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Ten Genealogy Blogs for your Christmas holiday reading

The Christmas-New Year holiday period in 2020 is likely to be much quieter for many people due to the Covid pandemic affecting so many countries worldwide. With so many people staying home it's a good time to catch up on our genealogy reading. So here are ten of my favourite online blogs which I hope you will also enjoy.

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When it comes to family history research, we never stop learning and, by and large, Genealogists are a generous lot who enjoy sharing. For example, I recently read an excellent post by John Gresham about why so many Irish civil birth records are listed with the given name "Unknown". I won't tell you the reason here, but recommend you read his blog on the topic. (See the link to his blog below.)

Your Family Genealogist – (shameless self-promotion here) I often focus on little-known family history resources which are online and free. I was also appointed a Global Ambassador for Findmypast so you will often see me talking about their records.

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One of the genealogy giants, Findmypast posts regularly on interesting and useful topics. And of course don't forget their Findmypast Fridays, a weekly update on their newly released record sets.

OK, this one is not strictly a blog, rather it’s an excellent resource for genealogy-related webinars. So if you prefer to learn through listening rather than reading, it's a top notch resource. It is a subscription site, however, most, if not all of their wide-ranging webinar topics are free for a week after they are first aired. Register and watch them live or watch the recording at a time to suit you. (Or do what I do and listen to them to pass the time while on the exercise machine!)

With blog topics including genealogy research, news and events, and heritage/history, Family Search is a useful blog to visit regularly.

The Legal Genealogist One of my favourites. Well written, short, sharp, pertinent and topical articles.

Blaine Bettinger is also known as the Genetic Genealogist. He is one of the world's leading writers on using DNA in family history research. If you want to improve your knowledge in this area, he is the go to person and is generous in sharing his information. Blaine is also an excellent presenter so I recommend you watch his videos when the opportunity presents.

A well-known and highly respected Irish genealogist who also generously shares his knowledge of the topic.

As the name suggests this is a prolific source with daily blog posts regarding a wide variety of interesting topics.

Who Do You Think You Are? This is the website for the Who Do You Think You Are magazine which has regular items of interest. Follow this blog for their regular news items on all things genealogy-related.

Amy Johnston Crow I especially recommend reading Amy’s How Not to Bore People about Genealogy. It is my favourite of her blog topics to date and is probably something we can all learn from. It’s particularly pertinent at this time of year when many genealogists will be spending time with family and friends.

Let me know in the comments box at the bottom of the screen if you found any of these blogs/webinars particularly useful. In the meantime, I hope you find some downtown to relax and catch up on all the latest news in the genealogy world.


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