Sunday, January 17, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - January 10-16, 2010

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for the genealogy carnivals, or other meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

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

* What Is A Genealogist? by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. Martin differentiates a genealogist from a family historian from a detective searching for living people. He's a genealogist.

* Video: The Twittering Genealogist – Following by Mark Tucker on the ThinkGenealogy blog. Mark demonstrates how to find and follow genealogists on Twitter. Useful if you are new to Twitter.

* Genealogy Startup Idea: Preserve and Curate My Social Media for Future Generations by Dean Richardson on the Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented blog. I love it when smart people think up new business ideas. This sounds like one that might work. Good idea, Dean!

* DNA Testing Solves Mysteries and Brings Family Together, part 2b by Emily Aulicino on the DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy blog. Here are two more DNA success stories. I appreciate Emily collecting these!

* Back to Adam? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. Some cautionary words, and osme excellent references, from James on this topic.

* Sticking My Toe in the DAR Pool and Sticking Another Toe in the DAR Pool by Amy Coffin on the We Tree blog. Readers can ride along with Amy as she explores getting involved in the DAR.

* McGinnis Mysteries: Exploring the Native American Connection by Chris Staats on The McGinnis History blog. Chris presents a fascinating research problem, analyzes it, and ocmes up with a research plan.

* Do Wikis really work for genealogy? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. A very useful discussion about new FamilySearch, WeRelate and wikis in general.

* How to Unlock the Facts and Folklore through Interviews by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog. Excellent ideas about interviewing from Lynn.

* 52 Weeks of Genealogy Sources: Week 1, Archive Category in FamilySearch by Gena Ortega on Gena's Genealogy blog. Gena has devised her own weekly blog theme, and it's an excellent one, since Archives are often hidden from our view.

* The Thrill of the Hunt by Sharon on the Find Your Dead blog. Sharon finds another research project in a different way, but I think she does it just for the thrill. Most of us do, eh?

* What Do I Do With My Research? or How to Have Your Hard Work Outlive You by Jean L. Cooper on the blog. What an interesting, and useful, post by Jean on this subject that almost everyone I know has thought about. Really useful ideas here.

* A Friend Of Friends: Lessons From The Underground Railroad by Sandra Taliaferro on the I Never Knew My Father blog. Sandra's story about the password on the Underground Railroad, and more, touched my heart. Great post!

* The Best Laid Genealogical Plans... by Chery Kinnick on the Nordic Blue blog. Chery found her father, and tells her story. Sad, uplifting, moving - I'm glad she found him, though.

* Weekly Rewind by Apple on the Apple's Tree blog. Apple's weekly summary of her activities, genealogy carnivals and her reading favorites. I often find blog posts listed here that escaped my attention!

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John's weekly summary of reading favorites from blogs, newspapers and other sources.

* Donna’s Picks: January 10, 2010 by Donna Pointkouski on the What's Past is Prologue blog. Besides enjoying Donna's picks, check out her nifty super-hero poster!

I encourage you to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blog to your Favorites, Bloglines, reader, feed or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 580 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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