Sunday, March 22, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 15 to 21 March 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:

*  HeritageQuest From ProQuest Gets Remodel and Upgrades Thanks to Partnership with by the writer of the Gone Researching blog.  Nice review of the recamped website, including helpful search engine commentary.

*  Plastic Paddy by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi discusses being American and yet of Irish descent.

*  Tuesday's Tip: Researching Your Deaf Ancestors in U.S. Federal Censuses by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.  Miriam takes us through U.S. census records from 1830 to 1910 with indicators for deaf persons.

* did Not Buy HeritageQuest and Librarians Express Concern Over HeritageQuest Changes by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI provides Q&A  and comments about the HeritageQuestOnline changes.

* "A Plot of the Land of George Lanphear" by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane analyzes a 1727 map of land in Westerly, R.I. to try to determine who the parents of her Daniel Lanphear are.

*  Eleven Things I Would Do Differently and A Dozen Things I Got Right by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Good ones!

*  Michigan Death Certificate Images Released -- 1921-1939 and Day Two of the Michigan Death Certificates Jouney - Now What? by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  diane organized her search using her software - well done!

*  Using Your DNA Test Results: The Basics for Genealogists by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  Kitty summarizes her close DNA matches in one beautiful chromosome browser chart, and has advice for other researchers.

*  HSP:  Research Outside the Box by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy visits the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and sees some treasures.

*  What's Wrong With Genealogy Today? by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken answers the question, do you agree?

*  March/April Lecture Schedule by Jill Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.  Jill describes steps she has taken to become a successful speaker on genealogy subjects.

*  Hierarchies Help Source Organisation, Analysis and Citation by Sue Adams on the Family Folklore Blog.  Sue identifies source materials about her life using a Mind Map.  Interesting!

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 20 March 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab  Finds for March 20, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 03/20/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 20 March 2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- March 21, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 20 March 2015 (A Day Late!) by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors 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 1560 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Miriam Robbins said...

Thank you for the shout out, Randy!

Diane Gould Hall said...

Thanks for the mention Randy! Much appreciated.

mbm1311 said...

Hi Randy,

There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't complain about the quality of an online tree. Would it be feasible to have an online tree that took a DAR like process to gain access? Let's say I have a documented tree and apply and I'm vetted. Then you come along with some duplicate research but some new branches then your new information gets vetted and attached.

What do you think? i'm not saying the DAR type process would say that we know EVERYTHING about the tree we've certified but there is enough evidence to believe these people are related in the way presented.

Mary Beth