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50 genealogy blogs you need to read in 2013!

Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards are here! With the help of geneablogger Jill Ball, we’ve compiled our best 50 blogs from around the world. Get ready for “a glorious and unforgettable ride”. Drum roll, please…

What makes a geneablog great? Many people’s responses to this question via Twitter and Google+ have guided the choices here for Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards.

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The suggestion that most struck a chord was from Caroline Pointer who wrote, ‘Ones that take me on a glorious and unforgettable ride. And all the other stuff everyone else suggested.’ Our respondents looked for elements such as accuracy, commitment, consistency, content, originality, photographs, tone and writing style, while a few people touched on the technical aspects of a blog like a clean appearance, and no junk ads. Alona Tester suggested, ‘useful bits like blog archives [and] search, subscribe and share buttons’. Blogs that are easy to find, access and navigate rated highly here; blogs are a collaborative medium so bloggers need to make it easy for readers to interact with their audience. The relevance of these features varies from blog to blog depending on their style and purpose. Surprisingly, no-one suggested passion, which is an extension of commitment. When examining the blogs for this list, commitment from an institutional or commercial blog, or passion from a personal blog rated highly. A blogger does not have to post daily to have commitment, but it needs to be on a regular basis be it daily, weekly or monthly.

Readers also need to know what to expect, and this should be communicated in an About page on a blog. Other static pages such as calendars, contact details, disclosures and other relevant information also add value. Originality was the feature that received the most mentions and this has been a big factor in determining the awards. In the words of one respondent, we were looking for blogs that contain more than ‘simply press releases’. It’s great to see new blogs being launched all the time in the geneablogging world, and some of these are included here, such as Auld Genealogy, Irish Genealogy News and Jax Trax.

The following list of Inside History’s top 50 blogs for 2013 is divided into categories and is listed in alphabetical order rather than rank or order of merit. So without any further ado, let’s reveal which blogs from around the globe made it onto our must-read (and must-follow) list for 2013…

Stay up to date with what some of our leading institutions are doing when it comes to family history. Here are a few that we like to read:

1. Archives Outside, State Records NSW,
2. Australian War Memorial,
3. Dictionary of Sydney,
4. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland,
5. Kintalk, Auckland City Libraries,
6. Manly Families, Manly Library,
7. Moonee Valley Family and Local History,
8. Perth History Centre,
9. Public Record Office Victoria,
10. The Eloquent Page, National Library of Australia,
11. The National Archives,

Want to be the first to know when new records or techy features are released? Here are our favourite blogs from genealogy organisations:

13. Billion Graves,
14. FamilySearch,
16. Geneanet Genealogy Blog,
17. Gould Genealogy and History News,
18. Legacy Family Tree,
19. MyHeritage Blog,

Niche topics and societies
Some blogs are smaller in scope, but have a largesse of informative posts on the topic at hand. Here are some good examples:

20. Genealogists for Families Project,
21. Local History Newslink, Maitland NSW,
22. The Empire Called and I Answered,
23. Genealogy World, Genealogical Society of Victoria,
24. Ku-ring-gai Historical Society,

Personal genealogists
As every researcher knows, family history is a labour of love, whether it’s a hobby or a career. Here are our favourite personal blogs:

25. Anglo-Celtic Connections,
26. A Rebel Hand,
27. Auld Genealogy,
28. Australian Genealogy Journeys,
29. Backtracking,
30. Chloe Okoli,
31. Dear Myrtle,
32. Family History Across the Seas,
33. Family History Fun,
34. GenBlog,
35. Genealogy’s Star,
36. Geniaus,
37.Jax Trax,
38. Kylie’s Genes,
39. Lonetester HQ,
40. Mad about Genealogy,
41. Now and Then,
42. Strong Foundations,
43. Stumbling Through the Past,
44. Western District Families,

Professional genealogists
We love these blogs that offer a regular glimpse into the work being done in the family history world:

45. British Genes,
46. Diary of an Australian Genealogist,
47. Geneabloggers,
48. Irish Genealogy News,
49. Jayne Shrimpton,
50. The Family Recorder,


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