Sunday, November 13, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 6 to 12 November 2011

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:

Family History Day with–Exton PA by Russ Worthington on A Worthington Weblog.   Russ went to Ancestry Day in Exton and enjoyed telling about family history in his grandparents home.

My Views on Family History Have Changed by Elyse Doerflinger on Elyse's Genealogy Blog.  Read it and weep...

What is a professional genealogist? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  I agree with Michael on this.

The Port they Left Behind: Emigration by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  Susan provides an overview of available online Emigration records.

Family Tree DNA's 7th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy- Day One and Day Two by CeCe Moore on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog.  CeCe summaries this yearly conference.

7th Annuall FTDNA International Conference - Nov 2011 and Part 2 by Emily Aulicino on the DNA-Genealem's Genetic Genealogy blog.  Emily summarizes the news at this annual conference.

Nathan Brown: How Much Time and Effort Did It Take?Nathan Brown: How Exactly Did I Find Nathan's Parents?, Nathan Brown: Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional? and Nathan Brown: Using Secondary Sources by Marian Pierre-Louis on Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian shares her research path taken to solve Geoff Rasmussen's brick wall problem.  It really helps to be near the records!

The Value of Genealogy Communities by Ramona on the Genealogy Beginner blog.  This is an excellent article about how to join a genealogy community, and what it should offer a beginning researcher.

Ancestry Day comes to San Francisco by Sandra Gardner Benward on the Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society blog.  Sandi went to Ancestry Day and tells about her experience. 

Early success--Our teenage experiment, Got em.--our teenage experiment and But they're going to mess it up!!--Our teenage experiment by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog.  Janet has been working with her teenagers on family history, and is making progress!

My Genealogy Software Upheaval by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian describes her genealogy management program experiences, and wants your suggestions in comments.

Healey Square, Beverly, Massachusetts by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  Heather had a fun day going to Beverly to see the sign commemorating her third-great-grandfather's Civil War service.

Defining Research, Part Two: The Internet vs. Research Skill by Jennifer on the Rainy Day Genealogy Readings blog.  Jennifer was a consultant at the San Francisco Ancestry Day, and has some interesting observations.  I think she's spot on.

Several genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week, including:

Monday Morning Mentions by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.

Monday's Link Roundup by Dan Curtis on the Dan Curtis ~ Professional Personal Historian blog.

Ruth's Recommendations by Ruth Blair on The Passionate Genealogist blog.

Follow Friday Gems - 11-11-11  by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

Genealogy News Corral, Nov. 7-11 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds by Jen on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

Week In Review by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

I encourage readers to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs 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 1060 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here

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