Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 5 to 11 February 2012

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:

*  RootsTech Learning #1 -- Ancestral Lines Pairing System by Bart Brenner on the Stardust 'n' Roots blog.  Bart's post highlights a new genealogical numbering system recently devised.

*  Genealogy standards, another look by Philip Trauring on the Blood and Frogs blog.  Philip discusses GEDCOM and APIs - I'm glad he understands them!

Why You Care About MGC, SSDI, the DMF and RPAC by Polly Kimmitt on the PollyBlog.  Polly does a terrific job of discussing this issue, and I love the DNA graphic!

*  What Does it Take to Get a Good Result from by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI reviews John Bacus's presentation on the inner workings of's search engine at RootsTech 2012.

*  Find a Grave - The Extra Things You Can Do at Find A Grave by Lisa Swanson Elam on The Faces of My Family blog.

*  An Early Valentine to Kim von Aspern by footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog.  Geneabloggers love pictures....and fM appreciates Kim very much.  

*  Something for Everyone: Courses & Conferences by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog. Here is a list of conferences, institutes and courses for you to learn about genealogy.

*  Getting the Most from Scholarly Journals by Michael LeClerc on the Mocavo blog.  An excellent discussion of how journal articles can help you solve your brick wall problems.

*  Treasure trove: legislative petitions by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy provides examples of records from this record type.

*  Organizing and Sharing Your Digital Images by Geoff Rasmussen on the Legacy News blog. Here is a logical and well thought-out system for digital records.

*  WDYTYA – 3×01 – Martin Sheen – The Nitpicker’s Version by Banai Feldstein on The Ginger Jewish Genealogist blog.  I love Banai's summaries from WDYTYA - they're analytical, and often humorous.

*  Finding a 1940 Enumeration district (ED) number by juneld on the CSGA Blog.  This is a very useful post to help you find the ED number for your families in the 1940 U.S. Census after 2 April 2012.

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

*  Fab Finds in Genealogy for the Week of 5 February 2012 by GenuinelyLAF on the 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time blog.

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

*    Genealogy Round Up, February 9 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog

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

*  Friday Finds - 02/10/12 by Julie Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral - Feb 6-10 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Notable Genealogy Blog Posts, 12 February 2012 by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.

*  Weeks 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 1150 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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1 comment:

Lisa Swanson Ellam said...


Thank you so much for the shout out!