Sunday, August 30, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 23 to 29 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:

*  Principles Part 1:  What I Learned From My Family About Color by Robin Foster on the Saving Stories blog.   This is a heart-rending, honest and powerful discussion about Robin's family and racial attitudes.

*  Trust But Verify; or There Goes 1/16 of My Family Tree by Kathleen Scarlett O'Hara Naylor on the You Are Where You Came From blog.  Oh oh...Kathleen has a problem.  A lesson for all of us.

*  How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy by Denise May Levenick on the blog.  Denise shows how to crowdsource faces in a photograph.

*  The Value of Transcribing by Janine Adams on the Organizing Your Family History blog.  Janine is transcribing a Civil War Pension file and discovering valuable information.

*  Comparing the Challenge by Dave McDonald on the Thinking Genealogically blog.  Who has it the hardest to research?  Dave discusses the alternatives with humor.

*  My Top Ten Most Valuable Research Documents by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda displays the documents on her list and explains their significance.

*  The ONE Absolute BEST way to Find More Ancestor Articles in Historic Newspapers Online by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth has a surefire way to beat the OCR problems.

*  A Daring Adventure ... by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael is leaving Mocavo, which was an adventure, and is moving on to a new adventure.  I wish him well.

*  What is the Core Value of Online Genealogical Database Programs? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Excellent questions, interesting discussion.

*  AncestryDNA Announces New IN COMMON WITH Tool by Blane Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog.  Blaine discusses the hows and whats of the new AncestryDNA Shared Matches tool.

*  4 Fabulous Ways to Use the Library of Congress for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke on the Genealogy Gems blog.  Lisa highlights four online resources hosted by the Library of congress.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 28 August 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

*  Friday Finds and Follows 28 August 2015 by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Friday Finds; August 22-28 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

 Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 28, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 28 August  2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog. 

*  Friday Finds - 08/28/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 29, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

 Saturday Serendipity (August 29, 2015) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  NoteWworthy Reads #21 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 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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