Showing posts with label genealogy blogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label genealogy blogs. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday: Finding Blogs via Genealogue

Have you ever used the Blog Finder at Genealogue to look for surname blogs or other genealogy blogs? I hadn't been to the main page for many months and this morning I took a fresh look.

Genealogue currently lists more than 100 sites with genealogy news, not just the usual few I check.

Alas, I found no surname blogs for my family's names, but there were a few locality blogs where I'm going to read and search entries in the hopes of a lead or two.

And I came across a Finnish genealogy blog for my friend who has roots in that country.

All in all, it was a good visit and I'm going to be back for ideas and, if I'm lucky, some connections to ancestor data. Maybe you'll have some luck with your names and locations?!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday: Ancestor Hunting on Gen Blogs

When Dan Lynch first released his book Google Your Family Tree, which I highly recommend, he made a presentation to my local genealogical society. The minute I got back from his talk, I turned on my computer and put a few of his ideas to work--and quickly found a blog comment written by my long-lost first cousin, who I hadn't seen in decades!

As time went on, I developed a few useful tricks to supplement Dan's suggestions, tips I've shared in my own presentations to local genealogical societies. For example:

  • Search blogs only. To search only blogs and only on genealogy, start at the Google home page. Enter your surname, add the word "AND," then enter the word "genealogy." Next, move your mouse along the menu at the top of the page until you see the drop down menu under the word "more" (as shown in this screen shot). Click on "blogs" and then click to start your search.
  •  Use quotation marks around full names. When searching for a specific ancestor, search for the full name in "First Middle Last" order (typing "Thomas Haskell Wood" in the search box, with quotation marks as shown) as well as in "Last, First Middle" order (typing "Wood, Thomas Haskell" in the search box, with quotation marks). And don't just try "First Middle Wood"--also search possible variations like "First Middle Woods" and "Woods, First Middle." 
  • Browse for surname genealogy blogs. Look at the lists of blogs on Genealogy Blog Finder and GeneaBloggers. You just might find one or more genealogy blogs devoted to the surnames you're researching.
  • Include a search box on your blog. Make it easy for people to find surnames on your blog by including a search box, as I did at top right, just below the blog name/description.
Happy ancestor hunting!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dating Old Photos and More

Family Tree Magazine has a number of valuable blogs, including this Photo Detective blog that I've just started reading, and this Genealogy Insider blog. Not all posts are relevant to my searches but if I get one good idea I'm well ahead. Have to get back to searching soon .