Sunday, July 25, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 18-24 July 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:

* Four Tried and True Systems for Organizing Genealogy Research by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog. Denise provides links to several file organization systems - good advice for the paper stackers and packrats like me.

* Quantum Genealogy by Daniel Hubbard on the Personal Past Meditations - A Genealogical Blog. Daniel has deep thoughts and interesting parallels of genealogy with quantum mechanics.

* Whirlwind Family Connections - My Big Fat Genealogy Adventure by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog. Greta found a cousin and much more through This adventure has barely begun - road trip!

* John Drake of Windsor, Conn. Redux by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. Martin objectively addresses a commenter's erroneous information. This is a great example of doing it civilly and logically. This type of work has to be done by all of us.

* Docu-Challenge: Charles W. Player death certificate by Pat Richley on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. It's great to see Pat doing what she does best - teach and blog! This is an instructive challenge for readers - what are your responses? Make a comment and perhaps win the Greenwood book. Pat has a pretty new blog look too - I love it!

* Genealogical Confidence Game by JT on the filioagnostic blog. JT describes something that all researchers need to be aware of if they are researching "famous" surnames. He does a fine job of debunking a Sir Francis Drake fantasy civilly and logically. Bravo!

* Can You Do Genealogy Without Technology? by Shauna Hicks on the Shauna Hicks Historical Enterprises blog. Interesting question posed by Shauna. She tried! It's possible, but we sure do like our toys, don't we?

* "Hey, Can you Give Me the Family Genealogy?" by Polly Kimmitt on the Pollyblog blog. Polly wants to share her research at the family reunion, and shares her plans for getting information from the relatives.

* Additional “Best” Free Websites for 2010 by Kory Meyerink on The ProGenealogists (R)Genealogy Blog. Kory has suggestions for researchers to add to the Family Tree Magazine list.

* Genealogy Treasure Hunt by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. Lorine has more good ideas (read her other ones too!) for involving children in genealogy. I can hardly wait to start with my grandkids (without their moms knowing about it, of course!).

* The genealogy video game by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. An interesting conversation reported by James - is this how most people view online family tree data? I hope not - if so, we are doomed!

Other "Best of..." weekly pick posts are here:

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John also links to other weekly pick posts.

* Follow Friday: 23 July 2010 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog.

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

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Family Curator said...

Thank you Randy for including The Family Curator in your weekly picks. It is an honor to be highlighted with so many top bloggers.

DearMYRTLE said...

Thanks for the kind words, Randy. ;-)

Greta Koehl said...

Thank you for the mention, Randy - I hope there will be exciting adventures to report from the road trip!