Sunday, September 4, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 28 August to 3 September 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:

What To Do With a 547-Page Probate File by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  Silly question for a genealogist...Kerry got it and didn't pay $1 per page.  Very well played!

All I Really Need to Know About Genealogy I Learned in Kindergarten by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.  Elizabeth's daughter is going to kindergarten, so Elizabeth passes some "rules" about genealogy to us based on rules that kindergartners should follow.  Works for me!

Brick Wall Breakthrough: A Case Study by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  Susan uses the FAN Club concept to knock down her brick wall problem. 

Are you doing research? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James discusses the nature of "research," stating that it really means finding new information.

Things I Don’t Care About in Genealogy by Greta Koehl on the Greta's Genealogy Bog blog.  Greta's interesting list hits most of my items too.

*   And Still I Write by Mel Wolfgang on the Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror blog.  Mel has it right, I think...he has to write!

And Never the Twain Shall Meet – Using Divorce Records in Your Research by Carolyn L. Barkley on the blog.  Everything you've always wanted to know about divorce records.

The Situation of Family & Genealogy by Caroline J. Pointer on the Family Stories blog.  Caroline nails it, I think, about what the family really wants from us.  Snooki!

If Genealogists Were In the Tabloids by Amy Coffin on the We Tree Genealogy Blog.  Amy's humorous post hits nails well - recognize anyone here?

The Bash by Barbara Poole on the Life From the Roots blog.  Barbara provides an ice photo essay of the geneabloggers bash in New Hampshire last weekend, just before Irene blew through.  It's good to see all of the names and faces (well, not Barbara's, I see).

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.

Links, 8.29.11 by Liz Haigney Lynch on The Ancestral Archaeologist blog.

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

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

Genealogy Round Up, September 1 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

Genealogy News Corral, August 29-September 2 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Week in Review by John Newmark on the TransylvaniaDutch blog.

Around the Blogosphere: September 4, 2011  by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost 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 1030 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

NOTE:  I will be away from home for most of the next three weeks - on our Midwest vacation to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.  I doubt that I will have the time, or inclination, to compile this post every week.  I will try to post something, but it may be only pointers to the other Best Of lists that my genea-blogging colleagues compile each week, as listed above!


Greta Koehl said...

Thank you for the mention, Randy!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you for the mention also. It was a nice surprise.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks for mentioning my post, Randy!

Kerry Scott said...

Thank you for including me!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Thank you for the mention, Randy! I will neither confirm nor deny the identities of any of these genea-celebrities. :)