Sunday, June 3, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 27 May to 2 June 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:

*  The toughest genealogy course you can take? by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold describes a Salt Lake Institute of genealogy course for advanced researchers.  soundsl ike fun!

*  A True Homecoming by Taneya Koonce on Taneya's Genealogy Blog.  Taneya helps an English lady find her Tennessee family over the weekend - I loved this story.

*  What is the Genealogy Community? by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog.  Marian raises the question in response to a young genealogists question on a message board.  Good comments here.

*  Community or Communities? That is the Question by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James offers his observations about community formation and dynamics in response to Marian's question.

*  A Visit to the Rhode Island Judicial Archives by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane finds an elusive record, but not the one she hoped for.  I love posts where bloggers do good research.

*  Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes In It by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on her The Huffington Post blog.  Megan critiques a book by another author partially based on work she did.

*  How I used the Social Security Death Index and GenealogyBank to locate an obituary in minutes by Geoff Rasmussen on the Legacy News blog.  Well done - check out how Geoff used the SSDI for a common last name to find his target.

*  When Compelling Pieces of Circumstantial Evidence Just Ain't Enough by Melvin J. Collier on the Roots Revealed blog.  Mel describes his research, analysis of the evidence, and his hypotheses for one of his enslaved ancestors.  Fascinating.  Blogging works!

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

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

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

*  Recap for May 29, 2012 by Amanda on The Geni Blog.

*  Genealogy Roundup, May 31 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

*  Follow Friday - June 1, 2012 by Ginger R. Smith on the Genealogy by Ginger's Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, May 28 - June 1 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 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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