Genea-Musings "Best" Posts

These are my own subjective lists of "Best of Genea-Musings" based on perceived blog quality and relevance:

1)  2016 (Randy's Choice for Best Posts):

*  Dear Randy: How Do You Use Your Smartphone to Do Genealogy? (11 January 2016)

*  Thinking About My Descendancy Research Plan (19 January 2016)

*  Standardized Historical and Current Place Names - Post 1 (26 January 2016); Post 2: Two Potential RootsMagic Solutions (27 January 2016); Post 3: An Elegant Solution (28 January 2016)

*  My Day at the Family History Library - 2 February 2016 (3 February 2016)

*  12 Takeaways from the RootsTech 2016 Conference (10 February 2016)

*  Hmmm. There are Still No Standards for Names in Family Trees (15 February 2016)

*  Searching Newspaper Records on Findmypast (18 February 2016)

*  Does the Ancestry Member Tree Index "Prune" Trees? (18 February 2016)

*  Adding a Life Sketch to the FamilySearch Family Tree (3 March 2016)

*  Finding MyHeritage Record Collection Lists (4 March 2016)

*  Finding a Maiden Name, and More, for Mary (--?--) (Breck) Plimpton (9 March 2016)

*  A Kirby Family Genealogical Windfall From Susanne (17 March 2016)

*  Ancestry.com has Added "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000" Database (14 April 2016)

*  Using Diane Boumenot's Rhode Island Probate File Index (19 April 2016)

*  Using RootsMagic and FamilySearch to Update My MyHeritage Family Tree (27 April 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 1: Finding Elizabeth's Will (25 April 2016);   Post 2: Transcription of Elizabeth Auble's Will (28 April 2016); Post 3: Identifying Elizabeth Auble's Heirs (29 April 2016); Post 4: The William Auble Challenges (3 May 2016);   Post 5: The Sophia Auble Challenges Part 1 (5 May 2016);  Post 6: Solving the William Auble Challenge (6 May 2016);  Post 7: Sophia Auble's Descendants (10 May 2016);  Post 8: Nathan Auble's Descendants (17 May 2016);  Post 9: Was Sarah Auble Elizabeth's Sister? (24 May 2016);  Post 10: The Strubles (10 June 2016)

*  Mining Ancestry.com Hints by Specific Record Collection - Updated (2 May 2016)


*  Using Puzzilla to Visualize My Auble Family Tree Research (9 May 2016)

*  You Should Browse Probate Records on Ancestry.com - Don't Rely on Only the Index (18 May 2016)

*  Dear Randy -- How Do You Put a Census Extraction In Your RootsMagic Database? (19 May 2016)

*  Ten Takeaways From the #SCGS2016 Genealogy Jamboree (7 June 2016)

*  Creating a MyHeritage "Sun Chart" (15 June 2016)

*  Dear Randy: How Did You Figure Out Those Relationships on WikiTree? (17 June 2016)

*  Making Ancestor and Descendant Reports in Geni.com (29 June 2016)

*  Shaky Leaves and All - Are They Useful? (7 July 2016)

*  Dear Randy: How Can I Import FamilySearch Family Tree Persons Into RootsMagic? (18 July 2016)


*  Finding Elling Eriksen Natvig's Land in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin (1 August 2016)

*  My Top Ten Genealogy Research "Programs" (16 August 2016).

*  Adding Descendant Information the Easy Way - Post 1: Importing it From FamilySearch Family Tree (25 August 2016); Post 2: Importing it to an Ancestry Member Tree (26 August 2016); Post 3: Stimulating Hints in the Ancestry Member Tree (31 August 2016)

*  Dear Randy: What is Your Workflow to Move Ancestry Member Tree Hints Into RootsMagic? (19 September 2016)


*  How Accurate Are Ancestry.com Hints? (20 September 2016)

*  Status of Land and Probate Records on FamilySearch (22 September 2016)

*  My First Foray Into Italian Civil Registration Records - Success!! (13 October 2016)

*  Searching the FREE MyHeritage "Compilation of Published Sources" Collection (1 December 2016)

*  Dear Randy: How Do You Search on FamilySearch for Records for a Person? (13 December 2016)


2)  2015 (Best Ancestral Finds):

*  Plotting the Metes and Bounds of Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Mass.Farm-Spotting: The Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Massachusetts and More Farm-Spotting the Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Massachusetts, and Finding the Simon Gates 1803 Home Farm Using Historic Map Works Overlays.

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 258: 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 1Amanuensis Monday - Post 259: 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 2 and Amanuensis Monday - Post 260: 1913 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 3

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 261: 1875 Probate Record of Frederick Sovereen of Windham, Ontario

*  Yes, Grandchild, We are Related to Princess Charlotte!

*  Mea Culpa - The Ranslow Smith House in Jefferson County, New York


*  Finding Humphrey White's House in Glocester, R.I.

*  Jane and Rachel Morley in the Lancashire Quarterly Sessions Reports on Ancestry.com

*  James Vaux Articles in the British Newspaper Collection on FindMyPast

*  Down the Rabbit Hole - Finding the Estate Papers of John Underhill (1721-1793) of Chester, N.H.

