Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

*  Announcing the Genealogy Do-Over by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas is going to press the reset button and start over - ambitious, but the result should be excellent.

*  How I Found My Orphaned Milkmaid (Susan Tucker Kelley - 52 Ancestors #40) by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy finds her milkmaid ancestors parents using classical means - this is a great case study.

*  Until We Meet Again, Kathleen by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  A beautiful tribute for a sister-in-law.

*  What does Ferguson Teach the Genealogy Community?Ferguson: Geoff's ResponseFerguson: George's Reply; Ferguson: Unintentional Bias - Call to Action for Program Chairs; and Ferguson: Thoughts on Unintentional Bias  by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat starts an interesting and necessary conversation.

*  Monday Mailbox: What is Going On Here? by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI answers a reader's question about's "Historical Person Search" feature.

*  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy will suggest weekly themes for bloggers if they want to write about their ancestors.

*  Solving a "Mystery of Baseball" by Zachary Garceau on the Vita Brevis blog.  This post reviews some interesting research about the first African-American baseball players in the 19th century.

*  Bad, Bad, Bad Genealogist and Researching and Driving by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael's quest continues, I think he's almost there.  It wouldn't be a great research story without some errors of omission, would it?  We've all done this, i'm sure!

*  The Top Five Tips for FamilySearch Family Tree by James Tanner on the Rejoice and be Exceeding Glad blog.  James comments on a Help article about the Family Tree.

*  BCG Portfolio Madness by Cari Taplin on the Genealogy Pants blog.  Cari did it and lived to tell about it.  congrats, Cari!

*  Journey Through My Thompson Family History by Nique Starpg on the My Journey: Breaking down the Walls blog.  Look at the treasure trove that Nique has collected - 6 generations of pictures, Washington family slave lists, and much more!

*  5 Lessons We Can Learn From Who Do You Think You Are? by Yvette Hoitink on the Dutch Genealogy blog.  Yvette highlights lessons she's learned.

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

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

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

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

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

*  Friday Finds -- 12/19/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Blog Posts for Genealogists -- December 19, 2014 by Michael Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- December 20, 2014 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (December 20, 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 1550 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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1 comment:

Yvette Hoitink said...

Thank you for including my article about the lessons we can learn from Who Do You Think You Are in your picks! Honored to be in your selection.