Sunday, July 31, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24-30 July 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:

First Name Abbreviations in Cursive Records by Lee Drew on the Family History with the LineageKeeper blog.  Lee provides a table with name abbreviations used in colonial times.

The Transcription of a Will  by Leslie Ann on the Ancestors Live Here blog.  Leslie provides information about colonial letter forms to help transcriptions of documents, and shows how the Transcript software works.

Reporting from BYU Genealogy Conference -- Part One Tuesday Part Two Tuesday, Part Three Wednesday, Part Four Wednesday, Part Five Thursday, Part Six Thursday, and Part Seven Friday by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. 

The Dollars and Sense of The Genealogy Book Biz - Part One, Part Two, and Part Three by Mel Wolfgang on the Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror blog.  A fascinating look into a small genealogy book business.

10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD by Michael John Neill on the blog.  I recognize myself in eight of these!

Weekend Research Tour to Albany, New York by (guest blogger) Kathy Merithew on the blog.  Kathy took an NEHGS tour and tells us all about it.

Be-Attitudes for Geneablogging (What I Wish I Knew When I Began by GeneaPopPop on the Stardust 'n' Roots blog.  Bart learned quickly!  A great advice list for new geneabloggers to follow.

The Ebb & Flow of Genealogy by Teresa Martin Klaiber on the Eastern Kentucky Genealogy blog.  Teresa describes how genealogy research happens for many of us.

Five things you have to know about every record by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael has provided an excellent road map for researchers to follow when evaluating records.

BYU Family History Conference 2011 Recap by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  Susan summarizes her BYU conference experiences in one post - sounds like she had an excellent learning and social time!  And now she's going to go to FGS too.

Beware Those Addictive Shaky Leaves by GeneaLady on the Just Folks blog. This post has excellent commentary about using Ancestry's shaky leaves to fill up their tree, and a suggestion for to advise researchers about using the shaky leaves.

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

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

Links, 7.25.11 by Liz Haigney Lynch on The Ancestral Archaeologist blog.

Ruth's Recommendations by Ruth Blair on The Passionate Genealogist blog.

Genealogy Round Up, July 28 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

Follow Friday - This is Why We Subscribe to Blogs! by Cheryl Cayemberg on the Have You Seen My Roots? blog.

* Follow Friday Gems - 07-29-11 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

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

Genealogy News Corral, July 25-29 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 1020 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


Genealady said...

Thank you for that kind inclusion in such esteemed company!

Ruth Blair said...

Thanks for the mention Randy!

Leslie Ann said...

Thanks for the shout-out Randy! Really appreciate it. :-)