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Follow Friday: John Newmark’s “TransylvanianDutch” blog

Friday, April 9th, 2010


Thus far, I’ve tried to avoid writing “Follow Friday” posts focusing on bloggers who’ve already been recommended by others. Today I’m breaking with that tradition. Randy Seaver highlighted John Newmark’s TransylvanianDutch (TD) blog back in January. Like Randy, I’m a fan of John’s blog title, his Amanuensis Monday meme,  and his “Weekly Genealogy Picks” posts (I aspire to become one of John’s picks someday.) In this post I’ll offer some additional reasons why I think you should add TD to your blogroll or feed reader.

Breadth, Depth and Humor, Too

Here are some things I particularly enjoy about TransvlvanianDutch:

  • John covers a lot (a lot!) of different geographic areas and ethnicities in posts about his own research: Transvlvania, of course, but also Hungary, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Canada, the UK, plus Missouri and Illinois. St. Louis gets a lot of attention, which suits me just fine since I have ancestors from there who I need help with.
  • Though he writes many short and breezy posts, John occasionally goes into long-form mode and gives extensive details on a particular research technique, historical event, or record collection from his archives.
  • TD boasts several nice topical indexes in the left-hand side bar: you can easily search the blog by surname, locality, or geneablogging meme.
  • In addition to the main blog, John has a link bar across the top of his homepage that leads to several helpful resource compilations, including specific ones for Illinois and Missouri resources and another that lists sources specific to his own research. Browsing through these, you get a sense for John’s own research process.
  • His writing style is approachable, uncluttered, and often graced with gentle touches of humor.
  • His posts tend to contain a generous supply of links worth following.
  • He shares types of records that other blogs don’t tend to mention, including interviews, poetry, music, and themed lists of names from censuses.

All in all, by following TransylvanianDutch, you’ll be getting quality genealogy content that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.