Sunday, January 6, 2008

Best of the Genea-blogs: 30 December 2007 to 5 January 2008

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week.

My criteria are pretty simple - I pick 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!).

* "2007 In Review" by Dick Eastman on the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog. Dick highlights the important events that occurred in genealogy in 2007. The comments have additional highlights.

* "10 Biggest Genealogy News Stories of 2007" by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog. Diane has a somewhat different take than Dick Eastman - I like her list better.

* "Top 10 Genealogy Blogs and Podcasts for 2007" by Mark Tucker on the ThinkGenealogy blog. Mark lists his favorites - do you agree with them? Genea-Musings made the list at #9 - thanks, Mark!

* "The Greatest Genealogy Find Ever" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. Craig tells about his best-ever find, and challenges the rest of us to discuss ours. I did, did you?

* "Walksheds in the Hill Country" by Terry Thornton on the Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi blog. Terry describes a very logical idea about placement of country stores in rural areas. I found this fascinating.

* "Who Was D.B. Cooper?" and "More on the D.B. Cooper Case" by Tim Agazio on the Genealogy Reviews Online blog. Tim summarizes the recent activity in this case.

* "Four Stone Hearth #31: Silver Screen Edition" by Tim Abbott at the Walking the Berkshires blog. This is a Carnival for Anthropology and Archaeology - two disciplines that tie into ancient genealogy well!

* "One of my Great Geneaology Finds: My Cousin Chaya the Commie" by Howard Wolinski at the Gen-erocity blog. I am intrigued by researching in other countries, especially those formerly behind the Iron Curtain. Read Howard's Avotanyu article too - lots of interesting details!

* "New Year's Eve ..." by G. on the how to survive suburban life blog. This is hilarious. I wish I could write funny stuff like this about my grandchildren.

* "Grandpa's Final Resting Place, Part 1" and "Part 2" by Terry Snyder on the Desktop Genealogist blog. Terry tells about tracking down her grandfather's second family and his burial location.

* "Where was Your Family in 1908?" by Lisa on the 100 Years in America blog. Here is another blog challenge for genea-bloggers - post about where your family was in 1908. The Smithsonian article is a keeper, and Lisa's story is great.

* "Have You or Someone Else Sub-primed Your Genealogy?" by Arlene Eakle on the Arlene H. Eakle blog. Arlene makes excellent points about clerk errors, indexes, original records and evaluating evidence. I look forward to hearing her speak next Saturday here in San Diego.

* "To Tell the Genealogical Truth" by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog. This is a late entrant, just under the Saturday night wire. Craig gives some excellent lessons about census records from his research. It's not done yet.

Did I miss a great genealogy post? Tell me!


Terry Thornton said...

Thanks, Randy, for the link. Walkshed is simple and useful concept, isn't it? [And a term I wished I had coined!] Now I will sit back and watch my stats for the Seaver-induced "blogalanche" that always occurs after a mention here! LOL! and THANKS.

Tim Agazio said...

Randy, I also thank you for the link and the stats boost I will get from you mentioning me! These weekly lists of yours always contain 2 or 3 blogs I've never visited before...thanks again.

Tim Agazio