GeneaBloggers – Our 3rd Blogiversary

GeneaBloggers 3rd Birthday

And then, we were three.  Where does the time go?  It seems like only yesterday I started GeneaBloggers with a listing of 400 genealogy and family history blogs. Well, we are celebrating our 3rd blogiversary today so here’s a gift for you: a brief history of GeneaBloggers.

GeneaBloggers History

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing over 2,000 genealogy and family history blogs all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history.

Why Blogs?

Well very often as genealogists we need a way to write the stories of our ancestors and to write our own stories about how we found them.  Each day there are close to 500 articles created by our members who write up their research finds, post photos and documents, share the latest resources (online and offline), publicize webinars and events and generally just share their infectious enthusiasm for genealogy and family history.

Facts and Figures About GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was started on January 18, 2009 by Thomas MacEntee, a professional genealogist, author and educator who realized the need for a community of genealogy bloggers.  In those 3 years, the site has grown to include over 2,000 blogs from all over the world.

In addition there have been over 2,400 different articles posted at GeneaBloggers with over 11,000 comments made by readers to those articles. And the GeneaBloggers site has so far seen almost 6 million visitors including those reading via RSS feed readers like Google Reader.

How Can You Use the Resources at GeneaBloggers?

Even if you don’t have your own blog, you can search for your surnames across all 2,000 blogs by clicking Search All Blogs at the top of the page. Also, check out Blog Resources which lists over 500 links to sites about backing up your genealogy data, cheat sheets for Facebook and other programs, and more.

If you are a blogger, click Suggest A Blog to submit your blog to be included at the GeneaBloggers site.  In addition, check out the About page for info on how to participate in various GeneaBloggers events such as the Daily Blogging Prompts.

And Radio Too?

That’s right! GeneaBloggers has its own Internet-based radio show called GeneaBloggers Radio each Friday evening at 8pm Central on BlogTalkRadio.  You listen to the episode on your computer (with speakers or headphones) and you can even access a chat board and interact with over 100 other listeners while the show is airing. Guests and topics cover every aspect of genealogy from education to vital records!  All episodes are available for download at the BlogTalkRadio site or on Apple iTunes and make for a fun way to “listen” to genealogy information while exercising or commuting.  After almost 1 year and over 50 episodes with close to 40,000 listeners around the world, GeneaBloggers Radio has added a new dimension to the genealogy experience.

[Note: readers are encouraged to pass the above information on to their genealogy societies for use in newsletters, etc. so others can benefit from the resources at GeneaBloggers.  In addition, bloggers can use the information (in part or in whole) on their own sites to help get the word out about GeneaBloggers.]  

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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