It's time to announce the 2008 iGene Awards, The Best of The Best! This year there were 5 categories and the winners are...
Best Picture - Without a doubt this was the "Carnival of Genealogy – “Swimsuit Edition”, from Newdale, Manitoba, Canada 1908, “Merry Widow Camp Aug ’08 Wolfe Lake”, posted Sunday, June 01, 2008.
Great photograph of a happy time. Lots of comments for this one. Although I have since found a number of other references to Wolfe Lake in Manitoba, I haven’t yet found it on a map : http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/06/carnival-of-genealogy-swimsuit-edition.html
Best Screen Play – This family photo will inspire a new Canadian ‘Heritage Moment' film series – posted Wednesday, May 07, 2008, "General Stores of Canada: Merchants and Memories by R.B. Fleming".
I'd like to play an old curmudgeon grumbling in the back corner of the store, but I’d cast Yannick Bisson as whoever of Newdale, Manitoba simply because... (and he's Canadian) : http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/05/general-stores-of-canada-merchants-and.html
Best Documentary - The winner here is an article about the 1916 Canadian Prairie census posted Thursday, August 21, 2008, "Canada, 1916 - Taking The Census in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba": http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/08/canada-1916-taking-census-in-alberta.html
The 1916 Canadian prairie census is now available to view on microfilm through Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and many libraries. We await the arrival of an index and page images at Ancestry.com. This census has been indexed by FamilySearch volunteers; page images and the index were briefly available free on-line. The 1916 images are to be available on LAC's website by Winter 2009 and a free index should be on LAC's website by Summer 2011. I understand the census index will be on FamilySearch free to all in December, 2011, perhaps sooner to 'qualified' FamilySearch members.
Best Biography – 2008's winning article has already inspired me to do more research and to plan a trip to Manitoba, Canada next year. Posted Sunday, December 07, 2008, "Isabelle McTavish - Canadian Missionary Doctor - 1881-1953: Canadian Genealogy Carnival, Edition 2": http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/12/isabelle-mctavish-canadian-missionary.html
Best Comedy – It's a tie - no, wait, it's a hat! The 2008 comedy choices are from Wednesday, September 10, 2008, “Na's Hat - Smile for the Camera”: http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/09/nas-hat-smile-for-camera.html
and Monday, September 15, 2008, “Na's Hat - another look”: http://canadagenealogy.blogspot.com/2008/09/nas-hat-another-look.html
Those are the 5 iGene Award winners for 2008. Congratulations to all!
Links to all the iGene Award blogs will be posted at Creative Gene soon: http://creativegene.blogspot.com/