Thursday, January 5, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 1 - Blogs

I subscribe to about 125 different blogs and the list grows weekly. Each blog meets a different need—inspiration, news, education, family information, resources, humor. I am thankful for all the GeneaBloggers who take the time to share their families, their photos, and their thoughts with the rest of the genealogical community. In this post, I’ve decided to share my answer to the following question:

I’m just getting started with genealogy. What blogs should I read?

Your daily “must reads” should include Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings. Randy posts frequently on a wide range of topics. He writes about his experiences using the search engines available on various genealogy websites and offers tips and tricks for using these wonderful tools. He compares the features of some of the most popular genealogy software programs. He reports on genealogy conferences he attends. He shares his family photos on “Not So” Wordless Wednesday and his family names on Surname Saturday.  And don’t miss Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, in which Randy presents a fun genealogy challenge, maybe Ahnentafel Roulette or Heritage Pie!

I also suggest Michael John Neill’s Genealogy Tip of the Day and Daily Genealogy Transcriber. These are both quick reads. The first is not more than a few sentences long, but it may just give you an idea that will help you solve a genealogy problem. The second is a fun way to practice and refine your skills at reading old handwriting.

And don’t forget to check GeneaBloggers! There you will find lists of posts based on the daily blogging prompts—just click on the ones that pique your interest—you are sure to find great stories and helpful tips! In addition, you will find information about various genealogy events, activities, even the weekly GeneaBloggers radio shows hosted by Thomas MacEntee on BlogTalkRadio each Friday evening.

In no time at all, you will have developed a list of blogs geared to your own needs and interests. Have fun!

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files. 

 © 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. Thank you for participating in the Abundant Genealogy series. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Amy, I'm looking forward to sharing my personal favorites and learning what others find useful!

  3. This post is very useful for me. I have been researching genealogy for a long time but am new to the blog world.

  4. Rosanna, Welcome to the world of genea-blogging! I hope you find lots of useful information.