Dick Eastman Receives Certificate of Recognition from the Society of Genealogists


Thursday evening, my friend, Dick Eastman, received a certificate of recognition from the Society of Genalogists for his work in producing and publishing his e-newsletter, and blog. Colin Chapman, on behalf of the Society of Genealogists, awarded a “Certificate of Recognition” during a banquet held near the “Who Do You Think You Are? Live!” conference that opened Thursday in London.

Congratulations to Dick for this award. He certainly earned it!

See Dick’s blog for much more info.

National Genealogical Society Announces Official Blogger & Social Media Press Registration for the 2014 Conference in Richmond, Virginia May 7 to 10

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:
Arlington, VA, 30 JANUARY 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the opening of Official Blogger and Social Media Press registration for the 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.

In recognition of the important media role played by bloggers and social media press, NGS invites bloggers and social media writers to register at http://goo.gl/hSRnU5 for official Social Media Press designation for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference. Social Media Press includes bloggers, micro-bloggers, and other social media. Registration is now open and will close on 21 February 2014. NGS will notify accepted Social Media Press by 1 March 2014. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://goo.gl/Sigp7P.

NGS recognizes the number of engaged and talented bloggers who regularly write about the release of new records, upcoming events, research methods, tools, software choices, and other items of interest to the genealogical community. The special designation, Social Media Press, by NGS for the 2014 Family History Conference recognizes the daily contributions social media writers make to keep the field of genealogy current, particularly with news that is not covered in the mainstream media.

Official Social Media Press will have a limited license to select and use the designation and logo Official Social Media Press or Official Blogger for reporting conference events from acceptance through post-conference reporting. Other benefits of official recognition will include receipt of a press kit upon conference check-in and access to the Press table located in the Wi-Fi area just outside the exhibit hall. In addition, NGS will award a $50 registration credit for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference to the five Social Media Press authors who provide the most comprehensive coverage at the 2014 conference. The award recipients will be announced before the end of May 2014.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Throwww.com – The simplest of useful blogging platforms

I spent some time today with what’s got to be the simplest “useful” blogging platform ever built. All you have to do is go to the Throwww.com website, type in a title, and start writing. You don’t even have to log in. You just write, then share the link to what you’ve written.

The site seems to have been around since before last September or so (when it just allowed straight text), and has since had some basic enhancements, allowing hyperlinks, bold, italics, headings, bullets and numbers, quoted text, images, and video.

If you wish to be able track your stuff, you can log in using Twitter. That’s what I did when I wrote a post to try out the site.

For those of you that might want to use the site, here are a few suggestions:

  • First – note that at the bottom of the article body is a link titled “Formatting Help.” Use it to get help formatting using the enhancements mentioned above. The site uses “markup language” for the simple formatting. It’s simple all right, but you’re most likely not familiar with it.
  • Use the exact same spacing that is shown on the Formatting Help menu. Anything else doesn’t work at all.
  • So – if doing a bullet, be sure and put a space between the * and the first word of the line. * bullet, not *bullet. If making a link, bump the ] right up against the ( In other words, write it as: [Click Here](http://whatever_your_link_is)

I tried out the site, and although I’ll certainly not replace my GenealogyBlog.com site with it, I can see that it could be useful – and I plan to use it now and then.

Click here to see a blog I posted about some links that Cyndi just posted dealing with the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake – all done at Throwww.com.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up about the site.

It’s Time to Check Out Dwight Radford’s “The Journey Home Genealogy” Irish Blog Again

Dwight Radford has posted a lot of GREAT STUFF since I last posted a blog about his The Journey Home Genealogy website. His last 5 blogs alone dealt with the following topics:

  • Presbyterian Identity
  • Prince Edward Island Archives
  • Scots-Irish and Muscogee (Creek) Connection
  • The Un-churched Dictionary of the Churched (1811) – Part 2
  • The Un-Churched Dictionary of the Churched (1811) – Part 1

I absolutely love his “The Un-churched Dictonary of the churched (1811) (in two parts). Dwight sorted out religious and church associated words to create a mini-slang dictionary from the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, published in 1811. See: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5402/pg5402.html. It was British Isles slang drawn from words and terms common in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

I’ve been keeping a running consecutive lsting of the blog titles from Dwight’s site, with links to his blogs, as I find them all extremely interesting, well written and of use to anyone doing Irish and/or Scottish research. There are many that are of interest to other folks also.

