Sunday, May 5, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 28 April to 4 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:

*  OGS 2013 Conference: Day One and Day Two by Shelley Bishop on the A Sense of Family blog.  Shelley shares her OGS Conference experiences - well done!

*  Did Your Ancestors Reboot by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  Kerry finds an ancestor who was in prison, then lived an exemplary life.

*  Principles to Perfect Your Researching Skills by Melanie on the  Melanie lists excellent principles about kinship, and how they can help your research.

*  An Interesting Question With a Number of Issues and Questions to Ask Yourself Before Declaring a Brick Wall by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James responds to a commenter about a brick wall problem in Georgia.

*  FamilySearch - Sorry -  No Cigar by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth looked at the FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement and didn't like what he saw.

*  A Technologically Advanced Resource for Geography: The David Rumsey Map Collection by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael highlights some of the more advanced features of the David Rumsey website.

*  Google+ Communities and Genealogy (Part 1) and (Part 2) by Russ Worthington on the A Worthington Weblog blog.  Russ describes how Google+ communities and YouTube can be used for genealogy collaboration and education.

*  News From Nutfield by Heather Rojo on the Nutfeild Genealogy blog.  Heather updates her readers on her activities and highlights of the last two months. busy lady, great blog.

*  10 Unexpected Things I Learned Doing Family Research by Ellie on the Ellie's Ancestors blog.  Ellie shares some of her surprises.

*  Miracles by Heather Doyle on the Of Trees and Ink blog.  Talk about serendipity, I got chills reading this.  Way to go, Heather! I can hardly wait for the next installment.

*  Part 2 of "This is Frustrating" by Melvin J. Collier on the Roots Revealed blog.  Mel is working on his 2nd great-grandfather's identity - I love stories like this!

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

*  Monday Recap for April 29, 2013 by Amanda on the Geni Blog.

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

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for May 3, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday - This Week's Favorite Finds by Jenn on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for May 3, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Blog Posts and News for Genealogists, May 3, 2013 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 05/03/13 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.

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Wow, thanks for the mention and the kind words, Randy! I'm sitting on the deck perusing your list on this Sunday afternoon. It's finally spring in New Hampshire!

Kenneth R Marks said...

Thank you Randy for including my post about FamilySearch Photos and Stories submissions. I appreciate the inclusion.

Cousin Russ said...


Thank you for listing my experience with Google+ as another tool for our Genealogy Tool box.


Shelley Bishop said...

Wow Randy, what a thrill to open up my reader and find my posts on your list! Thanks for the honor and your kind words. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Kerry Scott said...

Thank you so much for the mention!!