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Best of the Genea-Blogs – 3 to 9 May 2020

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.


My criteria for “Best of …” are pretty simple – I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don’t list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

How to Analyze Genealogical Sources: Part Five by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star.

Virtual Genealogy Education Opportunities by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

But I Don’t Know Where in Ireland? by Donna Moughty on Irish Family Roots.

Tuesday’s Tips:  Gettin’ By with Help From Our Friends – Dan Earl by Cheri Hudson Passey on Carolina Girl Genealogy.

Beyond Ancestry.com: Dig Deeper Into Family History by Claudia C. Breland on Genealogy and Online Research Claudia c. Breland.

Genealogy Blog Party Ceebrate National Photography Month by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

Facebook for Genealogists: Finding Old Posts by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie’s Genealogy & history Hub.

Not the First … and Not the Last by Dave Robison on Old Bones Genealogy of New England – Blog.

In Praise of Tax Lists by Michael Grow on Vita Brevis.

Finding Enslaved Ancestors Using DNA by Sunny Morton on Your DNA Guide.

How To Analyze Your Genealogy Research by Amy Johnson Crow on Amy Johnson Crow.

European Ancestors – Researching Italian Roots by Julie Goucher on Julie Goucher ~ Angler’s Rest.

Three Big Lessons From Genealogy by John Gilbert IV in Ever Widening Circle.

Searching the Library of Congress Virtually by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

Connecting the DNA Dots by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

 Friday’s Family History Finds  by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

 Friday Fossicking, 8th May 2020 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week’s Creme de la Creme — May 9, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

 Saturday Serendipity (May 9, 2020) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also – all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Monday Mailbox: FamilySearch Change or User Change?

The Ancestry Insider's Monday MailboxDear Ancestry Insider,

Hello, I enjoy reading your emails, and wonder if I missed something important, such as:

        Did Familysearch.org change how personal family trees are managed?   

Last week I looked up my Wilmot tree there, and found someone had changed a last name of an ancestor to Wilmont, when the father and grandson were right there as Wilmot. Duh???

A friend said the family trees are now wide open and anyone can add or change information.

        Normally, all information is good, but in this case I am dealing with an idiot.  

Then someone else gave my Hessian ancestor, John Stegman, a wife who was his mother-in-law,

Does this mean that my tree can be changed by anyone going online to FamilySearch.org?

If that is the case, I will not use the program anymore.  It would be a waste of time – I am not a church member – have served/helped many years in a local Family History library.Too many people are well meaning but uneducated on proof of sources.     Ellen Thorne Morris, Monmouth Co., New Jersey

Dear Ellen,

May Day! May Day! (Yes, today is the first of May. But I digress…)

There has been no change. FamilySearch has Genealogies (personal trees) and it has Family Tree (a shared tree). What you are using is Family Tree, and yes, anyone can change anything. FamilySearch’s Genealogies feature is a GEDCOM preservation service. It is not an online tree management program like Family Tree or Ancestry Member Trees. It is merely a repository to preserve and share your life’s work.

  1. Export a GEDCOM file from your genealogy program.
  2. Go to FamilySearch.org.
  3. Select Free Account in the upper-right corner and create an account. Or if you already have an account, sign in.
  4. Select Search > Genealogies.
  5. Scroll to the bottom.
  6. Underneath “Contribute Your Research to the FamilySearch Community,” select Submit Tree.
  7. Follow the instructions to add your tree.

You will be given the opportunity to synch your tree with Family Tree. That step is unnecessary, especially since it sounds like you already have. I don’t know how long it takes to appear, but when others go to Search > Genealogies and search for a person, they will see results from your tree along with the other contributed GEDCOMs.

Ellen, let me close with a heartfelt thank you for your service in a family history center. Several times last month I had patrons express frustration at the limited hours of their local center. It is only through volunteers like yourself that FamilySearch family history centers are open at all. Thank you, thank you!

Signed,
—The Ancestry Insider