Voting is now open for the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs (“Family Tree 40” for short).
Go to FamilyTreeMagazine.com to vote. Voting takes place from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, and you can vote more than once. We grouped the nominated blogs into categories, and you’ll be asked to vote for a specified number of blogs in each category. (We aimed to have you vote for a quarter of the total number of blogs in each category, but rounded the number in some cases because, well, you can’t vote for half a blog.)
URLs are included on the voting form, so you can check out the blogs if you want. For those who wonder how the categories were determined, here’s a rundown:
These bloggers give you a little (or a lot) of everything: news, research advice, their own family stories, photos, opinions and more. There’s no one quite like the Genealogue, so we thought about that blog for awhile. It landed in this category because the Genealogue posts a satirical take on genealogy news, holds occasional research challenges and blogs about his own family history every so often.
These blogs primarily cover the blogger’s (or, in a case or two or more, bloggers’) own research and ancestors. Family historians write what they know and what’s important to them, so this is our biggest category.
Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a city, town, state or region.
These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like.
Content on these blogs is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.
Here, blog content focuses on a particular heritage group, such as African-American, Jewish or Irish. We had some tough decisions in this category, as some family-related genealogy blogs by nature also examine that family’s ethnic heritage.
Blogs in this category deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources.
These blogs have instructional content on genealogical resources and methodology. In some cases, bloggers wrote about their own research and ancestors, but framed posts in an instructional manner.
Blogs in this category are written on behalf of a genealogy company, and contain helpful (but not overly advertising-oriented) information on the company’s products, as well as other resources.
Blogs that are primarily about genetic genealogy and family health history.
The top 80 vote-getting blogs will make it through to a “final” round, and our editorial staff will select 40 blogs from that list. The Family Tree 40 will be announced in the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine and in the Genealogy Insider e-mail newsletter. You also can follow us on Twitter for contest updates (we’ll use the hashtag #FT40).
By the way, feel free to grab either of the little logos below to promote your blog or someone else’s!