Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - 1940 U.S. Census Last Name Numbers

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:

1)  How many people in your country had your four grandparents exact last names at birth in the 1940 U.S. Census?  [Note, if you're playing and not in the U.S., pick an appropriate database in your country.]  What about your spouse's grandparents last names at birth?

2)  List each last name at birth and the number of persons in the 1940 U.S. Census [or other database] using an exact surname match.  I suggest using FamilySearch because it is free, but you can use another website (the results should be the same!) if you wish.

3)  Have you performed a "one-name search" for any of those last names and added them to do family tree?

4)  Post your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Be sure to comment and leave a link to your post on this post.

Here's mine:

My four grandparents last names at birth, and the exact number with that last name in the 1940 U.S. Census, are:

*  Seaver -- 2,003 people

*  Richmond -- 19,419 people

*  Carringer -- 320 people

*  Auble -- 446 people

My wife's four grandparents last names at birth, and the exact number with those last names in the 1940 U.S. census are:

*  Leland -- 3,430 people

*  Brocke -- 152 people

*  Schaffner -- 2,259 people

*  McKnew -- 116 people

I have performed an extensive "one name search" for Seaver, Carringer and Auble, but not for Richmond.  I have also performed an extensive search for my wife's McKnew last name.  The results, though incomplete, are in my RootsMagic family tree and Ancestry Member Tree.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 8 through 14 January 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  8 to 14 January 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., Arriving and Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/14/2022

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., Passenger Lists, 1813-1963; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/14/2022

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., Passenger Lists, 1820-1964; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/14/2022

New Jersey, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes, 1956-1969; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/14/2022

Pennsylvania, U.S., County Records of Enslaved and Free People, 1780-1834; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/13/2022

Louisiana, U.S., Slave Manumission Records, 1719-1820; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/13/2022

Wisconsin, U.S., Death Records, 1959-2004; indexed records without record images, ADDED    1/12/2022

Wisconsin, U.S., Birth Records, 1812-1921; indexed records without record images, ADDED     1/12/2022

South Carolina, U.S., Births, 1915-1919; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/12/2022

Wisconsin, U.S., Marriage Records, 1820-2004; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/12/2022

Alpes-Maritimes, France Marriages, 1572-1906; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/11/2022

UK, Royal Air Force Operations Record Books, 1911-1963; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/11/2022

Alpes-Maritimes, France Deaths & Burials, 1587-1905; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/11/2022

Upper Brittany, France Marriages, 1536-1907; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/10/2022

Alpes-Maritimes, France Births & Christenings, 1575-1906; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/10/2022

Upper Brittany, France Deaths & Burials, 1540-1971; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/10/2022

Upper Brittany, France Births & Baptisms, 1501-1907; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/10/2022

Wyoming, Territorial Census, 1869, and City of Cheyenne Censuses, 1875 and 1878; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/10/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,111 collections available as of 14 January, an increase of  4 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 8 to 14 January 2022

  I am keeping up with the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 14 January 2022, there are 3,060 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911  (; Index only (199,267 records), no images (was 235,946 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 671,358 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 661,656 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 659,464 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 646,260 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 773,661 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 773,597 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 680,402 indexed records with 283,424 record images (was 674,959 records with 281,314 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 19,906,481 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 19,903,493 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926    (; Index only (735,410 records), no images (was 1,141,947 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (365,753 records), no images (was 362,864 records with 0 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944    (; 648,419 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 943,216 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 4,968,741 indexed records with 301,560 record images (was 4,888,171 records with 297,203 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 685,825 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 678,311 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,840,723 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,832,789 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 47,145 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 44,627 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1885   (; 3,146 indexed records with 243 record images (was 3,146 records with 243 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 602,267 indexed records with 580,633 record images (was 595,295 records with 573,742 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907     (; Index only (158,925 records), no images (was 432,959 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,127,334 indexed records with 74,418 record images (was 1,125,363 records with 61,858 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
Find A Grave Index      (; 212,863,823 indexed records with 212,863,823 record images (was 211,861,727 records with 211,861,727 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 90,958 indexed records with 32,302 record images (was 90,132 records with 31,476 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 809,339 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 803,473 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 62,088 indexed records with 200,224 record images (was 62,088 records with 197,965 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012   (; 998,706 indexed records with 1,610,067 record images (was 984,139 records with 1,610,067 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930  (; Index only (495,257 records), no images (was 633,917 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 21,114,799 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 21,111,069 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022

Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 (; Index only (24,064 records), no images (was 31,220 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 2,037,938 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 3,155,427 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973      (; 896,220 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 896,191 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,415,553 records), no images (was 3,415,536 records with 0 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Brazil, Pernambuco, Catholic Church Records, 1762-2002  (; 1,349,533 indexed records with 578,073 record images (was 1,301,483 records with 578,073 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 300,810 indexed records with 33,987 record images (was 292,787 records with 32,961 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1868-2008 (; 2,705,135 indexed records with 2,755,000 record images (was 2,705,122 records with 2,755,000 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 6,739,111 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 6,740,330 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,741,865 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,727,447 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (; 354,896 indexed records with 774,950 record images (was 340,986 records with 774,950 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 8,388,757 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 8,240,382 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2022
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 266,555 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 251,422 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (; 1,490,995 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 1,488,241 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011   (; 42,079 indexed records with 496,315 record images (was 41,688 records with 496,315 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
United States Census, 1930      (; 125,180,290 indexed records with 2,957,015 record images (was 125,180,290 records with 2,957,015 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2022

Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 18,973,880 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 18,969,458 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,224,795 indexed records with 1,971,549 record images (was 7,224,337 records with 1,958,361 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013     (; 1,624,449 indexed records with 788,492 record images (was 1,587,295 records with 788,492 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (; 10,789,624 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 10,850,507 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 07-Jan-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Catholic Church Records, 1704-2008      (; 96,522 indexed records with 138,743 record images (was 93,945 records with 138,743 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 500,350 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 498,006 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 666,257 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 639,247 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 13,913,662 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,911,274 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 185,833 indexed records with 184,695 record images (was 174,357 records with 173,221 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2022
Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976        (; 105,886 indexed records with 103,313 record images (was 96,019 records with 103,313 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,094,271 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 1,943,976 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937     (; 302,685 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 260,304 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (; 506,292 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 504,796 records with 166,596 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2022
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998    (; 733,069 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 733,045 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 8,440,589 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 8,426,103 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 155,377 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 30,848,723 indexed records with 188,335 record images (was 30,848,723 records with 168,390 images), last updated 29-Apr-2021
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,527 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 44,772 images), last updated 30-Dec-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920  (; 37,450 indexed records with 979 record images (was 37,450 records with 962 images), last updated 04-Jan-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 286,019 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 285,770 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 68,926 indexed records with 103,423 record images (was 68,926 records with 94,447 images), last updated 28-Dec-2021
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 49,163 indexed records with 48,851 record images (was 49,163 records with 48,850 images), last updated 31-Dec-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 145,646 indexed records with 86,703 record images (was 145,646 records with 72,725 images), last updated 28-Dec-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981        (; 691,216 indexed records with 147,129 record images (was 691,216 records with 150,093 images), last updated 03-Nov-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 248,810 indexed records with 32,027 record images (was 248,810 records with 55,975 images), last updated 31-Dec-2021
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 196,352 indexed records with 3,003 record images (was 196,352 records with 4,070 images), last updated 05-Jan-2022
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016        (; 521,323 indexed records with 399,277 record images (was 521,323 records with 399,336 images), last updated 05-Jan-2022
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 3,270,944 indexed records with 166,412 record images (was 3,270,944 records with 169,965 images), last updated 05-Jan-2022

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960   (; 8,280,934 indexed records with 2,311,150 record images (was 8,280,934 records with 2,314,116 images), last updated 25-Aug-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 10,384,428 indexed records with 99,642 record images (was 10,384,428 records with 107,866 images), last updated 06-Jan-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1856  (; 1,374 indexed records with 72 record images (was 1,374 records with 283 images), last updated 06-Jan-2022
Texas, Grimes County, Deed Records, 1869-1917   (; 2,099 indexed records with 1,336 record images (was 2,099 records with 2,046 images), last updated 21-Dec-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,949 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,992 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016       (; 5,779,918 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,779,919 records with 1,547,844 images), last updated 12-Nov-2021
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991       (; 1,892,438 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,893,861 records with 140,942 images), last updated 24-Sep-2021


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, January 14, 2022

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 14 January 2022

Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 18 January, 11 a.m.:  Using Historical Fiction and Social History to Support Your Narrative, by Beth A. Stahr

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 19 January, 11 a.m.: An Additional 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  DNA Labels, by Ran Snir

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   They Drew A Crooked Line and Formed a Border, by J. Mark Lowe

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  AmericanAncestors:  How to Progress from Inherited Research

*  Findmypast:  1921 Census Q&A | Findmypast

*  Genealogy Quick Start:  LIVE with the Family Reunion Institute

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  How to become a Forensic Genetic Genealogist

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 11 January 2022?


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Findmypast Friday: Gain Unique Insights into Life in 1920s Britain with 1921 Census of England and Wales Official Reports

 I received this from Findmypast today:


Gain unique insights into life in 1920s Britain

  with 1921 Census of England and Wales

 Official  Reports

Discover more about England and Wales in 1921. Explore this unique collection of official census reports including county reports, the full 1921 Census national report as well as the Dictionary of Occupational Terms. This full collection is brought together for the first time on Findmypast.

