Sunday, April 18, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - April 11-17, 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:

* In Praise of Genealogical “Junk Food” by Katrina McQuarrie on the Kick-Ass Genealogy blog. Katrina's guilty pleasure is reading genealogy magazines - and for good reasons, which she lists!

* Monday Madness, or “What am I supposed to do with all these pictures!” by Ruth Stephens on the Bluebonnet Country Genealogy blog. Ruth decided what to do in her post - sounds like an excellent choice!

* Teenage Genealogy Tuesday by Dean Richardson on the Genlighten Blog - Genealogy Documented blog. An interesting evening for Dean at the FHC - working with teens finding their ancestry. Some good ideas here!

* Saving Money with Society Memberships - Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four by Tina Lyons on the Gen Wish List blog. Tina has excellent ideas on the subject, and wants your suggestions too (see her fourth post).

* Visit your ancestral places by John D. Reid on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. John has several helpful articles this week - but I thought this one was the most helpful to me. A great idea - visit them online - John tells you how!

* The grave for R. U. READY by Terry Thornton on the Hill Country HOGS Blog. Is there a better writer amongst our genea-blogger community than Terry? I don't think so! Read this sad, funny, and fascinating story. Enjoy.

* Janet's Guide To Salt Lake City by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog. This is an ongoing series for NGS Conference and Family History Library attendees - everything you need to know about the best family history place on Earth.

* Tombstone Tuesday- Battle of Lexington, Not so Wordless Wednesday- Patriot's Day Symbols, Lemuel Haynes- A Black Minute Man, Cousins at the Battle of Lexington, and The Battle of Lexington, Re-Enacted by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog. Cousin Heather's series about Patriot's Day is excellent - I was especially touched by the re-enactment story. That sounds like a fantastic, and sobering, experience.

* Uses for Facebook in Genealogy by Cyndi Howells on the Cyndi's List blog. Cyndi came up with more ideas than I've seen or heard before - very helpful!

* Conference Week - How To Survive A Week Away From Home by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog. Sheri has the first post of (hopefully) a series - who knew that comfort items were that important? My only comfort item at a conference is a bag of M&Ms; but then I don't need a hair dryer or ironing board.

* Spring Cleaning Genealogy Style by Laura on the It's All Relative blog. What a great idea - an SOP for your genealogy collection. Laura has done one, have you? Me? No, not yet. It would be interesting to see one to determine the breadth and depth of it.

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John faithfully makes his picks every week in several categories - excellent choices!

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

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thank you, Randy, for mentioning my Lexington stories. I'm glad you enjoyed them, and I had a great time writing them!

Unknown said...

Excellent selections this week, Randy. I have the same opinion! I concur with each and every one of your choices!! Well done and thank you all you talented delightful bloggers!!

Sheri Fenley said...

Thank you Randy for mentioning my public service posts.

M and M's hmmm, where are you and Linda shacking up at in Salt Lake?

Terry Thornton said...

Thanks, Randy, for your kind words and for including R. U. READY in your list. I wished for a ladder so I could have gotten down into that hole for a better view --- maybe next time! Thanks.
Terry Thornton
Fulton, Mississippi

Tina Lyons said...

Thanks Randy for including my blog series. I always look forward to Sundays and your "Best of the Genea-Blogs". It is a treat to be included.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Randy!

Seems we all have so many images to manage, I thought I'd share my solution. Hopefully, I inspired another geneablogger to step back from the edge of the roof...

Janet Hovorka said...

Thanks Randy. I'm glad you enjoyed the posts. I have good stuff for you this week too. So keep watching.