Sunday, September 13, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 6 to 12 September 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:

*  Discovering Your Family History: 7 Unique Technologies by Esther on the MyHeritage Blog.  This post describes the Gilad Japhet keynote talk at the IAJGS Conference in Israel in July 2015.

*  The Disciplined Researcher's 20-Question Guide by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.

*  Tuesday's Tip -- U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-2000 by Diane Gould Hall on the Michigan Family Trails blog.  Diane shares an database with lots of church records.

*  Does Ancestry Really Work? Is Ancestry a Scam and a Rip-off? by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas discusses how genealogy companies attract and deal with subscribers.

*  Scandinavian Church Records, Brick Walls, and Patronymics ~ Classes on Day 3 at the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.   Jana reviews her Scandinavian classes at this recent conference.

*  Who Are the Parents and Siblings of John Hains/Haines/Haynes? by the writer of the  Passage to the Past's Blog.  This is an excellent article trying to answer the research question.

*  4 Things to Do When Using a Genealogy Database by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.  Amy shares her ideas on this - good ones!

*  Searching Smarter by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Amen!  Diane nails it.

*  Time to Improve Online Coverage Details by Celia Heritage on the Heritage Family History blog.  Celia thinks data providers should provide better database coverage information and better source citations.  Amen!

*  Do I Need My Own Genealogy Software Program? - Answers Pro and Con by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James weighs the benefits and brawbacks of each.

*  What Does  It Take to Solve a Mystery? by Maureen A. Taylor on the Photo Detective blog.  Maureen analyzes a 1920s era photograph.

*  An Underutilized Treasure ! Spread the Word!! by Linda Hall-Little on the Passages to the Past's Blog.  Linda discovered treasures at NARA's new Innovation Hub.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite Blogs) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree blog.  Elizabeth outlines the steps for successful research in this post.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 10 September 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

*  Friday Finds September 5-11 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

 Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 11, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 11 Sep 2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog. 

*  Friday Finds - 09/11/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

 This Week's Creme de la Creme -- September 12, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  This Week's Genealogy News Stories (by Tami Osmer Mize on the Relatively Curious About Genealogy blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 12, 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 1590 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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Jana Iverson Last said...


Thanks for including my post! I appreciate it!

Michigan Girl said...

Thanks Randy. WOW! I am in some awesome company this week. I'm honored.

Linda said...

Thank for including me Randy, twice! Wow!