Saturday, November 14, 2009

SNGF - A Nice Thing

Over at Genea-Musings, Randy has put forth his weekly challenge as part of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

1. What is the Nicest Thing another genealogist did for you, or to you, in the last week or so? (If you have no examples for this past week, go back in time - surely someone has done a nice thing for you in recent years!).

2. Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment on Facebook, or in a tweet on Twitter.

This is a very difficult post for me since it involves choosing one colleague in the genealogy blogging world over another.  And if there is anything that our community of bloggers has taught me is that there is lots of room at the table  - so how could I pick just one?

I can categorize all the nice folks and nice things, however:

  • In the genealogy blogosphere, I interact with so many folks all of whom are very supportive of not only the Daily Blogging Themes at GB, but of special projects.  For example, the tribute to veterans this past Wednesday was simply overwhelming with more than 200 blog posts.
  • In the past two weeks, a fellow genealogy blogger - Melody LaSalle over at The Research Journal - took time to assist me with a client project.  I am researching Hawaiian ancestry for a family which arrived from the Azores via Brazil.  After using Twitter to ask for assistance, Mel immediately jumped in and did some quick lookups for me.  She also sent me some very helpful information on Portuguese naming conventions.  I greatly appreciate her help.  
  • And how can I forget all those who took time from their busy days to comment on my recent posts about Mom?  Sometimes I feel I write too much about her and the effects of Alzheimer's Disease on her as well as her family.  But then I say to myself, "If I can help one other family understand that they aren't alone in this journey, then I need to keep posting about it."  All of you who sent your prayers and good thoughts please know they have brought comfort to me and my family.

Who says there aren't many "good people" left in the world?  When I look to my family of fellow genealogy bloggers and genealogists on Twitter and Facebook, I just shake my head and say, "You could have fooled me."

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Amy Coffin said...

Thomas, you do so much for the genealogy community. How can I *not* publicize your generosity? Thank you.

Lisa Alzo said...


You are certainly one of the "nice people in the world" and I am so glad I got to meet you this summer. Thanks for all you do for the genealogy community!

Mavis said...


You are one of the great assests in our genealogy community / world. Thanks for all you do!

Lori E said...

In the blog, facebook and twitter world I see Thomas' name come up more than any one else.
You are doing so much for the other genealogy buffs out there.
Maybe it is a law of attraction. Good attracting good.

CMPointer said...

Thomas, you make genealogy fun and accessible! The amount of work that you contribute to the online genealogy is incredible, and we are all the better for it. You make the dream of getting one's family story "out there" a reality. Thank you for all you do.

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