This may seem to be a bit of strange title for a blog posting but it was prompted by a recent posting by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog, where he posed the question “Are We Strangers in the Genealogy Land?” (www.geneamusings.com/2012/06/genestrangers-in-strange-genealogy-land.html)
Randy’s blog prompted me to respond to him with the following message:
“As the Chairman of a genealogical society I find blogs useful in providing up to the minute information for my members. We have a very active discussion group (last count 467 members) where news of developments in the world of genealogy are posted. These keep members interested in being part of the group. We always quote the source of the information and hope that some of our members look at the sources. We also have our own blog as a means of trying to capture the interest of people who wouldn’t join a society. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and others are now part of the landscape on which the genealogist/family historian walks. So far from being strangers in the land, I think we are the land. (www.jgsgb.org.uk) ”
I think many blogs act as streamed newsletters, constantly updating their readers about the latest developments in the world of genealogy in a way that static newsletters can’t always do. Other blogs provide the general thoughts of the author about the world of genealogy and family history, things to get you thinking about researching your family. The family blogs that exist help people connect with cousins. Individual blogs may only get a small number of readers but collectively blogs are read by many thousands of people. Blogs are worth reading, so have a look at a few and see what they offer.
Mark Nicholls, Chairman JGSGB