Sunday, October 4, 2009

Best of the Genea-Blogs - September 27 - October 3, 2009

Several hundred genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for the genealogy carnivals, or other meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

* DropBox: Why You Need This Program by Dick Eastman on the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog. Dick finds these computer gems and tells us about them. This one looks really useful for those of us with more than one computer.

* Finding Sources For IGI Records by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI contributes a very welcome tutorial on sources for the IGI records.

* Whatever happened to genealogical evidence standards? and A little more on proof in genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. James describes his experiences and frustrations with genealogists who don't understand the need for standards.

* You Don't Know What You Don't Know by Tim Cox on the California Genealogical Society and Library blog. Tim's research experiences parallel those of many researchers - and we should all heed his recommendations.

* Graveyard Rabbits Carnival – October 2009 Edition by Julie Cahill Tarr on The Graveyard Rabbit blog. There were 8 entries in this carnival on the subject of "Funeral Cards."

* More Stirrings from Matilda and Blessings from the Ancestors by Mavis Jones on the Georgia Black Crackers blog. Mavis finds some hidden treasures and then reconnects with some probable cousins.

* The Mysteries of Adline Gines & Belle Wheeler by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. It seems that Craig solves more research mysteries each month than I identify in a year. I love how he tells us about the problems, the research and the solutions. There are lessons her for everybody.

* New (and new to me) Genealogical Serendipity by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog. Janet collects serendipity stories, and has some good ones for us, and some links to others.

* Look out world - here comes the iceberg! by Tami Glatz on the relatively curious about genealogy blog. Tami comments on the news that most of the FHL microfilms have been digitized.

* Mourning Visiting Cards by footnoteMaven on the Shades of the Departed blog. fM tells us about visiting cards and mourning cards from the Victorian era.

* Google Wave Will Revolutionize Collaborative Genealogy by Jordan Jones on the the blog. Jordan describes how Google Wave may impact genealogy research - fascinating.

* Identity Theft is Usually an Unsophisticated Crime by Dick Eastman on the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog.

I encourage you to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blog to your Favorites, Bloglines, reader, feed or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 510 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


footnoteMaven said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my "Mourning Visiting Card" article.

I really enjoyed researching this one and I'm glad you liked it as well.


James Tanner said...

I always enjoy your list and finding new blogs to read. But my list is getting pretty long.

Mavis said...

Thank you so much for spotlighting Georgia Black Crackers and my two post "More Stirrings from Matilda" and "Blessings from the Ancestors."