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Mobile Monday – Making Your Blog Mobile Friendly Using Blogger

In my last Mobile Monday post I talked about using your  mobile device to access Find My Ancestor and the blog. I said at the end of the post that I would be showing you how to make your blog "mobile friendly" whether you use Blogger or WordPress. In today's post I am going to show you how to make your blog mobile friendly if you use Blogger. The process is very simple and it will only take you a few minutes to do. The video below takes you through the process. If you have any other questions on how to make your Blogger blog mobile friendly, please leave some comments below. Next week I will show you how to do the same for WordPress blogs!


Update on Memorial Grant for Young Genealogists

The following press release was just sent to me by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator Blog:
Update on Memorial Grant for Young Genealogists Deadline for Applications February 15, 2011 Do you know a student genealogist who would like to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank this June? Would he or she like to receive $500 to help with expenses to attend the conference? Please help spread the news about the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant for Student Genealogists – applications are being accepted until midnight February 15. The winner of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California with free registration to the event, courtesy of the SCGS Jamboree. The SCGS Jamboree has become a premiere regional genealogy conference offering national speakers, workshops, and demonstrations. More than 1700 genealogists attended the 2010 event in Burbank, California. Suzanne Freeman was an enthusiastic attendee at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and a life-long supporter of youth activities and volunteerism. The 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to these interests by offering a $500 grant to a young genealogist attending the 2011 SCGS Jamboree.

Denise Levenick with Suzanne Freeman, 2009 SCGS Jamboree GeneaBlogger Bag Project

It’s a great time to be interested in genealogy. Popular TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are, new DNA tests, and mainstream media attention are focusing a spotlight on family history. We know that young people are catching genealogy fever, too, and the Suzanne Freeman Grant hopes to encourage even more young genealogists to stand up and be counted. Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 25 and has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The winner will receive free three-day registration to the conference, courtesy of the SCGS Jamboree, and $500 cash. Complete guidelines and application are available online at The Family Curator blog Deadline for applications is February 15, 2011; the award recipient will be announced March 1, 2011. Contributons to the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Fund may through PayPal at the Grant Webpage or at Wells Fargo Bank, 360 W. Continental Road, Green Valley, Arizona 520/625-1222.


Family History Expos New Site Goes Live

Many of you know and love Family History Expos. For the past 7 years Family History Expos as been bringing us such wonderful conferences for us to learn more about our family history, better techniques and resources as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow genealogists. You may remember last year about this time that the Family History Expos website servers were damaged by Holly and her team have been working very hard for the past year to rebuild their website along with their client and attendee list. I am amazed at how well they were able to function after their terrible loss of their website and database. If you have not yet seen the new website, go ahead and check it out. While you are there, be sure to check out the upcoming expo dates and places. The next expo will be on February 25 and 26. I will be presenting 3 classes at this expo. The classes I will be presenting are:
  • How to Produce a Family History CD
  • Mobile Apps for Genealogy
  • Mac Genealogy


Mobile Monday – NARA Goes Mobile

Last week I saw an interesting blog post that I wanted to share today for this weeks Mobile Monday post.
Attention smartphone users:  The National Archives has released our first mobile application called “Today’s Document,” based on the popular feature on
This app pulls documents and information from the website. It appears that each day there will be a featured document, person, place etc. that you can learn more about by using your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Below are some more screenshots of the app.



  • Pinch to zoom and inspect individual documents and photos - each rendered as stunning high resolution images.
  • Swipe a document left or right to view the previous or next day's document.
  • Use the calendar icon to select a specific date or just browse documents at random.
  • Tap the info icon to read fascinating background information.
  • Add a document to your favorites list by tappin the star icon.
You can simply navigate your way through the app learning more about the featured item by clicking on the little "info" button on the top of the screen.



On the iPhone, the app brings up a completely new screen giving a brief description of the item, while on the iPad it brings up a little window showing the same info. After the descriptions there are two links. The first link will take you to a page in Safari (mobile web browser) to give you more information and pictures. The second link will take you to a page to view the document on, giving more information as well. displayed in Safari on the iPad

You can also select the featured item and make if a favorite. This will give you the option of quickly referring back to the item at a later time with easy access. You can search for various items according to:
  • Yesterday's Document
  • Today's Document
  • Tomorrow's Document
  • Select a Date
  • Surprise Me!
This fun app is a great way to learn more about the various records and documents stored at the National Archives and Records Administration. When I started playing around with this app it reminded me of the other historical app I reviewed last year, On This Day... Of course another great feature of this app is that it is free! Be sure to check it out. Download it now in the iTunes App Store.
Today’s Document - National Archives and Records Administration

Download it on your iPhone

Today’s Document - National Archives and Records Administration

Download it on your iPad