Sunday, June 5, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 29 May to 4 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:

Meeting President Obama in Ireland by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on the Megan's Roots World blog.  Megan went to Ireland and came back with some fantastic photos and videos.  Each photo is in a separate post on the blog.  Well done, Megan.

Honoring Those Who Served: Flag "Planting" at the Santa Maria Cemetery by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.  Elizabeth has a wonderful way of involving her daughter in genealogy and holidays.

Ways I Use One of My Favorite Sites, Findagrave by Beth on the Beth's Genealogy Blog.  Beth lists her favorite uses of - can you add to them?

When is a Princess not a Princess? by Jean Wilcox Hibben on the Circlemending blog.  Jean's been busy with a court case trying to proof a person is a princess.  She even entered the Genealogical Proof Standard into testimony.  Read all about it - excellent detective work!

RAOVGGK by Margel on the 2338 W. Washington Blvd. blog.  Margel's genealogy cup overflows with goodies from random acts of genealogical kindness (RAOGK) providers.

Finding Information on US Immigrants by Philip Trauring on the Blood and Frogs blog.  Philip's comprehensive review of resources and techniques is long, and excellent.

The Perfect Citation Storm  and Entering the citation jungle by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  More practical advice about source citations, copyright and the law from James.

Carnival of Genealogy, 106th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  There are 19 entries in this Carnival collection on the topic of The Swimsuit Edition.

*  Dancing With Abe - In Second Life and  Inferential Genealogy Homework #1 by Cheri Daniels on the Journeys Past blog.  Cheri is part of the Second Life group working through Thomas Jones's Inferential Genealogy class.  It sounds challenging and interesting.

The Inferential Genealogy Process — Step 1 by Sue on The Frustrated Genealogist blog.  Sue is also part of the Inferential Genealogy group, and describes her specific goal for her homework.  She wants advice too. 

Inferential Genealogy Study Group feedback by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Ol' Myrt links to all of the Inferentialk Genealogy posts, including the two above.

New and simple online tool uses Google Maps to show historical county boundaries by Randy Majors on the blog.  Randy takes the historical map creation to the next level - I love it!

Are You Reading the Right Journals? by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian uses PERSI to discover articles about a New York locality.  Are you using PERSI?

*  Carol from the Reflections at the Fence blog has been in Salt Lake City at the Family History Center, and has written a number of blog posts abnout her research and recreation.

*  Becky Wiseman from the Kinexxions blog joined Carol, and has blogged extensively about her experiences.

The You Go Genealogy Girls (Cheri Hopkins and Ruby Coleman) were also in Salt Lake City for two weeks, and blogged about it extensively.

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

Follow Friday Newsletter: 3 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.

Best Bytes for the Week of June 3, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

Several genea-bloggers wrote news of the week blogs, including:

Genealogy Round Up, June 2 by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on Megan's Roots World blog.

Genealogy News Corral, May 30-June 3 by Diane Haddad on The Genealogy Insider 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 920 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Philip Trauring said...


Thanks for the link to my article on finding information on US immigrants.

I wrote it partially to get my head around everything I want to put into a new genealogy form, although getting all of that onto one sheet of paper will be difficult...

Carol said...

Thanks for the shout out Randy, Becky, Ruby and Cheri and I had a great time meeting and the research has been interesting, to say the least.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks for the mention this week, Randy. Glad you liked my post. BTW, we need to get those grandkids of yours into C.A.R. - they'd love it!