For his latest posts (including those above), click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the listing.

Check Out Dwight Radford’s Journey Home Genealogy Blog

If you’re are doing Irish and/or Scottish genealogy, and you haven’t checked out Dwight Radford’s Journey Home Genealogy blog lately, you might want to do so. He’s posted a lot of good stuff lately. I keep a daily running listing of his blogs at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18127. Check it out, if you want to get a great overview – with links.

Following is a sampling from that list.

The Nova Scotia Archives

Cork City and County Archives

Southeastern Passports

Why was Greenock, Scotland so Popular?

Who were the Loyalists?

The Death Certificate Said

Irish Naming Patterns

Scottish Naming Patterns

The “O” and the “Mc” in Irish Surnames

Irish Directories

Genealogy Meets the Blogosphere

The following is an excerpt from a good article published in the “Mormon Times” section of the Deseret News on July 14, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY —”I’m just kind of flabbergasted that you found me,” said Margaret Cason, a genealogy blogger from Bountiful, when called for an interview. “I’m not accustomed to having anything I do found by anybody else.”

A number of people have found Cason’s blog, “Their Hearts Shall Turn,” since she started it in March. It’s likely that even more people will connect with her and follow her entries now.

Cason first started her genealogy research after a Sunday School lesson in her LDS ward particularly struck her with the importance of finding her ancestors. When she attended a RootsTech conference in February and learned about technologies to advance her research, she made the transition to the blogosphere.

Cason has since joined a listing of roughly 2,000 blogs related to genealogy and family history on GeneaBloggers.com. Browsing through the collection, you’ll find quite the variety. Some may think that genealogy is just a “Mormon thing,” but Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Baptists, atheists, etc., find a common interest in studying and finding their ancestors. While the blogs listed on GeneaBloggers are predominantly in English, there are some in Polish, Spanish, Dutch, French and Norwegian, just to name a few. You might even find one that’s multi-lingual.

Read the full article.

Mocavo.com Adds Thousands of New Sites to the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Search Engine, Including More Than 3000 Genealogy Blogs

I wrote about Mocavo.com a few weeks ago when I had a brick-wall breakthrough. Now I see that Cliff Shaw has added the genealogy blogs, as well as other genealogist-suggested sites to be searched by his genealogy search engine. Following is a News Release I received last evening.

Mocavo.com™ (http://www.mocavo.com), the world’s largest free search engine geared toward genealogists, announced the addition of thousands of new sites today. The new content added to Mocavo.com includes more than 3,000 genealogy blogs and thousands of sites submitted by users over the past month, including some new content for Irish and UK researchers.

A very small sampling of the sites now searchable on Mocavo.com:

Users can submit suggestions for new sites to be added at http://www.mocavo.com/suggest. New additions and updates to Mocavo.com will now occur more frequently.

About Mocavo Inc.
Mocavo Inc. operates the world’s largest free genealogy search engine,Mocavo.com, giving genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places. Founded by industry veteran Cliff Shaw, and backed by prominent angel investor, David Cohen, (founder and CEO of TechStars), Mocavo.com seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. For further information, visit http://www.mocavo.com.

Find My Ancestor Receives a Makeover

My friend, AC Ivory, has redesigned his website. Following is his news release, sent out today.

Find My Ancestor Has Received a Makeover

findmyancestor January 2, 2011 – Taylorsville, UT. Find My Ancestor has announced the redesign and update to their site. The site has received many new pages and features including new downloads, new resources, a completely new blog design, social media integration and many more. With the new design, Find My Ancestor is much easier to navigate and find your way around making it a more enjoyable experience for the users. Using the new website builder makes it very easy for creating new pages, quickly allowing Find My Ancestor to be able to create more pages, how-to’s, downloads and many other features to help it’s users learn more about genealogy and the tools available to help them in their research.

About A.C. Ivory
As a genealogist specializing in the use of technology, social media and Mac computers, A.C. Ivory relies on his young genealogist perspectives to relay the importance of using the new tools and resources that will help genealogists achieve their research goals faster, easier and more efficiently. As the creator of FindMyAncestor.com, he has striven to provide genealogists with genealogical news, events, conference reports and new technology updates available to help genealogists in their research efforts.

