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:
* We paid in blood and Readers respond to "We paid in blood" by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog. Judy discusses Rob Lowe's Hessian soldier who became an American, and his qualifications for the DAR. The second post is reader comments. All are interesting.
* Analysis of the Elizabeth (Smith) Hait Family History, 1938, part one by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog. Michael digs into one of the family papers in his possession. Have you done this?
* 'To gtrandmother's house I go...' by Jennifer on the 'On a flesh and bone foundation:' An Irish History blog. Jennifer writes about not knowing her grandmothers while visiting their ancestral homes.
* "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates" - DNA in the Seventh Episode by CeCe Moore on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog. CeCe had to work really hard analyzing this episode because there was so much xcontent on the show.
* Our local, historical, genealogical, sci fi wedding! by Elizabeth Walne on the Your Local History blog. Elizabeth did a great job planning and executing her wedding with genealogical highlights - what a beautiful photo blog post.
* Kinfolio: A Beginner Experience in Alpha (pre-Beta) by Michael McCormuick on the Enduring Legacy Genealogy blog. Here's a look into the near future for users of the FamilySearch Family Tree.
* Military Honors by Denise Barrett Olson on The Graveyard Rabbit Journal blog. Denise describes the military honors of a deceased serviceman.
* Carnival of Genealogy, 117th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. There were 22 entries for this carnival on the topic of "1940!"
* Geeking your way to more genealogical productivity? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. Yes, James is, but almost all geneabloggers are also!
* 5 Genealogy Predictions for the Future ... and Beyond by the writer of The Geneabrarian Reference Desk blog. Here are some sensible predictions of the future for genealogists.
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.
* Fab Finds for You - 29 April 2012 by Lisa Frank on the 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time blog.
* Monday Recap for April 30, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.
* Ruth's Recommendations by Ruth Blair on The Passionate Genealogist blog.
* Follow Friday: This Week's Favorite Finds by Jen on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.
* Genealogy News Corral, April 30-May 4 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.
* Friday Finds - 05/04/12 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog 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 1200 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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