Sunday, January 19, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 January 2014

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:

*  Tutorial: Searching Fulton History by Kathleen Scarlett O'Hara Naylor on the You Are Where You Came From blog.  Kathleen teaches us how to use the Old Fulton New York Postcards site with historical newspapers.

*  What's Better Than a Genealogy Conference In Salt Lake City? by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise thinks it's a day at the FamilySearch Library.  And going out with genea-friends to eat.

*  Guide to Ancestor Middle Name Research by Duncan Kuehn on the GenealogyBank Blog.  Duncan discusses middle names, the reasons for them, how they are chosen, and some research examples.

*  Cousins Genealogy Research Teams by Lee R. Drew on the Family History With the Lineagekeeper blog.  Lee posits an excellent idea - cousins in research teams.

*  Do You Use Genealogy Lists? by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth links to his "Lists" page that provides useful and helpful ideas on how to find specific record types.

*  Curious & Funny Epitaphs of Famous People and the Not-So-Famous by Mary Harrell-Sesniak on the GenealogyBank Blog.  A challenge, and a great list of funny epitaphs.

*  Collaborative Genealogy by Kris Stewart on the My Link To the Past blog.  Kris discusses the benefits and drawbacks of a unified and collaborative family tree system (e.g., Geni, FamilySearch Family Tree, WikiTree).

*  Darned All-American Family by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  What a fascinating set of family names here!

*  Jimmy Lizardi: The Illegitimate Grandfather - Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 by Lisa Wallen Logsdon on the Old Stones Undeciphered blog.  What a fascinating research story, and a difficult one to find out.  Well done, Lisa!

*  15 Reasons You Should Start a Genealogy Blog by Karin Hadden on The Art of Genealogy blog.  Karin has some unique reasons, an excellent list.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need to Know This Morning, Sunday, 12 Jan 2014; Monday, 13 Jan 2014; Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014; Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014; Thursday, 16 Jan 2014; Friday, 17 Jan 2014; Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Upfront Mini Bytes – Old Bailey, Whaling Voyages, Anglican Records (Ireland), War of 1812, Montefiore Census of Jewish Inhabitants, Early 20th Century Irish Speakers, City Directory Abbreviations, Preservation ... by Diane L. Richard on the UpFront With NGS blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 17, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 13-17 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, January 17, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (January 18, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Friday Finds - 01/17/14 (A LIttle Late) by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub 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 1460 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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