About Find My Ancestor
Find My Ancestor provides various services to the genealogy and family history community including education, design, Family History Library research assistance and more.

A.C. Ivory is the driving force for Find My Ancestor. A.C. Ivory has been involved with genealogy and family history for over 4 years. A.C. Ivory is only 23 years old and full of genealogy knowledge and ambition.

Follow Find My Ancestor on Facebook (http://facebook.com/findmyancestor), Twitter (http://twitter.com/findmyancestor) and on our blog at http://blog.findmyancestor.com/

California Family History Expos Contest at Geneabloggers

The following was received from my friend, Thomas MacEntee, at Geneabloggers.

Win Two Free Admission Tickets Valued at $150 US

September 21, 2010 – Chicago, IL. GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community’s resource for genealogy bloggers, is happy to announce the California Family History Expo contest running from September 21, 2010 through September 24, 2010.

The prize: two free admission tickets to the upcoming California Family History Expo (http://fhexpos.com/expos/) in Pleasanton, California on October 8 & 9, 2010. To participate and enter to win the tickets, simply visit GeneaBloggers at this recent post (http://www.geneabloggers.com/win-tickets-california-family-history-expo/) and let us know how attending a Family History Expo event would help your own genealogy research. Leave your answer in the comments with a valid e-mail address and then check back on Saturday, September 25, 2010 to see if you are a winner!

Check the other upcoming events at Family History Expos including their Atlanta Family History Expo on November 12 & 13, 2010 and an upcoming expo in Mesa, Arizona in January 2011!

About Family History Expos
Family History Expos, Inc. is a Utah-based company headquartered in Croydon, Utah. FHE has been holding successful Expos throughout the Western United States for seven years, teaching thousands to learn the art of and experience the spirit of family history research.
Follow Family History Expos on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Morgan-UT/Family-History-Exposcom/61175760879), Twitter (http://twitter.com/FHExpos/) and on their blog at http://fhexpos.com/wordpress/.

About Thomas MacEntee
As a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community, Thomas MacEntee relies upon his 25 years of experience in the information technology field. And as the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,200 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Thomas shares his knowledge of technology and experience as a genealogist with others through various forms of social media and speaking engagements. Through his business High-Definition Genealogy, he provides consulting services in the genealogy industry covering such areas as market research, education, technology and more.

Thomas MacEntee is available nationwide for presentations and classes focusing on social media and technology as a way to assist genealogists and genealogical societies.

About High-Definition Genealogy
High-Definition Genealogy provides various services to the genealogy and family history community including market research, consulting, education, and more.

Thomas MacEntee is the driving force between High-Definition Genealogy whose goal is to help companies, non-profits and individual “focus” on family history. Thomas has been involved with genealogy and family history for close to 20 years and for the past two years has dedicated himself professionally to various aspects of the genealogy industry.

Follow High-Definition Genealogy on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/hidefgen), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hidefgen) and on our blog at http://hidefgen.com.

The North Georgia Family History Bulletin

Got Georgia research? If so, you might be interested in the North Georgia Family History Bulletin. Edited North Georgia Family History Bulletin by Mike Brubaker, the online monthly periodical deals with Georgia, as well as topics of National interest. The periodical is well done – and free! It’s also available in paper format for $10 a year.

The March 2010 issue, which I’m looking at right now has a number of interesting article, including:

  • Confederate Memorial Day – Important to Remember
  • The OR: An Important Source for Research and
  • Announcements and Events

If you would like to get the online periodical, send Mike an e-mail at: ngfhbulletin@gmail.com
or rmbrubaker@att.net and he will be happy to add you to the mailing list.

Mike also has an excellent blog at: http://www.historybybrubaker.blogspot.com/

Blogger’s Day 2010 at Ancestry.com

Nine bloggers spent the day at the Ancestry.com facilities on Friday. Most of those in attendance had visited Ancestry.com in January 2009. However, I didn’t because I was just getting back into blogging at that time, after having lost my blog for a few months. So the experience this year was all new to me.

ancestrycom We met at the Little America Hotel in downtown SLC and first went to the data center, which is located in Salt Lake. Needless to say, I was impressed. There we saw row upon row of servers, all feeding data to over a million Ancestry.com members.

