Sunday, May 3, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 26 April to 2 May 2015

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:

*  Making Use of the Keyword Search Box in Search to Find a Specific Village by Melody Lassalle on the Research Journal Genealogy Blog.  Melody's tip is excellent!

*  7 Useful Smartphone Apps for Genealogy Research by Lisa Lisson on the Crestleaf blog.  Lisa highlights her favorites for researching at a repository and on a road trip.

*  7 Vital Record Alternatives and 8 More Vital Record Alternatives by Lindsay Fulton on the Vita Brevis blog.  Lots of excellent suggestions on these lists.

*  Am I Descended from a Loyalist? by Ken McKinlay on the Family Tree Knots blog.  Ken describes the term, and some of the available resources.  BTW, yes I am!

*  How to Create a Research Plan in Evernote by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Here are some useful ideas about research planning.

*  Using the GEDCOM Capabilities at by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  Kitty leads us step-by-step through the process of finding matches with other persons.

*  Our Stories: Age Doesn't Matter by Schelly Dardashti on the MyHeritage Blog.  Schelly interviews Erik Elkan, a 20-year old Swedish genealogist already wise beyond his years.

*  Digital Storage Strategies for Sunsets by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise shares her photo file backup process.

*  An Open Letter to Genealogy Societies by Susan Petersen on the blog.  Susan has advice for societies stuck in the 20th century.

*  Ebooks and Genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James gives us a test about eBooks.

*  How to Conduct a Location Specific Search on FamilySearch by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Nice tutorial by Diane on an important topic.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 1 May 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Contest Winners and Friday Favorites for April 24th - May 1st by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Friday Follow by Angie Rodesky on the Sweet Tea, Tart Lemons & Memories blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 1 May 2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

*  Friday Finds - 05/01/15 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.

*  Noteworthy Reads #12 by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family 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 1560 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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Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for including my post in this week's listings, Randy. As always, it's an honor!

Michigan Girl said...

Thanks Randy! Always a nice surprise to see my blog mentioned. Love reading all the other great posts you mention.

Mel said...

Thank you for including my post, Randy! It was a nice surprise to find it listed this morning.