Sunday, September 16, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 9-15 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:

*  Becoming Engaging by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat offers ideas for genealogical societies and conferences to engage their attendees through interactive workshops.

*  Per Capita, Per Stirpes by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy loves to teach us about Latin terms...this one is important for probate records.

*  Don Anderson at FGS: We Have the Opportunity by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI reports on information about FamilySearch volunteer achievements and opportunities.

*  Interview with Thomas MacEntee by Kim von Aspern-Parker on the Le Maison Duchamp blog. Kim shares Thomas's responses about his life, career and genealogy education.

*  Starting at the Very Beginning and Pitfalls Beginners Need to Avoid by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ask a Genealogist blog.  Michele offers excellent advice for beginners and experienced researchers.

*  Is Primary Information Truly Reliable for Genealogists? by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  An interesting piece by Michael concerning memory.

*  The "Why" of Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner blog.  It's a great question - can you answer it?

*  Portfolio Choices for BCG Ceritfication, Part 1 of 5, Part 2 of 5: The Document and Part 3: Client Report by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold's series is an inside look at the requirements and process of becoming a certified genealogist.

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's Mentionables - 9/3 to 9/10/2012 by Cyndi Beane Henry (Texicanwife) on the Mountain Genealogists blog.

*  Monday Recap for September 10, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for September 14, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History blog.

*  Friday Finds - 09/14/12 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Follow Friday - Nine Eleven Remembrance, Remember Our Ancestors, and Posts to Make You Think by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  From the Blogs, September 14 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 10-14 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks by John Newmark on the Transylvanian Dutch 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, CG said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

DearMYRTLE said...

I appreciate the shout out, Randy!

Jana Iverson Last said...

As always, thanks for listing my blog Randy! said...

We would love to have you mention the blog at

Thank you for all you do to keep us informed.

familytreesures said...

Thank you for sharing the best of the best...I hope to make it here one day soon :)