Sunday, January 20, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 13 to 19 January 2013

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:

*  What is SLIG Like?  Day 1, A Whole New World of Forensic Genealogy,  by Valerie Elkins on the Family Cherished blog.  Valerie posted these during SLIG.

*  20 Rhode Island Resources on by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane provides a great list of Rhode Island resources (including some that cover all of New England).

*  Continuing Education for Genealogists by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael lists many of the continuing education opportunities available this year.

*  The Good Genealogist vs. The Educated Genealogist by Kimberly Powell on the Genealogy blog.  Kimberly shares her genealogical journey and the epiphany that led to becoming an educated genealogist.

*  New York Genealogy - You Can Get the Scoop Using Local Newspapers by Joan Shurtliff on the Record Click blog.  Here's an excellent discussion of how to find New York historical newspapers online and offline.

*  Advertising, Questionable Products, Terms of Use by Debbie Parker Wayne on the Deb's Delvings In Genealogy blog.  Debbie makes an excellent point about ads on blogs - they may be for sites you really don't want to advertise.

*  Does Meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard Require DNA Evidence? by John D. Reid on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  It's an interesting question, isn't it?  John has thoughts about it.

*  In Which We Bid Farewell to New FamilySearch and Welcome Family Tree by Amy Tanner Thiriot on TheAncestorFiles blog.  Amy covers the differences and demonstrates the basics of FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Avoiding Electronic Overload by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Excellent ideas for the genealogist who has all of the electronics they want or need.

*  What I learned at SLIG 2013: Ponder and Mull. Sorting Saturday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.  Anne took the Advanced Practicum course at SLIG - she has a summary here.

*  And the Blog Book Tour Giveaway Winners Are ... by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise is on a virtual book tour, and this post links to other genea-bloggers who have written about the book and book tour.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week: 

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

*  Monday Recap for January 14, 2013 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 14-18 by Beth on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Follow Friday, Favorites for January 18, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for January 18, 2013  by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy Blogs, News and Tidbits #3 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

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

*  From the Blogs, January 18 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 01/18/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks, Jan. 13-19 by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

*  Notable Genealogy Blog Posts, 20 January 2013 by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds 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 1300 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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