Sunday, October 27, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 October 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:

*  Claverley Property Document Analysis, Part 2: Semantic Markup by Sue Adams on the Family Folklore Blog.  Sue extracts information from a complex manorial document using color coding and tables to sort it out.

*  Reading and Digesting Complex Terms: Making a Flow Chart for the MGP by Shannon Bennett on the Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian blog.  Shannon studied Mastering Genealogical Proof, and came up with a great chart to help her remember it.

*  Nineteen Kinds of Death Records and Their Uses by David Rodeback on the WorldVitalRecords Blog.  This is an excellent list for alternate sources when a death certificate isn't available.

*  30 Reasons Why Searching for Obituaries is Like Finding Gold by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken looked at 5 obituaries and found 30 items that could add to a family history or lead to further research.

*  How I Tried to Create a Tree on and Almost Died Laughing by Harold Henderson on  Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold found a definition of "source" on and thinks it could be improved a bit.

*  Technological Divide in Genealogy -- Yes, it does exist!  What might we do about it? by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront with NGS blog.  The only real answer is education and collaboration at the local level.

*  X-DNA Inheritance Charts by Debbie Parker Wayne on the Deb's Delvings in Genealogy blog.  Deb provides two excellent charts to help figure out where your X chromosome came from.

*  The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross -- Episode 1, From Africa to Virginia to Mississippi by Melvin J. Collier on the Roots Revealed blog.  Mel summarizes Episode 1 of the new PBS series, and discusses his own ancestry, including some DNA results.

*  Cleveland: Dad worked at Johnson Plastics, Now Where Was That? by Diane Weintraub on the Nuts From the Family Tree blog.  Diane and her family visited the old home town recently, and tracked down where her father worked.  I love stories like this!

*  If Citing Is All You Do..... by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Interesting post by Michael, who cites his sources well, and analyzes them well also!

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

*  NN Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 20 Oct 2013, Monday, 21 Oct 2013, Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013, Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013, Thursday, 24 Oct 2013, Friday, 25 Oct 2013, and Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 by Caroline M. Pointer on the 4YourFamilyStories blog.

*  Monday Mentions: More Blog Posts of Interest by Pauleen Cass on the Family History Across the Seas blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for October 25, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Upfront Mini-Bytes -- Genealogy Roadshow, Medieval Manuscripts, Australia, Medical Miscellany, LibreVox, Auschwitz, WWII Army, Animaps ... by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.

*  From Sephardic Jews to Popular First Names: Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, October 25, 2013 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Follow Friday ! Fab Finds for October 25, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.

*  Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits, #13 by Deb Ruth on the Adventures in Genealogy blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (October 26, 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.

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Granny-Guru said...

Great resource list. Thanks!

Diane Weintraub said...

Hey, Randy! Thanks for mention of my Johnson Plastics plant post on Nuts From The Family Tree blog:)
Cheers, Diane

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Thanks for the mention Randy and giving me new posts to read.