Sunday, January 5, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 29 December 2013 to 4 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:

*  Michigan Death Records Online - Where Can You Find Them? by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Diane provides guidance for researchers looking for Michigan death records.

*  Thoughts on Discussions - about "PROOF" And Such by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Myrt and Mr. Myrt had a discussion...and Pat listed a great bibliography on the subject.

*  When Good Evidence Turns Bad by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane describes her latest research problem and her progress.

*  Probate and the Genealogist: A Match Made in Heaven by Joan Shurtliff on the Record Click blog.  Amen, Joan's singing my song...

*  Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Doing Jigsaw Puzzles by Jean Wilcox Hibben on the Circlemending blog.  Well, Jean doesn't mention the GPS.

*  New Year's Resolutions for Genealogists: Top 10 Goals for 2014 by Mary Harrell-Sesniak on the GenealogyBank blog.  Mary has quite a collection of humorous names here.

*  X-Chromosome Matching at FamilyTreeDNA by Emily Aulicino on the DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy blog.  Emily discusses the X-chromosome, shows the fan charts, and ahnentafel number tables, for males and females that depict the ancestors from which a person inherits their X-chromosome markers, and how to see your X-chromosome matches at FamilyTreeDNA.

*  How Good Are GenSoftReviews Ratings? by Louis Kessler on the Louis Kessler's Behold Genealogy blog.  Louis analyzes the genealogy software ratings and some of the pitfalls in compiling them.

*  Statistical Review of FamilySearch in 2013 by James Tanner on the Rejoice and Be Exceeding Glad blog.  Now I can update my earlier post with actual numbers!

*  Genealogy Jazz by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael compares genealogical research to playing music - some are serious and some do it for fun.  Can't everyone just get along?

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 29 Dec 2013; Monday, 30 Dec 2013; Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013; Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014; Thursday, 2 Jan 2014; Friday, 3 Jan 2014; Saturday, 4 Jan 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Upfront Mini Bytes – The National Map, Digital Libraries & Repositories, San Francisco, Overland Pioneers, Jamaican Ancestry, and Newspapers (Scotland and China) ... by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, January 3, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (January 4, 2014) 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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