Sunday, September 15, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 8 to 14 September 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 daily blog prompts or 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:

*  Review of Midwest Family History Expo, and Day 2 by Beth on Beth's Genealogy Blog.  Beth highlights her experiences at this regional conference.

*  Pack Rat Solutions - Financial Advisors vs. Genealogists by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.  John saves a lot of stuff, and he decided to save some of the financial records he has accumulated for posterity.

*  Finding the Source Title of Images at FamilySearch - Tuesday's Tip by Nancy on the My Ancestors and Me blog.  Nancy works on adding a better source citation for a FamilySearch record collection, and succeeds.  Excellent tip!

*  Extracting Data by Michele Simmons Lewis on Ancestoring's Ask a Genealogist blog.  Michele provides examples of her genealogy fun doing data extraction from records, and then analyzing the records.

*  AncestryDNA Begins Rollout of Update by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy reviews highlights of a presentation by AncestryDNA about their enhanced autosomal DNA results.

*  Put Some Heart Into It - How to Share Your Family History Stories by Valerie Elkins on the Family Cherished blog.  Valerie has suggestions on how to do this.

*  Google Earth and Time Travel by Dayna on the On Granny's Trail blog.  Dayna downloaded state maps over time and used Google Earth to show county boundary changes over time.

*  The Cemetery Santa by Jen Baldwin on the Ancestral Breezes blog.  Jen had an educational day at the cemetery.

*  AncestryDNA Launches New Ethnicity Estimate by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog.  Blaine shows more of the AncestryDNA material and highlights his own AncestryDNA results.

*  A Bigger Challenge by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James meets many beginners and experienced researchers, and knows what the biggest challenge is.

*  Why DNA Test? by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAExplained - Genetic Genealogy blog. Roberta has 15 answers listed here; excellent post!

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

*  12 Genealogy Things You Should Know This Morning, September 14, 2013 by Caroline J. Pointer on the 4YourFamilyStory blog.  Caroline has daily roundups of things you should know.

*  Genealogy Blogs, News and Tidbits, #7 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for September 13, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Upfront Mini Bytes - Gesher Galicia, Boer War, WW I Wills, Digital Preservation, Hathi Trust, Maps, Scottish Records, Brooklyn, ... by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 13, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds ~ 09/13/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & Family History Hub blog.

*  News Stories for Genealogists, September 13, 2013 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 14, 2013) 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, Feedly, another 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 1400 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Nancy said...

Thanks for including my post, Randy. I hesitated to post it thinking that most people would already know to go to the beginning to find the title.... Thanks, too, for highlighting other posts of the week.

John said...

Thank you for the mention on the Pack Rat post Randy -- much appreciated!