Sunday, November 25, 2007

Best of the Genea-blogs - November 18-24, 2007

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. I don't list posts destined for the Carnival of Genealogy, or my own posts (hopefully, others will do that!).

* "Research Resource: Library of Congress" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig reviews the photograph, ephemera, document, map and other collections available online at the Library of Congress. You don't have to go to Washington DC to see them!

* "Yearning and Family History (from the Oral History Association Conference)" by Susan Kitchens on the Family Oral History Using Digital Tools blog. Susan attended a conference and heard some fascinating and tragic stories. "Yearning" is a great word!

* "Five Ways to Create an Online Tribute" on the Family History Quick Start blog. This is an excellent article with good ideas to honor someone, either dead or alive.

* "Cabinet of Curiosities #1 - PT Barnum Edition" by Tim Abbott on the Walking the Berkshires blog. Tim started this Carnival and had a good response for the first one - 8 submissions, and they were pretty curious to this city boy.

* "Time to Make Your Custom Christmas Gifts" by Jasia on the Creative Genealogy blog. Jasia described ways to make Christmas ornaments to give to your family and friends. Excellent ideas here.

* "DNA Ancestry Review Part 3" by Tim Agazio on the Genealogy Reviews Online blog. Tim finishes his three part series by comparing test results from DNA Ancestry and Family Tree DNA. Read the comments too.

* "Great Expectorations: Genome-tainment Part 2 Genes" by Howard Wolinsky on the Gen-erocity blog. This is an interesting post about Howard's DNA search and that of others recently in the news. I think this is one of the best-ever post titles too!

* "Eatin' Outta the Bully Bucket and Other Reasons to be Thankful" by Terry Thornton on the Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi blog. This was the best Thanksgiving post by a genea-blogger, I think. I learned about friend biscuits, the bucket and that Terry's sweetie is better now. I'm glad!

* "Getting More out of" by Megan Smolenyak on the Roots Television Megan's Roots World blog. Megan has put together a 5 minute guided tout video of RootsTV. Excellent! They have over 1100 videos now online.

Those are my favorites. If I missed some really good ones, please tell me.

Tune in next Sunday for the next "Best of the Genea-Blogs" post.


Jasia said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

Terry Thornton said...

Thanks, Randy. I'm glad you enjoyed my eating out of the Bully bucket! You need to try a fried biscuit too --- I recommend them highly! Sweetie continues to improve and felt well enough to venture out in public today for the first time in more than a month! Thanks for recommending and linking to my post.

Susan K said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Randy. Your best of posts is a fine place for the "I've been way too basy of late" person to go to catch up. :) And after catching up on writing, it's nice to make the list.