The rules for the award are:
1. Can put the logo on his/her blog
2. Must link to the person who gave the award
3. Must award 7 other blogs and link to them
4. Must leave a comment on each of the nominated blogs
I used to think that part of the service of my blog was to monitor a zillion Ancestry.com and FamilySearch related blogs so you wouldn't have to, passing the news about Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org on to you. In practice, I've found I'm too opinionated and have too much to say to spend much time in the news amalgamation role.
But I still enjoy reading all those blogs. Let me share some favorites with you. These are the blogs I check everyday. There are hundreds more that I check more infrequently, depending on their Ancestry.com or FamilySearch coverage.
I hereby award the "I Love Your Blog" award to (in alphabetical order):
- 24-7 Family History Circle — Owned and hosted by Ancestry.com, editor Juliana Smith is the real draw here along with regular columnists: George G. Morgan, Michael Neill, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor, Paula Warren and Sherry Irvine. Also a good weekly wrap-up of new databases on Ancestry.com.
- All Things Kendall and Caroline — Ancestry.com director of product management Kendall Hulet and wife Carolina. She's a hoot. As for Kendall, he better keep his day job.
- Ancestry.com Blog — With a catchy title like that, you know it's the official, corporate blog.
- Ancestry.com Recent Genealogy Databases — This is a news feed version of Ancestry's What's New page. Why they don't offer an RSS feed of that page is beyond me. But someone figured out how to create one from the page.
- Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog — Professional researcher. Pragmatic. Straight shooter. Knows her stuff. Often mixes in some good, western, rural philosophy.
- Cyndi's List — It's been forever since she posted, but it's nice to see news once and again about Cyndi's famous list.
- DearMYRTLE — DearMYRTLE, aka Pat Richley is a noted author, lecturer and genealogist. Her blog is an excellent news source. She's well connected in the industry. She's a great teacher and has a gift for mentoring. Her grandmotherly byline aside, "Myrt" is a technical pioneer, taking genealogy into emerging technologies from Q-Link, AOL and chat rooms to Internet radio, podcasting and the Second Life virtual world.
- DNA Ancestry.com — How does DNA get away with their own blog when everyone else has to use the corporate one? Don't ask; don't tell.
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter — The Johnny Carson of genealogy bloggers, he was doing it before it had a name.
- FamilySearch Labs Blog — "Future Tools to Dig Up the Past." Official FamilySearch blog.
- Genea-Musings — I want to be Randy Seavers when I grow up. I used to think that he could read my mind, because every time I thought of a good article subject, he'd write about it the next day.
- Genealogy and General Subjects Blog — She had me the minute she used "genealogy" and "gadgets" in the same sentence.
- Genealogy Insider — by Diane Haddad, et. al. Talented writers, all. I was devastated when I didn't make her top seven. <sniff>
- Genealogy Roots Blog — News about online vital records.
- Megan's Roots World — While she's mostly over in Facebook-land, she occasionally comes back to the blog-o-sphere to update us.
- Nate Skousen — The Generations Network employee blogger. "I love my job." Go Nate!
- Paul Allen (the lesser) — Not a genealogy blog, per se, but Internet entrepreneurship. Founder of MyFamily.com/Ancestry.com. Thoughtful. Low quantity, high quality. Just the way I like it.
- Renee's Genealogy Blog — New FamilyLink/WorldVitalRecords.com employee. Excellent source for Utah Valley and LDS genealogy news. If the product managers for New FamilySearch and FamilySearch Indexing aren't hanging on every word of her "Adventures" series, they should be.
- Rootdig — Michael John Neill's genealogy site. Researcher, author and speaker.
- RootsWeb Newsroom — Official RootsWeb.com blog. Sorry—RootsWeb.Ancestry.com—blog.
- Shoebox Genealogy — Professional Salt Lake genealogist. Makes me so mad, I could spit. Subtitled "Genealogy with an attitude." That's putting it mildly.
- Taking Genealogy to the Common Person — Dan Lawyer, Product Manager at FamilySearch.
- The Genealogue — The Dave Barry of genealogy bloggers, Chris doesn't know it, but he gave me my first big break. My numbers were inconsequential until he quoted a story I published.
- Think Genealogy — "Mark Tucker is a software architect by day and a family historian on as many nights and weekends as possible."
- Upstate New York Genealogy Blog — Dick Hillenbrand is reason enough, but I'm also working a dead-end in, you guessed it, upstate New York.
- Utah Valley PAF Users Group - Press Releases — If you live in Utah Valley, a subscription will remind you of what's coming in the next meeting. If not, hope for one of Renee's detailed minutes/reports of past meetings.
- What a WONDERFUL Thing to live Today! — Someone who hopes to be a FamilySearch Missionary doing book scanning at Allen County Public Library. Very infrequent posts.
I guess I exceeded seven a little. Hey, at least it was a multiple.
Judging from the sudden eruption of high-school quality acne on my face, I've got a reunion to attend this weekend, so it may be a day or so before I fulfill requirement number 4. Can you do a favor for me? If you check out any of these blogs, leave them a comment. Mention I sent you and tell them they're winners in my book.
Meanwhile, I have some awards of my own to collect. Most hair loss... Most weight gained... Most likely to be laughed at...