After every census, the details given by every household to the enumerators are gathered to create the national statistics that go on to inform government and health policies. For decades and even centuries, those reports are used by a variety of individuals and organisations to gain a better understanding of the country at that time. This was the same after the 1921 Census of England and Wales. All the census schedules were gathered by the enumerators and sent to the census headquarters at the converted Lambeth Workhouse. For six years, census clerks calculated not only the national statistics but also the statistical reports for each county.

Every county report and the national report will include reports on the following details:
  • Population
  • Population growth
  • Marital Status
  • Orphanhood
  • Education
  • Occupations (both male and female)
  • Industries
  • Dependency
  • Birthplaces
  • Movement of population
  • Widows
Occupation books

Along with the statistical reports we have published the books related to the classification and definition of all occupational terms in the 1921 Census. The Dictionary of Occupational Terms was first published in 1927. Every occupation was classified and allocated a code. Those codes appear in green ink on the census schedules. Usually, the code is three digits from 000 to 999 and then followed by a slash and an extra digit. You can link every code to an occupation definition.

The additional digit indicate the following -
  • /0 = not employed - in education etc
  • /1 = not employed - unpaid domestic duties etc
  • /2 = employer - not working at home
  • /3 = employer - working at home
  • /4 = self-employed (own account) - not working at home
  • /5 = self-employed (own account) - working at home
  • /6 = employed - not working at home
  • /7 = employed - working at home
  • /8 = unemployed
In addition to the Dictionary of Occupational Terms, we have provided the Classification of Occupations. A publication that includes detailed lists of the classification of not just the occupations but also the industries. For example, Industry order XXVII was for Persons Engaged in Personal Service and then within that order, the occupational code for Domestic Servants was 900. It also includes instructions to the clerks employed in classifying occupations.



Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Terry Teachout (1956-2022) has Died - A Famous Blogger Extraordinaire

 I never knew of or read Terry Teachout (1956-2022) until recently - he is a published author and  drama critic for the Wall Street Journal, and he started writing his blog, About Last Night, in 2003 - it's not about genealogy, it's about his life experiences.  

In 2004, he wrote about blogging and the impact he thought it would have on society.

1. It’s almost impossible to explain what a blog is to someone who’s never seen one. That’s the mark of a true innovation.

2. I know very few people over fifty, and scarcely any over sixty, who “get” blogging.

3. Blogs without links aren’t blogs. Blogs without blogrolls aren’t blogs. Blogs without mailboxes aren’t blogs.

4. The blogosphere is a pure market - but one in which no money changes hands. If you can afford the bandwidth and your ego is strong enough, it doesn’t matter whether anybody wants to read what you have to say. But the more you care about how many people are reading your blog, the more your blogging will be shaped by their approval, whether you get paid or not.

5. Politicians and celebrities rarely make good bloggers. They’re not interested enough in what other people are thinking.

6. Blogging puts professionals and amateurs on an even footing. That’s why so many professional writers dislike and distrust it.

7. The whole point of a blog is that its author controls its content. That’s why no major newspaper will ever be successful at running in-house blogs: the editors won’t allow it. The smart ones will encourage their best writers to blog on their own time - and at their own risk. The dumb ones will refuse to let any of their writers blog, on or off the job.

8. For now, blogs presuppose the existence of the print media. That will probably always be the case-but over time, the print media will become increasingly less important to the blogosphere.

9. Within a decade, blogs will replace op-ed pages.

10. Blogs will be to the 21st century what little magazines were to the 20th century. Their influence will be disproportionate to their circulation.

11. Blogs are what online magazines were supposed to be.

12. Art blogging will never be as popular as war blogging. More people care about politics than the arts.

13. Blogging is inherently undemocratic in one important way: it privileges literacy. Like e-mail, it is dividing the world into two unequal classes - people who feel comfortable expressing themselves through the written word and people who don’t.

14. If you want to be noticed, you have to blog every day.

15. An impersonal blog is a contradiction in terms.

He was right about most of it - and now social media has overtaken blogging.  But social media is ephemeral - it's not permanent - it won't always be accessible or searchable - and blogs are (at least while the platforms, and the writers, remain).

For a genealogy blogger like me - and hundreds of others - doing this every day is a discipline and a labor of love.  We make no income from doing it, yet we spend time (for me, two or three hours a day) doing it.  

In my case, the point is to have the discipline to keep moving my genealogy education and genealogy research forward step-by-step, a day at a time, and in the process helping the genealogy eco-world and industry - until I'm never finished.   

Terry wasn't finished either, but life happens and we cannot control it. I feel mortal today.  Rest in peace, Terry - you've earned it!  And thank you.


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