Sunday, October 21, 2007

Best of the Genea-blogs - Week of October 14-20

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week. My criteria are pretty simple - I like posts that advance knowledge about genealogy, or are funny and/or poignant.

* "Another Law Lesson: The Basics of Defamation" and "Avoid Defamation" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig continues to write about legal issues that may face genealogy researchers and especially bloggers.

* "What Our Genealogy Customers Want" by Paul Allen on his Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur blog. This provides results from the WorldVitalRecords survey of customers taken last week.

* "WDYTYA- Margot Kidder" by John D. Reid on his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. This post is about the Canadian TV show "Who Do You Think You Are" which traced some of Kidder's ancestry. I wish we had this show in the US! John also had some useful Canadian genealogy links in his post.

* "Why Post Your Genealogy / Family History Online?" by whoever writes the Family History Quick Start blog. This relatively new blog/web site has some useful how-to and advice posts.

* "Young Men at Yorktown" by Tim Abbott on the Walking the Berkshires blog. Tim describes the activities of his ancestors at the penultimate battle of the Revolutionary War. Fascinating.

* "The Dick Cheney - Barack Obama - Orrell Connection" by Reb Orrell on the Bob and Reb's Genealogy Blog. Here is the story about how Lynne Cheney made the connection. In addition, the Oliphant cartoon is priceless (is this a copyright infraction?)!

* "Country Words and Sayings, A to Z" by Terry Thornton on the Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi blog. I liked this the best of Terry's posts this past week, because it helps me understand certain people, and it was funny. Jiggered? Mully-grubs? Uggle-muggled? I swore that I wouldn't give Terry more hits this week, but I can't help it that he writes so well.

* "Inside Scoop on Ancestry Acquisition" on The Ancestry Insider blog. This is about the biggest news of the week, and the Insider gives us the scoop from the employee level. I don't know who is making the disparaging comments, though - it's not NewspaperGirl as far as I can tell from her blog.

That's it for this week - please visit these fine bloggers and either learn from them or enjoy their writing efforts. Thanks to all for a really interesting blogging week.


footnoteMaven said...


I get "Who Do You Think You Are" in Seattle and have watched the first two installments.

There is a lot of information in thirty short minutes and it is very entertaining.


Terry Thornton said...

Randy, Thanks for the link/mention. I'll brace for a Randy-induced flood of readers! The last time you listed Hill Country, I had the largest day of viewers/readers ever --- the power of Randy Seaver! Thanks. But primarily I'm glad you enjoyed the Country Sayings A-Z.