Sunday, September 6, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 29 August to 5 September 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:

*  Top 10 Reader Recommended Free Genealogy Sites on the Family History Daily blog.  This is an excellent list.

*  I Have a New Toy by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring blog.  Michele found that she could download the original BLM township/range survey, print it out and write on it.

*  My Family is all Messed Up on FamilySearch Family Tree - #BYUFHGC and Guiding Principles for Cleaning Up Messes in the Family Tree - #BYUFHGC by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  This post describes a presentation by Ben Baker at the recent BYU Conference.

*  The Historical and Genealogical Society of Tomorrow by Heather Collins on the Young & Savvy Genealogists blog.  This may be the future for all of us - are we ready?

*  RockStar Genealogist 2015 Nominations Now Open by John D. Reid on Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  Nominate your favorite Rockstar genealogists by Sunday, 7 September.

*  Why I Attend Meetings From my Local Genealogical Society - from a Young(er) Perspective by Jeff VoVilla on The WebTrees Genealogist blog.  Bravo, Jeff - work in the system and contribute while reaping benefits.

*  Thoughts on's Probate Database by Michael John Neill on the blog. Michael draws some conclusions from his searches in the Probate database.

*  More than Just Hot Air!  Historian Russ Worthington Shows How Historical Records Can Make Your Ancestors' Experience - and Your Own! - Come Alive by guest blogger Russ Worthington on the Blog.  Cousin Russ tells his story about finding his glass industry ancestors.

*  10 Minute Methodology: What is "Reasonably Exhaustive" Research? by Judy Kellar Fox on the BCG Springboard: News and Notes blog.  The why and how of the first step in the Genealogical Proof Standard.

*  Public Records Access: One Genealogist Can Make a Difference! by Jan Meisels Allen on the Avotaynu Online blog.  Bravo, Brooke Ganz!

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 3 September 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

*  Friday Finds in Newspapers: 4 September 2015 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Online Historical Newspapers blog.

*  Friday Finds August 29th - September 4th by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

 Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 4, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 4 Sep 2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog. 

*  Friday Finds - 09/04/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- September 5, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  This Week's Genealogy News Stories (Week Ending 9/5/2015) by Tami Mize on the Relatively Curious About Genealogy 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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