Thursday, January 05, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy : Blogs

Week 1 - Blogs : Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other.  For which blog are you most thankful?  Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one?  What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

Right now, one of the blogs that I'm most thankful for is James Tanner's Genealogy Star.  His blog wasn't one of the first that I followed, but I picked it up quite awhile ago, and have enjoyed reading his posts ever since.

The reason I chose James' blog is that his posts extolling genealogists to digitize their information and get out from under the paper mountain has really struck a chord with me.  In particular, I recommend these posts: Observations on Technology and Genealogy and The Paper vs. Computer Dispute.

Though I'm not good at making or keeping New Year's resolutions, if I do have one goal for the upcoming year it will be to digitize and share the documents I have - and eliminate the unnecessary retention of photocopies I've obtained from libraries.  In my lifetime, I've gone from one extreme to the other; from file cabinets full of files, to binders with sheet protectors protecting photocopies!  In the future, I want to eliminate clutter and only save paper documents only when they are truly originals.

I highly recommend you add Genealogy Star to your blog reading.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more.  


Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

James Tanner's blog is great.

Thank you for participating in the Abundant Genealogy series. I hope you enjoy it.

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Thanks for suggesting James Tanner's blog - I just looked at it and it is really interesting - just added it to my google reader.