Jun 142009

What a surprise a week ago to find a couple of comments on my very new blog waiting my moderation that weren’t spam, but were instead telling me I’d been nominated for a “Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence”. Thanks very much to Delia Furrer for this unexpected recognition – now I have to try and live up to this 🙂

Puckerbrush Award

The Puckerbrush Award

The description of this is:

“The award was created in honor of genealogy blogger Janice Brown by Terry Thornton, author of “Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi”, who explained that “Janice told us all about the word ‘puckerbrush’ in an article she posted August 27, 2007 at “Cow Hampshire”. Terry elaborated a bit further in a comment: ‘On any land allowed to go fallow and left untended, a wild assortment of wild plants grow – in some areas, this wild growth results in such a thicket of plants that it is almost impossible to push your way through the growth.So it is with the growth of blogs — so many that it is impossible to read them all. But in the puckerbrush eventually a few plants/trees become dominant and influence all who view them through the thick surrounding puckerbrush.And it is those outstanding blogs whose influence spreads beyond just the surrounding rabble of puckerbrush that I’m honoring.’ Terry issued this challenge: Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice — the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.”

As near as I can tell, the line of descent of this award is as follows:

Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi created the award and awarded it to Randy Seaver’s Geneamusings and 9 others on 19 May 2009

Randy Seaver awarded it to Kathryn M Doyle’s California Genealogical Society and Library blog and 9 others on 22 May 2009;

Kathryn Doyle awarded it to Thomas McEntee’s Destination: Austin Family and 9 others on 25 May 2009;

Thomas McEntee awarded it to Becky Smith’s Grace and Glory blog and 9 others on 4th June 2009;

Becky Smith awarded it to Delia Furrer’s Delia’s Genealogy Blog and 9 others on 4th June 2009;

Delia Furrer awarded it to me and 9 others on 7th June 2009.

I’ve pondered on this as to who to award it to myself, really feeling quite inadequate to judge who to pass this on to myself, but I also don’t want to be accused of being a “chain breaker” (although I do admit to breaking almost every eMail chain that comes to me, no matter what it promises!!!).

So here’s a couple of blogs I find of interest, and others might too:

West Michigan Genealogy – written by Don Bryant, President of Western Michigan Genealogical Society highlighting interesting oddities of genealogical interest in West Michigan.

Seeking Michigan – Look – written by a number of people from the Archives of Michigan, Michigan State Library, Michigan Historical Center has a wide range of articles sure to be of interest to those with genealogical or historical interest in Michigan.

The Genealogy Guys – this blog is the “show notes” for the popular, amazingly interesting PodCast by George G Morgan and Drew Smith – aka “The Genealogy Guys” – a weekly podcast on a wide range of matters genealogical. I have an “interesting” way of listening to George and Drew, which involves saving as many episodes as possible, and then listening to them in the car while on very long road trips – the last 3 long trips have seen me listen to 52 episodes, 42 episodes and most recently 18 episodes. See Travelling Companions for some notes on these adventures.

OK so that’s 3 blogs, not “a couple”.

  One Response to “And the Puckerbrush goes to…”


    In the entry above “Seeking Michigan – Look – written by a number of people from the Archives of Michigan, Michigan State Library, Michigan Historical Society…” could you please change “Michigan Historical Society” to “Michigan Historical Center”?

    The Historical Society of Michigan, also known as the Michigan Historical Society, is not a part of state government (state archives, museum, etc) or affiliated with that site.

    If you would like to see our website or what the state historical society does please it is at http://www.hsmichigan.org


    Larry Wagenaar

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