08 January 2012

Blogs (52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, Week 1)

In 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, this year's series of weekly blogging prompts by Amy Coffin, we are invited to make others aware of genealogy resources, share our tips on their use, and show the providers that we appreciate them.

Week 1 - Blogs.  Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

For blogs, the word 'abundant' is an understatement. The Genealogy Blog Roll lists over 2,000 genealogy blogs, with more being added each week. In addition to genealogy blogs, I also look for those about the history of places, occupations, health, education, religion, clothing, food and so on. To understand our ancestors, we need to study them in the context of local, national and world history.

I follow many of the blogs recommended by others this week, but I want to highlight two that receive less attention than they deserve.

Sassy Jane Genealogy:

Practical advice from Nancy Loe, a family historian who is also a librarian and archivist, includes 'Five Simple Things You Can Do Today to Preserve Your Family Papers', 'Step Away from the Laminator!' and 'Planning a Genealogical Research Trip'. Nancy's e-book, Sassy Jane’s Guide to Organizing Your Genealogical Research Using Archival Principles, is also very helpful.

London Roots Research:

Rosemary Morgan shares information and tips on research in the Greater London area in England. My favourite posts in London Roots Research include 'London Parish Records Uncovered' (parts 1 & 2), 'A Place in the Sun - using Fire Insurance Records for London Genealogy Research', 'New FamilySearch - Some Tips for UK Genealogists' and 'Spotlight On: The Parish of St George The Martyr, Southwark'.

I learn so much by reading blogs, and I appreciate the time and effort that goes into writing them. On a personal note, I would also like to thank Pauleen Cass for mentioning my blogs in her post Blogs to Inspire.
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This is my contribution to 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 1. Each week's topic will be listed on Geneabloggers.


  1. Thank you for participating in the Abundant Genealogy Series, Judy. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Thanks, Amy. I'm sure it will be lots of fun. When I have time I also want to write about more of the topics you suggested in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 series.

  3. Jennifer Jones08 January, 2012

    Thanks Judy for pointing out these lesser known blogs. Will check them out. Looking forward to following your 52 weeks posts

  4. Jen, I'm off to a flying start, as my Week-2 post has been published already! It refers to freebies and discounts that expire at midnight (GMT) on Monday 9th (so Tuesday morning in Australia).

  5. Thanks for these tips Judy. I love the look of Sassy Jane's blog and bought her e-book!

  6. Alex, I'm so pleased that you found my recommendation helpful.

  7. I too like London Roots Research but I haven't seen Sassy Jane Genealogy...off to have a look.


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