Sunday, November 11, 2007

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of November 4-10, 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!).

* "New Blog Carnival: Cabinet of Curiosities" by GreenmanTim at Walking the Berkshires. Tim is starting this new carnival and has some funny things in his own collection.

* "Mola and Voodoo and My Cat Hattie: Curiosities" by Terry Thornton on the Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi blog. Terry tells about his own curiosities for submission to Tim's new carnival. I didn't know what a mola was, of course.

* "WorldVitalRecords Introduces Valuable Scanning Services (Photos, Documents, Videos and Slides)" by Whitney Ransom on the WorldVitalRecords Blog. This is a great opportunity for those without scanners or technical ability to have their collections digitized. The idea came out of one of the customer surveys that WVR conducts regularly (another good idea).

* "232nd Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig tells the early history of the USMC and how he was honored two years ago. As a father-in-law of a Marine currently serving in Ramadi, I appreciate the post and have spent some time today thinking about him and all that have gone before. Thanks, Craig!

* "Association of Professional Genealogists Speech" by Paul Allen on his Paul Allen, Internet Entrepreneur blog. Paul talks about his early years at Ancestry/MyFamily and what the future holds for WorldVitalRecords. This is a must read for anyone interested in the future of genealogy.

* "I Am My Own - Well, Not Quite..." by Jessica Oswalt on her Jessica's Genejournal blog. Jessica shares her story about an ancestor who married a much younger woman and relates it to the song "I Am My Own Grandpaw."

* "British Soldiers Weren't Called Lobsterbacks" by J.L. Bell on the Boston 1775 blog. He quota Christopher Lenney's findings about how the term came about. Apparently Nathaniel Hawthorne put the term into the popular speech, but it was used before him.

* "Genealogy Support Group" by Denise Olson on the Family Matters blog. Denise has created a group on Diigo to collect useful links, articles, reviews, resources, discussions, etc.

* "Conspiracy Theories" by John Newmark on his Transylvania Dutch blog. Trekkie John shows some funny pictures of himself in costumes and tells the stories. Good stuff.

That's it - if I missed a really good post, please let me know.

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