Thursday, March 4, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 9

The 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy challenge was written by a birthday girl this week and is graciously hosted each week by You are welcome to join in the fun.

This week's task:

Pick five genealogy blogs and read them every day. Meeting new people and networking within the online genealogy community is a great way to expand your own research and experience. Reading the blogs of others will help you get to know others. Try to find some blogs that are out of your area of expertise. Lists of genealogy blogs can be found at and Genealogy Blog Finder. If you already subscribe to many genealogy blogs, find five new ones that are "outside the box," perhaps in history or archives. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the blogs you discover and introduce others to them.

The reasoning behind this challenge was to get genealogists in the habit of reading genealogy blogs. Since I already read way too many (and add more each week), coming up with new ones was tricky. Here are some that I recently added to my Google Reader:

This is a nifty blog by an author who is transitioning from the corporate race to the professional genealogy world. She has a lot of good stuff including a recent series about organizing family photos. 

I added this blog because it mentions Arkansas and I have a significant interest in that state. In reading the blog, I was surprised to find we had a common Williamson connection. I've made matches before, but never with a fellow blogger. 

More and more society-based blogs are coming online. Imagine my surprise to find one that specifically targeted a major research interest of mine. My loved and dreaded JONES line hails from Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. I signed up for this blog immediately. I can't wait to read more.

If you've been playing along with the challenges every week, you already know what WorldCat is. I follow their blog to keep current on the latest WorldCat news and ways I can better use their web site. 

I just discovered this blog by using the directories mentioned above in the challenge. I'm not quite sure why I never followed it before now. I am in the market for new writing tips and tricks. This blog fits the bill.

So, there you go. My five blogs for this week's challenge. I hope you enjoyed the task. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts and I even found some new blogs to follow...which was the plan all along.


  1. Oh, hey, wait...that's me! Thanks!

  2. I always check-out the blogs that several other bloggers suggest and have found several great sites.I spend way to much time reading them but not ready to give up. These is turn gave me the encouragement to start a blog of my own. A little different than others but hopefully a help to some.

  3. I can't find links to Weeks 2 & 3 of the challenge. Can you provide a tag or some other way of making it easier to find the challenges? Thanks!