Email Request from Barry Ewell


Just a quick note to members of GeneaBloggers: if you recently received an email request from Barry Ewell seeking information about your blog, the email request is legit.

Barry is a professional genealogist who has presented at RootsTech and many other venues. He is in the process of preparing a presentation on genealogy blogs and this would be a good opportunity for you to get some exposure for your blog.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011

Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011

Family Tree Magazine has just announced its list of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2011 and most, if not all, of those mentioned are members of GeneaBloggers!

Thanks to the Family Tree Magazine staff and the Family Tree 40 Panel for all their hard work in selecting this year’s 40 Best.  This was not an easy process which started back in October 2010 when FTM readers were asked to nominate their favorite blogs.  Then in November, votes were solicited using the list of nominees in several categories including Everything, Cemetery, Heritage and more.

Here is the complete list of winners – please take a moment to visit their blogs and offer your congratulations!




Heritage Groups

Research Advice

Local & Regional Research

New Blogs

My Family History

Disclosure: I was one of the members of the Family Tree 40 Panel and helped select both nominees and winners in the recent contest. In addition, I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Did You Receive an Email From TeachStreet?

I’ve received many e-mails this evening from members of GeneaBloggers about a request to participate in a “featured blogger” program at TeachStreet.

As we’ve recommended to genealogy bloggers in the past, always make sure you understand the source of any award, recognition or link request before you commit. Also check to see if that site is already using your content or linking to it.

I’m happy to report that in this instance, unlike many past instances, TeachStreet has been upfront about its process of “framing” content from blogs and other sources.  My contact at TeachStreet has assured me and several other genealogy bloggers that TeachStreet will remove any content or links on request.

The goal here at GeneaBloggers is to get you the best information possible so that you can make a decision regarding your blog, its growth and development and your blog’s reputation. Whenever you receive emails asking for reciprocal links or offering you an award or recognition, make sure you do your homework.

Just like your genealogy research – consider the source!

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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