What blogs does a professional genealogist read?

To be quite honest, I don’t always have a lot of blog-reading time. My Google Reader list contains many blogs that I enjoy, and yet there are regularly “1000+” unread posts. But here are some of my favorites, in no particular order, and why:

  • Adventures in Genealogy Education: Written by Angela McGhie, President of the National Capital Area chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and Administrator of the ProGen Study Groups, this blog provides up-to-the-minute information about genealogy educational opportunities and other information helpful to transitional genealogists.
  • APA Style Blog: Though genealogists tend to follow the Evidence Explained models, based on The Chicago Manual of Style, the folks in charge of the American Psychological Association citation style guide have a blog. In this blog, they often discuss citation issues that can provide insight into any style.
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: This blog is actually meant to be heard as opposed to read, but the audio is pretty short. Grammar Girl discusses English grammar, including what words, punctuation, and capitalization are grammatically correct. But she does it in a fun and interesting way!
  • Quips and Tips for Successful Writers: Freelance writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen quotes some of the greatest writers in history before launching into each blog post, which then discuss other issues surrounding freelance writing, both fiction and nonfiction, especially topics like “how to get published.”
  • GeneaBlogie: Craig Manson is an attorney by trade, but his blog is centered on genealogy. Many of my favorite articles are those in which he discusses legal issues relevant to genealogists. Craig is currently remodeling his blog, and his new ideas will include an e-book library, videos, and topical pages.
  • Reclaiming Kin: This blog focuses on African-American genealogy, and is written by one of my good friends, Robyn Smith. Robyn discusses both her own personal genealogy research as well as tips on methodology and research sources. Very well-written, too!
  • David Paterson’s Journal: David Paterson is the coordinator of the Slave Research Forum on the site Afrigeneas.net. But more importantly, he is a trained historian rather than a genealogist. His blog, though sporadic, is extremely useful by informing readers about the resources that historians are using for their research.
  • Geneabloggers: Need I even mention this blog? Unless this is the very first genealogy-related blog that you have ever read in your life, you are already familiar with Thomas MacEntee’s blog that serves as a way to unite the wide world of genealogy blogs. Thomas has several recurring posts including those that describe various blogging “memes,” introduce new blogs (including this one this week). Thomas also runs the weekly Geneabloggers Radio (on BlogTalkRadio) which presents wonderful guests discussing various topics in genealogy. Recent shows have concerned British Genealogy, Finding Your Female Ancestors, and Irish Genealogy (for St. Patrick’s Day). Past episodes can be listened to “on-demand” as well.
  • The Historical Society: “The Historical Society promotes scholarly history that enriches public understanding.” History and genealogy should go hand-in-hand, in my opinion, so I love to read historical blogs as well as genealogy blogs.
  • Speaking Practically: A blog about public speaking, written by Kelly Vandever. Great tips on speaking and giving presentations.
  • Speaking about Presenting: A great blog about presentations, from international presentations coach Olivia Mitchell.
  • Duarte Blog: A very informative blog about slide design, by Nancy Duarte, author of the fantastic book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations.
  • Civil War Emancipation: Another absolutely fantastic historical blog, centering on the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, and especially the abolition of slavery.
  • DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: One of the longest-running genealogy blogs, O’ Myrt provides research ideas and discusses news and issues confronting genealogists.
  • GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com: Carolyn L. Barkley discusses new genealogy books from Genealogical Publishing Company, and general research tips and resources.
  • a3Genealogy: Accurate Accessible Answers: Great, knowledgable blog from professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt, who was featured on the Tim McGraw episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Blog of a Genealogist in Training: Nicole LaRue is a transitional genealogist who talks about her journey to become a professional genealogist in her blog.
  • ProGenealogists Blog: This is the official blog of ProGenealogists, the professional genealogy firm now owned by Ancestry.com.
  • NARAtions: The official blog of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration. A great way to keep abreast of records availability and accessibility.
  • Marian’s Roots and Rambles: The blog of New England professional genealogist and house historian Marian Pierre-Louis.
  • Genwriting Blog: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, an active professional genealogists and writer, writes this blog in connection with her GenWriters website. The blog discusses genealogical research and writing, but you will also find many extremely helpful tips on the main website.

These are not the only blogs I read. I have literally hundreds of blog subscriptions, and I read many other blogs from time to time based on links on Twitter, Facebook, other blogs, and other social media.

What are your favorite blogs?

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6 responses to this post.

  1. All great suggestions. I also like Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings. He often tests new genealogy websites ans software as soon at they are released. I trust his honest reviews.

    From a pro genealogist standpoint, I also read blogs in investigative research, marketing and general library news just to stay current.

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    • There were quite a few genealogy blogs that I read on a regular basis, including Genea-Musings and others such as footnoteMaven and your own WeTree. There simply were far too many genealogy blogs that I try to keep up with to mention them all, so I chose a few of my personal favorites.

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  2. Interesting list with a lot of variety. The blogs about presentations look particularly interesting.

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  3. Wow, great list. It’s nice to see some of the blogs that aren’t directly related to research…I didn’t know Grammar Girl had a blog (I have her book).

    Also, I’m glad to see you’re blogging here again. More voices are always better!

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  4. Michael,
    Thanks for mentioning a3Genealogy. Although many of those listed here are familiar, thanks for introducing me to a few new ones! I look forward to reading some of the posts. Thanks for what you do for the genealogy community.

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