Sunday, December 8, 2013

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 1-7 December 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:

*  Writing Family History: Finding the Stories Within the Evidence by Biff Barnes on the Stories To Tell blog.  Biff has excellent ideas on how to dig the family stories out of the resource.

*  Genealogy Problems Can Grow, Shrink, or Metastasize by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Ah, yes, you never know what you're going to find.

*  How My Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Chose My Christmas Gift This Year by Kerry Scott on The Clue Wagon blog.  Here's a great Christmas idea for the genealogist who has everything.

*  A Genealogy Baker's Dozen Gift Ideas by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on The Olive Tree Genealogy blog. Lorine shares 13 gifts that most genealogists would love to have. Hmm, maybe not #8.

*  RootsTech, Online Genealogy and the Question of Diversity? by Luckie Daniels on the Our Georgia Roots blog.  Luckie had a conversation with RootsTech about diversity - and it works out.

*  Analyzing Mistakes in Family Trees - Part One and Part Two by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James describes how mistakes in online family trees occur.

*  Forget What You Know & Challenge Assumptions -- You Might Just Knock Down That Brick Wall! by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.  Diane has an interesting table showing the family lore compared with research results.

*  Darned People Who Marry Themselves by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI has several examples, and uses this post to highlight good and bad practices in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  What An Experienced Researcher Would Expect To Be Relevant by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Experience is what know what might be relevant and where to find it.

*  Who's Your Father? by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.  Here's an interesting solution to a number of research problems in England, and Tony notes that a piece of "Evidence" is not always a "Fact."

*  GeneaMusings Challenge Summary by Russ Worthington on the Family Tree Maker User blog.  Russ shows what he did and how he created an FTM database to help my research challenge, and provides a great example of collaboration and using FTM to plan, research, source and report results.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Have to Read This Morning, Sunday, 1 Dec 2013; Monday, 2 Dec 2013; Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013; Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013; Thursday, 5 Dec 2013; Friday, 6 Dec 2013 and Saturday, 7 Dec 2013 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday - Favorites for December 6, 2013 by Heather Kuhn Roelker on the Leaves For Trees blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 6, 2013 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog. 

*  Friday Finds - 12/06/13 by Julie Cahill Tarr on the Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, December 6, 2013 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy 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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Luckie said...

Thanks Randy for the include this week! The chat with RootsTECH was very encouraging! RT's committed to making adjustments & I'm willing to support their efforts however I can. Good stuff!:)

Cousin Russ said...


Thank you for including my blog summary. I will post a couple of follow up's on a couple of specific individuals I found while doing that research.

As you mentioned to Dear MYRTLE, collaboration isn't there yet.

Thanks again,


Kerry Scott said...

Thank you for the mention!!