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10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of genealogy and family history blogs online, offering a daily or weekly dose of education, enlightenment, and entertainment. While many of these genealogy blogs offer outstanding reading and current information on new genealogy products and current research standards, the following are favorites of mine for their excellent writing and timely updates, and because they each bring something special to the world of genealogy blogging. In no particular order:

1. Genea-Musings

Randy Seaver's excellent blog stands here as a representative for the many great personal family history bloggers (since there isn't room in this short list to highlight all of the great ones). His site includes enough of an ecletic mix of news, research processes, personal reflections, and genealogy debate to make it of interest to almost any genealogist. He reminds me of me, I guess...and will probably remind you of yourself as well. He shares genealogy news and new databases as he finds and explores them. He shares his research successes and failures so you might learn from them. He even shares the ways in which he balances his research with family and personal responsibilities. Randy's musings bring out the genealogist in all of us...

2. The Genealogue

Many of you probably already read Chris Dunham regularly, but if you haven't, you're in for a treat. His unique brand of genealogy humor puts a special spin on just about everything genealogy, from interesting items culled from old newspapers to tongue-in-cheek commentary on current genealogy news and products, to a regular genealogy challenge to keep us all on our toes. He posts regularly - often several per day. And his special Top Ten Lists are always good for a chuckle.
*Note: The Genealogue is on temporary hiatus as Chris deals with a family situation, but there is enough content already online to keep you busy for months!

3. Ancestry Insider

This "unofficial, unauthorized view" offers current reports, updates and yes, even criticisms, of the big genealogy Web sites - especially Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. This blog is often the first to report on new updates, products and announcements from the "big" genealogy organizations, and provides the "insider" point of view you won't easily find elsewhere.

4. Creative Genealogy

I originally "met" Jasia through her excellent Creative Gene blog, but her newer Creative Genealogy Blog is the one I'm highlighting here. Through this blog she brings something new to family history enthusiasts - challenging us to take time off from the names, dates and research to instead pursue creative ways of sharing our ancestors with the world. Her primary focus is searching out and highlighting great family history oriented kits for digital scrapbooking, but she also discusses photo editing and other creative pursuits.

5. The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger helps you add DNA to your genealogy toolkit with his insightful posts on the current and future status of genetic genealogy. His easy-to-read blog, updated almost daily, highlights various genetic testing companies and projects, current news and research, and various tips and resources for people interested in genetic genealogy testing and/or disease gene analysis.

6. Genealogy Blog

Leland Meitzler and Joe Edmon, along with a number of other occasional authors (Donna Potter Phillips, Bill Dollarhide and Joan Murray), have been blogging about genealogy here since 2003. Topics run the gamut from genealogy news, press releases and new products, to research techniques and highlights from other blog posts around the Internet. If you only have time to read one blog, this is a good one to consider.

7. Think Genealogy

Mark Tucker is a software architect by day and a family historian on "as many nights and weekends as possible." Boy, can I relate! His blog is an interesting, thought provoking outlet for his thinking about genealogy and genealogy software. If you're a technology nut like I am, then a regular dose of his blog will help you keep on "thinking."

8. The Practical Archivist

If you aren't currently interested in archiving and preserving the photos, documents and ephemera of your family's history, you will be after reading Sally's entertaining, well-written blog. She writes about archival-safe products and organizing family photos and memorabilia, with plenty of random research and preservation tips sprinkled in.

9. Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

News, reviews and a wealth of insightful commentary on various technologies as they relate to genealogy are the hallmark of Dick Eastman's blog, read regularly by almost every genealogist I know. A variety of helpful articles and tutorials are available to "Plus Edition" subscribers, but the majority of the content is available for free.

10. Boston 1775

If you have any interest in the American Revolution (or maybe even if you don't) this outstanding blog by J. L. Bell is a daily pleasure. The ecletic content covers New England during the time just before, during and after the Revolutionary War, and uses a wealth of information taken from original source documents to discuss how that history has been taught, analyzed, forgotton and preserved. You'll soon be looking at America's early history in a different way.

11. And the Rest....

There are so many other well-written, entertaining genealogy blogs that I enjoy on a regular basis. Dear Myrtle by Pat Richley. 24-7 Family History Circle featuring Juliana Smith, Michael John Neill and Maureen Taylor. Geneablogie by Craig Mason. Rootdig by Michael John Neill. Family Oral History Using Digital Tools by Susan Kitchens. Walking the Berkshires by Tim Abbott. Genealogy Reviews Online by Tim Agazio. Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi by Terry Thornton. AnceStories by Miriam Robbins. Family Matters by Denise Olson. Tracing the Tribe by Shelly Talalay Dardashti. Find these and others in my list of Genealogy Blog Favorites. If I've missed one you enjoy, please let me know about it!

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