Monday, November 15, 2010

Nominate blogs for Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs

We hit a milestone last week with Episode 100 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast which was pretty cool!  Listener Pat Dalpiaz wrote me today saying "I just listened to your 100th episode with great nostalgia" and said that something distinctly stood out to her as she listened:

"I did notice how many callers mentioned blogging thanks to your encouragement and lessons.  I wonder if that might be an interesting survey--how many people started blogs directly thanks to your influence in Genealogy Gems?  I know I did!"

Well, I'm very happy to say that I've heard from many listeners over the last couple of weeks who specifically mentioned how the podcast and my How to Blog Your Family History - Genealogy Blogging video series at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel helped them to start blogging about genealogy. There's some very informative and inspiring blogging going on!  If you are blogging are enjoying reading another genealogist's work, here's your chance to get recognition and help other genealogists discover these gems.

Family Tree Magazine is once again recognizing genealogy blogging excellence with the Family Tree 40 Genealogy blog awards. They are accepting nominations of great genealogy blogs today through Tuesday, Nov. 30 so time is of the essence!
Nominators, who can nominate as many blogs as they want, are asked to provide the name of the blog and the URL, select the category it best fits into, and (optionally) say why they’re nominating it. The eight categories are:
  1. Local/regional history and genealogy
  2. Heritage groups
  3. Research Advice and How-to
  4. Cemeteries
  5. My Family History
  6. "Everything” blogs
  7. New Blogs
  8. Technology
Voting on Family Tree 40 finalists will take place from December 13 to 20, 2011. The Family Tree 40 blogs, with five blogs per category, will appear in the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine.

This year I'm honored to have been invited to be a member of the panel of experienced genealogy bloggers who are helping formulate the blog categories and qualifications.  Other panelists include:
(One note: panelist's blogs can't be nominated)
View the descriptions of the nomination categories, blog qualifications and other Family Tree 40 information.
Let the nominating begin!  Good luck! 

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