Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015

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:

*  Genealogy Do-Over: Prep Time by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny describes her plans for her genealogy do-over.

*  Top 10 Genealogical Finds for 2014 by Debi Austen on the Who Knew? blog.  Debi describes her best research finds in 2014.  Excellent blog idea!

*  New Year's Genealogy Resolutions for 2014 - Did I Achieve Them? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine accomplished quite a bit in 2014, and highlights her plans for 2015.

*  2015 -  Genealogy Year in Review by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James highlights his top 2014 stories in the genealogy world.

*  Accentuate the Positive 2014 Geneameme by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.  Jill wants us to write about positive genealogy things in 2014.

*  Provenance (A Two-Bit Word for "Is This Stuff Really Worth a Plug Nickle?") and D.O.C.U.M.E.N.T.A.T.I.O.N by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips Blog.  Elizabeth explains why provenance is important, and the rules for documentation of facts/assertions.

*  Grab Your Genealogy by the Horns: Five Ways to Take Control of Your Research in 2015 by guest blogger Lisa Alzo on the Legacy News blog.  Lisa has excellent suggestions.

*  2014 Top Genetic Genealogy Happenings -- A Baker's Dozen +1 by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta highlights the 14 top events in genetic genealogy in 2014.

*  11 Ways to Get Genealogy Motivated in 2015 by the writer of the blog.  Some more good suggestions.

*  3 New Year's Genealogy Resolutions for 2015 by Gena Philibert-Ortega on the GenealogyBank Blog.  Here are three excellent suggestions for 2015 resolutions.

*  My 2015 Goals by Jennifer Alford on the Jenealogy blog.  Jen made a mind map to help her outline her goals for 2015.  Nice!!

*  Genealogy 2014 by Tamura Jones on the Modern Software Experience website.  Tamura documents all of the genealogy industry changes during 2014, with commentary.

*    5 Things I Learned While Blogging in 2014 by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Yep...

*  Top Seven Free Canadian Genealogy Websites by Elizabeth Lapointe on the Genealogy Canada blog.  Elizabeth presents a great list on her 7th blogiversary.

*  Be Aware!  Changes at the Family History Library by Susan Bankhead on the  Brick Wall Genealogist blog.  Susan notes the changes at the FHL, and suggest a way to find a microfilm reader.

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

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 2 January 2015 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of my Ancestors blog.

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

*  IDGs Top 10 Posts of 2014 by the editors of The In-Depth Genealogist blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 01/02/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 2 January 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- January 3, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (January 3, 2015) 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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Jen A said...

Thank you for including my blog post in your weekly best of! It is a real honor!

Lisa A. Alzo said...

Thank you for including my post from the Legacy Blog, Randy!