Sunday, April 8, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 1 to 7 April 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:

*  My Vision of the Perfect Genealogy Software Program by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael offers his vision...pretty good one!

*  The Big Four in Genealogy: Acquisitions and Consolidations by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog. James continues his discussion about the genealogy industry.

*  Carnival of Genealogy, 116th Edition by Jasia on the Creative Gene blog.  There are 13 entries in this carnival on "Women's History Month."

*  Ain't Gonna Take Massa's Name by Melvin Collier on the Roots Revealed blog.  Mel describes his search for his enslaved Davis family in records, and discovers them. This is an excellent primer on finding African-ancestored people in 19th century records.  I love research stories like this!

*  Those 1940 Census Blues by Karen Packard Rhodes on the Karen About Genealogy blog.  Karen is creative with her song about the 1940 Census.  Wonder what the tune sounds like?

*  Unraveling the Story of the Mystery Urn in Oregon - Serendipity Moments by Susan LeBlanc on the Gopher Genealogy blog.  Susan helped this urn of cremains find a family member.  

*  Those Pesky Penciled Census codes in the 1940 Census by Mel Wolfgang on the Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror blog.  Mel shares information about the codes on the 1940 Census form.

*  Keynotes by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill attended the 13th Australasian Congress of Genealogy and Heraldry, and was unimpressed, even dismayed, by some of the Keynote talks.

*  Damn the census naysayers! by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Amen!!  Deconstructed, argued, summarized.  Masterful.

*  Death Records: A Check List of Ten Documents Every Genealogist Should Acquire by Bill Dollarhide on Leland Meitzler's GenealogyBlog blog.  Great list, funny comments.

*  So, who said social media doesn't work? by Russ Worthington on the A Worthington Weblog blog.  Russ helped a person on Facebook find ancestors on the 1940 census.

*  Pinterest, Should you worry About copyright? by guest blogger Gena Ortega on the CSGACopyright blog.  Gena describes the dos and don'ts for posting images to Pinterest and other social media sites.

*  Pinterest, Ancestry and Copyright Images by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  This answers a question that many bloggers have - thanks, Heather!

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.

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

*  Genealogy Round Up, April 5 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

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

*  Friday Finds 04/06/12 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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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2012.


GeniAus said...

Thanks for including my post, Randy. Although I found the keynotes disappointing I had a fantastic time at the Congress where I met some wonderful Australian genies.

Karen Packard Rhodes said...

Thanks for including my song! I guess I'm going to have to get together with my pianist classmate and do a video for YouTube!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for including my blog post about Pinterest and when it is appropriate to share Ancestry files on social media. I've seen many other bloggers wonder about this, and I've had many comments on my blog where people asked if this was OK. It's nice to hear from the legal department when it is OK, and when it isn't.

Jasia said...

Thanks for mentioning the COG, Randy!

gophergenealogy said...

Thank you Randy for highlighting my post on the Oregon Urn. It was a fun post to write. Your mention certainly increased my hits for the day.