Sunday, November 4, 2007

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of October 28 to November 3

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!).

* "Using Ancestry: Census Searching Reminders" by Michael John Nell, posted on the 24/7 Family History Circle blog. Michael has excellent tips for finding your elusive ancestor in the census indexes on Read the comments too.

* "DNA Analysis of 5 People Who Helped Create America" by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog. Franklin, Jefferson, the Adams, Hamilton, and Lincoln DNAnalyzed a bit. Intriguing.

* "How to Innovate and Change the World" by Whitney Ransom on the WorldVitalRecords blog. This is a summary of a lecture she attended by Guy Kawasaki with the same title. Whitney then applies the techniques to WVR. Unfortunately, she missed points 1 and 2. Interesting advice. Does it apply to genealogy blogs?

* "Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635" by Lori Thornton on the Smoky Mountain Family Historian Blog. Lori found several descriptions of the hurricane of 1635 that thrashed the Northeast.

* "Can Kalonji get his Sons of the Confederacy Membership? Maybe DNA Can Help" by Taneya on Taneya's Genealogy Blog. I thought that this was the best post for the Carnival of Genealogy on DNA. It combines family stories and traditional genealogy research techniques to figure out how to use DNA to prove a patrilineal ancestry. I know I'm violating my rule, but it's my blog.

* "FamilySearch vs." at the Ancestry Insider blog. Someone may know who this blogger is, but s/he's not telling. Even more interesting are the comments - especially the discussion the costs and benefits of new database content, and how it affects subscription prices.

* "My Ghost Story" by Renee Zamora on Renee's Genealogy Blog. This was the best genealogy Hallowe'en story of the week. Ever had this feeling?

Those are my "best of" for the week - I hope you enjoy them, and learn from them, asm uch as I did.

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