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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Week 1 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

Wow, this is quite the question isn’t it?  I have gone from reading no blogs, to dozens in about 6 months.  Each one is unique, and helps in different ways with my family history journey.  Picking one is a real gut wrencher, so here are a couple of my favorite and the reasons why.

Daily Genealogist, by NEHGS:  This blog has been a wonderful source of current information, historical stories, happenings at the society, and editorial pieces.  I love reading the “Name Origins” articles; there have been some interesting naming practices over the years!
Genealogy Tip of the Day, by Michael John Neill:  He has wonderful little tid-bits every day that keep me coming back for more.  There is information on sources, research strategies, trips, webinars, and conferences.  If you haven’t check out his site (or his Facebook page) you should.  He has several other blogs too that might be of interest to you as well; all are listed on his blog's homepage.

GenealogyBlog, by Leland and Patty Meitzler:  Leland calls this his “free daily online genealogy nautamagazine” and it lives up to the name.  You can find a plethora of varied information here on the genealogy community.  Each day I learn something new or find out about a new source of information that I have to go and check out.
Now I challenge you to go out and read a blog, or ten.  If you have not read any of the thousands of family history blogs out there I encourage you to do so.  Start out by checking out GeneaBloggers where you can look through the listing of genealogy and family history blogs that they have had submitted to them.  Thomas MacEntee does a fantastic job with this site, and has a weekly podcast, GeneaBloggers Radio, you should check out to.  If you don't want to listen to it on the computer you can download it from iTunes after the show.

*Image from the Library of Congress, Children learn art from computers at the ArtWorks center in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama


  1. Enjoyed reading your post. I am also working with this meme for 2012. I look forward to reading your posts and really like your layout.

  2. Thanks! I can't wait to see what else she has us thinking about. :)