Week 1 – Blogs

Originally Published July 6, 2014.

One of the first genealogy blogs that I discovered was the blog of Dear Myrtle.  She shared family stories and published a wonderful series on getting organized.  She started on AOL in the 1990s as one of the genealogists who published articles under the genealogy-related keywords of the AOL system.  She has been online since 1985 and has changed to use the new technologies as each has developed including blogging, podcasts, her own YouTube channel and new versions of genealogy software as it is released.

She is as down-to-earth and friendly in person as in her online podcasts, posts, and YouTube videos.  I met her at the 2009 genealogy conference in Little Rock, Arkansas and it was a pleasurable experience.

I still follow her blog posts.  She gives excellent advice for the beginner to the advanced genealogist.  Check out her blog at http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/.

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

What Is Abundant Genealogy?

There are so many websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other resources for which many of us are grateful. We live in a time of “abundance” when we can take advantage of many ways to expand our genealogy research and ways in which we document our family history.

While we might be aware of many of these resources, posting about them on your blog serves several purposes:

You make others aware of the resource – remember what is obvious to you might be the first time another genealogist has heard about the resources.

You also let others know how you use that resource. Share your “inside knowledge” as well as your tips and tricks. Again, another genealogist may sit back and say, “Wow, I never thought of using it like that!”

You give thanks and recognition to the providers of that resource. A thank you not only goes a long way, but it also lets them know why you like that resource.