Sunday, April 17, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10-16 April 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:

Great Swedish Adventure ~ Part 9 and Part 10 by Cheryl Palmer on the Heritage Happens blog.  We're all waiting to hear if Cheryl gets picked to be on the TV show!

Civil War Ancestor? A New Mystery! by Cheryl on the Two Sides of the Ocean blog.  Cheryl has this thought in her mind, and finally figured out what it was, and now has a new mystery.  The lesson here is to review your "stuff" every once in awhile!

Fifty Questions for Genealogy Interviews by Lee R. Drew on the Family History with the Lineagekeeper blog.  Excellent list! 

Finding US Naturalization Records by Philip Trauring on the Blood and Frogs blog.  Philip's post makes ordering Naturalization records from NARA easier to do.  Nice work!

THE CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY BLOG CHALLENGE IS HERE! by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  Bill summarizes the entries in this theme.

Myrt's Day at the Archives by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Ol' Myrt describes how it's done at the National Archives in Washington DC.  She also captured Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File in color for me.  Thanks, Myrt!!

Finding Enumeration Districts in the 1940 Census by Melody Lassalle on The Research Journal blog.  Every genealogist anxious to check the 1940 census should read this post!  Thanks, Mel!

Two Common Mistakes People Make Tracing Immigrant Ancestors by Leslie Albrecht Huber on The Journey Takers blog.  The title says it all - Leslie knows!

Favourite Genealogy Form - Certificate & Census by Tony Timmins on the Ancestral Wormhole blog.  Tony has created Excel spreadsheets for birth, marriage and death, plus census records, and shares them.  While they are UK-oriented, they could be easily adapted to other countries.  Excellent useful charts!

Speaker Tip: An Easy Way to Become a Better Speaker by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian has tips for genealogical speakers - try them!

Finding a Loyalist Ancestor Part 2 by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  I love series like this by expert researchers, and will use the tips to find out more about my own Loyalist ancestors.

Canadian Vital Records Databases Posted at by Leland Meitzler on the GenealogyBlog.  I love Leland's collection posts - they will be very handy over time (if he keeps adding new FamilySearch databases to them). 

Genea-Bodies: The New Somebodies by Joan Miller on the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History blog.  Joan defines Genea-bodies as geneabloggers with influence.  I think she's right. 

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

Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere - April 15 by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost blog. 

Follow Friday Newsletter: 15 April 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.

Best Bytes for the Week of April 15, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

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

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.


Bill West said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

Philip Trauring said...

Thanks for pointing out my post on Naturalization records Randy.

Mel said...

Thanks for mentioning my post, Randy!

ancestralwormhole said...

Hi Randy, thanks for mentioning my post. The stats have gone mad.

I have had some problems sharing the worksheet due to a bug on Google Docs. So I have moved the file to my Public Dropbox folder, all seems to work fine now.

Hope I haven't disappointed too many people in the meantime?