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Kimberly Powell

Tech Tip Blogs for Genealogists

By May 17, 2011

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Whether you're a novice to online genealogy, or you're an expert who wants to keep up on the latest in how technology can help you in your genealogical research, there are blogs and other online resources for you. One of the largest and most active is the fairly new FamilySearch Tech Tips blog with a number of genealogy authors offering news, tips and insights into new genealogy apps and tools, using social media, dealing with file formats and much more. Dick Eastman has been profiling and reviewing Web sites, software and tools for genealogy consumers for longer than just about anyone in his Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. If you need help with genealogy software for your Mac or PC, then don't miss the videos and tutorials on Ben Sayer's Genealogy Tools blog. If you want to learn more about how to use social media such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter in your genealogy research, then check out the Social Media and Genealogy blog. Interested in technology and innovation as it applies to genealogy? Software architect and family historian Mark Tucker has some interesting ideas to share on Think Genealogy. And anyone who uses Ancestry.com and/or FamilySearch.org should keep up with the latest from the Ancestry Insider.

This is only a small sampling of the many great genealogy blogs focused primarily on technology. Have a favorite that I haven't included? Please feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

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May 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(1) Denise Olson says:

You might include the Technology blogs spotlighted as part of Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40: Ancestry Insider (http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com), Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog (http://dienekes.blogspot.com), Genealogy’s Star (http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com), Renee’s Genealogy Blog (http://rzamor1.blogspot.com) and Moultrie Creek Gazette (http://moultriecreek.us).

May 18, 2011 at 12:06 am
(2) ~Kimberly says:

Thanks for the great suggestions, Denise! All wonderful blogs :)

May 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(3) Warren White says:

I would certainly recommend Ben Sayer’s excellent blog at http:genealogytools.com

Ben produces excellent video tutorials on specific Mac and PC family history programs as well as providing helpful information that can be applied to your research efforts.

I can’t begin to give the site and Ben justice with just a few words. Go to the site and look it over; I am convinced it should be bookmarked by all genealogists.

Warren

May 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(4) Bill Clayton says:

GenealogyTools.com provides great advice and videos of how to do what needs to be done. One of the best technology sites for genealogists.

May 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(5) Sassy Jane Genealogy says:

Another vote for Ben Sayer’s excellent blog at http:genealogytools.com. I first started reading him when he was doing the macgenealogist site and now that he’s combined and covers both PCs and Macs at genealogytools, I never miss his tips.

May 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(6) Kaye Mushalik says:

Well, looks like Ben’s fan club has arrived! Add one more. I, too, have been with Ben since his macgenealogist.com days. I am a very visual learner and Ben’s videos regarding the genealogy software I use and general genealogy topics have been wonderful! That site is still up and the videos are still there! He just doesn’t update it any more. Instead, he continues his helpful videos for both Mac and PC programs & topics. GenealogyTools.com is a “must” bookmark for genealogists, especially for those who are visual learners.

May 18, 2011 at 12:10 am
(7) ~Kimberly says:

LOL, Ben’s Fan club! Since I don’t personally usually need help with software or computers I’ve never followed Ben’s blog. But after taking a good look around, I’m impressed – and have added it to the others I highlighted. This blog post is NOT meant to be a “top technology” blogs, or even all-inclusive. I just picked out a few blogs that focus almost solely on genealogy technology and which collectively cover many different areas.

May 18, 2011 at 12:04 am
(8) Marc Irish says:

I use Ben Sayer’s (http://genealogytools.com) site all the time. I find his videos to be most helpful, so much so that I am a supporter of his site. I like the fact that Ben is knowledgeable about multiple programs and has helpful, practical suggestions to use the various genealogy programs.

May 18, 2011 at 9:01 am
(9) M.W. Hougland says:

Undoubtedly Genealogytools.com by Ben Sayer is one of the best for tutorials of various genealogy applications, particularly Reunion for the Mac. Lately he has been giving the best tips for citations – a must in good genealogy practice.

May 18, 2011 at 10:41 am
(10) Micki says:

I agree, Ben Sayer’s genealogytools.com is very helpful especially for MAC software. But his general tips (like the recent ones on proper citations) are for everyone – and important.

May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(11) Kristen says:

A “Must” indeed is Ben Sayer’s GenealogyTools.com! I learned of his helps back in the MacGenealogist days as a new Mac user, and his tutorials said it all. Not only did I learn so much about the Reunion program, but his organizational tutorials were phenomenal. I have never seen a suggestion yet that tops his. He gets top honors in my eyes!

May 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm
(12) Ron Setzer says:

I would like to add my vote for Ben Sayer’s GenealogyTools.com. Great information about Reunion for the Mac (as well as software from the other side). I invite you to check out his site and, hopefully, become a donor member.

May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm
(13) George Murray says:

I too have found Ben Sayer’s work, originally for the Mac community and now expanded to cover a wider range of applications and platforms, to be very useful; so much so that I became a (modest) supporter of his work on GenealogyTools.com

May 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm
(14) ~Kimberly says:

Ok, Guys! I appreciate that you are all fan’s of Ben Sayer’s blog, but this isn’t a voting contest. The suggestion has been made ;) Now please leave the comments for other new suggestions. Thanks!

May 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(15) Joan Foster says:

An interesting list, Thanks. Genealogists should not miss Dick Eastman’s extremely informative and helpful newsletter, covering all aspects of general genealogy. And this is another vote for Ben Sayer’s GenealogyTools. Ben’s very thoughtful videos and posts are great. You may not choose to use all his ideas, but they really make you think about how you store, organize and utilize all your varied genealogical materials, especially if you use Mac’s Reunion. He also keeps you up-to-date with discussion of software versions, especially Mac, but some PC.

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