The group then traveled to the Ancestry.com Corporate offices in Provo where we spent the day touring the facility, and attending power-point presentations, each given by by the the Ancestry.com VPs and directors.

Ancestry.com CEO Tim Sullivan joined us for lunch, and spent an hour asking questions and looking for input from the bloggers. That evening we went to dinner at the Market Street Grill, and spent a couple more hours getting to know the Ancestry.com executives a bit better. PR Manager, Anastasia Tyler, coordinated the whole thing and made all of us feel very welcome.

On the way to the restaurant last evening, Myrt asked me what I was most impressed with at Ancestry.com. Without hesitation, I replied that I found the Membership Services operations to be the most revealing. Prior to the visit, I imagined that Membership Services was probably where you called if you wanted to cancel your subscription or find out why your Family Tree Maker 2010 wouldn’t work on your old computer (or visa versa). Boy, oh, boy – did I have that wrong. Sure – they do those things, but they now also do little things like making a call to all new members on day 4 or 5 after someone signs up, asking what they can do to help. They have 160 employees who answer the phones, and emails, taking about 110,000 calls per month, as well as answering 40 to 50 thousand monthly emails from Ancestry.com members. Every email is to be answered within 24 hours. Many of the membership services employees are skilled genealogists, who actually have the capability of helping members with their genealogy problems. They can not only help members with getting the most out of Ancestry.com, but can help with their research. Ancestry.com currently has 1,066,000 paying subscribers, and they figure that the best way to keep those members – and get many more – is to do everything in their power to make sure that their members have success in their hobby. To have that success, content is still king, but a great membership services program is right up there alongside it. I agree.

Ancestry.com has changed a lot – just in the last year of so. Not only is it a public company, but this emphasis on customer success and satisfaction is a marked change over the “old” Ancestry. I, like many other bloggers, have made negative comments about the company’s past seeming ineptitude when it came to doing dumb things that just ticked folks off. The management being human, I’m sure that at some point in the future, they’ll do something once again that all of us can pile onto. But, saying that, I’m willing to bet that it won’t happen often, since I firmly believe that they’re doing the right things.

This blog is just the first of a number that I plan to make, based on my time spent at Ancestry.com, as well as my own use of the Internet site. And yes, there’s some pretty exciting stuff to blog – much dealing with new data at Ancestry.com, as well as new indexes and ways to view data… There’s a lot to tell.


  • The 1920 U.S. Federal Census (all 2.2 million images) will see improved & enhanced images posted online.
  • Ancestry.com will be KEYING THE FIELDS found within the 1790 through 1840 censuses (all 91,000 images). Previously only the heads-of-household were keyed and indexed.
  • The Deaf, Dumb, and Defective (DDDs) U.S. Census Schedules for CA, SC, NY, IL, NJ, WA, NE, KS, MA, IA, ME, VA, and TX (all 30,000 images with 146,000 names) will be indexed and posted.
  • A 1950 Census Substitute, made up of 2500 – 1946 though 1960 City Directories will be posted.
  • and maybe most exciting of all! U.S. land ownership maps 1860-1920 (plat maps) will be posted complete with indexes for the seven million names found thereon. Over 100,000 images will be involved.

Bloggers attending the Bloggers’ Day 2010 event were:
Dick Eastman – Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
Thomas MacEntee – Geneabloggers.com
Leland K. Meitzler – GenealogyBlog.com
The unknown blogger – The Ancestry Insider
Craig Manson – Geneablogie.com
Diane Haddad – The Genealogy Insider
Lisa Cooke – Genealogy Gems Podcast
Pat Richley-Erickson – DearMyrtle.com
Kimberly Powell – About.com Genealogy

Following is a group photo taken near the end of the day in Provo. The bloggers are in the same order as I’ve listed them above. Starting with Dick in the upper left hand corner (back row) and going left to right.
Ancestry.com Bloggers Day 2010 group

In order to keep the FCC happy, I need to state that Ancestry.com paid for the bloggers’ transportation to SLC, hotels, and our meals. They even offered to pay my airfare. However, I declined, as the flight from Bountiful to SLC would have only been about 5 miles, and I don’t believe that Salt Lake International accepts private aircraft.

