Roots to the Past

Diane Lynn Tibert
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Geneabloggers have their own community

Are you into blogging? Many genealogists are these days, and they’re busy creating an entire world of their own on the Internet.

It’s incredible but unless you stumble upon them or intentionally search for these blogs, you may never know they exist. I’m online every day, but up until this week, I hadn’t known there was a whole community of bloggers interlinked by one major blog. Geneabloggers - The genealogy community’s resource for genealogy blog (http://www.geneabloggers.com) is a massive site that connects blogs about genealogy and family history to one another.

Thomas MacEntee is the mastermind behind Geneabloggers. He’s a professional genealogist who tries to be as transparent as the Internet will allow him. In a series of recent blogs, he discusses the profit side of genealogy and how he earns a living - or attempts to make ends meet - as a genealogist. The blogs are useful to anyone who is thinking about or has already begun down the road to turning this hobby into a profession. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.

Since January 2009, MacEntee has been posting information to help others construct their family tree. The site is large, but easy to navigate. Visitors can enter their surname into a search engine which will search more than 1,800 genealogy blogs to see if someone has mentioned or is researching that particular surname.

Each day of the week on Geneabloggers a blogging prompt helps researchers in a certain topic. For example, on Sundays, topics include Black Sheep Sunday, Sunday Supper, Church Record Sunday, Sentimental Sunday and Sunday’s Obituary. Other days of the week include Maritime Monday, Military Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wedding Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Funeral Card Friday, Sorting Saturday and Surname Saturday.

Generated in the margin of each page is the latest news in the genealogy world, drop-down archives menu, the search engine to search the entire blog archives and several other items. To scan through the more than 1,800 blogs listed, visit the Genealogy Blog Listing page. Visitors can also search Blogs By Type. Examples of types include Acadian Genealogy, Welsh Genealogy and Canadian Genealogy. In addition, all posts relating to that particular subject are listed.

If you blog about genealogy or family history, submit your blog to Geneabloggers. They’ll add it to their list and feature you in a future “This Week’s New Geneablogs”. Additional exposure is given to your blog on its anniversary (blogiversary), so be sure and state when your blog first began.

Membership is free and open to everyone who is either an author of a blog related to genealogy or family history or a reader of such blogs. The advantage blogs have over regular websites is visitors can comment on posts, then the blog host and/or other visitors can comment on the comment. Visitors can also suggest blogs not currently in the blogroll.

If you’re a new blogger in the genealogy world, this is a great place to start gathering readers, promote your own blog, learn about what others are doing and find help with the technical side of blogging.

Diane Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer based in central Nova Scotia. She is the alter-ego of Candy McMudd, author of Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. Submit a query. It’s free! 1787 Highway 2, Milford, Hants County, NS, B0N 1Y0; or visit The Family Attic, home to Roots to the Past: http://www.thefamilyattic.info/Roots.html

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Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Hants County

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