Sunday, January 27, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 January 2013

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:

*  Seeking Death Records Isn't always Easy by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine received two vital records by mail, at significant expense, and was not happy with the experience.  She got some help from genealogy folks afterwards.  Lorine received an explanation from Michigan - see Michigan Vital Records Responds to My Complaint.

*  The Pinball Approach to Genealogical Research and Principles of the "Pinball Approach to Genealogical Research" by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat
defined the terms - are you a pinball genealogist like I am?

*  If Not Now, When? by Lynn Palermo on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.  Lynn describes her feelings after presenting her family history book at a family reunion.

*  Family History Through the Alphabet -- Books by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.  Julie provides a list of her must-have books, plus links to online book providers.

*  Are Sources Necessary for Genealogical Data? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James describes his own sourcing journey, and decides that beginners need more education on sources.

*  When You Find a Document That May Be About One of Your Ancestors... by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael answers Nancy's question, describing how a professional genealogist would solve a specific problem.

*  RootsTech 2013: What Might FamilySearch Reveal by Michael W. McCormick on the Enduring Legacy Genealogy blog.  Michael has background and some thoughts about several FamilySearch features coming soon, perhaps at RootsTech 2013.

*  My Excellent Adventure to the Middlesex Registry of Probate and Registry of Deeds , Cambridge, Massachusetts by Linda on the Passage to the Past's Blog.  Linda did well coping with the staff...I love probate office visits, don't you?

*  Looking for Baby Marie by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy visited the FHL to find a German church record, and is mad at her grandparents.  She gets an A for effort.

*  The Books They Leave Behind: Preserving Family Bibles and Religious Books by Denise Levenick on The Catholic Gene blog.  Denise shares information from her new book about how to archive these treasures.

*  Executive Corner: FamilySearch 2012 Accomplishments by Steve Anderson on the FamilySearch Blog.  Here's a snapshot of what FamilySearch did last year, and has available for genealogists.

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 January 21, 2013 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Follow Friday -- Fab Finds for January 25, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits, #4 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 21-25 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Murder! Name Dropping! Reinventing Genealogy? It's Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding forgotten Stories blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for January 15, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

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

*  Friday Finds - 01/25/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  From the Blogs, January 25 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks, January 20-26 by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

*  A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs by the writer of the Digging in the Roots 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.

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Julie said...

Thanks for including my book post in this week's list. I also found a new-to-me blog on your list.

Marsha said...

you keep linking to James Taner, and keep promising me his post is excellent. but everytime I check it out it, I'm disappointed by a boring bunch of words. he keeps scratching the surface. it never gets interesting.