Sunday, December 15, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 8 to 14 December 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 daily blog prompts or 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:

*  How to Have More Genealogy Fun - Genealogy Shorts by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  We all need more fun - Ken has suggestions.

*  How I Digitized My Research and Gave It All To You by Dayna Gooch Jacobs on the On Granny's Trails blog.  Dayna had a plan and she executed it - very well done!

*  Minnesota Genealogy: Finding Divorce Records by Paula Stuart-Warren on Paula's Genealogical Eclectica blog.  Excellent discussion of divorce records and how to find them in Minnesota.

*  Interview with Michelle Roos Goodrum, Author of Digging For Ancestors by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Michelle discusses land records and her new book.

*  Chromosome Mapping aka Ancestor Mapping by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta shows how she determines which DNA segments come from which ancestors using a spreadsheet and data.

*  Group Collaboration -- Are You Taking Advantage of This Important Genealogical Tool? Guest Post by Shannon Combs-Bennett NGGN on the Upfront With NGS blog.  Shannon has recommendations for a regular genealogical study group.

*  The Problem With's "Public" Member Trees by Valerie Craft on the Begin With Craft blog.  Valerie thinks that correspondents should link to their Ancestry Member Tree, and that the trees should be free for everyone to access.

*  A Bundle of Letters: Such a Treasure by Erica Dakin Voolich on Erica's Adventures in Genealogy blog.  Not just letters - quilts too!  A beautiful story of treasures, persistence and preservation.

*  Could This Be the Same Woman? by Jacqi Stevens on the A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi received her aunt's photo collection, and has been sharing it with her readers.  What a treasure trove!

*  Is Your Genealogy Hearsay? by Chris Staats on the Staats Genealogical Services blog.  Chris reviews legal explanations of "hearsay" and applies it to genealogical issues.

*  Vote Looms on SSDI Closure by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Here's the scoop on the SSDI removal of access for three years after the death of an individual.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 8 Dec 2013; Monday, 9 Dec 2013; Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013; Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013; Thursday, 12 Dec 2013; Friday, 13 Dec 2013; and Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 13, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  UpFront Mini-Bytes -- American Indian, TN, Canadian, Polish & Irish Records, WWII slang, Maps, and a "Best Of List ... by Diane L. Richard on the UpFront With NGS blog.

*  News Stories and Blog Posts for Genealogists, December 13, 2013 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 12/13/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub.

*  Saturday Serendipity (December 14, 2013) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another 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 1400 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Jacqi Stevens said...

Randy, thanks so much for including my post in your week-in-review blog listings for this past week! And thank you for consistently serving up a smorgasbord of best picks, week after week, directing our attention to what's available in the genea-blogging world.

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