Sunday, November 27, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 November 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 are beginner's impressions of genealogy?  by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James draws some conculsions from his experiences working with beginning researchers. 

Busting the Family Tree Brick Wall – Listen to those Rumors! by Ryan Owen on the Forgotten New England blog.  Ryan shares a fascinating research trail from his research, "herring choker" indeed!

How to conduct a “reasonably exhaustive search” for relevant records, Why is source citation part of the Genealogical Proof Standard? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael's excellent posts provide an understanding of the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and a road map for researchers to follow.

A Plethora of Extra GEDCOM Tags by Louis Kessler on the Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.  Louis identifies the GEDCOM tags that cause problems when transferring data via GEDCOM between programs and/or websites.

How Many Times Do You Read a Document? by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  A good question for all of us to ponder - read Marian's post for her answer.

From Blog to Book:Transforming Your Family History by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Lynn provides guidelines and encouragement for family historians to blog and then create a book.

THE THIRD ANNUAL GREAT GENEALOGY POETRY CHALLENGE IS HERE!  by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  There are 31 entries in Bill's challenge from many states and several countries - read them all!

Why We Do Genealogy by Philip Trauring on the Blood and Frogs: Jewish genealogy and More blog.  This is a two-fer post - a book review and Philip's analysis of why we do what we do.

A Most Memorable Thanksgiving by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  Heather's Thanksgiving story about two families celebrating the holiday is funny and touching.

Leftover Ancestors - 2011 Edition by Thomas MacEntee on the Destination: Austin Family blog.  This is the most fun post - funny names in the records - of the Thanksgiving holiday! is Essential To Your Research By Carolyn L. Barkley on the blog.  Carolyn provides an excellent summary of the website.

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.

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

Follow Friday Gems - 11-25-11 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

* Friday Finds - 11/25/11 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

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

* Week In Review by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

Around the Blogosphere - November 27 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 1060 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for mentioning my "Memorable Thanksgiving" post. It made the rounds with family all week, and everyone enjoyed a good laugh except for my Mom, the hostess. She is still horrified at the entire ordeal!

Philip Trauring said...

Thanks for linking to my article on why we do genealogy. Why do you do genealogy Randy?