A Genealogy Blog Primer – Updated

A Genealogy Blog Primer

In June 2009, we published a guide to genealogy blogging covering the hows and they whys and called it A Genealogy Blog Primer*.  Today we’re announcing an recent update which includes:

  • updated information and hyperlinks to genealogy blogs
  • an updated PDF file with large, easy-to-read type

You can click here to download the PDF format of the primer.

In addition, the primer and accompanying slide show are available for use by genealogists and genealogical societies who want to use it in lectures and meetings to spread the good word about the joy of genealogy blogging. Please contact us at geneabloggers@gmail.com for more information about utilizing this resource – for free!

* Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Genealogy Blogging But Were Afraid To Ask!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

A Blogger’s Double Life

colleen mchugh

Did you know that eventually most genealogy bloggers will have more than one blog under their belts?  A blog about family, scrapbooking, or if you are lucky like blogging colleague Colleen McHugh, a blog about a cause very close to your heart.

I had the pleasure of meeting Colleen at the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona this past January.  Colleen is the author of Orations of OMcHodoy, a great genealogy blog.  Over the few days we were there I got to talk and find out that her true love was her profession as a social worker and helping children and people with special needs.

I’m happy to let folks know that Colleen recently picked up a new blog opportunity with Examiner.com: she is the Tucson Special Needs Kid’s Examiner and writes about issues involving children with special needs.  Please stop by and click on her articles and take a look.  And if you know someone who could use this useful information – and much of it will apply nationwide, not just to Tucson-area residents – please spread the word.

Colleen is one of several genealogy bloggers who also work for Examiner.com including Robin Mason (Boston Genealogy Examiner) and Michael Hait (African American Genealogy Examiner and Baltimore Genealogy & History Examiner).  In fact I’ve written for Examiner.com as the Genealogy and Technology Examiner although not recently.

I know Colleen will do well with this new venture – stop by and offer her your congratulations.  And, if you are interested in working for Examiner.com and want to know more about their pay rate, etc. please contact me or any of the other authors above.  We do make a little “pin money” for each referral and that helps!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GenealoGee.com – Social Bookmarking for Genealogy


Amid all the news coming out of the NGS annual conference in Salt Lake City last week, I fear that one important item may have been overlooked especially by genealogy bloggers.

This week OneGreatFamily.com announced the presence of a new site called GenealoGee.com which is a social bookmarking site similar to Digg or StumbleUpon.  If you have a genealogy blog – or even if you don’t but you read genealogy-related blogs or news – you should check out GenealoGee.com

What Is Social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is method in which Internet user can catalog, search and share bookmarks to other websites usually around an area of interest such as genealogy.  Popular bookmarking sites include StumbleUpon, Digg and Diigo.  In fact Diigo has a great Genealogy Research Resources group of bookmarks created by Denise Olson of Family Matters.

How Can Social Bookmarking Help My Blog?

Not only does social bookmarking provide an easy way to find resourceful sites focused on a specific area of interest like genealogy, but having your blog or blog posts “bookmarked” can boost your readership.  When you upload your site to the list of bookmarks you are extended your “reach” and offering more options for others to discover your content.

In addition, from an SEO standpoint, the more links to your blog, the better your search engine ranking at sites such as Google.  For some bloggers, especially those who run a business and a blog is part of their marketing plan, this is important.

Won’t  Posting at GenealoGee.com Decrease My Visits or Traffic?

In an email conversation with Scott Dimmick, product manager for GenealoGee.com, he stated that your site or post won’t be robbed of traffic just because it is posted at their site.  Just like Digg or StumbleUpon, the “frame” or “toolbar” will only show up for registered members of GenealoGee.com not for guests.  And this can easily be disabled by clicking the “x.”

What Are the Advantages of Using GenealoGee.com?

For blog readers, GenealoGee provides a way to check out blog posts and sites focused just on genealogy.  For bloggers, you can post your articles and include them in the ever-growing list of bookmarked sites.  One benefit of a site like GenealoGee: for folks who don’t want to bother with RSS feeds and Google Reader, it is an easy way to read genealogy blogs and other genealogy-related news.

On a personal note, I’ve joined GenealoGee.com and have bookmarked my own posts here at GeneaBloggers and at Destination: Austin Family.  I’ve been using StumbleUpon for the past year and I’ve really seen an increase in the number of readers from social bookmarking.  GenealoGee.com is easy to use and I can bookmark a new post in under a minute.

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Check out the Frequently Asked Questions at GenealoGee.com to find out more about how this social bookmarking site works and how you can join.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee