Sunday, November 16, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 9 to 15 November 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:

*  Review:  Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR) by Jenny Lanctot on the My Roots Are Showing blog.  Jenny critiques the first VIGR offering.

*  What to Do With Your Genealogy: Deciding the Fate of Your Collection by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.    Michael identifies three ways to effectively deal with this issue.

*  Researching the Forgotten Side of Your Family Tree by Diane Hewson on the Worldwide Genealogy - A Genelaogical Collaboration blog.  Diane provides excellent research recommendations for finding female ancestors.

*  Six Reasons to Blog About Your Ancestors by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Legacy News blog.  Marian outlines why...I'm convinced!

*  Legacy's User ID Field by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring blog.  Michele shares how she uses the User ID field in Legacy Family Tree - by adding the Find A Grave memorial number.  Some excellent ideas here.

*  Is That Website Really Reliable? by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.  Elizabeth highlights four questions for critical analysis of information.

*  Source Based Thinking by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Genealogy Blog.  Louis challenges conclusion-based researchers (like me) to practice source based genealogy.

*  Melinda Wilkinson, the Runaway Bride by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.  Heather found a marriage record, then a newspaper notice, and then ... nothing more.

*  120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy by Logan Steele on the FamilySearch blog.  This is a good history of GSU and FamilySearch.  Check out the numbers table.

*  Ever Had One of Those "Slap Your Head" Moments in Your Research? by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Yep, all the time.

*  The Ryder Candidates by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Another intriguing episode in Michael's quest to find his mother's father, featuring genealogy and genetic research.

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

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite Blogs This Month) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 14 November 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for November 14, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  What We Are Reading: November 14th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 11/14/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Genealogy News Stories and Blog Posts of Interest, November 14, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: November 14, 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 15, 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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Diane Gould Hall said...

Thanks for the mention Randy. Looks like there are a bunch of good reads this week. I'm proud to be among them.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the mention, and sharing this great list!

Unknown said...

Liked Michele Simmons Lewis idea: Legacy's User ID Field by Michele Simmons Lewis on the Ancestoring blog. Michele shares how she uses the User ID field in Legacy Family Tree - by adding the Find A Grave memorial number.
I also use a field for the Family Search ID (FSID) it really has come in handy.