did not directly pertain to my family's history, it helped me by providing tools and contacts to pursue my family history research.
4) Best Biography - Which was the best biographical article you wrote in 2009?
Ta-da - the iGene goes to: Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977). Emily was my maternal grandmother and the person I've felt closest to, other than my parents and my wife, during my lifetime.
5) Best Comedy - Which was the best funny story, poem, joke, photo, or video that you shared on your blog in 2009?
Ta-da - the iGene goes to: My Interview with Lisa Louise Cooke at Jamboree. This is the only video that I am in for all of 2009. I found it Genea-musing, but I'm not sure that other viewers did! My society colleagues thought that it was cool.
It was a struggle to pick some of these because I had so many choices from almost 1,000 posts. I probably posted 100 or more photographs during 2009, and selecting one that was the "best was a challenge. I finally went with the one that depicted an event that made a significant difference in my family history - a wedding! I didn't really do a family history documentary during 2009; I did plenty of how-tos but nothing that fit the requirement, except for the Good Earth piece.