Sunday, September 19, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12-18 September 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:

* Ogden Family History Conference Report by Renee Zamora on Renee's Genealogy Blog. Renee attended this conference, and summarized the talks she attended. Interesting summaries of some New FamilySearch presentations.

* Mailbox Monday: Community Reference Links by the writer of The ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI answers questions, in his humorous way, about the Community Reference Links he showed last week in New FamilySearch.

* Hide and Seek with FamilySearch Record Search by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. James described his troubles figuring out which FamilySearch database is where, and when it appears. The FamilySearch announcements are confusing. I totally agree!

* FamilyLink Prepares to Unleash the Worlds Largest Historical Map Collection by the writer of the, Inc. blog. This announcement brings a wealth of map information to genealogists, but will it be included in the WorldVitalRecords subscription?

* Mary's Maiden Name: A Research Score Card by Liz Haigney Lynch on The Ancestral Archaeologist blog. Liz takes us on her decision process about an ancestor's maiden name. Writing it down like this really helps!

* The Legacy of Our Genealogy by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Lorinew has excellent ideas for passing her research on - a must read and must do!

* 19th Century Panoramic Maps Online by Marian Pierre-Louis on the New England House Historian blog. Marian collects map sites... and found a good one here.

* The Waiting Game by Donna Pointkouski on the What's Past is Prologue blog. Donna reminds us of how genealogy research used to be done, and that it's not all on the Internet.

* Ellis Island Oral Histories- How I learned Something New! by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog. It doesn't have to be from your ancestor to be meaningful, does it?

* Memorial Fund Will Assist Student Genealogists by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog. The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund has been established to honor Suzanne’s Freeman’s lifetime of service to young people and to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education. Suzanne is Denise's mother, and passed away last month. What a beautiful way to honor a special woman and friend to genealogists.

* After Everyone is Gone by Lee R. Drew on the FamHist blog. Tears in my eyes - thanks for sharing, Lee. I talk to them too.

* Diaries: A family history source by Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the MyHeritage GenealogyBlog. Amen!

Other weekly "Best of..." genealogy blog posts include:

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John highlights blog posts, carnivals, press releases and more, plus he 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, Google Reader, RSS 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 670 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Nancy said...

Randy: I am just catching up on your posts after being away from my blog reading for a while. Your posts on Gena's 40 resources, these favorite weekly posts: After Everyone is Gone and the Legacy of our Genealogy and your very well-written Ancestry search post, with visuals, were so helpful. You so often provide me with usable tips or give understandable outlines of a research problem. Or, you give us some straight out fun! I felt that I wanted to say thanks.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Hi, Randy,

Thank you for your pointer to the post on journals and diaries on the MyHeritage Genealogy blog.


Liz Haigney Lynch said...

Hi! Thanks for the shout-out to my musings on Mary's maiden name, and for kindly overlooking my mixed sports metaphors :)