Sunday, February 2, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 26 January to 1 February 2014

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:

*  Now We're Getting Somewhere... by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny shared her research problem in a Facebook group and received almost instant help.  Sharing, collaborating and crowdsourcing work well!

*  DNA Standards and Certification -- A Response to an NGS Quarterly Editorial by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog.  Blaine makes his case for setting DNA standards and a Genetic Genealogist certification.

*  Evernote for Genealogy: The Foundation of My Research Organization System and Evernote for Genealogy: Research Logs and Note Links by Colleen Greene on the Colleen Greene blog.  I really like Colleen's system of organizing her research.

*  Cemetery Records -- What Can They Tell You? How Can You Use Them? by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Diane has some great examples and a nice set of tips and notes about contacting cemeteries.

*  Using Google Maps With Blogger by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.  Tony describes how to embed a movable Google Map into a blog post.  A bit of "inside blogball" here, but I like it!

*  Top 20 Search Tips by Emma on the blog.  The UK version of search is similar to the US version - check out these tips.

*  What's New in Evidentia 2.0 by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny highlights improvements and additions in Evidentia version 2.

*  Your Family: Past, Present and Future by Tim Urban on the Wait But Why blog.  Here's an excellent explanation of pedigree collapse and more with great charts.

*  RPAC Report, January 2014 by Barbara Mathews on the BCG Springboard: News and Notes blog.  Barbara highlights information about the Records Preservation and Access Committee for January, including SSDI efforts.

*  Teenagers Teaching by Janet Hovorka on the Zap the Grnadma Gap blog.  Janet's son, Matthew, is doing two presentations at RootsTech on "Get to Know Your Geezers" using several short videos and slides.  Check out the videos here - they are great!

*  Microfilm to Megapixels: Use a Digital Camera as a Film Scanner by Denise May Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise has an excellent way to bypass the microfilm scanners at a repository.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 26 Jan 2014; Monday, 27 Jan 2014; Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014; Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014; Thursday, 30 Jan 2014; Friday, 31 Jan 2014; Saturday, 1 Feb 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Upfront Mini Bytes – Federal Reserve, RI, Austrian Newspapers, South GA, Mordecai School (NC), New Netherland Ships Passengers, Guinness Archive, and Northeastern AL by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.

*  Hallowed Ground! Driving Your Research!  Muses!  -- It's Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding forgotten Stories blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 31, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 01/31/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (February 1, 2014) 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 1460 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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