Sunday, November 6, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 31 October to 5 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:

* Witches, Halloween and Genealogy by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.
Heather reviews the situation in Salem in 1692. My ancestor, Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, was one of the victims.

5 Ways to Manage Your Blog (or Blogs) by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael notes that it's National blog Writing Month, and has suggestions for genealogy bloggers to create and publish content. 

Changes to the Public Death Master File (DMF) and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) by Steve Danko on Steve's Genealogy Blog.  Steve provides information about changes to the SSDI that may affect all of us.

Do you understand source citations? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  I agree 100%!

Using Your Smartphone for Genealogy by James Tanner on the FamilySearch Tech Tips blog.  James summarizes what's available for genealogists on both Apple iOS and Android smart phones. 

The Mystery of the Non-Duplicate Duplicates  by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI explains why two indexes of the same information are different, and how they got that way, and why we should consult the original source.

Why Genealogy Institutes? Part I by Christy Fillerup on the Living Ancestors blog.  Christy reports on learning styles and why learning institutes succeed. 

Will My Genealogy Research Ever Be Done? by Lee R. Drew on the Family History with the LineageKeeper blog.  Um, I don't think so...and Lee tells us why he doesn't either.

Crossing the Pond: Finding Immigrant Origins by Susan Farrell Bankhead on Susan's Genealogy Blog.  Susan provides an excellent list of possible resources to find immigrant origins.

Carnival of Genealogy, 111th Edition edited by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  There are 12 entries to this carnival on the subject of  Autumn Weddings.  Enjoy!

10 Things I’ve Learned About Genealogy by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane lists her ten things - what have you learned?  Tell her.

Genealogy: Why family research? by Schelly on the MyHeritage Blog.  Schelly shares results from a Canadian survey taken in 1994.  Share your reasons in a comment on the post.

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.

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

Follow Friday Gems - 11-04-11  by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 31-Nov. 4 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 1060 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here


Unknown said...

Thanks, Randy!

Jasia said...

Thanks for promoting he COG, Randy! I really appreciate it!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog post about Salem and Halloween. We're cousins through the Towne family, I descend from one of Rebecca's brothers.

Geolover said...

Thanks very much for your weekly pointers!

A poignant article by Drew Moore, "Genealogy in America," was published Nov. 6 about a wish found in a tree, and developing factual genealogy. A good read, even if not a "blog" item: