Sunday, October 28, 2012

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21-27 October 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 "Literature Search" in the Internet Age by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael asks if this is still necessary.  What do you think?

*  Michael Hait's Perfect Genealogy Program by Louis Kessler on the Behold Genealogy blog.  Louis parses Michael's April description of a perfect program, and defines if Louis's Behold! program has incorporated each feature.

*  Ancestry's Mythical Admixture Percentages by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta thinks that Ancestry's autosomal DNA test results are wrong, and shows us her own numbers.

*  What Next for by Debbie Kennett on the Cruwys News blog.  Debbie summarizes the DNA test and analysis offerings from, and discusses the drawbacks of the Ancestry autosomal DNA test.

*  IGI Q and A - Part 1 and Part 2 by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Information from Robert Kehrer about the International Genealogical Index on FamilySearch.

*  8 Tips and a Tool for Self-Editing Your Family History Blog by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  What - I have to self-edit too?  Who knew?  I'm lucky just to remember to spell check them... Excellent ideas here!

*  Fishing Expedition (AKA Cluster/Collateral Genealogy) - A Brick Wall Buster by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring blog.  Michele discusses why you should do this type of research, and provides an example of her own, to solve brick wall problem.

*  Forensic Genealogy Institute - Day One,  Day 2 and Day 3 by Cinnamon Collins on The (Mis)Adventures of a Genealogist blog.  Cinnamon summarizes her days at this new institute - it sounds challenging and fascinating.

*  Producing a Self-Published Book in Ten Steps by Diane Beumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane describes her book publishing process, including the challenges she faced.  There are lessons here!

*  The Future of Genetic Genealogy - Dream Big! by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy blog.  Some great DNA testing history and some big picture predictions here from Roberta.

*  The Old Trappe Church by Becky Wiseman on the Kinexxions blog.  Becky visited a church of her colonial ancestors in Pennsylvania, but it was closed.  No matter - great pictures and story!

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

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks, October 14-20 by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

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

*  Monday Morning Mentions ... A Little Late by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.

*  Monday Recap for October 22, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  From the Blogs, October 26 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for October 26, 2012 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, October 22-26 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Friday Finds - 10/26/12 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks, October 21-27 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 1290 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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