Sunday, February 9, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2-8 February 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:

*  Paton-MacEntee Down Under in Brisbane by Caitlin Gow on the Genealogically Speaking blog.  Caitlin got to meet Thomas and Chris, and had a great time at the seminar in Brisbane.

*  #RootsTech and the Fundamental Shift in Genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James ponders tectonic plate shifts and genealogy mindset shifts - interesting.

*  Why Should I Read the Original Records? by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Excellent ideas and practices here.

*  Strategies for Census Research, 1850-1940 by Michele Goodrum on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.  Michele has tips and tricks to digging all of the information you can from census records.

*  Another Case of A Changed Name: Samuel and Catherine Williams/Lewis by Wayne Shepheard on the Discover Genealogy blog.  Wayne documents how the surname of this family varied over many years.

*  Tuesday's Tip:  Timelines by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.  Miriam shows how timelines can aid your research, and has a downloadable form and Excel spreadsheet to help you with Timelines.  Great job!

*  #UTPCruise - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill is on the Unlock The Past cruise and having a great time.

*  Unlock the Past Cruise - first Two Days Report and Unlock The Past Talks in Melbourne by Chris Paton on the British GENES Blog (GEenealogy News and EventS) .  Chris reports his Unlock the Past cruise happenings.

*  #RootsTech FamilySearch Blogger Dinner Report and #RootsTech Ancestry Blogger Breakfast Report by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  These are the best "insider" reports from RootsTech 2014.

*  Just Three Generations by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy summarizes her excellent keynote address at RootsTech.  Please watch the Friday keynote session and be inspired, educated and motivated to pass your stories to the later generations.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need to Know this Morning, Sunday, 2 Feb 2014; Monday, 3 Feb 2014; Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014; Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014; Thursday, 6 Feb 2014; Friday, 7 Feb 2014; Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday - Fab Finds for February 7, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 02/07/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (February 8, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral: RootsTech 2014 Edition by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  RootsTech 2014 Geneabloggers Compendium  with posts from many geneabloggers at RootsTech 2014.

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.

My apologies for the lateness of this blog post - we traveled today from Salt Lake City to San Diego, and i'm trying to catch up on a week of blog posts reading away from home.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Miriam Robbins said...

Thank you so much for highlighting my post, Randy!

GeniAus said...

Thanks for the shoutout Randy. I just love geneacruising.