Sunday, May 19, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 May 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:

*  Cluster Genealogy - Have You Discovered the Benefits? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine shares how she does cluster genealogy research.

* FamilySearch: Sharing is Forever by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy looks at the FamilySearch Terms and Conditions and describes what each person's rights and responsibilities are.

*  A Brief History of the Huguenots by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  This is a very useful summary of the history of the Huguenots.  I have some in New York.

*  Why Attend a Genealogy Conference? by Shelley Bishop on the A Sense of Family blog.  Shelley shares her reasons - good ones.

*  "St. Anthony, St. Anthony, Please Come Around, Something's Lost and Can't Be Found" by Erica Voolich on the Erica's Adventures in Genealogy blog.  Erica and her husband visited Croatia recently - this is Erica's excellent trip report.

*  No (DNA) Bullying by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta describes how and why DNA bullying might occur, and why some persons don't agree to do DNA testing.

*  Do I Still Need a Desktop Genealogy Program or is Family Tree Enough? by Renee Zamora on Renee's Genealogy blog.  Renee summarizes an UNConferencing session at RootsTech 2013.  I missed this session.

*  "I" and "We" in Genealogy Writing by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory blog.  Harold discusses writing in the first person vein, including the pitfalls and the benefits.

*  Treasure Chest Thursday: Look At That Chart by Diane Weintraub on the Nuts From the Family Tree blog.  Diane used Ancestry's MyCanvas feature to make a wall chart for her mother on Mother's Day, and shares her experience.

*  Are Genealogists Being Defined Out of Family History? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  It's an interesting an important question.  Good comments, too.

*  In Which Things Do Work Out ... If You Let Them by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog.  Well done, Sheri - your grandma's a star now!

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

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for May 17, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 17, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Blogs and News for Genealogists by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

* Friday Finds - 05/17/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the GenBlog blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity by John D. 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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John said...


I want to thank you again for the mention of my Saturday Serendipity feature in your Sunday roundup. It is much appreciated and I am honored to be mentioned on one of the premier genealogy blogs!


Sheri Fenley said...

Seaver! Thank you for the shout out. It took five years, but worth the wait for my Gram to get what she deserves. It never was about the money. It was about the way in which my photo was going to be used.

Diane Weintraub said...

Hey, Randy! Thanks for the mention of Mom's chart for Mother's Day:) She and I both were real happy that you mentioned it!
Diane Weintraub
Nuts From The Family Tree

Shelley Bishop said...

Thanks so much for the mention and the kind words, Randy! I'd love to see you again at a conference one of these days--hopefully sooner rather than later!