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# Monday, October 05, 2009
Family Tree 40 Blog Voting is Open
Posted by Grace

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:
All-around
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.

Personal/Family
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.

Local/Regional
Most posts in these blogs cover resources, genealogy events and history for a city, town, state or region.

Cemetery
These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like.

Photos/Heirlooms
Content on these blogs is primarily about sharing, researching and preserving family photos and/or heirlooms.

Heritage
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.

News/Resources
Blogs in this category deliver a range of genealogy news and information about new resources.

How-to
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.

Genealogy Companies
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.

Genetic Genealogy
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).

Click here to get voting!

By the way, feel free to grab either of the little logos below to promote your blog or someone else's!

 
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Monday, October 05, 2009 9:37:39 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 5:12:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
As much as I appreciate the nomination for "Top 40", I am surprised to see my Family History Blog classified as a "Cemetery Blog: These blogs focus on cemetery research, gravestone photos and the like".

I checked, and 59 of my 475 published posts relate to cemetery research and gravestone photos. The balance also uphold my stated purpose which is posted at: http://xrl.in/39ye, "I’m researching my way through local records, near and far, in a quest to find out about those that come before me on this earth, in a effort to understand more about them, and more about me. What you find here may be useful, interesting, or just a documentation of that effort."

Monday, October 12, 2009 12:51:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hello,
I wanted to e-mail you to make sure you'd see this, but was unable to find your address on your blog. When we looked through the nominations and did categorizing (at the very end of September), we included Granny's Genealogy in the cemeteries category because almost all the posts for August and September were cemetery-related. There definitely were some difficult categorization decisions, and I hope you'll still enjoy being among the Family Tree 40 nominees. Congratulations!
Diane
Diane
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:31:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thanks for the reply, Diane. I will move my contact link so it is more prominent, that is certainly a great suggestion.
Monday, November 09, 2009 4:15:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks so much for the information! There are so many great genealogy blogs out there.

Did you hear that Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of Ancestry.com rang the bell to open the Nov. 5 NASDAQ? Amazing. Mr. Sullivan will be speaking at the 2nd Annual Mesa Arizona Family History Expo, Jan. 22-23, 2010! Our keynote opening is free. Learn more about the Arizona Expo at http://www.fhexpos.com.
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