Sunday, January 12, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 5 to 11 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:

*  Surprise!  A Birth Record Where It Wasn't Supposed To Be by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Diane is persistent, and it paid off!  Revisiting record collections works.

*  3 Genealogy Goals for 2014: Tasks & Tips for a Great New Year by Gena Philibert-Ortega on the GenealogyBank Blog.  Gena shares three excellent tips we all should follow on a regular basis.

*  Artificial Insemination Nightmare Revealed by DNA Test by CeCe Moore on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog.  Fascinating, horrifying, perhaps more common than we know.

*  A Challenge for 2014: Three Steps for Sharing Your Family History by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael has sage advice for readers in this post.

*  Using Evidence to Solve a Murder by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane digs deep and finds that her ancestor, and his mother, did not his wife.

*  Ordering an SS-5 Social Security Application by Philip Trauring on the B&F: Jewish Genealogy and More blog.  Philip describes the process of ordering, and the limitations imposed by recent changes to the laws.

*  Properly Analyzing Documents -- A Key to Genealogical Success by Diane L. Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.  I love the National Archives analysis document!  Check out Diane's other links also.

*  Twenty Tips for Living With the Obsessed Genealogist by Lauren Mahieu on the GeneJourneys blog.  Lauren nailed it, I think!

*  52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 1 Recap by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy had 123 entries in this weekly theme in the first week.

*  A Diversion - the Professional Management Conference in SLC and Day 2 Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake by Jill K. Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.  Jill is sharing her experiences at the APG PMC in Utah this weekend.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Should Know This Morning, Sunday, 5 Jan 2014; Monday, 6 Jan 2014; Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014; Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014Thursday, 9 Jan 2014; Friday, 10 Jan 2014; Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Writing Challenges! Photographs! The Golden State! -- It's Follow Friday by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.

*  Friday Finds - 1/10/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 10, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 6-10, 2014 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  News and Blog Posts for Genealogists, January 10, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (January 11, 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 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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Lauren Mahieu said...

Randy, I love your "Best of the Genea-Blogs," and was surprised and pleased to see my blog mentioned. Thank you!!

Philip Trauring said...

Randy, thanks for the mention. Good to be back among the best. :-)

Philip said...

Thanks, Randy. See you at NGS. Having a great time at SLIG. Jill