Monday, October 5, 2009

The Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs Nominations Are Here!

The Family Tree 40 Voting is Open! Congratulations to all the blogs that have been nominated. Voting takes place from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, and you can vote more than once.

The 40 Best Genealogy Blogs will be named in the May 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine. The nominees have been divided into 10 categories. In each category you are to choose the number of blogs specified in the question (you'll get an error if you choose too many).

You can read more at the Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Insider.

1. THREE Blogs from the ALL-AROUND category. These bloggers give you a little (or a lot) of everything: news, research advice, their own family stories, photos, opinions and more.

- AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
- CanadaGenealogy or, "Jane's your aunt"
- Creative Gene
- footnoteMaven
- GeneaBloggers
- GeneaBlogie
- Genea-Musings
- The Genealogue
- Tina's Genealogical Wish List
- Transylvanian Dutch

2. TWO blogs from the CEMETERIES category. These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like.

- Blogging a Dead Horse
- Granny's Genealogy
- Graveyard Rabbit of Grey County, Ontario
- Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay
- Granite in My Blood
- The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

3. ONE blog from the GENEALOGY COMPANIES category. Blogs in this category are written on behalf of a genealogy company, and contain helpful (but not overly advertising-oriented) information on the company’s products, as well as other resources.

- Blog
- dynastree Blog
- GenealogyBank Blog
- MyHeritage Genealogy Blog
- Roots Television Og Blog

4. ONE blog from the GENETIC GENEALOGY category. Blogs that are primarily about genetic genealogy and family health history.

- Dienekes' Anthropology Blog
- On-line Journal of Genetics and Genealogy
- The Genetic Genealogist
- The Spittoon

5. FOUR Blogs from the HERITAGE category. Here, blog content focuses on a particular heritage group, such as African-American, Jewish or Irish.

- AcadianRoots
- African American Genealogy Examiner
- Al's Polish-American Genealogy Research Blog
- George Geder
- JewishGen Blog
- Le Chercheur Nomade (The Nomadic Researcher)
- Mad About Genealogy
- Museum of Family History Blog
- Small Leaved Shamrock
- Scottish Genealogy News and Events
- Steve's Genealogy Blog
- The Professional Descendant
- Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter
- Trace Your Dutch Roots
- Tracing The Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog

6. THREE Blogs from the HOW-TO category. These blogs have instructional content on genealogical resources and methodology.

- Family Matters
- Family Tree Maker User
- Genealogy Roots Blog
- Genealogy Guys
- Genealogy How
- Genealogy Tip of The Day
- Personal Past Meditations
- RootDig
- Relatively Curious About Genealogy
- The ProGenealogists Blog
- ThinkGenealogy
- Treasure Maps Genealogy

7. THREE blogs from the LOCAL/REGIONAL category. Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a city, town, state or region.

- California Genealogical Society and Library Blog
- Dead Librarian
- Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi
- Itawamba History Review
- Midwestern Microhistory
- MoSGA Messenger
- Nutfield Genealogy
- Pennsylvania Research Blog
- Sandusky History

8. FOUR Blogs from the NEWS/RESOURCES category. Blogs in this category deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources.

- About: Genealogy
- Anglo-Celtic Connections
- DearMyrtle
- Destination: Austin Family
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newslettter
- Genealogy Blog
- Genealogy Gems News
- Genealogy's Star
- GeneaNet Genealogy Blog
- Megan's Roots World
- Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
- Renee's Genealogy Blog
- The Ancestry Insider
- The Chart Chick

9. TWO blogs from the PHOTOS/HEIRLOOMS category.
Content on these blogs is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.

- Above the Trees
- Photo-Sleuth
- Sense of Face
- Shades of The Departed
- The FamilyCurator
- The Practical Archivist

10. TWELVE Blogs from the PERSONAL/FAMILY category. These blogs primarily cover the blogger's (or, in a case or two or more, bloggers') own research and ancestors. Family historians write what they know and what’s important to them, so this is our biggest category.