1001 Blog Entries

This post is number 1001 since I got GenealogyBlog up and running again in January. So I just thought I should celebrate a bit this evening. Here’s hoping that the last 1000 blogs were of interest and of use to my readers – and maybe even helped some of you advance your genealogy a bit.

I blog as often as possible – sometimes 12 hours a day – and some days not at all. My blogging depends on whether I have the time, and time at my age is a pretty precious thing. I’ve only got just so much of it left, and playing with grandson, Robbie, has made me realize just how much I want to extend that time as long as possible.

It’s my promise that I’ll keep on blogging as long as you good folks keep reading what I’m cranking out. Now let’s see how long it takes to produce the next thousand entries…

The FTC Asks Bloggers for Full Disclosure – So Here’s Mine

When I opened my morning paper (the Deseret News), this morning, I found an article in the business section titled, “FTC Targets Blog Product Reviews.” The article goes on to explain that the Federal Trade Commission has decided that they should use their authority to “make product information and online reviews more accurate for consumers.” The regulations are to go into effect the 1st of December.

Bloggers Are All Liars
From what the article said, I get the idea that folks have been lying when reviewing products on their blogs. That certainly seems dumb, for it looks to me like the blogger would quickly lose all credibility by saying outrageous or even nice things about an inferior product. But I guess the FTC thinks most of us are just gullible dimwits who believe whatever we’re told. I don’t believe that for a minute, as most Americans learned the line about “If it’s too good to be true…” a long time ago.

I spent most of the day on the computer and have noted that bloggers throughout the blogosphere are responding in various ways. I thought I’d just write this blog.

Book Announcements
I’ve been blogging since late 2003. I’ve blogged about websites, books, CD-ROMs, and various and sundry genealogy-related products. Some of the products were items that I sold. Many of the books were sent to me as “review copies,” and I posted reviews or announcements about the books – dependent on time available. While I worked for Everton’s, many of the book announcements run in the magazine and sometimes posted on the blog, were written by the publishers themselves, and were obviously so, as I would usually link to the original listing of the book at the publisher’s website, where the announcement would be found again. Did I get anything out of this? Yes – I got a job, and the library in Logan, Utah got the books.

Book Reviews
Today I continue to do a few reviews of books, software and CDs – all reviewed on GenealogyBlog. I don’t do anywhere as many as I’d like – strictly because I haven’t got the time. I’m not a speed reader, and it can take me two weeks to read a book (an hour or so a day), and then a couple more hours to write a decent review. Do I get something out of it? Sure – a book or program for which I don’t get a tiny fraction of minimum wage for reviewing. Please note that I also buy books that I review every now and then. I write those reviews because I happen to love the book and that’s all. I’m about to write a review of a book I bought over a year ago entitled “The Jews of Sing Sing.” It was written by Ron Arons. I loved the book and hope my review will do it justice.

This review thing works both ways. As you folks know, I publish books. Whenever a major title comes off the press at FRPC, I mail out about 50 copies to columnists, writers, editors, and bloggers. I hope that they will write nice things about the book – and since I attempt to only print exceptional genealogy research titles, I’ve had great reviews of FRPC books. The reviewers got something – a book. But here again, reviewing the book took their time – and I guarantee that their wage didn’t work out all that high.

Enough said about books…

Press Releases
I also run press releases from the major genealogy-related websites on GenealogyBlog.com. Sometimes I comment on them, and sometimes I don’t. I don’t run every press release I get, but if it’s from a major genealogy website, and it looks interesting to me, I’ll attempt to get it posted on the blog. In some cases – dependent on time, I will check out the database or website, and report on what I found. That’s one of the best things about producing GenealogyBlog.com. I’d do that 16 hours a day if I could.

