Sunday, June 6, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 30 May to 5 June 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: There’s No Better Rule” by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog. Mr. AI continues his weekly discussion about Evidence and listing it separate from Sources and Conclusions. I'm glad he's doing it - it's above my mental capability, I fear!

* Sentimental Sunday -- Two Soldiers Connect by Barbara Poole on the Life From the Roots blog. Barbara's post was the best Memorial Day story I read. What a wonderful outcome!

* Not How-to but Why-do? by Daniel Hubbard on the Personal Past Meditations - a Genealogical Blog. Daniel asks "why do we pursue what might be called 'a gentle madness'" and analyzes it from his perspective. I'm pretty simple - "because it's fun and I love the thrill of the hunt."

* Summer of Genealogy Wishes - Genealogy Societies: The Transition Balance Beam by Thomas MacEntee posted by Tina Lyons on the Gen Wish List blog. Thomas has excellent advice for struggling genealogical societies - thoughtful and challenging!

* Can You Teach an Old Genealogist New Tricks? by Lorine Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Lorine answers her own question - and I will too: YES! But it's painful sometimes.

* Graveyard Rabbit Carnival - June 2010 by footnoteMaven on The Graveyard Rabbit blog. There were 12 submissions for this carnival on the topic of The Interesting, The Odd, The Beautiful.

* Houston We Have Lift Off - Shades The Magazine - May Issue by footnoteMaven on the Shades of the Departed blog. The May 2010 issue of Shades of the Departed Magazine is a keeper!

* Search Engines for Genealogy: Going Beyond Google by Robert on the MyHeritage Blog. Robert makes a good point that just using Google to search anything isn't a good idea, and shows several alternative sites.

* Topics in Research-Was Iva May Insane? Part One. by Jennifer on the Rainy Day Genealogy Readings blog. What an interesting study that includes rarely used resources. I can hardly wait for the followup.

* Are You A Genealogy Geek? by Joanne Schleier on the Keeper of the Records blog. Joanne follows up on Natalie's post from last week with another fine list for our amusement.

* History by Fact, or by Faith? by Chery Kinnick on the Nordic Blue blog. Chery muses her way through knowledge, truth, religion, Sherlock Holmes and time travel. I like musings!

* Obituaries, The Woman’s Movement, & Humor by footnoteMaven on the Online Graveyard Rabbit Journal blog. fM writes about obituaries about women and how they've changed over the years. for the better!

* Privacy Rights and Family History by Gena Ortega on Gena's Genealogy Blog. Gena has comments about these issues, and a link to a Steve Luxemburg article that everybody should read.

* Thoughtful Thursday: Malcom Gladwell Quotes and Genealogy by Chris Staats on the Staats Place blog. Chris worries that he's caught in learning genealogy process and is not doing enough research.

* Carnival of Genealogy, 94th Edition edited by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. There were nine entries to this carnival on the subject of the Changing Roles of Women. Cynthia Shenette was the featured author for her post Meditation: The Strength of Ordinary Women at the Heritage Zen: blog.

Other genea-bloggers reading recommendations:

* Follow Friday: Rainy Day Genealogy Readings by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog. Greta's weekly reading picks are somewhat different from mine - we each have favorites!

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John picks different posts than I do - they're all good!

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

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

NOTE: Best of the Genea-Blogs will be on a one-week hiatus - I will be at the SCGS Jamboree next week with 50 or more of my genea-blogging colleagues.


Tina Lyons said...

Thanks Randy for another great list and the mention of Thomas' great post on my blog.

Barbara Poole said...

Randy, thank you so much for the mention of my article about the two soldiers who came together through my genealogy and research. It was a true labor of love. Thank you.

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