Sunday, July 11, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - July 4-10, 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:

* Carnival of Genealogy, 95th Edition edited by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog. This was the "Swimsuit Edition" of this carnival, with 26 entries, and the featured post was Margie Rennick's The Old Fashioned Vacation and Bathing Suit posted at Ancestor Chase,

* Graveyard Rabbit Carnival - July 2010 edited by footnoteMaven (corrected from original!) on The Graveyard Rabbit blog. This was the "Scavenger Hunt" edition of this carnival, and there were 14 interesting entries.

* Involving Family by Cheri Hopkins on the The You Go Genealogy Girls blog. I missed this excellent post last week - Cheri has some excellent examples of ways to involve family in genealogy.

* It’s 10:00 PM – Do You Know Where Your Genealogy Data Is? by Thomas MacEntee on the High-Definition Genealogy blog. Thomas links to the article of the same title on the site about digital preservation..

* Digital or Paper? by Pat Richley on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. Pat answers Alec's question about how to keep records found with sage advice.

* Family Finder Testing Series: Expanding the matches; narrowing the search by Emily Aulicino on the DNA - Genealem 's Genetic Genealogy blog. Emily's advice about what to do after the autosomal test results come in.

* Follow Friday: Review of 5 of Family Tree Magazine's Best FREE web sites by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost blog. Susan did what all of should do once in awhile - check recommended websites and links. Nice and helpful report!

* Genealogy and Social Networking by Russ Worthington on the A Worthington Weblog. Russ continues his cousin finding saga - his feet hurt from the happy dance all week.

* Publishing a Genealogy Book by Martin Hollick on The Slovak Yankee blog. Martin tells us about his book publishing experience. I think that it's a great book that should be on every genealogical library shelf.

* Lift Off by Brenda Dougall Merriman on the Brenda Dougall Merriman blog. I laughed all the way through this post about planning ahead for a genealogy road trip.

* Finding what I wasn’t looking for by Elizabeth on the Genealogy Geek blog. Elizabeth found more than she ever dreamed she'd find when she went looking through online historical newspapers.

* JGSLA 2010: Friday afternoon and JGSLA 2010: Saturday, July 10 by Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog. Schelly is in Los Angeles at the JGSLA Conference - these are her first two daily reports.

Other "Best of ..." posts can be found at:

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

* Follow Friday - 9 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 640 genealogy bloggers using Bloglines, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

UPDATED 7/12: footnoteMaven commented that she edits the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival posts and that I erroneously conflated Gail Wall and Diane Wright into Diane Wall as the editor of the Carnival. It is hard to keep those wonderful Wabbit Women straight! So much talent!


Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for the nod of approval, Randy! I appreciate it. Now to work my way through the other 95 sites!

Unknown said...

Wow the quality of writing and content certainly has improved in just this last year. What a blessed time to be involved in genealogy!! Thank you Randy for highlightening these sites. And thank you writers for shareing!! This is fun! Work but fun --- now just to get longer days to read everything and explore all these wonderful ideas. IMPOSSIBLE!

Cheri Hopkins aka You Go Genealogy Girl #2 said...

Thanks Randy! After all, family is "the why"--even if they don't yet know it. Appreciate you following us along as we do strive to add a few relevant topics while having fun!
Cheri Hopkins
The You Go Genealogy Girls
girl #2

footnoteMaven said...

Thank you for the nod to The Graveyard Rabbit Carnival.

Gail Wall edits the Graveyard Rabbit Journal.

Diane Wright & Gail write the newsletter.

fM is the Carnival.

It's hard to keep all the Wabbit Women straight.