Thursday, September 22, 2011

Second Edition of Baba's Kitchen Now Available

I'm happy to announce the release of the revised, second edition of my popular Baba's Kitchen cookbook.

Baba's Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions, Second Edition (144 pages) is currently available for purchase exclusively at both in print format and digital download version. (The first edition is now out of print).

In addition to all of the favorites from the first edition, the book contains bonus recipes and more Slovak & Rusyn traditions.

Want to save 15%? Simply purchase the book from between now and the end of the day tomorrow, September 23rd. Click here, and at checkout, enter the coupon code: OKTOBERFEST305

I hope you will enjoy this new version!

Monday, September 05, 2011

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

When I was in grade school, one of the first assignments we had in English class after our long three-month break was to write an essay “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”

Since Labor Day marks the “unofficial” end of summer and students of all ages get into “back to school” mode, I thought it would be fun to write my grown-up essay about how I spent my summer vacation.

Conferences, Conferences, Conferences!

I had the pleasure of being an invited speaker for three excellent conferences. Two actually took place technically in the spring, but I’m including them anyway: The Ontario Genealogical Society May 13-15, 2011 in Hamilton, and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, CA June 8-10. In August (19-20) I spoke at the Utah Genealogical Association's summer conference, and that same weekend I also participated (via pre-recorded video) in Family Tree Univeristy’s first virtual conference. In a few days, I will be giving three talks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference in Springfield, IL.

I also presented two webinars: One for the SCGS Extension webinar series and another for Legacy Family Tree.

Hangin’ with Genea-Peeps

Part of the fun of genealogy conferences is getting to spend time with friends/colleagues. As a bonus, before the SCGS Jamboree, I was able to spend time with fellow genealogists/bloggers Donna Pointkouski (What’s Past is Prologue), Steve Danko (Steve’s Genealogy Blog), and Kathryn Doyle (

[Also, how could I forget??? (thanks Sheri!) the fabulous day trip to Los Angeles and Rodeo Drive with Donna, Denise Levenick (The Family Curator), and Sheri Fenley (The Educated Genealogist). In our travels we came across the now infamous "Peter the Parrot." Later that night we met up with the one and only footnoteMaven for dinner and got to meet Mr. Family Curator too!

I also spent many Friday nights chatting with fellow genealogists while listening to the many excellent guests on Geneabloggers Radio.

Family Reunion

In July I attended my family’s 44th annual reunion (mom’s side). I wrote about it in the post: Ten Things I Learned at Our Family Reunion.

Living the Writing Life

It has been an unusually busy summer for me writing-wise (which is why I haven’t been posting much here). I was blessed with an abundance of freelance writing assignments for magazines and online content sites. In addition, I’ve been working on developing new courses for both the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and Family Tree University. I have also revised my popular recipe book: Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak and Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions (stay tuned to this Blog for a post soon about the revised edition and how to purchase it), and have been fervently working on a new book (can’t reveal the details yet but it’s nonfiction and a fascinating story).

Chasing Elusive Ancestors

I haven’t had much time to work on my own genealogy but I did manage to squeeze a few hours in here and there searching online databases and viewing microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Most of this work has been on my paternal side of the family, but I’ve also made an interesting new connection regarding one of my maternal lines (hope to blog more about this in the near future).

So Long Summer!

I can’t believe that the summer is over, but I had some wonderful personal and professional experiences, and I’m looking forward to a productive fall with plenty more writing projects, a number of speaking engagements, and several classes both in the classroom and online.

Hope to see many of you at some of my upcoming scheduled events!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I've Got a Confession to Make...

I've got a confession to make....

No, I didn't do something awful. Actually, quite the opposite. I've done something I feel really good about. I signed up to be a contributor to a new Blog: The Catholic Gene, a Blog "dedicated to the faith of our fathers and mothers…and their ancestors. This Blog was launched by my friend and fellow genealogist, Donna Pointkouski, who also writes another Blog, "What's Past Is Prologue," and will feature articles by a diverse group of authors who share a strong Catholic identity and a love for genealogy.

Besides Donna, and yours truly, you'll find several other noted genealogists and bloggers among the regular contributors including:

Cecile Marie Agata Wendt Jensen (Ceil) of Michigan Polonia and the Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI).; Jasia from the Creative Gene; Steve Danko from Steve's Genealogy Blog; Lisa/Smallest Leaf from 100 Years in America; Sheri Fenley from The Educated Genealogist; Craign Manson from Geneablogie; and Denise Levenick from The Family Curator. and from time to time even a post from the famous footnoteMaven.

I'm honored to be in their company and look forward to writing my memories about growing up Roman Catholic and my time at Catholic school.

Drop by and check out TCG. You'll read a great collection of posts and even get to see pics of the contributors in their first communion or wedding attire!

P.S. Sorry for the confession pun...I just couldn't resist!

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