Sunday, November 22, 2015

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

*  Monday Mailbox: What Is a Record? by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Good question, excellent answers.

*  Using a Camera to Take Notes by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James demonstrates the value of using his phone camera to save time at the FHL or other repositories.

 QuickLesson #23: No. Records Do Not Speak for Themselves by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained blog.  Elizabeth explains why with an interesting set of records.

*  Her Choice, Not His and The Rest of Ann's Story by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogists blog.  Judy shares an interesting probate puzzle and the outcome.

*  Five Family Photos to Take This Year by Janet Hovorka on the Zap the Grandma Gap blog.  Great suggestions.  

*  Finding the Death Date of Levi K. Honeycutt, Document Analysis by Charlie Purvis on the Carolina Family Roots blog.  Charlie says 52 of 53 online trees are wrong, and proves it. 

*  2015 Family Tree DNA 11th International Conference - The Best Yet by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  This is an amazing post - read it!  Lots of photos.

*  11th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy - Saturday; and Sunday by Jennifer Zinck on the Ancestor Central blog.  Jennifer highlights news and events from this conference.

*  14 Reasons the New Ancestry is the Worst Thing Since Unsliced Bread by Kerry Scott on the Clue Wagon blog.  I have nothing to add here.

*  13 Interesting Grave Markers With Descriptions by Joy Neighbors on the A Grave Interest blog.  Joy shares several marker types on this list that I haven't seen before.

*  Husealogy: Genealogy for the House by Nick Brown on the Home Scribe History blog.  Nick has an interesting take on house histories.

*  Dream About Genealogy Leads to Discovery - Again! by Geoff Rasmussen on the Legacy News blog.  Geoff dreams about his genealogy.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 21 November 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

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

 Friday Finds November 14 - 20 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  Friday Finds - 11/20/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

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

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 21, 2015) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Noteworthy Reads #24 by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family Tree 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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