Sunday, September 23, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 September 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:

*  Portfolio Choices for BCG Certification, Part 4 of 5: Case Study and Part 5 of 5: Kinship Determination Project by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold finishes his series on BCG certification advice.

*  How to Solve the Next Ten Problems by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane analyzes what she needs to look for on ten of her elusive ancestors.  This is an excellent model for all of us!

*  Elizabeth Warren - Genealogy vs. Mythology by Twila on the Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter blog.  Twila summarizes what she knows about the Cherokee ancestry claims of candidate Elizabeth Warren and Senator Harry Reed based on sound genealogical research practices.  Well done!

*  Interview with a 21ster by Jenny Davis on the Attracting 21sters Genealogists blog.  Jenny does a nice job of interviewing Marti who is a young mom doing genealogy.

* Developing Facebook Application by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  This is indeed interesting news uncovered by the intrepid and tuned-in Ancestry Insider.

*  FamilySearch Update 20 September 2012 by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  It's great having someone keeping track of a genealogical provider - James does a great job here!

*  The Amount of a Bond by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy discusses why a minor would need a guardian and why the bond for the guardianship was so high.  I'm fascinated by this stuff!

*  Office of the Town Clerk in Rhode Island by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog.  Sheri's been researching in Rhode Island for a week, and found that practices in Town Clerk offices vary a bit.

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 for September 17, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for September 21, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Follow Friday - 09/21/12 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Follow Friday: Georgia Archives Petition, Certification Issues, Legal Insights by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 17-21 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  From the blogs, September 21, 2012 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch 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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Edie Jarolim said...

I'm fairly new to genealogy -- I just started exploring a rather unusual link to Sigmund Freud -- and have been looking around for guidance. Thanks for this round up, not only for its interesting reads but for showing the myriad ways genealogy can be used, from purely personal to political.

I've been enjoying this blog very much too, for its humor as well as its comprehensiveness and intelligence. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Your introduction to the post on Elizabeth Warren didn't quite make sense. The "Harry Reed" in the post was an ancestor of Elizabeth Warren and has nothing to do with Senator Harry Reid of Nevada :}