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:
* Breaking News: Scientists Pinpoint the Origins of Piles of Genea-Crap by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog. Spewingly funny. Genea-manic. Priceless. True!
* BLM federal land questions by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. Ol' Myrt answers reader Diane's question about ordering a BLM land patent, noting that there is a lot in the homestead entries.
* Who do they think we are? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. This post addresses the now-public perception that genealogists can solve every research problem in one hour, just like Perry Mason did on TV years ago.
* Jasia’s Technology Review for 2011 by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. What a great review of Jasia's genealogy and life technology units and applications. I wish others would do something similar so that I could upgrade my own technology.
* Did the U. S. Federal Government Register Births? by Linda McCauley on the Documenting the Details blog. Linda had a federal birth record for her father, and found out why and how. Interesting.
* The Search for Number 16, part 1 and part 2 by Amy Coffin on the We Tree Genealogy Blog. Amy found her last great-great-grandmother, with a little help from her new online friends. This is a great example of collaboration with and cooperation by researchers in another country.
* Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems -Summary of William Ballenger's Military Warrant File by Michelle Goodrum on The Turning of Generations blog. Michelle summarizes her Military Warrant study - excellent research and analysis.
* Let's Start at the Very Beginning (A Very Good Place to Start) by Leslie Albrecht Huber on The Journey Takers blog. Leslie has advice for beginning researchers and writers - a wonderful list.
* Local Knowledge–the Kind that Solves Difficult Pedigree Problems by Arlene Eakle on Arlene Eakle's New York Genealogy Blog. Arlene found a treasure on the shelf at the FHL recently, and now better understands the local history of the NY/MA/CT Berkshires area.
Several other genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts this week, including:
* Genealogy Round Up, April 28 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak Roots World blog.
* Follow Friday Newsletter: 29 April 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.
* Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds by Jen on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.
* Best Bytes for the Week of April 29, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life 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.