“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:
- 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.
- Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter – More than 75,000 people read Boston-based Dick Eastman’s daily posts.
- 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.
- GenealogyCanada – Elizabeth Lapointe writes every day and her Canada Week in Review on Mondays features websites, social media, and news articles.
- 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.