Sunday, October 12, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 5 to 11 October 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:

*  Planning an Ancestral Trip by Penny Stratton on the Vita Brevis blog.  Penny outlines some research strategies for visiting the homeland of your ancestors.

*  Genealogy Should Be Free -- Say What? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine rebuts the statement, noting that there are costs and tradeoffs for every website.

*  Books Are Still Better and Beautiful and Terrifying by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi is in Tipperary tracking down her Irish ancestors, and acquires a local history book.  Then they drive to an ancestral townland.

*  Your Online Genealogy Tips by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog.  Janet received some excellent research tips on her Facebook page.

*  When Less is More by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy reviews what she learned at the Ancestry DNA day.

*  DNA Day at Ancestry by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta summarizes her experiences at Ancestry's DNA day.

*  Wordless Wednesday -- I'm Published and  Finding Della ... Again (The Power of Offline Records) by Schalene Dagutis on the Tangled Roots and Trees blog.  Schalene's article in a British magazine resulted in a reader helping her find more about Della, her third cousin.

*  5 Reasons You Should Take a Genealogy Break by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken suggests ways to refresh your genealogy records.

*  #Gaenovium and #Famillement in Tweets by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.  Louis attended these events in Leiden, Holland and shares tweets from the events.

*  Scholarships, Awards and Cash Prizes . . Oh My! by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist blog.  Sheri lists the available benefits.

*  Tenth Annual Family Tree DNA Conference, Opening Reception;  Day 2 by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta summarizes the FTDNA Conference to date.  The Day 2 is about Spencer Wells presentation - fascinating!

*  Looking at the Process of doing Genealogical Research by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Can "anyone be a genealogist?"  James address this - he says there are critical abilities required.

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

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 10 October 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 10 October 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 10, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, October 10, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 10/10/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Creme de la Creme -- October 11, 2014 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (October 11, 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 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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Jacqi Stevens said...

Greetings from Ireland, Randy! Thanks so much for including my blog posts in your "Best of" this week! I don't think any post I could ever write would come close to explaining how incredible it has been to be here, doing the research in person! Thanks, though, for helping me share my feeble attempts at explaining it.

Sheri Fenley said...

Seaver!! Thanks for the shout out - I hope the list will be of some use to genealogists wanting to further their education.