Sunday, July 26, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 July 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:

*  My Top Ten Genealogy Books by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  An excellent list.  Mine is somewhat different.

*  St. Petersburg, Here We Are!; The Church of our Savious of the Spilled Blood , St. Petersburg by Helen V. Smith on the From Helen V. Smith's Keyboard blog.  Helen is also on the Unlock Your Past cruise and provides a photo  review.

*  Organizing the Journal Collection by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  This is a wonderful idea, is there an organizing butler in the crowd?

*  The 1 Million Mark and Effective Matches by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta provides a useful review of the three largest genetic genealogy companies.

*  8th Unlock the Past Cruise:  Day 9 Helsinki, Finland;  Day 10 Stockholm, SwedenDay 11 at Sea;  Day 12 Copenhagen Denmark; by Alone Tester on the LoneTester HQ blog.  Alona continues her genea-travelogue on the cruise.

*  Evernote for Genealogy:  Should Evernote Be My Digital Archive? by Lisa Louise Cooke on Lisa Louise Cook's Genealogy Gems blog.  Lisa answers a reader's question and has some excellent suggestions.

*  GRIP 2015 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh; GRIP 2015 Day Two! by Claire Butler on the A Well Lit Path blog.

*  Update: The Genealogy Fairy by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas will soon offer grants for deserving genealogy projects.

*  Ann [LNU]: A Single Clue Exists to Her Identity by Charlie Purvis on the Carolina Family Roots blog.  Charlie reviews what he knows about this person's identity.

*  Social Security Applications and Claims Index on by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael investigates this new and interesting Ancestry database.

*  20 Best Sites for Free Online Historical Newspaper Research by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken always has the best lists!

*  5 Tips to Help You Navigate the Confusing Maze of Surname Variations by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Legacy News blog.  Lorine has excellent tips for surname studies.

*  Getting Genealogy Records Online: My Clean-Up Plan by Tom Kemp on the GenealogyBank Blog.  Tom is executing his plan one folder at a time.

*  Common Words Charts by Tami Osmer Mize on the Relatively Curious blog.  Tami has some common word translation charts in 14 languages.

*  Bulldozing Records - Search Every One by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James describes the process that many expert researchers use to find the nuggets in the microfilms.

*  Opting Out by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy analyzes the Informed Consent form for the AncestryDNA genetic Research Project deal with Calico.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Recommended Reads by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  Friday Finds July 18th-24th by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 07/24/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- July 25, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte 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 1580 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Diane B said...

lol, Randy. We all need a genealogy butler/editor/fact-checker/librarian. If I find one I'll let you know. Thanks for the mention. -- Diane

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for mentioning my book list, Randy!

tami osmer glatz said...

Thanks for the inclusion, Randy :)