Monday, September 24, 2007

Too many genealogy bloggers - NOT

Looking at genea-blogging lately you'd think the world is over-run with folks who like to talk about how to do genealogy.

When mentioning some new genealogical concept, one high-profile blogger said something to the effect that 'everyone and their brother has commented on this...' so she wouldn't. I know how she feels. There are a lot of wonderful bloggers out there and it is sometimes daunting to wade through all the neat postings. I cannot even view the list of incoming RSS feeds TITLES without scrolling down about half again the screen height. Some bloggers write more than one blog entry a day. But don't despair.

Blogging is just the new tool. Before that it was mailing lists and message boards. Before that it was BBS and Fido-net. Before that it was society newsletters, a missing ancestor ad in Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine and US snail mail. Before that it was the Pony Express. Before that it was smoke signals inviting the neighbors to hear the elders speak of the ancient ones at the next fireside pow-wow. Before that it papyrus scrolls and hieroglyphics.

All are tools for genealogists to get the word out about their ancestors, their research struggles and breakthroughs.

Getting excited about family history isn't a new concept.

One thing I've noticed is that the current crop of genealogy bloggers is kind enough to mention other bloggers by name if that is where they got the idea for a new blog entry of their own.

I personally feel the more the merrier. If Ol' Myrt here cannot turn on that genealogical "light bulb" for her dear readers, perhaps another genea-blogger can inspire you to keep climbing that family tree in spite of the challenges. No one person can "know it all" when it comes to the diversity of our ancestral heritage. We all get by with a little help from our friends.

Genealogy friends provide ideas for additional research to augment the encouragement our association provides. Besides -- if you listen to my genealogy break-through story, you can be sure I'll have to listen to yours.

First I have to find Dolly Yockey's parents.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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