Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Read Genealogy Aggregator Newsletters and Blogs to Keep Up with Genealogy News

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use genealogy newsletters to keep up with the genealogy news of the week or month.

We just returned from the 16-day Legacy Family Tree cruise (270 genealogists and NGS folks - that's non-genealogy spouses) on the Celebrity Millennium which left San Diego on 22 September, visited Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Quetzal, Puntarenas, Panama Canal, Colon and Cartagena and ended in Fort Lauderdale on 7 October.

I had 16 days of Internet withdrawal - and have over 3,400 blog posts to read in Feedly today.  Or not.  I managed to sort out my email in the Fort Lauderdale and Houston airports on Monday (about 2,000 emails...I deleted 95% of them after scanning them).

What did I miss?  What happened in the world of genealogy while we were afloat?  Geoff Rasmussen on Legacy Family Tree told us one bit of news - the Find A Grave acquisition by Ancestry.com, which touched off a bit of consternation and supposition aboard ship.

I've found that the easiest way to stay abreast of genealogy news is to read several email and online newsletters, including:

1)  Leland Meitzler's Family Roots Publishing's email newsletter (about two times a week).  You can sign up at www.familyrootspublishing.com (upper left-hand corner - enter your email address).  Leland has an archive of past newsletters also at http://www.emailcontact.com/nl/nl-archive.php?bus_id=7035&list_id=22320.  A typical email newsletter looks like this:

2)  Illya D'Addezio's Genealogy Today daily or weekly newsletter.  You can sign up at http://www.genealogytoday.com/roots/xweb.mv?xc=Register&xo=newsdist&xz=gt-news.  There is an archive (which needs to be updated) at http://news.genealogytoday.com/.  I received the weekly edition every Sunday.  This newsletter is more of a news summary selected from several websites and genealogy blogs (unfortunately, Genea-Musings is not on the list!).  A typical email issue looks like this:

3)  I don't subscribe to Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter via email because he does not publish complete articles in the email version.  I read it using Feedly, but after a trip I visit his blog and read it at http://blog.eogn.com/  Here is a screen shot of today's blog page:

4)  Then there are all of the "Best of the Genea-Blog" type of posts published at Genea-Musings (well, not the last two weeks!), Jana Last's Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog, Heather Roelker's Leaves For Trees blog, Michael Leclerc's Mocavo Genealogy Blog, Julie Tarr's Julie's Genealogy and Family History Hub blog, John Tew's Filiopietism Prism blog, and others.

That about covers it!!  Now back to blog reading and email answering and picture organizing.  I may even do some online research today (it's been so long!).  Oh yes, the CVGS Newsletter is due out this week?  Maybe on Wednesday...

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2013/10/tuesdays-tip-read-genealogy-aggregator.html

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


John said...

Randy: Welcome back! It sounds like it was a wonderful trip even if you had some internet withdrawal. :-)

This is a very helpful post and I must admit I have not paid as much attention to the newsletters as I should. Thanks for the reminder and the links.

Also, as always, thank you very much for the kind mention of my Saturday Serendipity summaries -- much appreciated!


bgwiehle said...

Welcome back, Randy!
One advantage to a little delay in reading blogs is that you'll get to read all the comments at once :)

Alona Tester said...

Welcome back on land Randy. I'm a fan of these up-to-the-minute news blogs as well. One that I do also follow that you didn't mention was Chris Paton's British GENES (britishgenes.blogspot.com/‎). While he does cover UK related news, he also covers world genie news.

Jana Iverson Last said...

Welcome back Randy!

I just finished reading your "Post 1: Highlights of your cruise" post and it sounds like you had a fun and busy time.

Thank you for this Tuesday's Tip post and for mentioning my weekly Fab Finds posts. It's very much appreciated!

Jana Iverson Last said...


I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/10/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-october-11.html

Have a wonderful weekend!