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Genealogy Blog Awards 2011

GeneaBlog Award


One fun thing about the Genealogy Blog Awards is that it does not have fixed categories. Every year I look for blogs to highlight, and then create a fitting category just for them.
There is no fixed number of awards either. This year, the Genealogy Blog Awards highlights just four genealogy blogs, but it sure are four worthy ones.

GeneaBlog Awards

Funniest Genealogy Blog: Clue Wagon

Kerry Scott managed to amuse all with blog posts such as Breaking News: Scientists Pinpoint the Origins of Piles of Genea-Crap, 7 Reasons The Zombie Apocalypse Would Be Good For Genealogists and Scientists Discover Virus Responsible for Genea-Skankery. That does not mean that she's never serious, or that her other blog posts aren't funny, but it does mean that you're missing out if you're not reading this genealogy blog yet.

Best Reanimated Genealogy Blog: Sea Genes Family History & Genealogy

Because there are still so few who blog about genealogy and technology, and those that do generally don't post very frequently, it's nice to be able to highlight a new one. Nathan Maling's blog isn't new, it's been around since 2009. If you haven't heard about it before, that's probably because it was dormant throughout all of 2010 and most of 2011. In August Nathan started blogging again, and he isn't afraid to review software, tackle technical topics or give his opinion.

Best New Community Blog: GeneaWebinars

There are so many genealogy webinars nowadays, that it's hard to keep track of them. In February, Pat Richley-Erickson, better known as DearMYRTLE, introduced GeneaWebinars to address that issue, and it's been an immediate hit. The trick to its runaway success is that GeneaWebinars is a community blog; DearMYRTLE gave webinar organisers permission to post their announcements directly to the blog. The result is that practically every genealogy webinar is listed on GeneaWebinars.

Best New Community Project: 'Genealogists for Families' project

In September, Judy Webster started the Genealogists for Families project on Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit microfinance organisation; they extend small loans to low-income individuals. Genealogists for Families is a Kiva team, a group of lenders on The 'Genealogists for Families' project blog is actively encouraging genealogists to join the Kiva team.


Clue Wagon

Sea Genes Family History & Genealogy


'Genealogists for Families' project

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