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:
* WDYTYA – 3×05 – Jerome Bettis – The Nitpicker’s Version by Banai Feldstein on The Ginger Jewish Genealogist blog. Banai does her usual through job of finding inconsistencies and asking questions on this WDYTYA episode.
* Do Not Deny DNA, Genealogy, or Moral Obligation by Robin Foster on the Saving Stories blog. Robin discusses her ancestry and heritage. I love her attitude!
* Brimhall and Verkler, Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI interviewed the outgoing andi ncoming heads of FamilySearch in this series.
* Copyright & the Newspaper Article by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog. Judy summarizes American and Australian law concerning newspaper articles.
* Inductive Or Deductive Reasoning? by Michael John Neill on the Rootdig blog. Michael describes these two methods of reasoning with examples.
* Counteracting the Decline of Genealogical Societies by John D. Reid on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. John reviews the FGS My Society radio show from last October, and adds his own opinions.
* The U.S. Congressional Serial Set for Genealogists by Kathleen Brandt on the a3genealogy blog. Kathleen describes this important, and underutilized, resource.
* How I Use My Genealogy Software by Ginger Smith on the Genealogy by Ginger's Blog. Ginger shares her methods, adding screen shots of some of her work.
* The Three Rs of Genealogy by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog. Lynn defines them, then grades herself timewise.
* Genealogists Time Capsule Challenge Posts! by Bill West on the West in New England blog. Bill lists the contributions of geneabloggers for this challenge.
* How do I cite a genealogy research conclusion? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog. Michael discusses the issue, and has an excellent example of a soundly written conclusion.
* The Laws of Genealogy by Amy on the Amy Johnson Crow blog. Amy lists five immutable laws of genealogy...and wants to know others.
Several genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week, including:
* Fab Finds for the Week of 18 March 2012 by GenuinelyLAF on the 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time blog.
* Ruth's Recommendations by Ruth Blair on The Passionate Genealogist blog.
* Monday Recap for March 19, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni blog.
* Genealogy Roundup - March 22 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak Roots World blog.
* Follow Friday - Two Weeks of Favorite Finds by Jen on the Climbing My Family Tree. blog.
* Genealogy News Corral - March 19-23 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.
* Best of British Genealogy - 24th March 2012 by Nicola Epsom on The Genealogy Workshop 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.