Sunday, October 9, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 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:

Social Networks: Our ancestors had them by Caroline Pointer as a guest post on the MyHeritage Blog.  What?  Social Networks didn't start with message boards and mailing lists and websites?  Excellent points here...and I love the ANCESTOR acronym! 

Is It a Bad Time to Become a Professional Genealogist? by Marian Pierre-Louis on Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian asks the question, and receives many good responses in Comments.

Working In the Garden of Genealogy: Farmers or Field Hands? by Mel Wolfgang on the Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror blog.  Mel has interesting commentary about the genealogy marketplace in response to Marian's post. 

Who’s Driving This Bus? – The Image, Industry and Future of Genealogy Is In YOUR Hands! by GeneaLady on the Just Folks blog.  Here is a well-presented response to Marian's questions. 

A Look at a Cash Entry Land File - The Summary by Michelle Goodrum on The Turning of Generations blog.  Michelle has this summary of her excellent series - if you are interested in land records, please read it and learn from it.

Carnival of Genealogy, 110th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  Thirteen geneabloggers contributed to this carnival on the theme of Which type of tree best represents your family history?

FamilySearch Surpasses by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI summarizes a David Ouimette presentation at FGS about FamilySearch imaging and indexing numbers.

Scientists Discover Virus Responsible for Genea-Skankery by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  All I can say is that Kerry is gifted...and funny!  We have a new word for the genea-dictionary too.

Basic Resources for Canadian Research by Carolyn L. Barkley on the blog.  This is a great beginner's guide for Canadian research.

Meeting Bloggers I've Not Met Before by Barbara Poole on the Life from the Roots blog.  Barbara meets a bunch of genealogists at NEHGS off of the Legacy cruise - and has pictures to prove it.

Open source community: model for improved citations by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat summarizes the reason for and potential for the Open Source citation model at

Skeletons in the Closet: Do You Let Them Out? by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  An interesting and challenging question - and rich food for genea-blogging!

Lost in London - 1: Why is London such a problem?, Lost in London - 2: Research strategies, Lost in London - 3: Helpful websites, and Lost in London - 4: Tracing an ordinary London family  by Caroline Gurney on the Caro's Family Chronicles blog.  This is a superb short series summarizing London research! 

Isn’t an Ahnentafel all about Who the Parents Are? by Barbara Mathews on The Demanding Genealogist blog.  Barbara provides excellent examples of a professional genealogist at work.  The Tom Jones session sounds really interesting.

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.

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

Links, 10.3.11 by Liz Haigney Lynch on The Ancestral Genealogist blog.

Genealogy Round Up, October 6 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog. 

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

Follow Friday Gems - 10-07-11 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, October 3-7 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Best Bytes for the Week of October 7, 2011 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life 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 1060 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...

Thanks for the mention!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Randy for the mention. Always appreciated.

DearMYRTLE said...

Thanks for thinking of this Ol' gal's work!

Michelle Goodrum said...

Thank you for the shout out. I do appreciate it!

Tracing Ancestors, an a3Genealogy Partner said...

Thanks for the great links. I was able to catch up with what is going on with and the professional genealogy world. Following the discussions on genealogy trends, fads and future has been fascinating.

Kerry Scott said...

Muchos gracias!

(I'm feeling international today.)

Caro said...

Thank you so much for the recommendation, Randy. I wondered why my blog traffic had escalated ;-)