- A Canadian Family
- All My Ancestors
- Ancestral Notes
- Apple's Tree
- BeNotForgot
- Brenda Dougall Merriman
- Circle Mending
- Debby's Indiana Genealogy
- Educated Genealogist
- Elyse's Genealogy Blog
- Ernie's Journeys
- Everything's Relative: Researching Your Family History
- FamHist
- Family Stories
- Fermazin Family
- Find Your Folks
- GenBlog
- Genealogy: Diggin up Dirt
- Ginisology
- Grace and Glory
- Greta's Genealogy Blog
- Gtownma's Genealogy
- Heritage Happens
- Herstoryan
- Hesch History
- Janet The Researcher
- Just Thinking
- kinexxions
- Leonard Family Legends & Legacies
- Lineagekeeper
- Little Bytes of Life
- Looking4Ancestors
- My Jamaican Family
- MyNolaHeritage
- Our Georgia Roots
- Rare Ramblings
- Saturday's Child
- Spence-Lowry Family History
- Spiker Family Gathering Place
- Still More Genealogy
- Taneya's Genealogy Blog
- Tangled Trees
- Tennessee Memories
- The Fonda Blog
- The Ties That Bind
- TheYouGoGenealogyGirls
- Untangled Family Roots
- West in New England
- WeTree
- What's Past is Prologue


Blogger Kathryn Doyle said...

Congratulations fM on your well-deserved nominations. And wow! - how fantastic that you created links to ALL of the nominees. Thanks so much.

October 5, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous GrannyPam said...

Wow, how nice of you to post links to all the blogs. A few new ones for me to enjoy. Congratulations on your much deserved nomination.

October 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you and congratulations to the California Genealogical Society and Library Blog for its nomination in the Local/Regional Category.

Also, congratulations on your new carnival for Genealogical Society recognition. Long life!


October 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

I'm so glad to see you getting the recognition you deserve.
Thank you also for creating this useful list to use in considering all the nominations.
This is a great chance to visit everyone - including some no doubt excellent blogs that I don't visit regularly because they are out of my scope.
Bonne nuit!
Evelyn in Montreal

October 5, 2009 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Congratulations, fM!

October 5, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Congratulations on your nominations ~ they are very well-deserved! Also, thank you for posting all the links to the nominees' sites ~ very beneficial in making some [in my humble opinion] very hard decisions. Finally, thank you for your kind words on my post today.

Family Stories

October 5, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you and right back at you! Congratulations to - Granny's Genealogy. You are one of the hardest working GeneaBloggers I know.


October 5, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so much.I love everything you do - congratulations to you as well!


October 5, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


You are now and always will be one of my personal favorites. Congratulations to West in New England.


October 5, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Thank you, fM! I linked to your post in my post on Genea-Musings.

I knew I should have nominated The Geneaholic and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe ...but I didn't and nobody else did either. Oh well!

Congrats on your two well-deserved nominations.

Hugs -- Randy

October 5, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you and congratulations to you as well. It was an amazing post. Your writing is the reason a decision regarding you is not difficult at all.


October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Randy Love:

Thank you and congratulations to you my friend. Genea-Musings is THE Blog in the Genealogy/Family History blogging world.

You are "Super GeneaBlogger," and such a good friend! Thank you for the link.


October 5, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Untangled Family Roots said...

Congrats, Thank You and I voted;-) Oh heck I had to sound different. They all said it before me.

Anyway thanks for all you do.

October 6, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

A double-barreled shot! Congrats! Hard work does pay off!

October 6, 2009 at 4:05 AM  
Anonymous The Family Curator said...

Congrats to fM, Shades, and so many excellent bloggers. I'm honored to be in such fine company.

October 6, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger geneabloggers said...


The link for Hesch History under PERSONAL/FAMILY HISTORY is incorrect. Here is the correct link:

October 6, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks Thomas:

That is the link listed, and I checked it and it works.


October 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog! You're just the bestest!!
And congratulations to you on your well deserved nomination - Deserved because of all the hard work you put into your blogs - WOW!

October 7, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thanks for linking to my blog Nutfield Genealogy, and thanks to whoever nominated me! This list is great, and now I can see that there is quite a bit of well qualified competition!

October 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Herstoryan said...

You are awesome -- truly a mentor! :)

October 8, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

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