Sunday, March 10, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3 to 9 March 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:

*  Why Analyze Data? by Donna Brown on DonnaB's Weblog blog.  This is a fascinating analysis of available evidence by Donna - relationships are not always clear or recorded perfectly.

*  A Short History of FamilySearch Family Tree by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  This history hits the salient points of Family Tree without belaboring the hard spots.

*  Personal Genetics - Coming out of the Closet - Ostriches, Eagles and Fear by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta explains options that persons with personal genetic test results have about sharing their health indicators with the medical and insurance professions.

*  Why a Blog is More Attractive Than a Website by Carole Riley on the Social Media and Genealogy blog.  Carole makes an excellent point - I agree!

*  Where You Should Sit at a Genealogy Conference by Lisa Louise Cooke on Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog.  Lisa has great suggestions here...if you can find a space up front.

*  WW1 Soldier's Letters Found in Attic of Home by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine did a little research on the soldier's family and ... was rewarded with a TV news segment.  Genealogy on TV!

*  Keeping the Lights On by Craig Scott on Judy Russell's The Legal Genealogist blog.  Craig shares the publisher's side of the digital books story.

*  After Two Decades, the Story That Changed EVERYTHING by Susan A. Kitchens on the Family Oral History Using digital Tools blog.  There are stories within this for a different perspective.

*  Across Our Northern Border by Carolyn L. Barkley on the blog.  Carolyn provides a helpful summary of Canadian genealogical resources.

*  Grits Without Salt by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring's Ask A Genealogist blog.  Michele answers the question "How do you come up with all that background information?"

*  Five Lessons I Learned From My Trip to Britain by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael had two weeks in Britain, and survived, but it was close!  He found lots of genealogy stuff, too.

*  Who Do They Think I Am - A Look at Four Autosomal Analyses by Jim Owston on the Lineal Arboretum blog.  Jim shows his autosomal results from four DNA testing companies - I find this fascinating!

*  The Genealogy Age Gap -- How do We Expand to Include the Youth? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Great question, and James has reasons why youth aren't interested in genealogy.  What are your ideas here?

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

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

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for March 8, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for March 8, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

*  Blog Posts for Genealogists, March 8, 2013 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.
*  Friday Finds - 03/08/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks - March 3 to 9 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 1350 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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Carole Riley said...

Thanks Randy, I'm honoured!

Linda said...

Hi Randy,
Come on over and take a look at my blog
Kind regards,

Jim Owston said...

Thanks Randy for the link and the plug. I appreciate it.

Jim Owston