Sunday, April 10, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3 to 9 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:

March Madness ~ Two New Cousins and A Slave Owner Identified! by Sandra Taliaferro on the I Never Knew My Father blog.  Sandra has had some good contacts and new ancestral information, all because they found her blog.  Blogs work great as cousin bait!

Sharing and Scholarship by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.  Greta compares the academic world with our G/FH/LH world (what does that mean - check her post!).  Good points!

Hobbyists in Our Midst by Leslie Albrecht Huber on The Journey Takers blog.  Leslie pondered just who was attending conferences and society meetings, and has answers, and advice, and encouragement.

WDYTYA – Episode 2×06 – The Nitpicker’s Version by Banai Feldstein on The Ginger Jewish Genealogist Blog.  Banai does the best genealogy reviews of WDYTYA episodes - and found all of the problems in the Steve Buscemi show.  Excellent work! 

Carnival of Genealogy, 104th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  There are 16 entries in this monthly canrival - this edition's topic is Cars as Stars of our Family History.  Many wonderful and revealing family stories here!

Great Swedish Adventure ~ Part 6Part 7 and Part 8 by Cheryl Palmer on the Heritage Happens blog.  We have outr own genea-blogger TV show going here.  Cheryl is going for an interview to see if she's in the ten selected contestants for a Swedish TV genealogy show.  We highlighted Parts 1 to 5 last week!

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine did some investigating, and lists a plethora of free cloud computing sites for storage of critical computer data.

The Limits of Genealogical Research - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5 and Part 6 by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  What are the theoretical and practical limits of genealogy research?  This series has James wandering into Spanish, medieval and Biblical records!  And other areas too.  An important series.

Puzzle Or Chain?: A Genealogical Analogy by Chris Staats on the Staats Place blog.  Chris thinks that genealogy research relies on fitting puzzle pieces together rather than a chain of evidence.  Interesting!

The American Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge--Happy Dance Time by Linda Hughes Hiser on the Flipside blog.  Linda kept searching databases for new material, and found some! 

A Californian in New England, at NERGC by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise is also at NERGC this week, and shares her experiences with us.

WeRelate: Walking, talking, watching and searching by Denise Barrett Olson on the Moultrie Creek Gazette blog.  Denise is the only blogger I know writing about WeRelate, which is too bad.  I love the site.  Thanks, Denise!

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

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

Best Bytes for the Week of April 8, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

Follow Friday Newsletter: 8 April 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog 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.


my Heritage Happens said...

Hi Randy!
Thank you, again, for highlighting my series of the Great Swedish Adventure! It could come to a crashing end soon, but I do have at least a couple more posts to write regarding my adventures! Appreciate the support! Thanks!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for another great list, Randy. I've been away for a week, (Washington DC and NERGC) so a list like this is the best way to catch up on reading blogs. I could never read everything on my blog reader unless I took another vacation!

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Greta Koehl said...

Thank you for the mention! And I missed some of these - there was a lot going on this week.