Sunday, November 9, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2-8 November 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:

*  Ancestry Doesn't Have All the Answers by Claudia C. Breland on the Claudia C. Breland Genealogy and Online Research blog.  A well-done step-by-step online research project.  But not "everything" is online yet either.

*  Joys of a Brickwall by Jen Baldwin on the Ancestral Breezes blog.  Jen thinks a brickwall ancestor presents Opportunity...she's right!

*  A Fabulously Fantastic Surprise -  Iver's Letter by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.  Jana received a letter from a correspondent that her ancestor wrote in 1873.

*  It's Not Sharing by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights the plagiarism of GenealogyInTime content, and reminds us that it is theft.

*  The Best Genealogists Reversed the Wives by Barbara Poole on the Life From the Roots blog.  Barbara found a later article by Donald Lines Jacobus correcting his error in an earlier compiled genealogy on the Bishop family.

*  Brian, Brianna, the Ryders, and the Robinsons by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael continues his quest to find DNA matches to himself and his mother in search of his maternal grandfather.

*  Tracing Descent From a Slave Owner With DNA by CeCe Moore on the Finding Your Roots blog.  CeCe discusses African-American DNA results in general, and highlights the Y-DNA for Valerie Jarrett's male cousin with Taylor descendants from Scotland, and autosomal DNA matches with one of the brothers of Henry Taylor.

*  Probate Genealogy in France by Anne Morddel on The French Genealogist Blog.   Anne provides a good explanation of the probate heir search process in France.

*  Are You in the Space of "I Don't Know?" My Success in Finding Confirming Family Stories by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas finds genea-jewels on MyHeritage.

*  Reflections on Life and Genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James moved to Provo, Utah this year, and reflects on his experiences there.

*  50 Gifts for Genealogists - 2014 by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Here's what every genealogist wants for Christmas!

*  Lucy Keyes, the Lost Child of Wachusett Mountain by Polly Kimmitt on the PollyBlog.  Polly tells a fascinating story from the mid-1700s - was it solved in 1893?  Read the small book referenced by Polly.

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

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 7 November 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems, 7 November 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for November 7, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finms - 11/07/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- November 8, 2014 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 8, 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 1540 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Randy for reading my post and giving me the honor of being on your "Best of the Genea-Blogs" list this week. I sincerely appreciate it.

Jana Last said...


Thanks so much for including my blog post about receiving Iver Iverson's letter! I really appreciate it!