Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thank You ProGenealogists!

Heather Henderson of ProGenealogists has announced their picks for the 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs. To my great surprise, I found I'm on the list! Trying not to sound Sally Fieldish; I'm shocked, honored, tickled pink, geneasmacked! Yes, I'm all of that and more.

"All I can say is, ProGenealogists, Thank You!"

About the picks and its methodology Heather says, "Genealogy blogging is all the rage and on the rise. A Google search for genealogy blogs currently results in nearly half a million options, with over seven times that number for "family history" blogs. Nielsen Buzz Metrics BlogPulse shows a steady trend for genealogy and family history blogs with spikes correlating to celebrity family history activity in the news. Of the millions, 25 surface as the most popular all-around genealogy blogs, with a tie for 25th place according to rankings from Technorati."

Here are the Top 25 Genealogy Blogs as of 3 April 2009:

  1. Genealogy (Kimberly Powell)
  2. Eastman Online Newsletter (Dick Eastman)
  3. Genea-Musings (Randy Seaver)
  4. Creative Gene (Jasia)
  5. Dear Myrtle (Pat Richely)
  6. AnceStories (Miriam Midkiff)
  7. Genealogue (Chris Dunham)
  8. footnoteMaven (Anonymous)
  9. Genetic Genealogist (Blaine Bettinger)
  10. Tracing The Tribe: Jewish Genealogy Blog (Schelly Talalay Dardashti)
  11. GenaBlogie (Craig Manson)
  12. Olive Tree Genealogy Blog (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)
  13. Steve’s Genealogy Blog (Stephen J. Danko)
  14. 24-7 Family History Circle (Juliana Smith)
  15. TransylvanianDutch (John Newmark)
  16. GenDisasters (Stu Beitler)
  17. Genealogy Insider @ FamilyTree (Diane Hadd)
  18. Think Genealogy (Mark Tucker)
  19. California Genealogical Society and Library Blog (California Genealogical Society)
  20. The Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith)
  21. CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' (Diane Rogers)
  22. Ancestry Insider (Anonymous)
  23. GenealogyBlog (Leland Meitzler)
  24. Ancestor Search Blog (Kathi)
  25. Tie Hugh Watkins Genealogue (Hugh Watkins) /its a tie!/
  26. Legacy News (Legacy Tree Software) /its a tie!/

Recommended reading can be found in many spots across the GeneaBlogs. Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings does a Best of The Genea-Blogs each week. His post is filled with must read articles. Randy's picks highlight the posts rather than the blogs, so there are always a variety of blogs to explore. I never miss this one.

Chris Dunham, the Genealogue, has created the Genealogy Blog Finder. Now, if you can't find something that interests you here, it doesn't exist. He also wrote, 10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading on (Still trying to figure out which is the alter ego.)

You can always find a great GeneaBlog and a good read at the carnivals. You should also consider participating. It's a wonderful way to get to know other GeneaBloggers.
  1. Carnival of Genealogy
  2. Smile For The Camera
  3. Irish Heritage & Culture
  4. Central and Eastern European Genealogy
  5. Canadian Genealogy Carnival
  6. Graveyard Rabbit Carnival
  7. Cabinet of Curiosities
  8. History Carnival

If you have a moment, may I suggest Shades Of The Departed. The digital publication is mine and this is shameless self-promotion, but I'm proud of the work being done by all Shades' contributors.

On Shades you will find "Friday From The Collectors;" a weekly article featuring some of the best family historians, genealogists, photo historians, and collectors writing in a guest capacity. Great articles filled with useful information.

Shades hosts a monthly series of articles called, "Weekend With Shades" featuring columns by Craig Manson, Jasia, George Geder, Denise Olson, Denise Levenick, Rebecca Fenning, and Donna Pointkouski. These articles discuss law, restoration, technology, digi-scrapbooking, writing, archiving, and the humor of it all (plus a soon to be revealed addition) by some of the most knowledgeable GeneaBloggers.

There, that should be enough reading to distract any GeneaBlogger.

Again, thank you ProGenealogists, this is an unexpected honor. Do you think it will engender more respect from my husband, children, two dogs, and cat who generally ignore my attempts at blogging? Probably not.

Please note, Randy Seaver in bunny ears was requested by Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist.


Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Congratulations, fM!!! I was delighted to see that you had made the list, and in the top ten even. Pretty cool.

April 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Congratulations, ftM! Nice to see you and other favorite
Genea-bloggers made this list!

April 6, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

Congrats! As I've often said, yours is a real gift to the greater community.

April 7, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

You Rock fM! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. Those people know Klass when they read it!

April 7, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Steve Danko said...

Many congratulations, fM! You've dazzled both the genealogy community and the blogosphere!

April 7, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Well done and well deserved! :)

April 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Congratulations - I too love your blog - all of them!

April 7, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger MadMacedonian said...


Thanks for the lists, as well.

Kiril The Mad Macedonian

April 21, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

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