Sunday, February 28, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - February 21-27, 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:

* Canadian Genealogy Carnival 8th Edition by Kathryn Lake on the Looking 4 Ancestors blog. There were five entries in this carnival on the theme of Winter Sports in the Great White North.

* “Just in Time” Genealogy Document Digitization Dean Richardson on the Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented blog. Dean always has interesting ideas on how to provide records to customers. This one is a big winner, I think!

* Announcing the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog. This post got the geneablogger world in a flutter all week - did you miss it?

* A Success Story: A Graduation Class Identified by Maureen Taylor on the Photo Detective with Maureen A. Taylor blog. What an interesting photo and method to solve the question, and the last story is pretty cool too.

* Family ChArtist Video by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog. Janet has been unveiling her new product, Family ChArtist all week, and this post features Mark Tucker's video of how to use it.

* Social Networking for Genealogy by Cyndi Howells on the Cyndi's List blog. Cyndi ponders how to categorize different social networking sites, and tries to find some common theme.

* Sentimental Sunday: Savannah Bound ~ The Arrival, Memorable Monday: Savannah According To Luckie ~ Oh The Fun!:-), and Paying Homage To The River ~ Leaving Savannah… by Luckie Daniels on the Our Georgia Roots blog. Luckie describes the exploits of Sandra, Bernard, Felicia, Mavis and herself on a genealogy meetup in Savannah. Sounds like they had a lot of fun!

* What Does It Take To Be A Successful Genealogist? by the Bob S of the Genoom Blog. Megan, Leland, Miriam and Randy offer advice on the topic. Read the comments too.

* Are There Common Traits All Genealogists Share? by Elyse Doerflinger on Elyse's Genealogy Blog. Elyse analyzes the post above, then herself and adds her list of traits that genealogists share - good work!

* A Baker's Dozen - Traits Of A Family Historian by footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog. fM made an excellent list of traits to supplement the other two posts above.

* The revolutionary challenge of New FamilySearch, Additional thoughts on the revolutionary challenge of New FamilySearch and New FamilySearch Questions finally get public airing by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. James is keeping the rest of us informed about New FamilySearch. I really appreciate the effort.

* Strategies for Starting Your Family History: Evidence Analysis by Donna Moughty on Donna's Genealogy Blog. Donna's series is excellent - in this post she looks at evidence analysis using a document for one of her ancestors.

* Genealogical Workflow: Step 2 of 5 – Gather by Dan Lawyer on the FamilySearch Labs Blog. Dan's next post in the series addresses obtaining records and information.

* A Genealogy Timeline - More Than Just a Pretty Face by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog. Lynn discusses different kinds of timelines, and offers her own chart to help.

* 10 Things Genealogists Can't Live Without by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. Pat's list includes some websites, databases and research tools. What do you think of her list?

* Bloggers Day: Search and Bloggers Day: Search (Part 2) by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. These are the latest installments of the detailed summary of Blogger's Day back in early January. Great job!

* Closing Ceremonies – Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog. The GB Games have ended - there were 51 participants, see who won medals! Check out those ancestral flags, too!

* Weekly Rewind by Apple on the Apple's Tree blog. I'm glad apple is back from vacation because she always finds posts that I've missed!

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John's weekly picks and other genealogy news keeps me informed.

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 590 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Dean Richardson said...

Thanks Randy... I'm always very grateful to be included in your "Best of ..." posts!


Lynn Palermo said...

Thank you for the shout out Randy, always very much appreciated.

footnoteMaven said...


thank you so much for mentioning my article on traits.

I love your list. Always something there I've missed.