Blogs, Blogs & More Blogs
The Internet today is saturated with blogs. If you read every genealogy blog you would never have time to do any research, but you would surely have a lot of advice on how to do it.
Wikipedia states, "A blog (a truncation of the expression web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ('posts') typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first)."
So blog, a noun, is by definition a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis. It can also be used as a verb. i.e., "I haven't blogged for over a week." If you are a true blogger, however, a week would not pass without blogging.
Blogs grew up in the 1990s when web publishing tools became available requiring no knowledge of HTML or FTP. Anyone can create a blog on the web in every-day English. While many blogs do not allow posting by readers, many others do allow readers to post responses. In this way, blogging has contributed to the growth of social networking so prevalent today.
A typical, popular blog is Angela McGhie's informative "Adventures in Genealogy," found at http://genealogyeducation.blogspot.com/. Angela is an experienced genealogist who serves as administrator of the ProGen Study Program, as a course coordinator at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and as a popular instructor at genealogical conferences. Her blog will keep you up to date on new books, upcoming conferences, webinars, and other educational opportunities.
Some blogs worth reading are those of Judy Russell, Michael Hait, Harold Henderson and Randy Seaver. There are undoubtedly many other good ones, but these are a few with which I'm familiar.
Judy Russell, the legal genealogist, posts nearly every day at http://legalgenealogist.com/blog/author/judy-g-russell/, blogging about laws and other legal issues affecting genealogists. Her post on "Courtesy, Ethics and Law" received 42 responses from readers, an indication of how widely read and respected her opinions are.
Michael Hait, a certified genealogist, blogs at "Planting the Seeds," http://michaelhait.wordpress.com/ and is always good reading. He does not post every day, but you can submit your email address and receive notification whenever there is a new post. He also supports a search box that indexes earlier posts for easy retrieval by readers.
Harold Henderson, another certified genealogist blogs at http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com/ on genealogy and family history in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and neighbor and feeder states. If your research includes the American Midwest this is a blog worth following.
Randy Seaver's blog, "Genea-Musings" has been archived online since 2006. He may have the distinction of being the first or one of the first genealogical bloggers.
More than a blog but definitely not to be missed is Elizabeth Shown Mills, "Historic Pathways," online at http://historicpathways.com/. She includes articles, research reports, books and links to other genealogical sites helpful to researchers at any experience level. Studying her work is an excellent way to learn the approved methods of conducting and reporting research.
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