Sunday, October 23, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 October 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:

How do you join the genealogical community? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James highlights a problem many researchers have - what happens to our stuff? 

The Case of the Disappearing Records: Ghost Towns by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  This is an excellent article to help those of us with ancestors that lived in ghost towns, past or present.

FamilySearch's Genealogy Courses - Review Part 1 by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny describes several of the excellent FamilySearch videos available for free online.

Google Maps ~ 3D Research Trips by Lee Drew on the Family History with the LineageKeeper blog.  This is really cool, I think!

Tips From My Genealogy Pals  by Kim von Aspern-Parker on the Le Maison Duchamp blog.  Nine genea-pals had tips for Kim - maybe one will help you.

The Moment You Knew by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Lynn tells how she became a genealogist and family historian.  Read the comments too...and perhaps contribute your own blog post on the subject.

A Timeline of my Earliest American Colonial Ancestors 1608-1630  by Betty Tartas on the Betty's Boneyard Genealogy Blog.  Betty uses an immigrant ships website to find her early colonial immigrant ancestors.  Great site!

Research, Proof Standards, and DNA Testing by Debbie Parker Wayne on the Deb's Delvings in Genealogy blog.  Debbie summarizes a medical book about treatments and how it deals with DNA testing for genetic purposes. 

Day 1 at NARA - Land Case Files - Part 1, Part 2 - Scrip Warrants by Ginger R. Smith on the Genealogy by Ginger's Blog.  Ginger and Liz are at the Archives - we get to see what they see!  I love posts like this.

Have You Created A Life Road Map for Your Descendants? by Linda Robbins on the HollingsworthRobbinsFamilyTree blog.  This is a great idea, and perhaps SNGF fodder soon!

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, 10-17-11 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, October 20 by Megan Smolenyak on the Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog. 

Follow Friday - The News Edition (More or Less)  by Cheryl Cayemberg on the Have You Seen My Roots? blog.

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

Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 17-21 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

* Follow Friday Gems - 10-21-11 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

Week in Review by John Newmark on the TranslyvanianDutch blog.

Best Bytes for the Week of October 22, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life 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 1060 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here

Updated: 3 p.m. to add Elizabeth's Best Bytes post.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

Linda Robbins said...

Thanks for enjoying my idea for making a Life Road Map for our descendants. I think it would be fun to see it used on SNFG--Saturday Night Fun Genealogy!