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Saturday, June 21, 2008

GENEALOGY BLOGS

Tom Kemp at GenealogyBank.com posted this on a genealogy librarians’ list-serve (and I agree with his blog recommendations, although he should have added MoSGA Messenger to his list, of course...):

A genealogy blog? What's that? Read about it at:
http://blog.genealogybank.com/2008/06/genealogy-blog-whats-that.html

A "blog" is one of those made up words coined by the Internet. Click here to see the Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.

Think of a genealogy blog as a telegram service keeping you up to date on all possible aspects of genealogy.

These could be brief postcard size updates on what the writer has been researching; breaking news in the field; or a mini-lecture – giving you a quick lesson on some genealogical record source.

Blogs are a quick and painless way to stay informed and to upgrade your family history research skills.

I have been posting news stories and tips (blogging) since the 1990s and use my blog to share breaking news and research tips. In many ways I feel like a genealogy news reporter and I really love it when my blog is the first to report on a new resource – which we've done many times.

GenealogyBank – the Official Blog
http://blog.genealogybank.com/
Usually one posting per day, written by yours truly – the focus is on breaking news in genealogy that you will actually use and rely on; genealogy tips as well as targeted news & insights about new content added to GenealogyBank.

Here are some other blogs that I highly recommend. They are each must read sites.

Ancestry Insider
http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/
This well informed blogger's daily posts are focused on Ancestry.com and familysearch.org Knowledgeable and on target it is a must read blog written by an Ancestry employee – BUT it is not an "official" corporate blog.

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/
DearMYRTLE has been working in genealogy for decades. Her blog is essential reading and can be counted on for breaking news and insight. Count on her to make new resources easy to use and understand.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
http://blog.eogn.com/
Dick Eastman's blog is essential reading. Dick is up to date and knows the field. His blog comes in two flavors – free and a paid version. You'll want to pay the nominal fee and subscribe to his blog - it's worth it.

Everton Publisher's Genealogy Blog
http://genealogyblog.com/
Leland Meitzler posts 3-4 times a week and puts his decades of experience to work in reporting what is happening in genealogy. Leland has the pulse of the field and hey, he's a heck of a nice guy too.

The Footnote Blog
http://blog.footnote.com/
This blogger usually posts 2-3 times a month. The articles are usually brief and focus on the latest developments at Footnote.com – you'll want to read it to keep up with what's new on that site.

Genealogy Insider
http://www.familytreemagazine.com/insider/
Diane Haddad, Editor of Family Tree Magazine is a great blogger. Well informed and with an upbeat writing style. Haddad is essential reading. Don't miss this blog – its terrific.

NOTE: I do include posts about items of interest appearing on these blogs, and I do include each of them in the Blogs of Note roll on this blog, so as a MoSGA Messenger reader you are already ahead of the game...

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