Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – How popular was your name?

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver — and tonight’s activity is to determine the popularity of my name through the decades – 1880 – 2000!

Popular Baby Names by Decade

Popular Baby Names by Decade Reference

Tonight’s challenge is:

1) Go to the Popular Baby Name page on the Find the Best website at http://popular-baby-names.findthebest.org (or just click the screenshot of the site above)

2) Enter your given name into the search box, click the appropriate gender button, and click on the “All” Decade button. Note the results for your given name.

3) Tell us about how the popularity of your name has changed over the decades. Were you named during the buildup, the height, or the draw down of the popularity of your given name?”

4) Share your results in a blog post of your own, in comments to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ Stream post.
I entered my given name (Marlive), selected my gender (female), and chose to search “all” decades and my results were . . .

What?!

No results were found?!

Adjust what filters?

Yeah, you’re missing some results all right . . . LOL!

Trust me, I’m not surprise that there were no results. My given name is a rarity!

Ever wonder how popular your name has been through the decades? Then visit the site above and let me know if your care to share!

Follow Friday: Genea-Musings, a3Genealogy, and SavingStories

It’s Follow Friday and I’m always honored to feature extraordinary genealogists that I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure to learn from online. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a genealogist who writes and maintains a blog that just about covers it all – genealogy research tips and techniques, news items and commentary, family history research and stories, genealogy humor and engaging “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun” activities — then I know the perfect blog for you. It is Genea-Musings! When I feel that I’ve missed something important in the world of genealogy, I just head on over to Randy Seaver‘s special place in cyberspace, and get caught up with “all things genealogy” online and offline. My favorite label/topic to access on his blog is “Treasure Chest Thursday.” All of the artifacts and documents that he shares are EXCELLENT and often provide tips and information that I refer to when I’m looking at similar documents in my own family research collection. Be sure to stop by Genea-Musings as time allows today!

Make no mistake about it, genealogy is a lot of work that requires accurate genealogical investigation. A blog that immediately comes to mind with its accurate, accessible answers to analyzing genealogical evidence is, a3Genealogy.com, penned by Kathleen Brandt. Kathleen is an International Genealogy Consultant, speaker, and writer who specializes in military, naturalization records, Native American and African American Ancestry. Pick any post or topic on her blog to read and you will instantly be pulled into the information and/or instructions she gives about the subject. Some key elements I’ve taken away from her blog that I use in my own research: – 1) always determine the reliability of your documents; 2) decide which facts are accurate/correct in each document you’ve found; 3) defer making any judgments until all the facts are in (this is a tough one for me – LOL!), and 4) give an explanation that includes all the facts and be sure to analyze all information from various perspectives. Yep, Kathleen Brandt definitely knows her stuff! Don’t delay; plan on visiting a3Genealogy.com right away!

When I say family historian, Robin Foster’s passion for “all things genealogy” and  technology rivals mine, you better believe it! The title and subtitle of Robin’s blog – Saving Stories: Connecting to the Past, linking to the future – definitely expresses one of her goals which is to preserve oral history and historical records using social media and technology. So how is she accomplishing this goal? She publishes genealogy related online newspapers at Paper.li;  she’s the blog editor/owner of About Our Freedom, Over Troubled Water, Genealogy Journey, and Go Social with Genealogy; she’s the National African American History Examiner at Examiner.com; she’s the host of “Over Troubled Water” BlogTalkRadio Show and Genealogy on Location; she’s a FindAGrave Contributor (and a BillionGraves Contributor too); she’s social via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube. She has published an 8×8 personal storybook, Eyes to See: My Testimony to the World, via Heritage Makers where she is an award winning Book Publishing Consultant. Can you say WOW?! All I could say was WOW when I first started following Robin online last year. And I have a strong feeling that I haven’t listed for you today ALL of the online networks and blogs that she contributes to – LOL! So if you enjoy genealogy and technology, refer to any of the links I mention above and connect with Robin Foster today!

 

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – #1 Songs

It’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with genealogy extraordinaire – Randy Seaver and tonight’s activity will definitely have us strolling down memory lane! Tonight’s challenge is:

What were the #1 songs on the day I was born? Or on your birthday when you were 18? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.”

This is my first time participating in the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge and hopefully (as time allows), it won’t be my last; so here goes!

According to the, “This Day In Music” website, the #1 song in the United States on the day I was born was  — Santo & Johnny Farina classic instrumental hit, “Sleep Walk!” Check out their 1959 live performance below!

And . . . in keeping with my soulful roots, I couldn’t resist knowing what the #1 R&B song was the day I was born too. So according to Billboard Magazine, the #1 R&B hit single in the United States the week I was born was, I Want to Walk You Home” by Fats Domino . . .  woo-hoo! Too bad this one wasn’t playing in the background during my delivery  – LOL! Enjoy Fats Domino’s performance!