Friday, April 15, 2011

Fun with Search Terms

It's time for another round of "Fun with Search Terms!" People type certain words or phrases into search engines. If the combination is right, my blog turns up in the search results. Sometimes the searches are funny. Sometimes I can provide more information to users, if only they'd comment on my blog. Either way, I enjoy the process. Please note that these searches are anonymous so I don't know who is stumbling on my blog. I just comment in the hope that they find it again.

Now on with the show. Actual search phrases are in bold.

have a genealogy blog question
Get a genealogy blog answer.

births august 8 1900 rayne louisiana
You need to locate Volume 31 (1900) of Father Hebert's Southwest Louisiana Records. Check your library or ask your librarian if anyone has the set near you. You can also ask for help and a look up from the Acadia Parish Genealogical Society for the price of a small donation (link goes to the page where their lookup information is located). Or for a bigger donation I can secure the record for you.

carl witcher "the changing face of genealogy"
Not sure who Carl is, but Curt Witcher gave this talk at the 2011 RootsTech conference. Watch the video.

genealogy blog first post
Are you asking what to include in your first genealogy blog post? I'm going to assume so. Here's my advice: keep it simple. Say hi. Introduce yourself to readers. Do whatever you want. Just don't make it fancy and don't attempt to write a masterpiece or you'll never get up the nerve to hit "publish." Simple. Here's my first post.

I married a comedian
Yeah, me too.

photos of James Logan Colbert
My sixth great-grandfather, James Logan Colbert (1721-1784) was notoriously camera shy. 18th century paparazzi tried to get a picture of him but initially failed. It wasn't until Temperance Seaberry--the first female paparazzo--used her telephoto lens to catch Colbert without his powdered wig. He snatched the camera (digital of course, which was all the rage 250 years ago) and threw it down the hole in the outhouse. Pre-revolutionary paparazzi were too scared to follow Colbert in their wagons after that incident, and thus there are no known photographs of James Logan Colbert in existence to this day.

Texas genealogy blogs
I'm pretty sure I've addressed this issue before, but since it keeps getting asked I might as well accept the blog hits. Here's a great list of Texas Genealogy Blogs.

What does the DAR do?
I know what they don't do: place their "about" information on their home page. That's why I get so many people landing on my blog, asking what the heck DAR does. Glad to be of service. Here is the DAR Who We Are page.

small genealogy
I prefer "vertically challenged genealogy." Thank you.

That's it for now. Have a great day! And don't forget to comment on genealogy blogs now and then. You just might get the answer you're seeking.


  1. great responses. i hope one of your searchers comes back to read this!

  2. Too bad you can't respond to the search terms in real time...

  3. Still chuckling - thanks Amy! Really loved the vertically challenged genealogy phrase. :o)

  4. Amy, I am crying... because I am laughing so hard. I think my favorite is your camera shy ancestor from the 1700s!! LOL They are all great!

  5. Love it - you are so entertaining! :-)