Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Roots & Rambles Posts of 2011

During the year 2011 I wrote 171 blog posts on the Marian's Roots and Rambles blog. The greatest amount of writing activity happened in the second half of the year.  What a great year it has been.  Below are the top ten blog posts based on overall hits. 

10. Where I Get My Information
 This post explains how I keep up with information on the genealogical community.

9. The Reality of Genealogical Education and Skills
 A look at the varied state of education amongst genealogists.

8. Data Overload: How to Create a Better System?
 A plea for help about my data overload.

7. The Nathan Brown Case Continued
 The introductory post to more information following my "Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents" webinar that aired on Legacy Family Tree on November 2, 2011.

 6. Is it a Bad Time to Become a Professional Genealogist?
 A discussion of whether now is the right time. The bulk of the discussion is in the comments.
 5. And So She Risks Everything By Being Completely Honest
The post where I bare my Achilles heel.This post ranked #2 in terms of comments with 47 people replying.
4. Nathan Brown: How Exactly Did I Find Nathan's Parents?
 The nitty gritty details of exactly how I initially found Nathan Brown's parents.

3. My Genealogy Software Upheaval
Who knew that everyone wants to talk about software?! This post ranked #1 in terms of comments. A total of 52 people replied.

2. The Top 3 Changes in Genealogy
An overview of the major changes in genealogy in the last few years.

1. Top Chef Genealogist: Megan Smolenyak
An interview with Megan Smolenyak about her genealogy research for the television cooking show Top Chef.

Photo Credit: photo by sam_churchill and used under the creative commons license.


  1. On the genealogy software post - I think a lot of people are getting fed up with the lack of data interchange ability, and there have been a number of major software releases in the past year. People are looking to see if the changes were sufficient to bother jumping to a new version, or even a new platform.

    I purchased both Legacy 7.5 and Rootsmagic 5 in the past year, even though my primary software is still MyHeritage Family Tree Builder. I'm still frustrated by the fiasco that is GEDCOM.

  2. I look forward to another year of reading your blog!