Sunday, June 27, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - June 20-26, 2010

Hundreds of 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:

* Sojourn in Slovakia: Day 2 (Part 1), Part 2, and Part 3 by Lisa Alzo on The Accidental Genealogist blog. Lisa has stories and pictures from her long-awaited trip to one of her ancestral towns in Slovakia.

* The Evidence Architecture of the New FamilySearch Tree by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI continues his quest for the perfect genealogy evidence management system...nFS isn't it, yet, but they're working on it.

* Charivari by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog. I've always wondered what a "shivaree" really was - now I know! Thanks, Sheri.

* US Civil War Pension Files by Pat Richley on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. Ol'Myrt provides a great summary of the topic - these pension records are not yet available online, but are a tremendous genealogical record.

* ACC: Historical Canadian Directories Online, and more by John D. Reid on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. John provides a summary of the Canadian city directories on, plus more news for the genealogist with Canadian interests.

* Splog Happens by footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog. fM describes splogs (spam blogs) and the legal aspects of them. The good news is that complaining to the splogger usually gets rid of the splog posts.

* What is going into New FamilySearch? and Discussion Tabs on New FamilySearch by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. More informative information about new FamilySearch Discussion Tabs, with examples!

* The Gift of Mary Campbell by Becky Jamison on the Grace and Glory blog. Becky shows us her "pot of gold" collection that came out of the blue from a Canadian cousin.

* Making the Leap from From Family Historian to Family Writer by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog. Lynn has written her book, and encourages all of us to do the same. Excellent work, Lynn!

* Using Evernote for Genealogy by Tonia Kendrick on the Tonia's Roots blog. Tonia describes using Evernote for genealogy work - an excellent how-to guide.

* Family History Expo Colorado–Day 1 by Elizabeth on the Genealogy Geek blog. Elizabeth attended the Family History Expo at Loveland, Colorado this weekend, and reports on her experiences.

* Summer Survival Guide for Genealogy Bloggers – What is Your Blog Doing for Summer Vacation? by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog. Some wonderful blog ideas for the season.

* Had To Try It by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog. Louis is using Stack Overflow for programming problems, and started a site for Genealogy Software and the Internet. We need more genealogy bloggers and readers to participate - give it a try!

* Follow Friday - 25 June 2010 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Greta's weekly picks are very helpful for genea-blog readers.

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John's list always informs genea-blog readers.

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 640 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Denise Levenick said...

Hi, Randy. What a treat to be included on your "best of" list. Thank you! You made my day/week.

Tonia said...

Randy, thanks for the shout-out!