Sunday, April 13, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs -- 6 to 12 April 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:

*  The Genealogy Elite and the Genealogy Police by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael weighs in on the elite issue.  My experiences are similar.

*  Genealogy Success ~ It's All a Matter of Work by Lee R. Drew on the Family History With the LineageKeeper blog.  Lee discusses his genealogy youth experiences, and marvels at his grandchildren's technological capabilities.

*  In Defense of Genealogy As A Hobby by Tammy Hepps on the Treelines Blog.  Tammy opines on the Expertise issue, and thinks we should leave the hobbyists and casual users of genealogy services alone.  Good piece!

*  Flipboard Magazines for Genealogy - A Blossoming New Platform by Diane Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.  Diane shares her Flipboard creation using some of her blog articles.

*  Copyright, Terms of Use and Flipboard by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  User beware with Flipboard...Judy dissects their Terms of Use.

*  Lessons Learned from My Research Trip by Janine Adams on the Organize Your Family History blog.  Janine went to the Midwest Genealogy Center near Kansas City and recounts her experiences.

*  Ancestry DNA and Finding a "New" Cousin by Schalene Dagutis on the Tangled Roots and Trees blog.  Schalene has been collaborating with a cousin she found through an AncestryDNA match.  Check out the camel photo.

*  Cleanup in Aisles 1 - 1,000 by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold is working on cleaning out his paper files doing it 10 minutes a day.  Admirable!

*  52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 14 Recap by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy does a great job collecting these blog posts every week!

*  Using Risk Management Strategies to Do Genealogy Efficiently by Yvette Hoitink on the Dutch Genealogy blog.  Yvette demonstrates how she uses a matrix approach to assess risk management for genealogy problems.

*  United States Online Historical Newspaper Links by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken has worked on this for six months - what a great set of links!

*  SUNDAY'S SERMON:  Ten Citation Commandments for Intimidated Souls by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained Quicktips blog. Amen, Sister Rapknuckle! Instant classic!!!

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 6 Apr 2014; Monday, 7 Apr 2014; Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014; Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014; Thursday, 10 Apr 2014, Friday, 11 Apr 2014; Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 11, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  News Stories and Blog Posts for Genealogists - April 11, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity, April 12, 2014 by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs by Dawn Watson on the Diggin' In the Roots 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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Kenneth R Marks said...

Thanks for acknowledging my work and article Randy!

Unknown said...

Thanks for including the 52 Ancestors weekly recap!

BTW, I had a response to Harold Henderson's "Clean-up" article. Loved his premise of cleaning out the files. (Goodness knows I need to!) There was one premise, however, that I took an exception to.

Schalene Dagutis said...

Thank you so much for including my blog post about finding a new cousin from a DNA match. I love that camel photo, too, and am determined to get to the story behind it.