30 April 2013

It's Time Again for Syttende Mai in Ballard

Lucky Seattleites, you can participate in the...

Syttende Mai at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard

Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
"Hipp Hipp Hurra for Syttende Mai! Celebrate the 124th anniversary of the 17th of May festival in Ballard! Before watching or marching in the parade, stop by the Museum for family-friendly activities and free admission all day..."

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20 April 2013

Nearby Norwegian receives National Recognition

Chery Kinnick, blogger since August 2006

The following two paragraphs are the first lines of an article thatappeared in the May/June 2013 issue of  

Family Tree Magazine:

"Creating and maintaining an award-winning family history blog takes genealogical savvy, a modicum of technical expertise, a way with words and pictures—and, above all, stick-to-itiveness. That last lesson came home to us as we reviewed past winners and contenders in our annual “Family Tree 40” roundup for this year’s best-blogs list: 
Even a fine blog, alas, can become moribund after a few years, or at least distressingly sparse in its postings.

It’s little wonder that even the best blogs run dry sometimes. The life of a genealogy blogger, after all, can be a constant tug of war between writer’s block and the urge to blog, writing about research and doing research, online life and real life with all its daily demands and distractions."

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* Carnival of Genealogy
* Meme
* Christmas
* Johnson
* Winje
* family history
* Advent calendar
* genealogy
* Norway            

Family Tree Magazine, "America’s #1 family history magazine, is the leading how-to publication for those who want to discover, preserve and celebrate their roots." The first issue came out in January 2000, and it is now published six times a year with a paid circulation of about 70,000.

This year the 40 blogs were subdivided into these categories:
  • Good Advice ..... When someone has been there and lived to tell about it (in the form of a blog post), it makes your research a bit easier.
  • Tech Support ..... Thank goodness for these savvy bloggers, who guide you to the best family tree tools for your search.
  • Gravestone Matters ..... These genealogists have a special way of helping us appreciate cemeteries for the genealogical haven.
  • Heritage Help .....These genealogists excel at sharing their ethnic roots research in informative, inspiring ways. (This is the category for which Chery's blog was recognized.)
  • Shop Talk ..... Keeping up with genealogy news and resources can be a job unto itself.
  • Story Time..... The family tales of these bloggers engage us with words and images, and offer useful bits of research wisdom.
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N O R D I C   B L U E

Chery began her blog, NORDIC BLUE, in August of 2006. She was inspired by footnoteMaven* 'during hobnobbing across the table at our Nearby History writing seminar.' Her blog is an inspiration to all of us, regardless of our ethnic heritage. She's an amazing story teller who supports all of her findings, with solid genealogical and historical research using primary and secondary sources. Her tenacity is to be admired. In April of 2008 she published her 100th blog entry!  Celebrating 100 Posts & An Announcement.

However, she didn't stop there!  She has continued blogging and is nearing the milestone of her 200th blog entry, which I'm sure she will accomplish sometime this year (2013).

She is also the one who actually started THIS blog! Our first posting in late 2008 was hers, and she's been a regular ever since. Chery is passionate and tenacious in researching, documenting and writing about all things Norwegian-American. It has been my pleasure and honor to associate with this woman, historian, and fellow writer.

Congratulations Chery!