Subscriptions, Memberships, Sponsorships, & Affiliate Relationships
I spend nearly $2000 per year on subscriptions & memberships to websites, magazines, and societies. A couple subscription websites owned by friends have been comped to me; the vast majority I pay for just like everybody else. And I’ll be darned if I’m going to disclose my relationships with every site that I might mention. And I won’t lie to you. You might also note that I run ads down the right-hand side of GenealogyBlog. In most cases, these are affiliate ads. They are all for products that I happen to like. The exception to that might be some of the Google ads that run occasionally. I can’t say that my knowledge of insurance companies is all that great. When people click on a Google ad, I get a few cents. When folks purchase a product (like a World Vital Records or Footnote subscription), I get a small percentage. I’m signed up as an Ancestry.com affiliate, but seldom ever supply the necessary links within my blogs to get any kind of commission from Ancestry subscription sales. In fact, I have yet to ever receive so much as a dime from Ancestry.com (not that I wouldn’t like the time to change that). I have a few sponsors, who actually pay a monthly fee to have their ads run continuously (Example: The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel). However, I don’t make enough money off all these sponsorships, ads, and affiliate relationships to pay for even a third of my mortgage payment every month. Family Roots Publishing carries the freight for most of the time I spend blogging (so buy stuff – please!).

The Glass is Half Full – and Maybe It’s Running Over!
As a final note, I’m one of those people who believes in the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” That’s the way my parents raised me. I refuse to review a book, product, service, or website that I don’t like. I made an exception to that a while back when a “website that shall not be named” changed their name to try to get rid of their tarnished image. But on the whole I like to look for the positive. I’m a “glass is half full” kind of guy. I’ll leave it to others to pick apart the genealogy-related websites. I’m spending my time picking the fruit.

The 10-Year Gap

In browsing the blogs this evening, I ran across an interesting article called “Filling in That 10-Year Gap,” by Allison Aston at The ProGenealogists ProGenealogists Blog. Allison writes about a family whose children were in an orphanage for a period of time following the death of their mother. So when located in the 1900 census, the children were listed as being in the orphanage, and Allison hadn’t yet found what their parents names were. I’ll let you get the rest of that story at The ProGenealogists Blog.

Ten years is a long time. Families may move – several times in fact! Family members are born. Family members get married, and yes, family members die. And the Federal census seldom tells the entire story. Genealogists want to know more. We want to know the details of the intervening 10 years. To get those details we must move to other sources – vital records – probates – land records – tax records and state census records, et al.

Did I write “tax records and state census records?” I sure did. Thirty-seven states took Colonial, Territorial, and State Censuses. All of them had local, state, and federal taxes collected from their citizens. These records contain a wealth of information that help to fill in the details of that 10-Year gap. Two of the most popular genealogy guidebooks currently available are William Dollarhide’s Census Substitutes and State Census Records, Volumes 1 & 2 – Eastern and Western States. In these volumes, Bill details the state censuses as well as hundred of substitutes, which include tax records. Click here to learn more about these volumes.

Vote for GenealogyBlog for Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40

voteforablog1 Thanks for nominating GenealogyBlog for Family Tree Magazine‘s 40 Best GenealogyBlogs. It’s now time to vote – and there are some great blogs in the running! The voting is done by category with the following categories being listed (in the same order I have them listed below). All you’ll have to do is click on a check box to pick your favorites.

GenealogyBlog is found under the News/Resources category.

When you click over to the ballot, you’ll have the following categories to choose from:

All-around Choose 3
These bloggers give you a little (or a lot) of everything: news, research advice, their own family stories, photos, opinions and more. There’s no one quite like the Genealogue, so we thought about that blog for awhile. It landed in this category because the Genealogue posts a satirical take on genealogy news, holds occasional research challenges and blogs about his own family history every so often.

Cemetery Choose 2
These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like.

Genealogy Companies Choose 1
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.

Genetic Genealogy Choose 1
Blogs that are primarily about genetic genealogy and family health history.

Heritage Choose 4
Here, blog content focuses on a particular heritage group, such as African-American, Jewish or Irish. We had some tough decisions in this category, as some family-related genealogy blogs by nature also examine that family’s ethnic heritage.

How-to Choose 3
These blogs have instructional content on genealogical resources and methodology. In some cases, bloggers wrote about their own research and ancestors, but framed posts in an instructional manner.

Local/Regional Choose 3
Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a city, town, state or region.

News/Resources Choose 4
Blogs in this category deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources. GenealogyBlog is found here!

Photos/Heirlooms Choose 2
Content on these blogs is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.

Personal/Family Choose 12
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 voteforablog2know and what’s important to them, so this is our biggest category.

The top 80 vote-getting blogs will make it through to a “final” round, and the Family Tree Magazine editorial staff will select 40 blogs from that list.

Click on the logo to the right to get a ballot. Thanks for voting for Genealogyblog.com!