Friday, February 18, 2011
Where I Get My Information
There are so many genealogical blogs these days. It seems nearly impossible to try to keep up with them all. I only sort of try. To make it manageable I use Google Reader. I have organized Google Reader into folders and placed the blogs by subject to make them easier for me to find. While I have many folders there are only two folders I read regularly.
The first folder I check is my "Gen News Blog" folder. That contains the blogs Dear Myrtle, EOGN, Genea-musings and Geneabloggers. I will soon be adding GeneaPress to that folder.
The other folder I read daily is my Top 10 list. These are the bloggers whose posts I don't want to miss. I won't post those here because the list changes regularly as I move blogs in and out of that folder.
I get to the rest of the hundreds of blogs I follow when and if time allows.
Otherwise, I rely heavily on "Best of the Week" posts. Certain bloggers have already taken the time to read the blogs and find the best ones. They do a good job with this and I generally agree with their judgment. Here are the best of the best.
Genea-musings - Best of the Genea-blogs - this comes out every Sunday night
Greta's Genealogy Blog - Friday Newsletter and Follow News - every Friday
Long Lost Relatives.net - Friday Follow: Around the Blogosphere - publishes on Friday
Little Bytes of Life - Best Bytes for the Week - every Friday
I also follow genealogical news on Twitter. Twitter is sort of the CNN of genealogical news. When you want the most late breaking news you'll find it first on Twitter. I use TweetDeck. I've set up a column for #genealogy so I can see all the genealogy related items quickly. TweetDeck has little flashing notifications that appear in the upper right hand corner of my screen that alert me to new tweets. This can be helpful so that I don't miss anything but it can also be annoying and interrupt my using other software programs that require pressing something in that same corner. But for now I haven't turned it off.
TweetDeck is a program that you download onto your computer. There are other Twitter programs such as HootSuite that are web-based for those who prefer not to run a separate application. I like the interface of TweetDeck so that's why I use it.
I also get news and links to blog posts from postings by my Facebook friends. This is a bit more random for me. I have a lot of Facebook friends so I tend to miss items because of the shear volume of activity. I need to use lists more in Facebook similar to what I do in Google Reader. Once I get that set up I will miss fewer things. However, some things go viral and get re-posed by many people so I don't usually miss those items.
I *try* to follow three mailing lists: the APG Private List, the APG Public List and the TGF List of Rootsweb. I've been doing better lately but it goes in phases for me.
The APG Private List is only available through membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists. The other two lists are available publicly to anyone on the internet. They are free but you need to subscribe to the lists in order to post comments. They are a great way to keep up with the genealogical community and also to learn how to become a better genealogist.
That's the bulk of how I get my information. I'd be curious to hear if you do the same or if you have a different system. I'm always open to hearing about new sources.
Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 8:44 AM