Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Internet Genealogy Magazine Highlights Genea-bloggers

I received my September issue of Internet Genealogy magazine today, and was pleased to see an article titled "Genealogy Blogs" by Donna Pointkouski. She highlighted six bloggers, five of whom are on my daily must-read list: Jasia (Creative Gene); Craig Manson (GeneaBlogie); Chris Dunham (The Genealogue); Randy Seaver (Genea-Musings); and Steve Danko (Steve's Genealogy Blog). Also included was Lorelle VanFossen from Family History, whose blog was new to me.

Ms. Pointkouski's interviews with these genea-bloggers demonstrated how genealogy blogs are social networking and genealogy tools, by touching on getting started, determining a focus for a blog, finding something to say, how blogging can help your research, and getting the word out to let others know about your blog. In this last part, she highlighted the Carnival of Genealogy.

She also mentioned Chris's Genealogy Blog Finder,'s 24/7 Family History Circle, DearMYRTLE, (Dick) Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter, George G. Morgan's Along Those Lines..., and Joe Beine's Genealogy Roots Blog (Joe's Online County Histories, Biographies & Indexes--USA: A Genealogy Guide is also featured in Rick Crume's article, "Online Local Histories: Family History at Your Fingertips").

Other great reads I found in my initial skim include an article on Footnote by Diane L. Richard, "Getting the Most Out of Google's Tools" by George G. Morgan, and "Internet Blessings," a philosophical look back on the impact of the Internet on genealogy, written by my friend and co-member of EWGS, Beverly Smith Vorpahl.

I encourage you to pick up your own copy today!


Jasia said...

Thank you for reading my blog, Miriam. It's nice to have you as a fan.

Miriam Robbins said...

Jasia, it's always a delight! Even your information about Polish research is fascinating to me, even though I have not a whit of Polish in me, because I learn so much and you write so well. By the way, I enjoyed your latest post on City Directories today!

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Miriam,

This is the first I've heard about this...Donna who?

She must have gleaned information from the blog and created questions that fit the answers!

Anyone else mentioned get a real interview, even by email?

Cheers -- Randy

Miriam Robbins said...

Randy, I've sent you an e-mail with the details from the article; perhaps they will ring a bell. It appears the author may have sent you a questionnaire.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list, Miriam. There are a couple of bloggers mentioned that I'm not familiar with. I'll be checking them out pronto. I'll also be checking the magazine.

Miriam Robbins said...

Larry, it's a great magazine, and the same publisher, Halvor Moorshead--to whom I had the pleasure of listening at our local genealogical society's Spring Seminar in May--also publishes Family Chronicle and History magazines as well.

Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Donna said...

Hi, Miriam,
Thanks for commenting on my article in this month's Internet Genealogy. Randy and I have since cleared up the confusion - I did really interview, via email, each of the bloggers mentioned. I didn't want anyone to think I quoted people without their permission. Randy merely forgot after his email crashed some months ago - it took a long time for the article to get published. Then again, I also forgot - to SPELL Randy's name right. It's SEAVER, not SEAVERS! Mea culpa. With my name, I am usually more careful because I certainly know how it feels.
Donna Pointkouski

Miriam Robbins said...

Donna, I'm glad the confusion got cleared up! The genea-blogging world was glad to have your article highlight the wonderful aspects of blogging our genealogy. We hope many more will join our community. Best of luck to you as you start your own blog!