Sunday, May 16, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - May 9-15, 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:

* Evidence Management Explained by the author of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI unveils a nifty set of evidence and analysis forms to be used to reach research conclusions. Read the comments too.

* NGS 2010 Family History Conference Was a Huge Success! by Pam Cerutti on the Upfront with NGS blog. This is the "official" summary of the NGS Conference, with a link to the Thursday night program segments.

* Facebook for Genealogists Cheat Sheet by Thomas MacEntee on the High Definition Genealogy blog. Thomas has a two page summary sheet to guide genealogists who use Facebook.

*’s Top 100 Genealogy Sites and Announces Its Top 100 Genealogy Sites by Robert on the MyHeritage Blog. This list is really 100 genealogy sites (many blogs are listed) that you should visit and read, because it leaves out many of the top bloggers (e.g., Dick Eastman, DearMYRTLE, Leland Meitzler, footnoteMaven, and many more.) IMHO.

* My Abominable Online Tree and OBMFM by Apple on the Apple's Tree blog. Apple comments about her experiences with online family trees - excellent thoughts and read the comments too.

* A Man on a Mission by Leah on The Internet Genealogist blog. Leah's post about her great-great-grandfather John Berger discusses his religious fervor and life - and her discussion about the role of religion in American life is excellent.

* Are you Building Brick Walls? by Brenda Joyce Jerome on the Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog. An interesting question, and Brenda has great advice.

* Researcher concerns about the digitized records available on the web sites of NARA’s digitization partners by Rebecca on the NARAtions blog. This post discusses the quality assurance measures being taken by NARA and its' partners in digitizing and indexing databases.

* Online Trees by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Here is another take on online family trees - using them as "cousin bait" and the "tip line"(I like those terms!).

* Follow Friday: 14 May 2010 by Grata Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Greta often finds excellent blog posts that I've missed. Read her picks.

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John's weekly reads are often different from my own - read his list too.

* Weekly Rewind by Apple on the Apple's Tree blog. Apple reveals her weekly picks on readings, carnivals and memes, and her week. It's good to have Apple blogging again after her surgery.

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.


Brenda Joyce Jerome said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy. I appreciate it.

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Thanks Randy! It's good to be back .

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SueFitz said...

Thanks for sharing - I found a couple that are of interest. I will definately being go back to your archives of your "Best of..."