Sunday, January 13, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 6 to 12 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:

*  In Loving Memory of Joan Miller - Genetic Genealogist, Blogger, and Dear Friend by CeCe Moore on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog.  Thank you, CeCe for your wonderful tribute to a truly beautiful person.

*  Who Belongs on the Family Tree? by Kirsty Wilkinson on The Professional Descendant blog.  Excellent question, lots of great comments too.

*  Can Genealogy Software Be Rated Fairly? by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.   I think it can, but it needs many reviewers to do it fairly.

*  Right and Wrong vs. Consistency by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring's Ask a Genealogist blog.  Michele makes the case for being consistent with dates and place names in your database.

*  Protecting Your Digital World - Part 2 by Denise Barrett Olson on the Moultrie Tree Gazette blog.  Denise discusses passwords, phishing and smishing, and social media protection.  Excellent advice!

*  QuickLesson 15: Plagiarism -- Five "CopyWrongs" of Historical Writing by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the EvidenceExplained website.  All genealogy writiers should read and understand this article.

*  A Visit to the Family History Library by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog. Diane had three days at the FHL and got a lot done.  She has some comments on the process too.

*  Mind the Gap: Comparing Genealogy Associations to Other Info-Based Groups by Amy Coffin on The We Tree Genealogy Blog.  Amy refers to an SLA report that highlights how library associations are trying to transform, renew and inspire their members...and wonders why genealogy groups aren't doing this.

*  Solving the Paradox of Research Planning by Harold Henderson on the Experts Series.  Harold has sound advice on research planning.

*  Q&A With Judy Russell: A Conversation About the Upcoming WRHS Seminar, "Genealogy and the Law" by Chris Staats on the Staats Genealogical Services blog.  Chris conducts an interview with Judy on her upcomng seminar.

*  The Drafty Ohioan by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy describes the process to find out how an Ohioan was not drafted during the Civil War - starting with analyzing the law and how it applied to the person.

*  Review of the New Evidentia Software by Shannon Bennett on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.  Shannon provides another look at Evidentia.

*  So You Want to Re[-Invent Genealogy? Here's How by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.   Harold outlines how...the challenge is in the details!  Heck, 80% of the genealogy community has no idea what the GPS is.

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

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

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

*  Monday Recap for January 7, 2013 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for January 11, 2013 by Jana Last on the Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Pig Farmers, Copywrongs and Other Genealogical Musings. Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 7-11 by Beth on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Genealogy Blogs, News and Tidbits #2 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for January 11, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

*  From the Blogs, January 11 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy blog.

*  Friday's Finds-01/11/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks: Jan. 6-12 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 1300 genealogy bloggers using Google Reader, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

The URL for this post is:

Copyright(c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver 


Diane Gould Hall said...

Thanks for the list Randy. I look forward to reading these blogs. I'm sure it will help me with mine.
Diane aka Michigan Girl

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Thank you for the mention, Randy! Always an honor.

Judy G. Russell, CG said...

Randy, it's always such an honor to be included in the list of terrific finds you come up with!

GeniAus said...

Great reading. Thanks Randy