Sunday, May 11, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 4 to 10 May 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:

*  Who in the Family has an FBI Record? by Smadar Belkind-Gerson on the Past-Present-Future blog.  Smader's grandfather does, and she can hardly wait to obtain it.

*  Step by Step by Debi Austen on the Who Knew? blog.  Debi researched a piece of jewelry in her treasure box, and connected some puzzle pieces too.

*  OGS Conference in Retrospect and Confidence and Genealogy by John D. Reid on the Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.  John summarizes his highlights of the Ontario Conference, and one of the talks by Paul Jones.

*  Family Tree DNA Update: myOrigins Replaces Population Finder by Emily Aulicino on the DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy blog.  Emily highlights the new Family Tree DNA ethnicity presentation.

*  Search For Sources, Not Just Surnames by Kimberly Powell on the Genealogy blog.  Kimberly offers lists of record sources you need to search at several jurisdictional levels.

*  The myOrigins Feature at FamilyTreeDNA by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  Kitty investigates her own myOrigins data.

*  The United Empire Loyalists --  Finding Their Records by Elizabeth Lapointe on the Genealogy Canada blog.  Elizabeth summarizes websites that have online loyalist records.

*  An Argument for Increased Competence in Family History by James Tanner on the Rejoice, and Be Exceeding Glad blog.  James points out that the FamilySearch Family Tree is not a place for personal genealogical empires.

*  Follow Friday - Listen to Podcasts by Elizabeth Handler on the From Maine to Kentucky blog.  Elizabweth highlights seven podcast shows with genealogy and family history themes.

*  Will Genealogy Survive? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James has sone thoughts on the future of genealogy.

*  The up-to-date National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2014 Conference Blog Compendium is on Genea-Musings.

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 4 May 2014; Monday, 5 May 2014; Tuesday, 6 May 2014; Wednesday, 7 May 2014; Thursday, 8 May 2014; Friday, 9 May 2014; Saturday, 10 May 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 9, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday's Finds - 05/09/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte 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 1520 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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Debi Austen said...

Thanks so much for the mention, Randy!

Cousin Russ said...


I am glad you put your own blog in this awesome list. Your #NGS2014GEN coverage was awesome.

and Thank you for Myrt's AmbushCAM listing.