Noteworthy Blogs for 2013

While many are reflecting on the past year, I want to take a moment to encourage you to think about the upcoming one.

Every day, one of my first actions is to read the activity of my favorite blogs. I have learned a great deal about a wide variety of subjects by doing this, particularly in genealogy. If you’re not reading blogs, you should be. These are one of the easiest and best ways to stay on top of happenings in the genealogy world, to meet new researchers, including family, and to grow as a researcher. I use Google Reader to access nearly every blog I read, but I’m sure there are other options available.

Before recommending specific blogs, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge two men whom I consider to be blog masters, Thomas MacEntee and Randy Seaver.

Thomas MacEntee is a specialist in the intersection of genealogy and technology, and a widely regarded author and speaker to boot. His professional web site, High Definition Genealogy, has a blog component where, among other things, he introduces readers to new technology. Thomas is also the man behind GeneaBloggers, one of the best resources of the genealogy blogging community. (My favorite posts are published on Saturdays and contain links to and information about new blogs.) And in his spare time, he blogs about his family at Destination: Austin Family and about Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners at, appropriately enough, Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Genealogy. Thomas is an invaluable member of the genealogy community, and an irreplaceable resource.

Randy Seaver, also a well-liked author and speaker, only has one blog, Genea-Musings, but he makes the most of it. Among other things, Randy reviews and gives blow-by-blow demonstrations on how to make the most of genealogy software and web sites. Other favorite topics are on New England ancestors (including document transcriptions), Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, and Surname Saturday. One other feature of Randy’s blog is a weekly review of his favorite posts, a list to which I’ve had the pleasure and honor of being named a time or two. He just published his annual Best of the Genea-Blogs for 2012, with mentions of some of my favorite bloggers, including Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, Michael Hait, and Harold Henderson. Randy’s best-of-2012 list includes 18 other blogs, all highly recommended.

And now, on to my personal recommendations. In addition to the blogs already named, here are a few others y’all might enjoy:

My list includes several certified genealogists, but there are many other such blogs out there. Back in May, Michael Hait was kind enough to publish a list of blogs written by board-certified genealogists. (I believe this was created before Harold Henderson became certified, but he’s also a CGSM.) I add my recommendations to his.

I hope your new year’s resolutions include adding some or all of these blogs to your reading list for 2013.

A safe and Happy New Year to you all!

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7 Comments to “Noteworthy Blogs for 2013”

  1. Thank you for mentioning Genea-Musings. I like your list of blogs to read. I just wish some of them posted more often.

  2. Thanks for mentioning all three of my blogs :)

  3. Very nice post! I read many of the blogs mentioned here, but I did find a few that I hadn’t had a look at as yet – so thank you very much. I agree with Randy – I was surprised that some of the blogs that I came across do not have a consistent schedule and some had not posted in quite a few months. I was surprised, but that may be because I am a bit of a news junkie…

    • Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliment!

      Like you and Randy (and probably many others), I wish my favorite blog authors would write more often. I sincerely believe that part of the problem may be a lack of time on the author’s part, or possibly a desire to write higher quality posts, which take more time to write. (Some people have a knack for writing really good posts on a frequent basis, but not many people can.)

      Part of the problem may also be that many professionals, in particular, don’t place a high emphasis on maintaining their blogs. I hope this changes as people realize how important blogs are to keeping in touch, educating other researchers of all levels, and so forth.

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