Sunday, March 27, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20-26 March 2011

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:

Free Stuff on the Internet by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  Kerry notes that nothing is free, and we all should know the risks of using internet websites.  Excellent summary, and comments too.

GenPerfect-3 by Mark Tucker on the ThinkGenealogy blog.  Mark keeps having ideas, and receiving comments about his ideas, for the perfect genealogy software.

United States Death & Probate Records at by Leland Meitzler on the GenealogyBlog.  Leland lists the online death and probate databases in the FamilySearch collection - nice job!  I hope he keeps it updated.

Unique to Each One by Leah on The Internet Genealogist blog.  Leah summarizes the ancestry of her eight great-grandparents, and finds that each has unique origins and resources to search.  She sure has a lot of places to search!

How to Price a "Lookup?" by Marian Pierre-Louis on Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian explains the difficulty of giving a fixed price for a record that researchers don't know exist or don't know the size or extent of.  I hope she gets some good answers!

Are You a Genealogist? by Cheri Hopkins on The "You Go Genealogy Girls" blog.  Cheri says she is one, even though she's not a professional, and tells us why.  Wise young lady!

Virtual Genealogy Education Lecture Links by Angela McGhie on the Adventures in Genealogy Education blog.  Angela has links to all of the websites with online webinars, presentations, study groups and formal education courses.  I hope that she keeps it up-to-date!

A Step By Step Analysis of a Genealogy Search by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Follow along with Lorine as she searches for her Aunt Marge's ancestors - it's a great study showing the availability of online records and the difficulties encountered.

Introducing B&F Enhanced Genealogy Search by Philip Trauring on the Blood and Frogs blog.  Philip has created a genealogy-oriented search engine - try it out!

Serial Entrepreneurship and Genealogy by Dave Voelker on the Digicopia blog.  This was the "open discussion" topic on GeneaBloggers on Thursday - Dave has experience and knowledge, and shares it with us.

Last Writes by Dead Man Talking on the Blogging a Dead Horse blog.  DMT writes about epitaphs in this post - I love it!  More material for my Genealogy is Fun! talk.

United States Birth & Christening Records Found at by Leland Meitzler on the GenealogyBlog.  Leland put the Birth and Baptism list together too!  These will be very useful to many researchers.

When Men Were Men, Women Were Women, and Cars Had Muscle! by footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog.  This is a Carnival post, and I know I shouldn't include it here, but I have to because it is such a great post!  Ah, the memories!

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

Follow Friday Newsletter 25 March 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.

Follow Friday: This Week's Favs by Jen on the Climbing  My Family Tree blog.

Follow Friday - Around the Blogosphere - March 25 by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost

I encourage you to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs 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 860 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Midge Frazel said...

How could you forget that I found your ancestor's fieldstone! LOL hope you grabbed your copy!

Linda Gartz said...

Thanks for this great round-up, Randy. I always enjoy checking out your suggestions!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the mention Randy. It's been an interesting project to create a genealogy search engine. I hope people try it out and let me know if it's getting good results for them.

Kerry Scott said...

Thank you for the mention!