Sunday, August 2, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 26 July to 1 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:

*  Unlock the Past Baltic Genealogy Cruise -- Days 1 to 3; Days 4 to 6;  Days 7-8: Russia; Days 9-11: Helsinki and Stockholm; Days 12-14: Copenhagen and Homeward Bound by Chris Paton on The British GENES Blog (GEnealogy News & EventS) blog.  Chris shares his cruise experiences.

*  Lost Genealogy: Don't Be a Victim of the Digital Dark Ages by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas describes his backup system, plus a mea culpa.

*  Claiming the Scandal, Finding the Line by Dave McDonald on the Thinking Genealogically blog.  Dave describes how a memory and the IGI helped him solve a research problem in the 1980s.

*  8 Quick Genealogy Website Search Strategies by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog. Diane describes tips from the WDYTYA professional genealogists.

*  What's in a Name? by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda's database has some interesting names.

*  Incremental Improvement of the New Website by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. Insider relates the recent incremental development history of the Ancestry website.

*  Tuesday Genealogy Travels by Mary Mettler on the California Genealogical Society & Library blog.  Mary is on a research trip in England and shares her experiences.

*  Guest Interview with Michael D. Lacopo: Author, Lecturer, and "Hoosier Daddy" Blogger by Dana Leeds on The Enthusiastic Genealogist blog.  Dana  asks about the GRIP course Michael taught, and about the blog.  Great interview!

*  The Value of Old vs. New Genealogy or Myth vs. Fact by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James highlights the availability of digitized books online.

*  Book Shelf:  Plat Book of San Diego County, California by Christine Manczuk on the Ancestry Island blog.  Christine found this gem in the Library of Congress digitized book collection.  Does the LOC have something similar for your ancestor's home town?

*  Getting That SSN and  More SSI Info by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights Social Security numbers and practices and readers comments.

*  Kehrer Talks FamilySearch Transformations - #BYUFHGC by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Here are talk summaries from the BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference.

*  They Took My Johann and Didn't Ask by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael's ancestor's information doesn't belong to just him...I agree.  Good work, good attitude.

*  Creating Eternal Families: BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy, Recap of Day 1 and On to Day 2;  Making Difficult Research Easy and Accurate at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy  by Lynn Broderick on The Single Leaf blog.

*  Genealogy Opportunities: How Do You Make Money in Genealogy? by Thomas MacEntee on the GenBiz Solutions blog.  Thomas details his 2015 income and expenses to date.  Impressive, and transparent.

*  Koonce & Koonce Expedition, Part 2 by Taneya Koonce on Taneya's Genealogy Blog.  Taneya was persistent, and had some luck finding a family cemetery.

*  6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet by Karen Hanna on the FamilySearch Blog.  Karen provides highlights from Janet Hovorka's talk at the BYU Conference.

*  A First-Hand Look at Little Becky and Dennis, Age 2 by Becky Jamison on the Grace and Glory blog.  What priceless memories Becky found in her father's papers.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday Finds July 25th - 31st by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

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

*  Friday Finds - 07/31/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 1, 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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Linda Stufflebean said...

Hi Randy, Thank you for including me on this week's list. It is much appreciated.

Christine Manczuk said...

Wow, thanks for including my post! The book was actually my fellow blogger/mother Pat Hartley's idea.