Blogs for the busy genealogist

“I don’t have time to read blogs,” a friend told me over coffee the other day. (I tried to ignore that she was perhaps suggesting I have way too much time on my hands.) Sure, there are more than 50 blogs listed in my favourites, but I only follow about ten of them on a daily basis. The others I check from time to time, depending on how often they post and my level of interest in their topics.

By reading a few good genealogy blogs, it is incredible how much we learn about new databases and resources, books, upcoming webinars, trends, and issues facing the genealogy community.

If you are a genealogist interested in learning more about your family history and you are not reading at least two or three blogs, you are missing out on a goldmine of advice and information.

These are my Top Five blogs for the busy genealogist:

  1. Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections – John D. Reid’s blog, “written from an Ottawa perspective,” is must reading if your ancestors lived in the British Isles or Canada.
  2. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter – More than 75,000 people read Boston-based Dick Eastman’s daily posts.
  3. 4YourFamilyStory – Texan Carolyn Marshall Pointer writes daily posts listing five or six Genealogy Things You Need to Know This Morning, and she often includes Canadian items.
  4. GenealogyCanada – Elizabeth Lapointe writes every day and her Canada Week in Review on Mondays features websites, social media, and news articles.
  5. Genea-Musings – Californian Randy Seaver writes a daily blog, but if you are pressed for time, read his Best of the Genea-Blogs every Sunday evening to follow the trend of what bloggers have been writing about during the week.

Of course, follow mine too.

Bonne journée!

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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