Thursday, January 17, 2008

Local Blogs, for Local People

Denise Olson of Family Matters challenged bloggers to spotlight local history or genealogy blogs, and Jasia at CreativeGene followed up. Now it's my turn.

I was unaware this morning of any other genealogy blogs in the area of St. Louis. Truly. But I started searching to see if I could find one or two to mention.

Society Blogs

1) Ozarks Genealogical Society Computer Special Interest Group

There I learned about a James' Brothers archive project, preserving documents relating to Frank and Jesse.

2) Missouri State Genealogical Society

Only blogging since November, they are averaging five posts a day. My daily reading is certainly going to increase. Today's posts include a list of upcoming shows on The History Channel that might be of interest to genealogists, events in St. Clair and Madison County, Illinois, new databases at Ancestry, and a Civil War Virtual Cemetery.

Personal Blogs

1) OakvilleBlackWalnut

My guess is the author, David, lives in Oakville, MO - it's part of St. Louis County. (I was wrong with my guess) David's been blogging since 2005. Before I continue, let me say that I don't watch the local news. I don't watch the national news. I read newspapers online. It works well for most things, but sometimes things happen a block or two away from me that I wish I had known.

For example, a week ago, there were Used Headstones Free in St. Louis. I had no clue. If I watched television news, I would likely have known. If I read David's blog, I know I would have.

2) T-Mom is wading through the genealogical swamp of "West Central Illinois."

I don't know exactly where that is, but I found a link to her site at the Missouri State Genealogical Society blog. She has some enjoyable posts on her own family research.

And for fans of British television who understood the humor in the subject line: Welcome to Royston Vasey, You'll Never Leave!


David said...

John, I don't live in Oakville. It's just part of my genealogy, like Black Walnut.

And it was a fluke that I caught that news report. Most of the time, the TV is on in the background. And Channel 2 is my least favorite of the locals. I may have actually watched perhaps 20 minutes of local news since last week.

Anyway, just wanted to say "hi" and that I read your blog.

Jasia said...

Thanks for link and promo John!



Anonymous said...

You're welcome. I like to indicate where I read about something first, and I didn't yet know about Denise's blog. I added several blogs to my list yesterday due to this challenge, of which I am appreciative.

Moultrie Creek said...

Thanks for some great links. The blogroll at Ozarks Genealogical Society has some awesome links for area resources. I was busy bookmarking them in our Diigo Genealogy Research Resources group for everyone's enjoyment.