Sunday, April 14, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 7 to 13 April 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:

*  Follow-Up: Use of Wild Cards in Online Sources by Bob Vornlocker on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog.  Bob has an interesting search string called "regular expressions" which he would like to see used in genealogy search engines.

*  Using Your Local FamilySearch Center by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane describes the entire process in one post - great job!

*  Motivation Monday - You Mean My Family History Isn't Done? by Devon Lee on A Patient Genealogist blog.  Devon hears this from some people, and has suggestions for further work, since it is never done.

*  Censuses Compared by Audrey Collins on The National Archives Blog.  Audrey discusses English and US Census records, including her own experiences.

*  Looking for Thankful Tefft -- Part One, Part Two by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James is at the Family History Library working on his Rhode Island lines.  Watch his progress.

*  Uploading DNA to FTDNA from 23andMe by Dave Lynch on the 200 Years in Paradise blog.  Dave shows the steps to perform this task...and then you wait awhile.

*  The Surrogate by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy defines how this person got the title and how they act, in the legal sense of course.

*  That Feeling... by Donya Williams on The Yeldell Family (Through My Eyes) blog.  Donya felt something when she walked into her ancestral church building.  Have you ever had that goosebumpy experience?

*  New Hampshire Pronunciation by Heather Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  Now I know why I got funny looks in Chess-shire and Con-cord...thanks, Heather.

*  Video Storytelling - A Dream Come True for Online Pajamaealogists by Joan Shurtliff on the Record Click blog.  Joan reviews some genea-tech highlights, and explains how video storytelling might be the next great thing for family historians.

*  On Rounds With a Census Taker: 1910 by Sonja Hunter on the Bushwhacking Genealogy: Kalamazoo and Beyond blog.  Sonja found some 1910 newspaper articles about the census taking in 1910.  Interesting!

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  Monday Recap for April 8, 2013 by Amanda on The Geni Blog.

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

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for April 12, 2013 by Heather Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for April 12, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Blog Posts for Genealogists, April 12, 2013 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 04/12/13 by Julie Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity - April 13, 2013 by John Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

Readers are encouraged 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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Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy, and I'm glad to help you avoid any more funny looks the next time you are up here in the Granite State!

Sonja Hunter said...

Thanks for the shout out, Randy! I just happened on the article while looking for something else. I'm glad you found it interesting also.

Devon Noel Lee said...

I wish to express my thanks for mentioning my article as well. I wrote it mostly out of frustration, put then it became a plea for help. I'm glad it was worth blogging about. It seems others feel the exact same way. So hopefully, we can invite more people into the genealogy tent by sharing with them the various ways they can participate. Again, I'm so thankful for your shout out.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Happy Blog anniversary! Keep on Posting!