Sunday, July 3, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 26 June to 2 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:

Bent Handles by Greg Ross on the Futility Closet blog.  I know, this isn't a genealogy blog per se, but this list of humorous real names is priceless.

The Estate of John Rupert :: Goods and Chattels, The Estate of John Rupert :: Bill of Sale, and The Estate of John Rupert :: Widows Allowance, The Estate of John Rupert :: The First “Final Account”, The Estate of John Rupert :: The final “Final Account”   by Becky Wiseman on the kinexxions blog.  Becky continues her review of the probate records for John Rupert.  This series is an excellent lesson in finding, transcribing and analyzing an estate packet.

The Other Side of Serendipity in Family Research, Part 1 and Part 2 by Patsy Hendrickson on the - Indexing, Records, Resources blog.  Patsy has a list of 46 examples of solid research activity that prompted a serendipitous find.  In other words, luck is the result of intent.

Part O - The Browning Progenitor Question by Patti Browning on the Consanguinity blog.  Patti posted something in 2001, gets help from another researcher, and now has more clues.  Sometimes it takes time... and luck.

Information or data? Facts or Evidence? and We must begin with doubt  by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James continues his series on evidence, proof and the elements of the GPS.  There is wisdom and experience here.

A Newbie's View of the National Archives - Those Places Thursday by Susan on the Nolichucky Roots blog.  Susan went to the Archives in DC and has advice for others making the trip.

A Cool Genealogy Thing Happened When I was Bored and A Chance Genealogy Revelation by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine was bored for only a short time, then was off researching for hours.  Lucky gal!  You know, good things happen to those that search!

Resource for Finding Females and More on Finding Females by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  Excellent suggestions from Susan to catch those elusive females.

The Difficulty of Obtaining Vital Records in Pennsylvania by Sarah B. on the GeneApprentice blog.  Sarah describes the requirements, process, and problems with obtaining vital records in Pennsylvvania.

Veterans’ Burials – Researching Applications for Government Headstones by Carolyn Barkley on the blog.  Finding the headstone is just the first step - there are government records associated with veteran burials.

Open Discussion Weekend: Non-blogging Genealogists by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost blog.  Susan wants to know if geneabloggers hang out with other bloggers, or with non-bloggers?  Take a minute and tell her.

My Struggle with Legacy Family Tree Sourcing – part 1 and Part 2 by Janis Tomko on the Janis' Genealogy blog.  Janis analyzes how Legacy Family Tree does source citations, and explains lumpers and splitters.  I'm a lumper too.

Genealogy Success Team - Week Seven by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny and Laura are challenging each other every week to pursue and complete goals and objectives.  It's working.  Might be an excellent example for others to follow!

Naming Patterns and your Genealogy by Arlene Eakle on the Arlene H. Eakle's Genealogy Blog.  Arlene has so much experience and knowledge - it's great that she shares it with us.  I learned al ot from this post! 

Genealogy Without Proof is Mythology by Tamura Jones on the Modern Software Experience blog.  Where did the aphorism originate?  Tamura dissects the online and published record, and finds the answer.  Excellent detective work.

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.

Monday Recap for June 27th, 2011 by Grant Brunner on the blog.

Genealogy Round Up, June 30 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

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

Follow Friday Newsletter: 1 July 2011 by Greta Koehl on Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.

Genealogy News Corral, June 27-July 1 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.

Updated 4 July:  a reader recommended Tamura Jones's post in email, and I had missed it, so I added it today.

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Susan Clark said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy. It was truly one of the grandest research experiences - one thing off my as yet unpublished bucket list!

Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy! I appreciate it!

Unknown said...

Hi Randy, thanks for the mention and your helpful comment!