12 Genealogy Blogs to Follow in 2018

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Welcome back to Tenacious Genealogy and Happy New Year! I took last week off in order to rest and recuperate from the holidays, but today I’m back and I’m going to focus on 12 genealogy blogs that I highly recommend following in 2018 (if you aren’t already)! These are blogs that I follow and often find new tips for doing my own genealogy and improving my research. There are in no particular order, so feel free to click on all of them or only a few.

Are You My Cousin?

Lisa Lisson is the person behind this blog/website and posts frequent and interesting articles on different ways to find your ancestors and do research on them. I started reading her blog articles in 2017and they have been very beneficial in helping me look at new ways to find my ancestors, as well as new ways to find information in documents I’ve already perused.

The Family Curator

Denise May Levenick is a professional genealogist and lecturer who helps people to figure out what family keepsakes to curate and how. As someone who studied archival and digital curation in graduate school, I love reading her blog and seeing the different ways she recommends to implement techniques used in archives and special collections for family collections.

Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is another professional genealogist who posts articles on her blog a handful of times each month, but each is well worth the read. Whether posting helpful tips with other genealogists or delving into less frequently talked about subjects (such as finding ancestors with disabilities in the 19th century).

The Occasional Genealogist

Sometimes you don’t have hours or a whole day to spend on genealogy. That’s where Jennifer at The Occasional Genealogist comes in. Her blog focuses on bite (or byte) sized ways to work on and organize your genealogy when life keeps you busy.

My Descendant’s Ancestors

This blog has been around for 10 years now and has a ton of great resources. Run by Elizabeth O’Neal, a professional genealogist, what you’ll see here are mostly ‘blog parties’ (where a variety of other genealogy bloggers link up their posts on a certain subject) and awesome giveaways (like to RootsTech). The blog parties are super fun because it allows you to find a variety of other genealogy bloggers and their posts on a certain subject.

The Genealogy Reporter

Amie Bowser Tennant is the voice of The Genealogy Reporter when not only can you get tips and trick on doing your own genealogy, but find out the latest news in the genealogy world.

The Sunburned Penguin

The Sunburned Penguin has articles on a variety of topics, including genealogy. I’ve included it here because not only are the genealogy articles worth reading, but the blog also has a Genealogy Sources Checklist that has been invaluable to me with my own research.

The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger is the person behind The Genetic Genealogist and his articles have been immensely helpful to me as I’ve dipped my toes into the world of genetic genealogy. He is considered to be one the experts (in my opinion at least) in the field of genetic genealogy. If you or a loved one have taken a DNA test from Ancestry, 23&Me, MyHeritage, etc, his blog is one worth checking out.

The DNA Geek

Dr. Leah Larkin is another expert in the field of genetic genealogy and her site, The DNA Geek, has been very helpful to me as well. One of the posts that I’ve used recently is her post on autosomal DNA transfers (if you test with Ancestry and your cousin tests with MyHeritage, can you transfer your DNA between the two?), which has helped me figure out which sites my Ancestry and 23&Me DNA data could be transferred to.

The Legal Genealogist

Judy G. Russell is the lady behind The Legal Genealogist. Both a lawyer and a genealogist, she brings the legal aspect of genealogy to the forefront. Whether it is dealing with documents or DNA, there is likely a post that she had written on it, given that she has been writing regularly for 6 years now.

DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Another awesome genetic genealogy blog (honestly, there is so much to genetic genealogy and even more new stuff coming down the road that you could have dozens of genetic genealogy blogs and get new information and vantage points from each one), DNAeXplained is run by Roberta Estes, a scientist, and an avid genealogist. Her blog posts are easy to read and informative – a great way to begin learning about the world of genetic genealogy.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Lastly, there is Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter which has been around since at least 2004 and has a variety of articles about genealogy news. Everything from possible collections coming available to what to do with outdated hardware to history and genealogy basics.

Questions? Comments?

Overall, there are tons of wonderful genealogy blogs to check out. These are just a dozen of my favorites. Do you have any go-to genealogy blogs that you love? Questions on any of the blogs I’ve mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below! And if you like what you’ve been seeing here on Tenacious Genealogy – please subscribe to our email list. Not only will you stay up to date with the latest blog posts, but you’ll also get access to freebies such as ’10 Tips for Starting Your Genealogy’ and other fun ‘subscriber only’ items!

3 thoughts on “12 Genealogy Blogs to Follow in 2018

  1. Owain says:

    A bit late to the party so excuse me. That’s quite a list that you have put together. I hope one day that my genealogy blog, The Genealogy Guide, will be considered into one of your lists in the future.

    I provide guides, tips as well as reviews for genealogy sites, software, DNA testing kits and whatever else genealogy related.

    I am really pushing ahead with trying to put a site together to help both the beginner and seasoned genealogist.

    Anyways, if you would like to check out my site then here is the link to it:



  2. Greg Kleist says:

    Hi Laura! I wholeheartedly second your choice of the Eastman Newsletter. It is my go-to resource. I especially like his articles on digitizing/organing your genealogy (and the rest of your life!), but also his monthly reminders to backup your files—very appreciated by someone like me that gets distracted easily!

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