Sunday, December 23, 2012

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

*  December DNA Doings by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy discusses recent changes at 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA.

*  Deck the Halls - Christmas Geneameme Responses by Cassmob on the Family Histories Across the Seas blog.  Pauleen links to responses to her Christmas geneameme.

*  New Year's Resolutions for Genealogists by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring's Ask A Genealogist blog.  Michele provides an excellent example...

*  Tuesday's Tip - Turn the Page by dmsbr549 on the My Genealogical Quest blog.  How many times do we miss something by forgetting to check the next digital image?

*  Comparing Admixture Test Results Across Companies (otherwise known as "ethnic" breakdowns): FTDNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe and Geno 2.0 - My Review by CeCe Moore on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog.  CeCe compares the results from her four autosomal DNA tests.  

*  The Most Important Thing You Can Ever Prove by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds: Genealogy as a Profession blog.  Excellent post - Michael discusses identity issues with examples.

*  Why We Don't Write, and How We Can by Harold Henderson on the Experts series page.  Boy, did I need to read this!  Now I need to apply it.

*  Do You Hear What I Hear? by footnoteMaven on the footnoteMaven blog.  This is the Blog Christmas Caroling collection!  Enjoy.

*  Too Many Birth Dates - A Trial of Evidentia Software by Bart Brenner on the Brenner Genealogy blog.  Bart used Evidentia software (uses the Genealogical Proof Standard to evaluate evidence) and lived to tell about his experiences.

*  Follow Up to "Tracing the Trails of Your Ancestors Using Deed Records" by Bill Dollarhide on Leland Meitzler's GenealogyBlog blog.  Bill answers questions, and in the process explains who research was done in the 1970s (and 1980s).

*  Can I Use the 1958 Kile Genealogy and Unbecoming Genealogical Conduct by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael describes the challenges to using a published book for his research, and the ethical approach to doing so.

*  Dear Genea-Santa by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  Bill has some ideas for genealogy tools that he wants to receive this year or next.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week: 

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

*  Monday Recap for December 17, 2012 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks, Dec. 16-19 by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

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

*  Genealogy News Corral - Dec 17-21 by Beth on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

*  Colonial Christmas, How To Tips and More Straight Talk - Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

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

*  From the Blogs, December 21 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Notable Genealogy Posts, 23 December 2012 by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds 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 1300 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

NOTE:  There will not be a Best of the Genea-Blogs post next week for blog posts of that week.  We are on our annual Christmas drive around California to see daughters, grandchildren and in-laws, and I will not have time or resources to do the job well.  I will, however, post something to sum up the year in Best of the Genea-Blogs Land!

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Bill West said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Thanks for the mention Randy. I hope you had fun with the meme.