Week 1: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog in conjunction with GeneaBloggers, has called for bloggers of genealogy and family history to take on the 2012 challenge of 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy. For weeks, I’ve been waiting eagerly for the 2012 challenge and wondering what it’s theme would be. Last year I followed the 2011 52 Weeks Challenge but didn’t find it until part way through the year, so didn’t feel right about joining in. This is going to be a huge challenge for me – both in regard to time and writing.
Week 1: Blogging 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? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?
This weeks topic has had me thinking for days and trying to come up with one blog to write about. There are many blogs that I follow that I am very thankful for, for differing reasons. But how to choose just one? The blog I’ve chosen to be most grateful for is Chris Paton’s blog, British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) My plan for 2012 is to do more research on my maternal MORRISON family from Scotland. I have been very daunted about getting back to this research as I know very little about Scottish research. So for this reason I find this blog to be an incredible resource. British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) also has a huge amount of information about general British research.
Chris is very generous about sharing his knowledge, and his blog is a huge resource for me at the moment. Whenever I’m not sure of the best place to look for some elusive fact that I’m trying to find, I head first to this blog, knowing that Chris will direct me to exactly the right place to look. For researchers of Ireland, Chris also has links to Irish resources on this blog.
Another blog that I’m thankful for and visit often is Jill Ball’s Geniaus where I am constantly updated with happenings in the world of technology for genealogy, and coming events. Jill is an official blogger for RootsTech in February 2012, and I’m really looking forward to reading about the conference on her blog. As well as providing information and the Meme’s that I love so much, Jill is always supportive of others in the genealogical community.
Most inspirational blog by my vote, would go to Judy Webster’s blog Genealogists for Families. This blog was set up by Judy, just a few short months ago and already, many genealogists, and their friends and families, have been inspired by her, to join her team and make micro loans through Kiva, to small business people in struggling circumstances. These borrowers are not in a position to borrow from traditional institutions. The small loans enable them to make improvements to their small businesses, leading to the possibility of improved circumstances for their families. The motto that Judy created for the team is We care about families (past, present & future). Judy shows by her actions and her leadership that she does care.
I am very appreciative and thankful for the many genealogy and family history blogs that I read, and would love to be able to mention them all here.