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:
* Who owns the genealogy companies? Part Two and Part Three by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. James continues his series with analyses of FamilyLink (including WorldVitalRecords) and Footnote.com.
* My Favorite Genealogy Websites, Free Geni Programs and Online Trees by Regina De Leon on the Kinfolk News blog. I love to read other bloggers lists of their favorite sites, and often find a new site from the lists. Thanks, Regina!
* Madness Monday - The Melting Pot by TexicanWife (Cyndi Beane Henry) on the Mountain Genealogist blog. Cyndi has definite opinions about online family trees, and some excellent examples and comments in this post.
* Primary v. Secondary v. Derivative Sources by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. Martin discusses the source terminology issue and thinks that citing a reliable printed (albeit derivative) source is "good enough" for almost all scholarly and heritage research.
* Our Trip to the N.S.C.A.R. National Convention by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog. Elizabeth provides a terrific photo essay of her daughter's trip to the NSCAR convention in Washington DC. Is there a cuter genea-blogger's daughter than Elizabeth's "kid?"
* Religion and Genealogy by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John's thoughtful piece starts with a discussion of defenestration, and proceeds from there. Excellent! (You do know what defenestration means, don't you? :)
* Why care about all this ‘social networking’ nonsense? by Elizabeth on the Genealogy Geek blog. Elizabeth has an excellent take on this subject!
* Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010 and Ontario Genealogical Society Conference, Part 2 by Ian Hadden on Ian Hadden's Family History blog. Ian shares his experiences at OGS with detailed notes about Lisa Cooke's and Maureen Taylor's presentations.
* Tricking a Database Into giving Me What I Want by Amy Crow on the Amy's Genealogy, etc. Blog. Pretty neat trick by Amy here - a fine example of not giving up when you think the record is in a database but you cannot find it.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 630 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.
Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.