So true to my nature of rarely following the rules (even my own), I am posting a "Best" list" even though I don't like them. Just shoot me.
So here goes the self serving part, my favorite (and most read) articles from The Ancestor Hunt:
- 33 Reasons You Should Be Searching Old Newspapers for Your Family History
- 19 Ways to Find Ancestors Birth Information
- What Did Your Ancestor Look Like? 5 Ways to Find Physical Characteristics
- 14 Ways to Find Ancestors Death Information
- The 5 Best Free Sites for Online Newspaper Research for Genealogy
And my 5 favorite genealogy blogs that I never missed in 2013 are:
- 4 Your Family Story - Caroline Pointer's blog is always informative and incredibly useful, especially the "Genealogy Things You Need to Know This Morning" daily series that she started several months ago. Besides I like Caroline's writing style, where she incorporates some humor as well as a bit of snarkiness here and there. I like to be snarky myself and appreciate it when others don't take themselves too seriously. Additionally, anyone who publishes a blog post on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day deserves some kudos.
- The Legal Genealogist - Judy Russell's posts are a don't miss. They are always informative and I always learn something new. I'm not into DNA for genealogy for a lot of reasons, so I skip those parts but all of Judy's other articles are outstanding. And she posts something new every single day. I'm envious.
- Parallax View - I hear a lot of groans out there. Yes, Tony Proctor's posts are hard to understand sometimes. But as a degreed mathematician myself, I do indeed appreciate his desire to present pieces that require some scientific/mathematical critical thinking. For this I appreciate Tony's articles. And he's different.
- Adventures in Genealogy - I always enjoy Deb Ruth's articles. They are always very interesting and diverse and I just enjoy them. Besides she's a librarian and I have always had a soft spot for librarians.
- Genea-Musings - I applaud Randy Seaver's "prolificness". Even though many of his screenshot based posts are not my cup of tea, Randy always presents more than the press release. He analyzes the new stuff and the hows, whys. and whats of his research and presents his take, many times in great and glorious detail. Good for you Randy. You have more energy than me, and I am 3 years younger I think.
An honorable mention goes to Braunhart Mania, especially the Letters from Germany series, where German letters about a Jewish family (the Braunharts) have been translated, and portray the struggles of this family as they move from their ancestral home to Berlin and then escape to all parts of the globe from Nazi Germany. Of course I am quite biased in designating this blog, since I am the author :)
Happy New Year everyone and let's make 2014 better than 2013!