Sunday, March 9, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 March 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:

* !2 Genealogical Resources to Look For at Your Local Library by Karin Hadden on The Art of Genealogy blog.  Karin found quite a few items of interest in your locals, what have you found?

*  Has Evernote Made Research Logs Obsolete? by Denise Barrett Olson on the Moultrie Creek Gazette blog.  Denise shares her use of Evernote to capture search results and documents as part of her genealogy research process.

*  Exploring New Formats for Genealogy Instruction by Amy Coffin on The We Tree Genealogy Blog.  Amy, and her readers, continue the discussion about conferences, institutes, seminars and other educational opportunities.  Read the comments too.

*  Find A Grave App Now Available! by Thomas MacEntee on the Hack Genealogy blog.  Thomas provides directions and commentary on the features of the new Find A Grave mobile app for iOS devices.

*  The Divorce by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael found the divorce record in 1982 and it revealed much more than expected.

*  Tuesday's Tip:  Podcasts by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.  Miriam lists the available genealogy-oriented podcasts for our listening pleasure.

*  Conferences and New Formats by Karen Blackmore on Karen's Genealogy Oasis blog.  Karen shares her thoughts on conferences and other learning experiences.

*  Family History in 2050: DNA's Impact by Nathan W. Murphy on the FamilySearch Blog.  Well, this is different...seer or humorist?  I want to hear what the genetic genealogists have to say.

*  A Visit to the Rhode Island State Archives by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane shares her experiences at these Archives and some of the interesting records she found.  I need to go there...

*  Sliding Around: Ancestry Rolls Out New Sliders to Edit Search Results by Diane Haddad on The Genealogy Insider blog.  Diane describes this new feature on

*  How Do You Handle URLs in Citations? by Jill K. Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.  Great question, and interesting discussion.

*  My Commitment to PERSI by Jen Baldwin on the Ancestral Breezes blog.  Jen has been finding "good stuff" in PERSI.  Have you looked yet?

*  Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 by Emily Aulicino on the DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy blog.  Emily reports on her WDYTYA? experience in London, and more.

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

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

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

*  Friday's Finds - 3/7/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (March 8,. 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 1470 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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Denise Barrett Olson said...

Randy, thanks for the shout out! I never thought the Evernote research log article would travel as far as it has, but I'm delighted that others are realizing that digital tools like Evernote require a change in methodology to truly be useful time-savers.

Miriam Robbins said...

Thanks once again for highlighting my tip, Randy. It is always appreciated!