Sunday, March 30, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 23 to 29 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:

*  Goin' to Kansas City! Kansas City Here We Come! by Susan Petersen on the blog.  Kansas City survived the genealogy girls weekend out - looks like they had a great time networking, researching and learning.

*  "Reasonably Exhaustive" As a Process of Elimination by Michael Hait on the Planting the Seeds blog.  Michael discusses eliminating record groups or types from your search, and rationalizing records that connect.

*  Protecting Your Digital World - Part 1 and Part 2 by Denise Barrett Olson on the Moultrie Creek Gazette blog.  Denise offers excellent advice for how to deal with computer maintenance, anti-virus protection, backups, password security, phishing, and social media.

*  Finding the Genealogy Community by Julie Goucher on the Angler's Rest blog.  Julie ponders the question, and provides her views.

*  Why Don't People Post Public Trees? by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  Kerry discusses the question and provides answers.

*  Genealogy and Family History Industry -- Boom or Bust? by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas ponders where genealogy will go as boomers go into retirement, will millennials will adopt genealogy, and the impact of big data.

*  Who Are the Serious Genealogists? by the writer of the The Pharos Blog: Lighting Up Genealogy blog.  Check out the possible attributes.  I got 14 out of 16, how about you?

*  FamilySearch Catalog Now Linked to the WorldCat OCLC Catalog by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  This is good news, and so is the listings of the catalogs of the FamilySearch Centers around the world.

*  Early Records of the Town of Providence by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane describes each of the 21 volumes in this record set, and provides links to browse or download each volume.

*  What to Share and How by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.  Tony discusses online trees (public or private, unified or user-owned) and local trees (private) and the issues associated with each.

*  The 2014 New England Family History Conference by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  Bill summarizes his experiences at this all-day conference.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 23 Mar 2014; Monday, 24 Mar 2014; Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014; Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014; Thursday, 27 Mar 2014; Friday, 28 Mar 2014; Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the 4Your blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for March 28, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  News and Blog Posts for Genealogists, March 28, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 03/28/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity, March 29, 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 1490 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 Olson said...

Randy, I just got home from the Florida State Genealogy Conference to find you'd included my protection posts in your "Best of" for this week. Boy, it's been a great weekend! Thanks!

Bill West said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy!

Tony Proctor said...

Thanks Randy! I guess that means I'll have to do the follow-up now ;-)