21 June 2012

Around the World in 40 Blogs


Family Tree recently posted about international blogs. With various languages, records kept, archiving, laws and much more, researching your non-US ancestors can be very challenging and exhilarating.  It’s nice to hear that there are quite a few blogs out there that can now help us as we attempt to make those “leaps” into the records of other countries and hopefully make our “landings” somewhat soft and fruitful!

If you’ve traveled abroad, you know it’s not easy to adjust to a new land. Unfamiliar languages, customs, laws, food, currency and maps can trip you up. Smart travelers often consult trusted locals on where to visit, eat and sleep.

Starting family history research in another country is like traveling there for the first time. You don’t know the nuances of record-keeping, the ins and outs of repositories, or even how to read the country’s records. It can help to have a friendly local as your guide.

Where can you find such a guide? Try the international geneablogging scene. Amateurs and experts from Argentina to Australia, British Columbia to the British Isles note their successes, tips and techniques in genealogy weblogs, or “geneablogs.” In this whirlwind world tour, we’ll introduce you to 40 fantastic international blogs, and help you find, read and use them in your research.






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