Sunday, February 10, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3 to 9 February 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:

*  Avoiding Genealogical Search Frustration by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James shares how he does this - he's an optimist!

*  Genealogical Proof Standard -- Step 2 - Complete and Accurate Source Citations; Step 3- Analysis and Correlation of the Collected Information;  Step 4 - Resolution of Conflicting Evidence; Step 5 - A Soundly Reasoned, Coherently Written Conclusion by Michele Simmons Lewis on Ancestoring's Ask A Genealogist blog.  Michele takes us through the last four steps of the GPS, with links to pertinent documents and articles.

*  Richard III: A King Is Found by Debbie Kennett on the Cruwys News blog.  Debbie describes the mtDNA match from the King in the parking lot and two descendants of the King's sister.

*  Writing Life Stories in 5 Easy Steps by Lisa Alzo on Lynn Palermo's The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Lisa is an expert at this - and has great ideas.

*  Analysis and Conclusions with Evidentia by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog. Jenny discusses her experiences using Evidentia, a relatively new software program used for evaluating evidence and forming conclusions.

*  What Will the Future Bring for National Conferences by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael thinks that national conferences should be retained, as lists the reasons.

*  The Mystery of Marie by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  This post really touched me - Judy knows much about this grandmother, but can't know more.

*  Never Give Up...Baby Clayton Library Redux by B. Breeding on the No Hoof Left Behind blog.  This is a description of an ambitious research project - well described and well done.

*  Microfilms vs. Digital - Pros and Cons by Nancy on the My Ancestors and Me blog.  Nancy has a great list here - can you add to it?

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

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

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

*  Monday Recap for February 4, 2013 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for February 8, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves for Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for February 8, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Feb 4-8 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Friday Finds - 02/09/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Men In High Heels! Covert Burials! It's Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  Weekly Picks: Feb. 3-Feb 9 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 1350 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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Unknown said...

Thanks for including me on your list this week, Randy! I feel so special :)

Nancy said...

Hi, Randy. What a surprise to see my post included in your "Best of...." I appreciate it. And thank you for continuing to highlight the best posts every week. It's very helpful.

Judy G. Russell, CG said...

Aw... Randy, thanks for the mention, and thanks for understanding so well the emotions behind this post.