Sunday, September 28, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21 to 27 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:

*  My Three Rs of Genealogy Research by Pauleen Cass on the Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genelaogical Collaboration blog.  Pauline recommends Revisiting, Recording and Revising your data and conclusions.

*  What Shapes Our Lives as Genealogists? by Midge Frazel on the Granite in My Blood blog.  Midge asks an interesting question, and describes her "shaping."

*  20 Questions You Can Use to Capture Grandma's Story by Paul G. Nauta on the FamilySearch Blog.  Great list.  Don't forget your parents, or yourself, or your spouse.

*  Treasure Chest Thursday: Bingo! A Letter From the Genealogy Program at USCIS! Part II by Smadar Belkind Gerson on the Past-Present-Future blog.  Smadar describes her success in obtaining a naturalization record from USCIS.

*  A Basic Vocabulary for Historical Research by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained Quick Tips blog.   Here are many of the terms you need to know about historical and genealogical research.

*  The Darker Side of Genealogy by Elise Ann Wormuth on the Living in the Past blog.  Elise has found some "dark" things about family members, and recounts how she is dealing with them.

*  A Visit to the Library of Congress by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane went looking for manuscript items, and found the answer to one of her puzzles.

*  Methodology Thursday: Working With Derivative Sources by Harold Henderson on Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.   Harold digs a bit deeper and is rewarded.  This is a good lesson for all of us.

*  Ancient DNA Matches -- What Do They Mean? by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta highlights recent findings, and answers reader questions about them.

* Overlooked Resources for GeneaGems;  Overlooked GeneaGen#2: Historical SocietiesOverlooked GeneaGem #3; Overlooked GeneaGem #4: Ethnic Societies  by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda wrote about repositories and their resources that are often overlooked.

*  The Dark Tunnel of Time by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James discusses uniformitarianism in genealogy research.

*  Finding Evan by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Wow!  Timing is everything!

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

*  Follow Friday -- My Favorites From the Last Week (Or So) by Christopher Shaw on the Diggin' for Family blog.

*  Whaddya Miss?  Monday, Sept. 22, 2014;  Tuesday, September 23, 2014;  Thursday, Sept. 25;  Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 by Tami Mize on the WikiChicks blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 22-26 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Recommended Reads by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 26 September 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 26 September 2014 by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, September 26, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  What We Are Reading, September 26th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the Blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 26, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 09/26/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 27, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

I think that's a record - 12 curation posts this week!

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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Alex Daw said...

Some fantastic reads here Randy. When do you ever sleep???

GeniAus said...

Thanks for adding my GAGs to your weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week. I hope I can follow your lead and keep this going.

Unknown said...

Hi Randy, I always like reading your picks each week. I am sure you have already been nominated, but I have nominated you for the "One Lovely Blog Award".

Harold Henderson said...

Thanks for the notice, Randy! Please don't take up sleeping ;-)