Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs – Vote For Your Favorite

Family Tree Magazine 2011 Best Genealogy Blogs

Well folks, it is that time of year again! Family Tree Magazine has just announced the nominees for its 40 Best Genealogy Blogs contest with results to be announced in the July 2011 issue!

As mentioned in an earlier post here at GeneaBloggers back in November, GeneaBloggers (or any of my other genealogy blogs) were not eligible for nomination because I am honored to be one of the Family Tree 40 panelists. The group includes Genealogy Gems blogger Lisa Louise Cooke, Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver, Myrt of the DearMYRTLE blog and me. This group will be lending their expertise in formulating the blog categories and qualifications.

Here is a list of all 117 nominees, most of whom are members of GeneaBloggers:


Clue Wagon (Kerry Scott)

Creative Gene (Jasia)

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (Dick Eastman)

Elyse’s Genealogy Blog (Elyse Doerflinger)

Family History Tracing (David Decker)

footnoteMaven (footnoteMaven)

Greta’s Genealogy Bog (Greta Koehl)

Olive Tree Genealogy (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)

Relatively Curious About Genealogy (Tami Glatz)

Roots and Rambles (Marian Pierre-Louis) (author unknown)

The Educated Genealogist (Sheri Fenley)

The We Tree Genealogy Blog (Amy Coffin)

You Go Genealogy Girls (Ruby Coleman, Cheri Hopkins)


Cemetery Explorers (Jeane Trend-Hill et al.)

Digital Cemetery Walk (Gale Wall)

Escape to the Silent Cities (Tammi Thiele)

Gen Wish List (Tina Lyons)

Granite in My Blood (Midge Frazel)

Gravestoned (Pugbug Powell)

Over Thy Dead Body (Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman)

The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal (various)

Tombstone Territory (Various)


Ancestry Insider (Ancestry Insisder)

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog (Dienekes Pontikos)

Family Oral History Using Digital Tools (Susan Kitchens)

Genealogy’s Star (James Tanner)

GeneaNet Genealogy Blog (Jean-Yves Baxter)

JLog (JL Beeken) (unknown) (unknown)

Moultrie Creek Gazette (Denise Olson)

Renee’s Genealogy Blog (Renee Zamora)

Heritage Groups

Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home (Lucie LeBlanc Consentino)

Anglo-Celtic Connections (John D. Reid)

Black and Red Journal (Terry)

Donna’s Ireland blog (Donna Moughty)

Geniaus (Jill Ball)

George Geder Evangelist for African Ancestored Genealogy (George Geder)

Georgia Black Crackers (Mavis Jones)

Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors (Deborah Large Fox)

Luxegen Genealogy (Joan Miller)

Of Trolls And Lemons (Astrid)

Scottish GENES (Chris Paton)

The French Genealogy Blog (Anne Morddel)

The Knowles Collection (Todd Knowles)

The Scottish Emigration Blog (Amanda E. Epperson)

Tracing the Tribe (Schelly Talalay Dardashti)

Wandering and wondering (a’spaidsearachd agus a’meòrachadh) (Direcleit)

Research Advice/How-To

a3Genealogy (Kathleen Brandt)

FamHist (Lee R. Drew)

Family History Research Tips (Jennifer Holik-Urban)

Genealogy Tip of the Day (Michael John Neill)

Gena’s Genealogy (Gena Philibert Ortega)

NARAtions: The Blog of the United States National Archives (National Archives)

Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica (Paula Stuart-Warren)

Personal Past Meditations (Daniel Hubbard)

Pollyblog (Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt)

Shades of the Departed (footnoteMaven)

The Armchair Genealogist (Lynn Palermo)

The Family Curator (Denise Levenick)

Local/Regional Research

Alberta Family Histories Society Blog (AFHS)

Brooklyn Historical Society Blog (BHS)

California Genealogical Society and Library Blog (CGSL)

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog (EWGS)

Grey County Historical Society (GCHS)

Iawamba History Review (Bob Franks)

Midwestern Microhistory (Harold Henderson)

MoSGA Messenger (MoSGA)

My Ancestor’s Name (Angela Y. Walton-Raji)

New York History (John Warren)

St. Vincent Memories (Trish Short Lewis)

Sandusky History (Sandusky Library Archives Research Center)

Utah Genealogical Association Blog (UGA)

Virginia Historical Society Blog (VHS)

Williams County, Ohio Genealogy (Pamela Pattison Lash)

New Blogs

Adventures in Genealogy Education (Angela McGhie)

Climbing My Family Tree (Jennifer Woods)

Have You Seen My Roots? (Cheryl Cayemberg)

Heritage Zen (Cynthia Shenette)

Journey to the Past (Brenda)

myirelandhome (unknown)

My Tangled Vine (CeCe Moore)

Nolichucky Roots (unknown)

Old Stones Undeciphered (Lisa Wallen Logsdon)

Pursuits of a Desperate Genie (Abby Burchett)

Roots Traveler (Adam Glenn)

Sassy Jane Genealogy (Nancy Loe)

The Faces of My Family (Lisa Swanson Ellam)

The Family Recorder (Audrey Collins)

The Mashburn Collection (Yvonne Mashburn-Schmidt)

The Scottish Emigration Blog (Amanda E. Epperson)

The Turning of Generations (Michelle Goodrum)

My Family History

Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors (Miriam Robbins Midkiff)

AtlasFamily.Org Blog (Raichel Brown, Nicka Smith,  Gene Rosby, Jean Denton Thompson)

Begin With Craft (Valerie Craft)

BeNotForgot (Vickie Everhart)

Circlemending (Jean Wilcox Hibben)

Everything’s Relative (Cindy)

Finding Josephine (Dionne Ford)

Finding Our Ancestors (Terri O’Connell)

Gene notes (Anne Kruszka)

Greta’s Genealogy Blog (Greta Koehl)

Little Bytes of Life (Elizabeth O’Neal)

Mississippi Memories (Janice Tracy)

My Channel Island History (unknown)

Nutfield Genealogy (Heather Wilkinson Rojo)

Reflections From the Fence (Carol Bowen Stevens)

Tangled Trees (Theresa Casteel)

The Accidental Genealogist (Lisa Alzo)

The Internet Genealogist (Leah Allen)

TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History (Travis LeMaster)

TransylvanianDutch (John Newmark)

Tonia’s Roots (Tonia Kendrick)

West in New England (Bill West)

What’s Past is Prologue (Donna Pointkouski)

How To Vote

You have until 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 20th to vote for your favorite genealogy blog.  Click here for the voting form.

And don’t forget that you can vote more than once and actively campaign for your own blog or your favorites! Look for reminders and updates on Facebookon Twitter (using hashtag #FT40), in the Family Tree Magazine free, weekly e-mail newsletter, and, of course, on the Genealogy Insider blog. And you can also add the FTM40 badge (shown above) to your blog’s sidebar.

Good luck to everyone!

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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