Sunday, September 26, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19-25 September 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:

Confession: I Hired a Genealogy Psychic and Was The Genealogy Psychic Worth It? You Be The Judge. by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  A fun and humorous experiment here on an interesting research problem. 

Things to Do When the Pension File Arrives by Liz Haigney Lynch on The Ancestral Archaeologist blog. Liz's inventory list is a winner here, in additon to the sage advice. 

Evidence Management and Member Trees by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI had several other posts on this subject several months ago - this post presents some conclusions and an evidence management conclusion table which looks useful.

My Second Blogiversary Dedicated to my Son by Becky Jamison on the Grace and Glory blog.  Becky's story is heartwarming and rewarding, plus she has pictures of six generations.  How cool is that?

*  .  My Tangent – Speech Recognition and My Genealogy Transcription Project  by Jim Smith on the A Genealogy Hunt blog.  I've wondered how Jim has been transcribing so many documents so well, and this post tells how. 

Have You Looked at Passport Records Yet?  by Carolyn L. Barkley on the blog.  Carolyn shows how useful passport records can be with examples, and notes how to obtain them.

*   Is there an economy of scale in genealogical records? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James ponders the acquisition of iArchives (and footnote).  Good analogy and interesting questions here.

Grand Genealogy Journey: The Research-Rich Environment of Kansas City by Craig Manson on the Geneablogie blog.  Craig's train finally got to Kansas City where he explores the research centers in the area.

Identity, Tradition and Preservation Discussed at Storytellers Conference by Angela Y. Walton-Raji on the African-Native American Genealogy Blog.  Angela's conference summary highlights activites at this Muscogee, Oklahoma conference.

Sharing Genealogy by JL on the JLog blog.  JL analyzes her own family situation relating to sharing genealogy.  It sounds like everybody else's!  She has an interesting and simple chart to whet the family's family history appetite. 

Other weekly "Best of..." genealogy blog posts include:

Follow Friday: 24 September 2010 by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.  Greta's weekly reader picks are often differnet from mine and John's.

* Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog. John highlights blog posts, carnivals, press releases and more, plus he links to several other weekly pick posts.

I encourage you to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blog to your Favorites, Google Reader, RSS 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 670 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Becky Thompson said...

Thank you, Randy!

Craig Manson said...

Thanks for the recognition, Randy!

Miriam Robbins said...

JL is a woman, Randy...although it may not be obvious on her blog, since she is a fairly private person. I have met her, by the way. :-)

JL said...

Yeah, Randy, she met me. Girls-night-out in a private location. Sshhh.

Randy Seaver said...

Thanks Miriam and JL for setting me straight. I edited it so no one will ever know ... and I'll try to remember that in the future.

Kerry Scott said...

Thank you very much for the mention!