Sunday, October 10, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3-9 October 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:

Carnival of Genealogy, 98th Edition edited  by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  There were 14 entries in this monthly Carnival - the theme was Document analysis.  The featured post was Greta Koehl's post From the Will to the Estate Packet - Part 1 posted at Greta's Genealogy Bog.

Schedule Time for Analysis After Your Research Trip by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian shares great ideas for analyzing the results you found during your research trip.

Shades the Magazine - Memento Mori Issue - 2010 by footnoteMaven on the Shades of the Departed blog.  This 110 page online magazine about Death images is fantastic.

Best State Websites for Genealogy by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.   This article from the December issue of Family Tree Magazine is free, and lists 75 useful state archives sites.

If You Really Knew Me... by Ruth on the last2cu blog.  This touching and sad story is about Ruth's life experiences with bullying, and is meant to encourage people to watch the MTV show by this name.

*   Brick Wall Ancestor? Go AROUND or OVER! by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on The Olive Tree Genealogy blog.  Lorine's husband solved two ancestral puzzles the old fashioned way - by thinking about them and finding information where he hadn't looked before.

Reflections - A Successful Speaking Engagement by Thomas MacEntee on the Destination: Austin Family blog.  Thomas recounts his thoughts about why his EWGS seminar in Spokane was so good - it's more than the speaker!

Sixty Million Acres! by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.   Harold provides an interesting summary of a book about pre-Civil War public lands.

Family Tree Friday: Building Your Family Tree with Military and civilian Personnel Records by Theresa Fitzgerald on the NARAtions blog.  This post provides examples of records available at NARA and NPRC that are not available online.

*  Where are we today with FamilySearch online? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  This is an excellent summary of the history of and what is currently available, plus the potential plans for the site.

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

* Follow Friday: 8 October 2010 by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Greta's weekly reader picks are often different from mine and John's.

* 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 680 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

1 comment:

Jasia said...

Thanks for promoting the COG, Randy! Always appreciated!