Sunday, March 7, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 28 February - 6 March 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's Happening In The Next Few Years by Renee Zamora on Renee's Genealogy Blog. Renee found an interesting list of predictions for our world and daily lives.

* A Toast To Mom: 6/20/1959 – 2/28/2010 by Elyse Doerflinger on Elyse's Genealogy Blog. Elyse's mother died last weekend and this is Elyse's beautiful tribute to her. Elyse has a new URL and blog design too.

* Genealogy: A $1B Market? Maybe by Dean Richardson on the Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented. Dean explains how he estimated the genealogy market size - useful information!

* Strategies for Starting Your Family History: Recording Your Findings by Donna Moughty on Donna's Genealogy Blog. This weekly series is excellent - read them all!

* Top Ten Things a Real Genealogist Can't Live Without by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. Martin made his own list after DearMYRTLE's list last week - major differences, due to different views.

* Genealogy Boot Camp: Get to know Your Research Tools by Thomas Kemp on GenealogyBank - The Official Blog. Tom provides al ink to his latest slide presentation.

* Bloggers & Tweeters & Chatters – Oh My! by Renee on the Above the Trees blog. Renee recounts her experiences at the St. George, Utah Family History Expo last weekend.

* Research Delivered: eBay Saved Searches by Denise Olson on the Family Matters blog. Denise shares how to let eBay tell you when something of interest to you is offered for sale.

* Genealogy As Therapy by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. Jasia thinks genealogy research is therapeutic, satisfying and fun. I totally agree! Read Jasia's reasons.

* My Luckie Afternoon With Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.!:-) by Luckie Daniels on the Our Georgia Roots blog. Luckie goes to a HLG presentation and gets to ask him a question. Great experience, and excellent job.

* Funding the Genealogy Collections at the Library of Michigan by Roger Moffat on the Roger's Ramblings blog. Roger discusses the problems with the Michigan library genealogy collection.

* Faces of America and Genetic Genealogy Testing by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog. Blaine summarizes the different tests shown on the last episode of Faces of America. Thanks for setting me straight, Blaine!

* Genealogy Discussion Group at Osan Air Base and Group Review by Wendy Hawksley on the New England Genealogy blog. Wendy is far away from home and started a new discussion group on their base - with an interesting result. Great opportunity here!

* Rate Your Genealogical Maturity by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI has modified his Genealogical Maturity Model and wants you to rate your skills. Try it.

* Weekly Rewind by Apple on the Apple's Tree blog. Apple 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 well 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 610 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

NOTE: Linda and I are off late next week for a three-week vacation far away from San Diego - to Australia (Sydney, Cairns), New Zealand (Christchurch, Queenstown, Auckland) and Fiji (Suva) to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I am not taking my laptop, and I will not be reading blogs, so therefore Best of the Genea-Blogs will be dark for four weeks. Please read Apple's Weekly Rewind posts and John's Weekly Genealogy Picks.


Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Bill West said...

Enjoy Oz, Randy!

Dean Richardson said...

Thanks for highlighting our "$1b genealogy market" post Randy -- hope you greatly enjoy your vacation!

theKiwi said...

Thanks for the mention Randy (Roger's Ramblings and the Library of Michigan) - and have a GREAT trip to New Zealand - my homeland :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the mention!

I look forward to reading through your round-up this week. Enjoy your vacation (you'll be only 16 hours away from me)!

Anonymous said...

Have a great vacation. We will have Genea-Musings withdrawal

Jasia said...

Thanks for the mention Randy!

I hope you and Linda have the trip of a lifetime. I wish you sunny days, peaceful nights, and much adventure! Bon Voyage and have a safe trip :-)