Sunday, November 28, 2010

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 21-27 November 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:

Gasbagging About Genealogy by the Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill gave several presentations in Sydney last week, and enjoyed the experience.  Read her links too - interesting commentary.

Some of the many things I don't understand about genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James's musings strike a chord with many of his readers - "no one ever died from an overdose of genealogy" - brilliant!

We Want Tech: Stitching Folio Size Documents by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI finds some photo stitching software that worked for him...I had this problem two weeks ago.

THE SECOND GREAT AMERICAN LOCAL POEM AND SONG GENEALOGY CHALLENGE IS HERE! by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  Entries to Bill's challenge make interesting reading.

Errors: Not only on historical records by Schelly Talalay Dardashti on the Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish genealogy Blog.  Schelly gets the run-around because her husband's birthdate doesn't match on all records, but they discovered a nice restaurant near the SSA office in their new hometown.

There and back by Audrey Collins on The Family Recorder blog.  Audrey's "hit and hope"  search reveals much more than she expected!

Suffer the Little Children… Orphan Trains in America by Carolyn Barkley on the blog.  This is a nice article about the effort to place homeless children in homes in the Midwest in the last half of the 19th century.

It Was a Geek-Girl's Dream come True by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog.  Sheri channels her inner geek while touring the NARA San Bruno facility, and shares her day with pictures too.  They got to touch the actual records! 

Fun With 87 Year Old Auntie & Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine had too much fun the other day scanning her aunt's photo albums and interviewing her too!  A Double Dose of genealogy fun!

The Story of Thomas "Moses" McElroy - A Arkansas Tale of Civility in the Civil War  by Angela Y. Walton-Raji on the My Ancestor's Name blog.  What a fascinating real-life history story and Angela does some genealogy research to back it up! 

The Thanksgiving Tree by Leslie Albrecht Huber on The Journey-Takers Blog.  Leslie shares some family pictures and a family Thanksgiving tradition - a great idea for families with small children, especially.

The Dead Horse Investigation – Update by Colleen Fitzpatrick on the Identifinders Blog.  Colleen has narrowed the date of the famous Dead Horse photograph event.  It's still a fascinating forensic genealogy story!

Several other genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts this week, including:

* Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere - November 26 by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost blog.

* Best Bytes for the Week of November 26th by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

* Friday Newsletter and Follow News: 26 November 2010 by Great Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.
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 710 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Bill West said...

Thanks, Randy!

GeniAus said...

Thanks for giving my post a mention - I love to see genealogy blogs from downunder getting recognition