*  Winner! Will of Jonathan Lewis (1715-1785) of Staten Island, New York

*  Winner!! Probate Records for Sever Torgerson Leland (1804-1889) of Dane County, Wisconsin

*  Big Winner!!! Will of Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793) of Roxbury, New Jersey

*  Winner: A Twofer in Ancestry's New Jersey Wills and Probate Collection, But!

 Found: 1906 Death of Charles Woodward in Topeka, Kansas

*  Woo Hoo!!! Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate File Papers, 1731-1881, Now on AmericanAncestors.org

*  Enriching My RootsMagic Database - Miss Sadie Vaux


3)  2014:

*  My Genealogy Research Adventures in 2013 (2 January 2014)

*  Trying Out Flipboard, a Curated Magazine Website/Mobile App (20 January 2014)

*  Finding Marriage Gems in Historical Newspapers - GenealogyBank Has a "Marriages" Sub-Category(24 January 2014)

*  Dear Randy: Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts? (27 January 2014)

*  My Top Ten FREE USA Genealogy Resource Websites (30 January 2014)

*  "Randy at RootsTech 2014" Flipboard Magazine Available (11 February 2014)

 Ideas for Ancestry.com Search Improvements - Show Me My Cousins (13 February 2014)

 Ideas for Ancestry.com Improvements -- Improve the Ancestry Public Member Trees Match List to Put the "Richest Tree Person" First (14 February 2014)

*  Using Puzzilla and FamilySearch Family Tree to Identify Autosomal, Y and mtDNA Candidates (18 February 2014)

*  Who Contributed to My X-Chromosome? My List (28 February 2014)

*  Ancestry Drops "Old Search" - Hysteria Ensues (7 March 2014)

*  Should I Add My Own Family Stories to my Ancestry Member Tree? (27 March 2014)

*  A Day In the Genealogy Life of "The Geneaholic" (3 April 2014)

*  Musings On Genealogy "Expertise," "Elites" and Education (7 April 2014)

*  Step-by-Step Process for Accessing and Finding New York Probate Records on FamilySearch (16 April 2014)

*  Dear Randy: How Can I Avoid Updating My Tree in 5 Different Places? (19 May 2014)

*  "Advice to the Ancestry-Lorn" Thoughts After the "Stump the Chumps" Meeting (28 May 2014)

*  Dear Randy: How Do You Keep Your Workload Manageable and Everything Up-to-Date? (30 May 2014)

*  My Flipboard Magazine for "Randy at Jamboree 2014" (13 June 2014)

*  How Should Genealogy Societies Nurture Beginners? (24 July 2014)

*  A.J. Jacobs Cousin Connections - Um, Not Really (10 September 2014)

*  Which Family Tree Programs Sync With Online Trees and/Or Have Mobile Apps? (25 September 2014)

*  One Family Tree File or Many Tree Files? (14 October 2014)

*  Demonstrating Adding Ancestry.com Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database (30 October 2014)

*  Dear Randy: How Have You Saved Your Research So Someone Can Search For It? (20 November 2014)

*  So Many Matches, So Little Time! How Do I Deal With Information Overload? (21 November 2014)

*  I Am Not Doing a Genealogy Do-Over (17 December 2014)

4)  2013:

*  "What Do You Do With a Document for a Potential Ancestor?" (posted 15 January 2013)

*  Dear Randy: What Record Collection Would You Like To Have Indexed? (posted 1 February 2013)

*  Top Ten Characteristics of a Good Genealogist (posted 26 February 2013)

*  Education, Collaboration, Crowd-sourcing and Cat-herding at CVGS Today (posted 13 March 2013)

*  Dear Randy - Why Does LDS Church Exert So Much Control over Genealogy? (posted 29 March 2013)

*  Breaking Down the Mary Smith Brickwall (or is she a Bell?) (posted 1 April 2013)

*  Dear Randy - Why Do You Post Your Own Genealogy Stuff? (posted 12 April 2013)

*  Is FamilySearch De-emphasizing Genealogical Research? (posted 18 April 2013)

 Dear Randy - How Do You Handle False or Wrong Information?  (posted 30 May 2013)

*  Beginners, Professionals, Sources, Citations, EE, and More (posted 24 June 2013)

*  Have You Posted Your Genealogy Research on the Internet? I Practice PMGDOE! (posted 19 July 2013)

*  How Much Online Information Should I Use In My Family Tree? (posted 23 July 2013)

*  My Top Ten Most Useful Online Genealogy Databases to Research My Family Tree (posted 29 July 2013)

 Standards, GEDCOM, FHISO, and my Genea-Fantasy (posted 1 August 2013)

*  Dear Randy - Where Did You Get All of Those Probate Records? (posted 14 August 2013)

*  It's Really Not That Easy! (posted 28 August 2013)

*  The Problem with FamilySearch Family Tree - For Example: Thomas Dudley (1576-1653) (posted 2 September 2013)

*  Gleaning Information From a Record or Article (posted 14 October 2013)

 What Should Genealogical Societies Offer? My 11 Suggestions (posted 13 November 2013)

*  Dear Randy - How Do You Do Your Record Transcriptions? (posted 27 November 2013).

*  Dear Randy: "What Is Your Naming Convention for Downloaded Documents?" (posted 17 December 2013)

5)  2012:

*  Do you Believe the FamilySearch Vision of the Future? (9 February 2012)

*  Answers to Questions from Ancestry.com (10 February 2012)

*  My Software Wish List - A Historical Place Name Jurisdiction Catalog (HPJNC) (14 February 2012)


*  Events, Assertions, Evidence, Facts, Sources, Analysis, Conclusions, Software, Oh My! (20 February 2012)

*  Are You an Evidence-Based or a Conclusion-Based Genealogist? (20 February 2012)

*  Puzzling Over the Evidence-Conclusion Process (1 March 2012) and Follow-Up Friday - Reader Comments on Evidence and Conclusions (2 March 2012)


*  Lesson Learned: Don't Trust Online Family Trees (24 April 2012)

*  Dear Randy - Can You Describe Your Genealogy Workflow? (25 April 2012)

*  How Accurate are the Ancestry "Shaky Leaf" Hints? (7 May 2012)

*  Legacy Cruise Vacation Compendium (23 May 2012)

*  Are We Strangers in Genealogy Land? (5 June 2012)


*  Which Site Provides "Best" Census Source Citations? (19 June 2012)

*  My So-Called "Career" in Genealogy - Genealogy Evangelist (11 July 2012)

*  TANSTAAFL - 2012 Update (12 July 2012)

*  How Do I Make Money in Genealogy? (13 July 2012)


 The best laid plans of mice and men .. I love it! (23 July 2012)

*  The Value of a One-Name Study (7 August 2012)

*  A Genealogy Butterfly Type of Day (13 September 2012)

*  My Top 10 Genealogy Tools (5 October 2012)

*  My Ancestor Family File Folders and File Naming Convention (22 October 2012)

*  Crowd-Sourcing Cousin Edith (5 November 2012)

*  How Can We Communicate "The Right Way?" (26 November 2012)

*  We All Want Seamless Genealogy Data Transfers (7 December 2012)


*  How Can I Obtain Massachusetts Probate Records? (17 December 2012)

6)  2011:


*  The iGene Awards for 2011 for Genea-Musings Posts


7)  2010:

PERSONAL RESEARCH

*  Who is Mr. Seaver - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (January 2010)

*  Chronicling Rosalie and Jeremiah - Part 1Part 2 (January 2010)

*  Who Were the Parents of Susannah Page (ca1611-1693)? (April 2010)

*  Finding Nathaniel Wade's Wife's Name Online - Post 1, Post 2Post 3 (June 2010)

*  Hiram Abiathur Knapp (1841-1927) (13 August 2010)

*  Was Charlotte on the Orphan Train? (1 September 2010)

*  The Whittle Research Compendium (23 posts) (September-November 2010)

*  Full Day Research at the FHL (22 October 2010)

Using the FAN Club Principle - Thomas J. Newton, Father of Sophia Newton (1834-1923) - Post 1;Post 2: Which Repositories? (November 2010)

*  Were the Morgan Girls Related to Lyle Carringer? (December 2010)

BOOK REVIEWS

*  Who Do You Think You Are? by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (4 March 2010)

*  Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records  by Ron Arons (8 June 2010)

*  The Journey Takers by Leslie Albrecht Huber (29 June 2010)

 Shaking the Family Tree by Buzzy Jackson (7 September 2010)

 Review: Quicksheet. Genealogical Problem Analysis: A Strategic Plan (20 October 2010)

 If This Land Could Talk by Judy R. Cook (16 November 2010)

*  Atlas of East and Coastal Georgia Watercourses and Military Districts by Paul Graham (6 December 2010)

COMMENTARY

*  Teachable Moments in "Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search" (4 January 2010)

*  A Conversation with David E. Rencher - Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (April 2010)

*  The Future of Genealogy Collaboration? (30 April 2010)

*  Finding Ancestry.com Databases Without Name Indexes (7 May 2010)

*  The Online Family Tree Conundrum (10 May 2010)

*  \Ancestry.com Source citations leave a lot to be desired (14 May 2010)

 Dear Randy: Where do I find "the good stuff?" (28 May 2010)

*  Is Robert Pattinson a Cousin to Vlad III Dracula? (24 June 2010)

*  The Ancestral Golden Arches of Genealogy? (30 July 2010)

*  Ancestry.com Acquisition of iArchives (including Footnote.com) (23 September 2010)

*  Intentional Acts of Genealogical Terrorism (8 October 2010)

*  FamilySearch Blogger Day - FamilySearch Family TreeUpcoming CollectionsThe Current and Next FamilySearch SiteFamilySearch Indexing;  Software Community (October 2010)


8)  2009:

*  The 2009 iGene Awards for Genea-Musings

9)  2008:

*  The Genea-Musings iGene Awards for 2008

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