Sunday, August 29, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 22-28 August 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:

* Shepardizing Your Genealogy by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. This is an important post for researchers with colonial American ancestors. Do you have these three works in your library that Martin mentions?

* How do we know what we know in genealogy? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. This is the sequel to James's earlier post and explains "We begin to know what we know when we recognize that what we think we know may not be correct. "

* People's Cemetery by Janet Iles in the "International Rabbit" column on The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal blog. This is a wonderful article by Janet showing graveyard records and the stones of a mysterious family (one of hers? it's not clear).

* The Trouble With Harry by Silver Ravenwolf on the Gravediggers Blog. What a fascinating hunt to find a set of grandparents burial spot.

* Sweet Lemonade by Caroline M. Pointer on the Family Stories blog. Caroline's story is about turning a family tragedy into a success story - it's a good one. There is more than one story here, and a good research tip too!

* Playing The Genealogy Board Game - What Fun! by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Lorine has too much fun with her grandchildren playing her newly created game. Read the whole series - what a wonderful idea to get our grandkids interested in genealogy.

* Ellis Island: A rose by any other name... by Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog. This is an important post for everyone working with immigration records - Schelly takes the New York Times to task for publicizing the myth that names were transliterated at Ellis Island.

* Where do genealogists meet on the internet? by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Roots and Rambles blog. An interesting question - I hope Marian gets many more responses!

Other "Best of..." weekly pick posts are here:

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John also links to several other weekly pick posts.

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

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Janet Iles said...

Thanks Randy for the mention of my article in the Graveyard Journal. No it wasn't my family.

Perhaps, someone who is related will find my article and they can see the copies of these documents.

David Newton said...

The link to the People's Cemetery article appears not to work. A message comes up saying that post does not exist on the blog in question.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Thanks, Randy, for the note of "A rose by any other name....."


Randy Seaver said...

David, thanks for the heads-up on thel ink. I think I fixed it.