Sunday, July 22, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 15 to 21 July 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:   

*  Learning From Our Mistakes by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James laments that he threw cousin bait into the PRF and nobody has bitten, or even questioned, his information.  Of course, you never know when they will, do you?

* How Do I Make a Living Wage in Genealogy? Good Question by Barbara J. Mathews on The Demanding Genealogist blog.  Barbara offers her perspective on this issue.

*  DNA Testing for Genealogy -- Getting Started, Part One by guest blogger CeCe Moore on the Geni Blog. CeCe has a must-read post for readers just starting out with DNA testing.

*  The Pre-Research Planning Worksheet by Caroline M. Pointer on the 4 Your Family Stories blog. Caroline describes how she has clients fill out a worksheet before she quotes a research task.

*  Catching Up by Bart Brenner on the Stardust 'n' Roots blog.  Bart went to work on the 100 images he obtained at the FHL back in February, and shares his methodology with us.  Great work, Bart!

*  FHISO or GEDCOM X, Oh My! and  Whose Sandbox is It, Anyway? by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  MYRT weighs in on the FHISO and GEDCOM X issue.

*  The Six People You Need in Your Genealogy Corner by Caroline Gurney on the Caro's Family Chronicle blog.  Excellent choices here for who should be considered tops in these categories in genealogy.

*  What Library School Taught Me About Genealogy by Amy Coffin on the We Tree Genealogy Blog.   Amy passes information along about her training in library sciences, and how she applies it to genealogy.

*  Elizabeth's Courage by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy's article highlights something we don't often think about - how hard was it to leave family behind and move to another place? An absolutely beautiful piece.

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.

* Monday Recap for July 16, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Genealogy Roundup, July 19, 2012 by Megan Smolenyak on Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Roots World blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for July 20, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Cradle Robbing, How-Tos, and Other Inspiration for Your Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, July 16-20 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  From the Blogs,July 20 by Michael Leclerc on the  Mocavo Genealogy 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 1280 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) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Judy G. Russell said...

You're so kind to mention my blog post about Elizabeth Baker, Randy!

Your Genetic Genealogist said...

Thank you Randy for listing my guest post for Geni. It will be a 4-part series. I hope it encourages genealogists who have never DNA tested to try it out!

Caroline Gurney said...

Thank you so much for featuring my blog post, Randy, and apologies for the delay in responding - I'm a bit behind hand with my blog reading.