Sunday, December 2, 2007

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 25 November to 1 December 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!).

* "The Survey" by John D. Reid at the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. The results of the survey are interesting. There was a newspaper article about this survey too- it noted that so many Canadians don't know their great-grandparents names.

* "Tonight's Software Disasters" by someone on The Ancestry Insider blog. This tuned-in, highly proficient, and technically ept Ancestry employee had a really bad day, and blogged about it. I completely understand...and do feel sorry for him because it can happen to any of us, at any time.

* "How to download videos from YouTube" by John Newmark on the Transylvanian Dutch blog. I've wanted to know how to do this and was perplexed. Thanks, John!

* "Anniversary on the land-locked cruise ship" by G (the woman who writes the) how to survive suburban life blog. This is a wonderfully funny family history story. How many of us have had experiences like this?

* "The Future of Genealogy Software is Not Hard to See" by Mark Tucker on the ThinkGenealogy blog. I admire people who can think about five and ten years into the future. This is an intriguing post.

* "An Improbable Home" by Thomas MacEntee on the Destination: Austin Family blog. This is a wonderful tribute to Thomas' mother's strong determination and resourcefulness.

* "The World's Smartest Sister" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig posts about a special birthday for a special person in his life - funny, poignant, nice.

* "An Unconventional Naming Convention" by Chris Dunham on The Genealogue blog. This is a serious post by Chris, and would really upset the genealogy apple cart! Um, how can I tell he was serious? Or Marilyn, for that matter.

* "I'm not in Kansas Anymore" by Becky Wiseman on the Kinexxions blog. Becky has been on the road (read all of her posts, not just this one), visiting people, taking pictures and roaming graveyards.

* "Athalia: Child of Happiness" and "The Mother of Us All" by Tim Abbott on the Walking the Berkshires blog. Tim's grandmother, Athalia, died this week and Tim honors her with several articles about her life.

This list was hard to compile because I have been so busy this last week with other things - and then we went our of town for the weekend.

I hope you enjoy these posts by some of my favorite genea-bloggers and writers. I did!

UPDATED 7:30 PM: Added the Tim Abbott posts!

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