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:
* Urban Ancestors: Obtaining EDs for the 1940 Census in One Step by Linda Woodward Geiger on the Musings by Linda: My Family Research blog. We will all be needing this post in 11 months!
* DearMYRTLE's May 2011 Organization Checklist by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. You are trying to keep up, aren't you? Good for you (I'm still bogged down in January making surname notebooks!).
* What I Know About Nicoletta by Leah on the Leah's Family Tree blog. Leah shares what she knows about her brick wall ancestor, and determines her next research task.
* Your Advice for the Busy Mom, Dad and Grandparent Genealogist by Diane Haddad on The Genealogy Insider blog. Diane is a new mom, and asked readers for advice. Very practical and helpful.
* Visiting Courthouses by Kim on the Ancestors of mine from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky & Beyond blog. Kim has this down to a science and an art - excellent advice!
* Carnival of Genealogy, 105th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. There are 17 entries in this writing carnival on the theme of Favorite Current Technology.
* Awareness of Kinship Systems -- When is an Aunt not an Aunt? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. An interesting discussion, and a prize in a 17-page article published in 1943 that defines a kinship system.
* The Plus Side of On-line Family Trees by Ian Hadden on Ian Hadden's Family History blog. Ian covers both sides of the argument, and finds many pluses in online family trees.
* Using Autosomal DNA Testing to Identify An Adoptee’s Roots by Blaine D. Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog. Perhaps the most important post of the year - this is how it can be done. Very clear explanation of a complex subject.
* Research Note: A Bit of Info about SSDI and Research Note: The SSDI (Part II) by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig provides a tutorial on the Social Security Death Index.
* Is There Any Security In Genealogy Data? by Lee R. Drew on the Family History with the Lineagekeeper blog. Lee is an expert at this, and summarizes many of the problems with social networks and online presence. Yikes.
Several other genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts this week, including:
* Follow Friday Newsletter: 6 May 2011 by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Greta included links to many posts for this week's Geneabloggers series on Genealogy Conferences.
* Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds by Jen on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.
* Best Bytes for the Week of May 6, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.
* Around the Blogosphere: May 8, 2011 by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost Relatives.net blog.
Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 860 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.
Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.