Did you know there was such a thing as a Rockstar Genealogist? Well, there is, and yours truly, along with 149 of my closest friends, has been nominated.
John Reid is sponsoring this third annual contest on his blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections. A little digging tells me that I was also nominated in 2013 as well, but I didn’t know it. Maybe I’m the “Lives Under a Rock” genealogist:)
You can vote for your favorite genealogists by visiting John’s blog and clicking through to vote. Voting is open now and will end late Friday or Saturday, according to John. So don’t wait, vote now.
On the 2013 winner’s list, I see several familiar names, including Judy Russell and Megan Smolenyak who both work with genetic genealogy in addition to more traditional genealogy. I know both of these ladies personally, and I can vouch for the fact that they are, indeed, Rockstar Genealogists. I would like to see both of them in their Rockstar garb however.
What I didn’t see were any genetic genealogists, those who specialize in that end of the field. Looking at this year’s nominees, and there were a lot of them, I was very pleased to see several genetic genealogists listed, including CeCe Moore, Tim Janzen, Blaine Bettinger, Bennett Greenspan, Debbie Kennett, Katherine Borges and of course, yours truly. Not bad for a field that just a decade ago was almost entirely unknown, and 15 years ago, didn’t exist at all.
So, given that I’d love to see at least one genetic genealogist in the winner’s circle, complete with their electric guitar, strumming it with their DNA swabs – I’m going to, ahem, sweeten the pie.
Make Me Donate!!!
If any of the above mentioned genetic genealogists are in the list of 2014 winners, I’ll donate $250 to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Digitization Project.
But, it gets even better, because right now, there are two organizations, the Illinois and Indiana Genealogy Societies, who are matching donations to this project, so my $250 will become $500. So, if I “have to” donate, I’ll be doing it through one of them.
But we’re not done, it gets even better yet. Right now, Ancestry.com is matching every donation 100%, so that $250 that turned into $500 actually turns into a $1000 donation. That $1000 donation preserves 2200 pages that are in desperate need of preservation and that will be available free, forever, for everyone.
I had three ancestors serve in the War if 1812, one of whom died in the service of his country, so I feel very strongly about this crowdsourcing project. These records are incredible and many times include information about wives and children not available elsewhere. In one case, the pages of a family Bible were torn out and are today found in that pension file – the file of a man that no one today knew even served in that war.
So, if someone else would like to join into the pie sweetening, that would be just wonderful. No such thing as too many cooks in this kitchen! Post your sweetener as a comment to this article. After all, it’s all in good fun and for a great cause. Pass the sugar!
So, please vote now and do your share to make sure I “have to” donate and let’s get at least one of our genetic genealogists into the winner’s circle. You can vote for as many people as you want, but you can only vote once.
Here’s the link to vote.