Sunday, August 9, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 August 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:

*   The DNA of the "Fewest of All Peoples" by Israel Pickholtz on the All My Foreparents blog.  Israel discusses Jewish DNA and endogamy.

*  All of My Ancestors Have Been Found! by Lee R. Drew on the Lineagekeeper's Genealogy Blog.  Right...Lee doesn't think so either.

*  Why You Can't Find a Death Record (and Some Things That Might Help) by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.  Some good suggestions here.

*  BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy -- Keynote Speakers -- Days 1 and 2 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.  Jana summarizes her BYU Conference experiences.

*  How Your Scandinavian Ancestors Got Their Surnames by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Diane defines different naming schemes for Scandinavian countries.

*  Names: Why Can't I Find My Name? by Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the MyHeritage Blog.  Schelly offers advice on finding ancestral names.

*  Meldrum Explains FamilySearch Online Book Collection - #BYUFHGC by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  This explains why this collection has copyright-protected books.

*  A Deeper Look at The Family History Guide by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James provides more information about the new, and free, Family History Guide.

*  THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY -- Why Don't I Have a Death Date or Record for William H. Thorpe? and Update on William H. Thorpe Death Info by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Diane went searching again, and then again, and was rewarded.  Then her Facebook friends helped.

*  A Tip for Harnessing New Technologies for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke on the Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog.  Lisa discusses her BYU Conference highlights.

*  A Mother, Her Disappearing Son, and a Fractured Line by Dave McDonald on the Thinking Genealogically blog.  Dave says "The puzzles we work are always worth a second look." but "The puzzles never end!" Heh.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite Blogs This Month) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree blog.

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

*  Friday Finds August 1-7 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 7, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of  7 Aug 2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 8, 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 1590 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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Jana Last said...

Thanks for the mention Randy! I appreciate it!

Diane Gould Hall said...

Thanks for the mention Randy. It was certainly a fun find.