Sunday, June 26, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 June 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:

The Father's Day Tree by Heather Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  Check out Heather's pictures from 1991 to the present of her daughter, her husband, and an oak tree on their property.  Everybody's growing.  this is a neat tradition for a family!

What is evidence? What is proof?, What you really want to know about evidence, Digging into evidence, and I Move Exhibit Three Into Evidence, Your Honor, and From Information to Data to Facts to Evidence to Proof   by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James offers a lawyer's view of these topics - well done!
The Bizarre, Sad, and Regrettable: Selections of Deaths from the 'Federal Mortality Schedules'  by Daniel N. Rolph on the HSP's Hidden Histories blog.  What an interesting selection of items from the Census Mortality schedules.  Makes me want to go find more!

How Reliable is the SSDI? by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Excellent information here, and I love the graphic.

Researching Solomon Norton – Part 1  and Researching Solomon Norton – Part 2 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.  Julie shares her research background and plan to determine if Solomon Norton is the father of her 5th-great-grandmother.

2011 Battle of Monmouth Reenactment: Impressions of a Jersey Continental by Tim Abbott on the Walking the Berkshires blog.  Tim describes his reenactment experiences with stories and pictures.  This is so cool.

Sheriff William Preston's identity crisis (2.06 of 3), (2.07 of 3)(2.08 of 3), and Sheriff William Preston's identity crisis (2.09 of 3)  by GeneJ on the They Came Before blog.  GeneJ has four more installments of her series on her Preston research.  Time for the summary?

"But I thought genealogy was boring..." by Geoff Rasmussen on the Legacy News blog.  Geoff has his 11-year old son, Evan, hooked!  Great strategy, Geoff!

Delving into the Deeds, Oh, John? I'm Looking for You!, Ah, Yes! John Rupert..., and The Estate of John Rupert :: Goods and Chattels  by Becky Wiseman on the kinexxions blog.  Becky recounts her deed and probate research at the FHL, with some useful examples and references.  She made wonderful discoveries!

Traditional vs. Scientific Genealogy? and Traditional vs. Scientific Genealogy, round two by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael offers examples from his own research and opinion in this discussion.

*  Finding the date of last Thursday and six other challenges by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.   Pat demonstrates how to add an obituary to her RootsMagic database in text and image.  She challenges readers to suggest what else she should do to follow-up.  Impressive!

Ancestry and Academics© by Kathleen Brandt on the a3Genealogy blog.  Kathleen got a class of 50 teenagers to do genealogy research in class...impressive program!

Genealogy Education - Enhance Your Research by Susan LeBlanc on the Gopher Genealogy blog.  Susan provides a great list of educational opportunities for both beginning and advanced researchers.

Several genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week, including:

Monday Morning Mentions by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.

Monday’s Link Roundup by Dan Curtis on the Dan Curtis - Professional Personal Historian blog.

Monday Recap for June 20th, 2011 by Grant Brunner on the Blog.

Genealogy Round Up, June 22 by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

Follow Friday - Some Highlights From the Week by Cheryl Cayemberg on the Have You Seen My Roots blog.

Follow Friday Newsletter: 24 June 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.

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

Genealogy News Corral, June 20-24 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Week in Review by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch 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 950 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for posting a mention of my "Father's Day Tree" photos. It was popular last year, and it was fun to re-run it again this year with yet another another photo of Father, daughter and tree. I hope we'll be doing this for years and years to come, too!

Becky Wiseman said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy! I had a blast at the FHL, especially when I found some exciting documents!

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gophergenealogy said...

I so appreciate your posting about Genealogy Education from Gopher Genealogy. It concerned me that the my post was rather long. With your mention my hope is readers will read to the end of the post. I am honored to be included in your list. Thank you.

Cherie Cayemberg said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy! I really appreciate it!