Sunday, September 21, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 14 to 20 September 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:

*  What to Cite First: The Chicken or the Egg? by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.  ESM argues that we should be citing the source that we used.

*  When the Genealogists Come to Town by Susan Petersen on the Long Lost blog.  Susan enjoys meeting other genealogists and she's well-positioned on I-80 in Omaha.

*  Blogging Your Family History by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Lynn summarizes reasons and how to blog.

*  Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch - Part 1 by Wendy Littrell on the All My Branches Genealogy blog.  Wendy does a fine job of digging out every bit of information from a sketch.

*  DNA 101: The Secret's in the Science by CeCe Moore on the Finding Your Roots blog.  CeCe is the genetic genealogist for this PBS show, and summarizes her experiences.

*  What If Someone Asked For Your Best Genealogy Advice? (My Top Tips) by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Diane has excellent tips here.

*  Orphans and Orphan Trains by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James provides links to useful information about orphan trains.

*  Help!  Where Are My Ancestor's Newspaper Articles?  by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth provides ideas for determining locations where they might be.

*  Wednesday Spotlight:  Genedocs Founder, Eric R. Jelle by Tami Mize on the WikiChicks blog.  Eric's interview is interesting, and so are his charts.

*  Finding It In the Stacks by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi highlights what can not be found online, and found a library in Ireland to visit near her ancestor's homes.

*  Looking for Mable and Welcome Home, Mable! Lost But Now Found by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine 's husband had a stunning portrait of a young woman, and Lorine and her readers identified her quickly.  Good work!

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

*  WikiWeek in Review: 15 September 2014 by Eowyn Langholf on the WikiTree Blog.

*  Whaddya Miss? Tuesday, Sept. 16 2014; Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014; Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014; by Tami Mize on the WikiChicks blog.

*  What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the Blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 19 September 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 19, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral: Sept. 15-19 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, September 19, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy 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 1540 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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Anonymous said...

Randy, thanks so much for including my post in the "Best of"! I feel so honored!

Kenneth R Marks said...

Thanks Randy for including my article!

Jacqi Stevens said...

Thanks for the mention again today, Randy! That trip is getting close. Believe me, we are making every contact we can, back in that town of origin in Ireland. No matter what happens, it will be exciting!

Eowyn said...

Thank you for including my WikiWeek in Review! :)

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Randy, the first post is not linked to ESM's site but to Susan Peterson's.

Randy Seaver said...

Thanks, Lisa, I fixed it. glad someone reads this!