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!


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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