Sunday, December 18, 2011

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 11 to 17 December 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:

Unlock the Past's 2nd genealogy cruise - review by Chris Paton on the British GENES (Genealogy News and Events) blog.  Chris summarizes this South Pacific cruise - one of the great features was genealogy talks in the ports that the ship visited to "feed" the local genealogy societies.

Unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter Portrait-Part#1 and Unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter Portrait-Part#2 by Yvette Porter-Moore on the Digging Roots: My Family History blog.  Yvette shares her father's portrait and the honor of having two schools named after him.

Five Things I Learned On My Last Research Trip by Travis LeMaster on the TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History blog.  Travis took some mental health days and had genealogical success.

Open Thread Thursday: Do We Eat Our Own In The Genealogy Industry? by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas muses about the current travails in the online genealogy community.

Well Said Tom, Here's My Response by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James offers his reasoned analysis of Thomas' question...and shares a Dylan song.

Out on a bad date by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.  Louis found that many genealogy management programs accept bad dates (like "43 Freb") and transfer them via GEDCOM. 

A quick gift for mom … by Diane Beumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane made a family history book using FTM 2012 and Lulu publishing and describes her process.

My story – from the Wild West to starting an online business by guest blogger Bryher Scudamore on the Blog.  The highlight here isn't Bryher's business venture (although it sounds intriguing) - it's the snippets of her great-grandfather's letters of working in America in the 19th century.  Fascinating!

You're Researching but Are You Reading?  by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Wise advice from Marian here - which demonstrates that print books are not dead!

Genealogy Site Rankings by John D. Reid on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  John provides the most recent listings of genealogy website rankings.  Genea-Musings is not listed...but should be!

Who Were the Huguenots? by Carolyn J. Barkley on the blog.  Carolyn provides an excellent summary about this group.

The Genealogy Paradigm Shift: Are bloggers the new “experts”? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael discusses the role of geneabloggers in the overall world of genealogy.

Noodling on Google by Susan Clark on the Nolichucky Roots blog.  Susan shares her Google problems and describes how she fixed it. 

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 Recap December 12, 2011 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

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

* Genealogy Round Up, December 15 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 12-16 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider 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 1110 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here


Root Digger said...

What a true honor to be listed on your blog!! Thank you so much, as it was not expected. I always look on your blog to see your recommendations. Thank you again for the recognition!!

Susan Clark said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy! A silver lining after my struggles with cloud computing.