Sunday, January 3, 2016

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 27 December 2015 - 2 January 2016

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:

*  2015 Year in Review by D. Taylor on D. Taylor's Genealogy blog.  D. provides highlights from his 2015 genealogy effort month-by-month and provides goals for 2016.

*  What Can You Learn From A Criminal Record? by Tim Firkowski on The Genealogy Assistant blog.  Sherlock finds a fascinating record from Sing Sing prison.

*  New Toy - WordPress Plug-In - GeneAlone by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda tried this plugin and has a family tree page on her blog.

*  2015 Top Posts: All-Time by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy lists her Top 10 all-time blog posts with commentary.

*  Genealogy 2015 by Tamura Jones on the Modern Software Experience blog.  Tamura describes changes and progress made in genealogy in 2015.

*  Evening the Score! by Peggy Lauritzen on the Always Anxiously Engaged blog.  Peggy tells the story of finding her 5th great-grandfather's death story and gravestone.

*  2015 Year in Review: FamilySearch Grows as World's Foremost Family History Resource by Diane Sagers on the FamilySearch Blog.  Diane provides a summary of 2015 advances at FamilySearch.

*  My 10 Favourite Genealogy Collections and Initiatives in 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.  Gail lists hers, this is a great blog idea!

*  The Challenges of a New Year for Genealogy by James Tanner on the Rejoice and Be Exceeding Glad blog.  James lists some of everyone's challenges and the his own for 2016.

*  My Genealogy Goals for 2016 by Jill Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.  Jill reports on her past and future goals.

*  The Best and Worst of 2015 -- Genetic Genealogy Year in Review by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta reviews 2015 in Genetic genealogy and awards kudos and lumps of coal to deserving persons and organizations.

*  19 January Blogging Prompts by Caroline M. Pointer on the Blogging Genealogy blog.  Caroline provides ideas for genealogy blogging in January.

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.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 1 January 2016 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

 Happy New Year! Friday Finds Dec 26 - Jan 1 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Friday Finds - 01/01/16 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

 This Week's Creme de la Creme -- January 2, 2016 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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1 comment:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Hi Randy, Thank you for including me on your pick list this week. Genealone is a fun plug in and I've enjoyed trying it out. Happy New Year and RootsTech 2016 is only 4 weeks away!