Google Reader Update and Changes This Week at GeneaBloggers

changes at geneabloggers


Here is an update on changes at GeneaBloggers due to the demise of Google Reader on July 1, 2013:

  • My RSS Feed Reader: I’ve decided to use Feedly ( as my own personal RSS feed reader.  I’ve compared other programs and right now Feedly comes closest to replicating the Google Reader experience.  I’ve also seen improvements in terms of speed and access compared to last month when I first tried Feedly.
  • Google Alerts: One task is to migrate the tech blog feeds and Google Alerts over to Feedly.  I’ve done my research and determined that Feedly does not allow two accounts so I need to use categories to group those items for easier access.
  • Backing up Google Reader: As a backup so I don’t lose any information in the transition to Feedly, I’ve used the Google Reader export feature and opened the XML file in Notepad and pasted the contents into a Microsoft Word document where I am doing some cleanup. Tedious, yes, but it gives me peace of mind.
  • Blog Types: I am looking at several ways to consolidate multiple RSS Feeds into one feed and then use a mechanism to display those posts and blogs in a widget. I don’t want an open system where any spammer can submit their blog or post and have it appear. On my radar are Yahoo Pipes, ChimpFeeder and WidgetBox.
  • New blogs: For the next two weeks, I won’t be adding newly-discovered or submitted blogs to the list at GeneaBloggers until I set up a system and routine that works.

I’m hoping for as smooth a transition as possible, but members of GeneaBloggers and readers need to realize that there may be some glitches and hiccups along the way.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2013

FTM 2013 40 best gen blogs

Family Tree Magazine has just announced its Top 40 Genealogy Blogs in 2013 and most, if not all, of those mentioned are members of GeneaBloggers!

See for the complete list of blogs and take a minute to offer them your best wishes and congratulations!

Disclosure: I have been engaged to teach webinars and participate in virtual conferences at Family Tree University for I have been compensated. I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated. I use affiliate links to sell Family Tree Magazine-related products.

Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GeneaBloggers Celebrates Four Years!

Geneabloggers Celebrates Four Years

And then, we were four.  Has time really flown by that fast? I was only yesterday that GeneaBloggers started with a listing of 400 genealogy and family history blogs. And on last year’s blogiversary we had 2,000 blogs listed – so we’ve grown by over 1,000 blogs in a year! We are celebrating our 4th blogiversary today so here’s a gift for you: a brief history of GeneaBloggers.

GeneaBloggers History

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing over 3,000 genealogy and family history blogs all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history.

Why Blogs?

Well very often as genealogists we need a way to write the stories of our ancestors and to write our own stories about how we found them.  Each day there are close to 500 articles created by our members who write up their research finds, post photos and documents, share the latest resources (online and offline), publicize webinars and events and generally just share their infectious enthusiasm for genealogy and family history.

Facts and Figures About GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was started on January 18, 2009 by Thomas MacEntee, a professional genealogist, author and educator who realized the need for a community of genealogy bloggers.  In those 4 years, the site has grown to include over 3,000 blogs from all over the world.

In addition there have been over 3,100 different articles posted at GeneaBloggers with almost 12,000 comments made by readers to those articles. And the GeneaBloggers site has so far seen over 8 million visitors including those reading via RSS feed readers like Google Reader.

How Can You Use the Resources at GeneaBloggers?

Even if you don’t have your own blog, you can search for your surnames across all 3,000 blogs by clicking Search All Blogs at the top of the page. Also, check out Blog Resources which lists over 500 links to sites about backing up your genealogy data, cheat sheets for Facebook and other programs, and more.

If you are a blogger, click Suggest A Blog to submit your blog to be included at the GeneaBloggers site.  In addition, check out the About page for info on how to participate in various GeneaBloggers events such as the Daily Blogging Prompts.

[Note: readers are encouraged to pass the above information on to their genealogy societies for use in newsletters, etc. so others can benefit from the resources at GeneaBloggers.  In addition, bloggers can use the information (in part or in whole) on their own sites to help get the word out about GeneaBloggers.]

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee