Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 October 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:

*   Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy, Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy - ISOGG Meeting, and Decennial Conference On Genetic Genealogy - Sunday by Jennifer Zinck on the Ancestor Central blog.  Jennifer has a lengthy summary of presentations and Q&A at the FTDNA Conference.

*  Brick Wall Buster Strategies by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda offers tried and true methods to break down your brick wall problems, plus some of her own examples.

*  And the Results Are ... by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael had to wait for autosomal DNA test results and found out how his mother was related to her siblings.

*  Tenth Annual Family Tree DNA Conference Wrapup by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta shares her experiences at the FTDNA Conference last weekend.

*  Lessons From the Lectern by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights the BCG lecture series in Salt Lake city.

*  Naming Relationships by Nancy Messier on the My Ancestors and Me blog.  Nancy describes different ways of naming relationships.  I've always been confused about great-grand aunts myself.

*  12 Keys to Analyzing the Vitals Section of Historic Newspapers by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken looks at vital record information found in newspapers.

*  Forward Into the Past by Tim Firkowski on Sherlock's Genealogical Adventures blog.   Tim shares his father's memories of visiting his Polish homeland.

*  Back to the Old Home -- Genealogical Research in Dublin;  Digging for the Truth at the National Archives of Ireland;  How Many Repositories Can I visit in One Day?  Irish Land Records Not Just About Land!  by Polly Kimmitt on the Polly Blog.  Polly shares her experiences researching in Dublin, Ireland.

*  My Top Ten Genea-Mysteries by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane updates her list of significant mysteries in her ancestral research.

*  And Now For the Serious Search; Let the Grunt Work Begin;  Luck, Guardian Angels and the Irish; Walking the Rainy Streets of Dublin;  The Aw-Inspiring Moments of Research; Race to Finish by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi shares her Dublin research experiences, and finally finds something helpful.

*  Gaenovium -- Keys to Open Data and Open Standards by Sue Adams on the Family Folklore Blog.  Sue highlights her experiences at the Gaenovium conference last week.

*  Caught Up in the Research by Susan Olsen LeBlanc on the Gopher Genealogy blog.  Susan describes the client project she's been working on, with great success.

*  Free Transfer of DNA Data From Ancestry to Family Tree DNA! by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  This is great news for spitters who want a chromosome browser.  Miss Kitty shows us how.

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

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 17 October 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows, 17 October 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of Our Ancestors blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 17, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 10/17/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (October 18, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite blogs This Month) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree 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 1540 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Nancy said...

What a surprise to have my post included in your list, Randy. Thanks.

Susan Olsen LeBlanc said...

Thank you for including my post about Caught Up In the Research in Best of the Genea-Blogs for this week. I look forward to seeing the list every week, but this caught me by surprise.