Sunday, March 18, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 11 to 17 March 2012

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:

*  Spell it out. Pls. Thx. by Paula Stuart-Warren on the Paula's Genealogical Eclectica blog.  What an interesting post.  Paula thinks we should spell things out in this digital age.  I agree.

*  WDYTYAL Marketing differences between England and America by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog.  Janet compares how customers shop at genealogy conferences in England and America.  Interesting!

*  My Needs and Wants for Genealogy Database Software; How Well Does Family Tree Maker Mac2 Measure Up? by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  What a great review.

*  Genealogy is for the Living by Claudia C. Breland on the Claudia C. Breland Genealogy and Online Research blog.  Claudia solves a found burial urn case using newspapers and vital records, in spite of a plethora of errors in the records.

*  Family Tree Maker 2012 by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI finally takes the plunge to use a genealogy software program, syncs with his Ancestry Member Tree, and figures out how to make a list of Ohio ancestors.

*  Gadget bag for the travelling genealogist - the verdict by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill went on a seven-week vacation with lots of gadgets, and figures out what the ones she should have left at home.

*  Hit A Brick-wall? Be Patient and Persistent by Barry Ewell on Barry's Blog.  Some excellent advice here.  Especially the patient part!

*  Who Do You Think You Are – the Lou Gossett Blog-Episode by Melvin Collier on the Roots Revealed blog.  Mel does a WDYTYA treatment on Lou Gossett because he thinks they might be related.  

*  WDYTYA – 3×04 – Reba McEntire – The Nitpicker’s Version by Banai Feldstein on The Ginger Jewish Genealogist blog.  Banai nitpicks Reba's episode.

*  The joy of unindexed records by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Aren't they great, these unindexed records?  Just like having a microfilm machine at home without the crank.  Judy finds some gems by just reading them...and challenges us to do the same.

< *  The Trouble with Literature Searches by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  She's right - it's a struggle to find authoritative books for genealogical research in specific topics.  

*  Getting Down to the Basics - A Review by Susan Clark on the Nolichucky Roots blog.  Susan asked for explanations of how researchers use their genealogy software, and highlights four other posts and describes how she's going to use her own database.

Several genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week, including:    

*  Fab Finds for the Week of 11 March 2012 by GenuinelyLAF on the 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time blog.

*  Monday Morning Mentions by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.

*  Notable Genealogy Blog Posts, 12 March 2012 by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.

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

*  Best of British Genealogy - 16th March 2012 by Nicola Epsom on The Genealogy Workshop blog.  

*  Genealogy News Corral, March 12-16 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  

*  Friday Finds - 3/16/12 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog 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 1200 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Judy G. Russell, CG said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy, and oh MAN!! How did I miss that great post by Paula Stuart-Warren!? Sure am glad you spotted it!

GeniAus said...

I wondered why there was a new blip in my blog stats. Thanks for including my post in your list, Randy. I always get excited when Australia gets a gong in your list.

Paula Stuart-Warren said...

Thx 4 for the mention, Randy.

Family Curator said...

You find the best stuff to read! Thanks for including my post in your Best of.