Sunday, September 2, 2007

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of August 26

Here's is my short list of the "Best of the Genea-Blogs" for the week of August 26. This week was dominated on the genealogy blogs by the news of Ancestry's "Internet Biographical Collection" - see my earlier posts for more details, I won't pick any of them here (well, one, sort of). There were also many posts about family stories and myths, which are the subject of this week's Carnival of Genealogy, so I didn't pick any of them either.

This is my list of favorite posts (note that some of them go off to another web site) - not in any particular order:

* Chris Dunham's The Genealogue posted "They Were Their Own Grandpas" which pointed to a James Pylant article in Genealogy Magazine about the origins of the world-famous genealogy song.

* Gena Philibert-Ortega's Gena's Genealogy blog has an article titled "School: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The post discusses finding and using school records and yearbooks as resources.

* Blaine Bettinger's The Genetic Genealogist blog has two articles titled "DNA from the Dead: DNA Banking is Legal, Is It Ethical?" - Part 1 is here, part 2 is here. I wish I understood all of this, but I appreciate the technical detail and information.

* footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog posted "Just Because You Can doesn't Mean You Should" which is an allegorical story pertinent to the Ancestry fiasco. fM also has a post about "Nice Through the Ages" which shows how the meaning of the word "nice" has changed over time.

* The Ancestry Insider posted "The Dark Side of Steve Morse's Wonderful Website" and discussed the techniques that Morse uses in his searches and the ramifications of them.

* Lee Drew's FamHist blog post titled "Hello, Cousin" made me think about how much more I could be doing to find distant cousins.

* Bill West at the West in New England blog posts "Caveat Genealogis" that links to an article Diana Henderson Probus wrote by the same title back in 2000 that is posted here (click on the "Caveat Genealogis" link). Diana just passed away and Bill passes some of her wisdom to all of us.

* Jasia at the Creative Gene blog posted "How to Regain Access to Your Yahoo Account After It's Been Hacked." There are lessons to be learned by the misfortune, and reaction, of others.

So go forth and read the posts and the blogs. Oh yeah -- Happy Labor Day! I'm going to blog and transcribe all day, I think.


Moultrie Creek said...

Randy, you've pointed me to some great articles I would not have found otherwise. Thank you.

I'm going to include an occasional post of my own and hope others will too. Sure, there will be some overlap, but each of us brings a different perspective to the table and we all can help expand the knowledge base.

It's a good thing.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

A good idea!
We do have different perspectives, and thus we can raise awareness of issues that others might ordinarily miss.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe

footnoteMaven said...


Thank you for the nod and the link.

I hope you wrap up the year with a "Best of the Genea-Blogs 2007."