Sunday, July 19, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 July 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:

*  Off the Road Again by Dave McDonald on the Thinking Genealogically blog.  Dave took a road trip and itemizes his research findings.

*  8th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 1 Southampton England; Day 2 Blankenberge Belgium; Day 3 at Sea; Day 4 Warnemunde Germany; Day 5 at Sea; Day 6 at Tallinn, Estonia; Day 7 & Day 8 St. Petersburg, Russia by Alona Tester on the Lonetester HQ blog.  Alona keeps us informed about this genealogy cruise with lots of pictures.

*  Five Essential Resources for New England Research by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael shares reference books useful for New England research.

*  Privacy Issues with Online Trees by Randy Schoenburg on the Avotaynu Online blog.  Randy discusses privacy issues at length - be sure to read the summary.

*  10 Important Characteristics of a Good Genealogist by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.   This is an excellent list.  How do you measure up?

*  Early Church Records of Rhode Island by Diane MacLean Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane has collected lists of church records in her state.

*  Place Research Tool by Nancy Loe on the Sassy Jane Genealogy blog.  Nancy highlights this new FamilySearch feature.

*  Considering Courthouses by Claudia C. Breland on Claudia C. Breland's Genealogy and Online Research blog.  13 research sites in five days - what's not to like?

*  What Sort of Genealogist Am I? by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.  I think she's a great one!

*  Memories of My Brother, Carl R. Henn (1962-2010) by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.  What a wonderful tribute to Jo's brother.  His children and grandchildren will have her unique memories of their father and grandfather.

*  Adventures in Living History by LaDonna Garner on The Leafseeker blog.  I can hardly wait to see LaDonna's presentations (at conferences?).

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

*  Friday Finds July 11th-17th by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 07/17/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- July 18, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Friday Finds in Newspapers:  17 July 2015 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Online Historical Newspapers blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (July 18, 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 1580 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Or contact me by email at


Anonymous said...

As I just posted as a comment on the site of the gentleman who wrote the article about privacy and online trees:

There are often differences between what is legal and what is considered morally/ethically correct. I think this is one of those situations. While you may be legally in the clear to share some of the information you’ve mentioned above about living people, doing so will likely prevent relatives and other researchers from sharing further information with you once they find out you have posted it online, and may certainly produce far more drawbacks than benefits. In addition, publishing some of this information on living people goes against the recommendations of The National Genealogical Society (, which offers some very good guidelines to consider:

“inform persons who provide information about their families as to the ways it may be used, observing any conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they may express regarding the use of particular items”

“require some evidence of consent before assuming that living people are agreeable to further sharing of information about themselves”

“convey personal identifying information about living people—like age, home address, occupation, or activities—only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to”

“are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal, immoral, bizarre, or irresponsible behavior may bring to family members”

Jo Henn said...

Randy, thank you so much for highlighting the post about my brother. What a wonderful surprise -- I was not expecting that. Thank you.

GeniAus said...

Thanks Randy for tge inclusion and the compliment.