Sunday, May 22, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 15-21 May 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:

I Have a Complaint Concerning Many Genealogists by Dick Eastman on the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog.  Dick addresses the "genealogy data should be free" issue - he has a great analogy!

Shouldn’t we all be “Primary Care Genealogists”? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  The answer is YES - read why and how.

Cloud Genealogy by Daniel Dillman on the Indiana Dillmans blog.  Daniel covers the pros and cons of using cloud-based services for genealogy research and preservation.

Understanding the FamilySearch Wiki -- Introduction to Wikis, -- Part Two Introduction to Wikis, Understanding the FamilySearch Wiki -- Namespaces  by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James tells us what a wiki is, and how to use them.

How to Rock as a Genealogy Lecturer by Dee on the Ancestrally Challenged blog.  Some good advice here for speakers and teachers. 

Is Mills Style Necessary?  by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  This is part of a series on Sources - my opinion is YES.

Thoughts on Digital Newspapers by Jennifer on the Rainy Day Genealogy Readings blog.  Jennifer has wise thoughts - we all should heed them.

How to Make Conferences 73% More Fun by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  Kerry has wonderful words of wisdom here about how the introverted genealogist can feel comfortable at conferences.

Fling it in the folder - my digital filing system by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill describes her logical and useful digital filing system.  I like it!

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

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

Best Bytes for the Week of May 20, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

I encourage readers 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 900 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Michael Hait said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy! I hope that my new blog will continue to provide good reading.

GeniAus said...

Thrilled to see my post pop up in your list. Thanks, Randy. It's great to see a post from downunder has universal interest.

Kerry Scott said...

Thank you for the mention!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Randy! That explains the spike in page views for that day... :-)