My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Your Top Ten -- Not My Top Ten

As a little twist on the annual Top Ten most popular blogs for 2010. I've decided not to list mine but, welcome readers to post their top 10 or top 5 OF THEIR OWN posts in the comment section. As times goes on, I will move them up to this blog. There are now 18 entries, so there is lots to read, not just for now, but for when you have time in the coming weeks. I'm asking for your title and link only. If you already posted to your own list, you can do it here as well.   Bring on 2011. Happy New Year everybody. (Note: My spacing might be off, but that is due to copying what was submitted.)




From Susan Petersen at Long Lost Relatives:
1. Tribute to my Mom
2. What if Your Ancestor Was an Axe Murderer
3. Success Stories: When the Pieces Come Together
4. The Bellinger Family History as Told by John William Bellinger
5. Batter Up
6. Success Story: Petersen-Jeremiasen immigration record
7. Sunday Supper - homemade ice cream
8. If You Can Read This Thank a Teacher
9. Create Your Own Genealogy Conference


From Susan at Nolichucky Roots:
1.-2. Orphaned and Widowed, Part I      (continues to Part II)
3. Treasure Chest Thursday: What they kept
4. Once upon a time or Why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church
5. Thanksgiving: Our American Story


Elyse Doeflinger said...
Hey Barbara! Here is the link to my top posts!  Elyses Genealogy Blog


Carol said...
OK, Barbara, I did a post for ya  Reflections From the Fence


Joan Miller said....
Thanks Barbara! Luxegen Genealogy is my blog and I would like to share some posts that brought in new cousin connections this year. Blogging does make genealogy connections!
1. My Grandmother was a Blue Tooner
2. Surname Saturday: Wilson Scotland to Canada
3. Finding the MILLER branches in New Brunswick

Hummer (Frances) of Branching Out Through the Years submitted five blogs, and they can be seen at this link. She also mentioned Carol and me, so if you want to read that, you'll need to go here Top Favorite Posts.

Jennifer / IrishEyesJG wrote: 
Thanks for posting these. Carol suggested I add my URL. I write, On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History. This was a really nice exercise; I enjoyed revisiting these posts. My post of Most Popular Posts.


Nancy of My Ancestors and Me wrote:
Here are my top ten, a few of which are readers' favorites and some that were ignored by readers.
1. Coal Miners in My Family
2. Refreshing an Indelible Image
3. Raymond - An Unusual Christmas Memory
4. How His Surname Passed Away
5. Student Nurse, Registered Nurse
6. yes That Engage the Viewer
7. Elizabeth
8. My Father's Desk
9. Like Mother, LIke Daughter
10. A Kind and Generous Woman


Cynthia Shenette of Heritage Zen wrote:
1. Advent Calendar, Food: What the Dickens, Or How to Blow Up a Duck 
2. The Stories My Grandmother Told Me
3. Meditation: The Strength of Ordinary Women 
4. Where They Lived: Every Address Tells a Story
5. COG 97: Researching "The Coldbrook Tragedy" (Part 1 of 4) 
6. Reflecting on My American Experience This Thanksgiving 
7. A Matter of Habit: Solving a Mystery



Bill West of West in New England sent his link to his Top 10 favorites.


Dru Pair of Find Your Folks sent her link to her Top 6 favorites.


Liz of My Tapley Tree...and its Branches submitted her Top 5 favorites.
I have a new blog: gatapleytree.blogspot.com. I just started it in November, but I've already made 39 posts!
1. Sympathy Saturday
2. A Place in Our Family
3  Wednesdays Child - Michael Edward Tapley
4. Treasure Chest
5. Wordless Wednesday

Pat O'Donnell Kuhn of Touching Family History submitted her Top 5 favorites.
1. Sundays Obituary - George C. Vanbilliard
2. SNGF - Your Very Best 2010
3. Thriller Thursday - Sad Case of Poisoning
4. Sentimental Sunday - Mom and Dad
5. Sisters


Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions submitted her Top 6 favorites.


Brenda of Journey to the Past listed her favorites.
Barbara, it looks like you have a hit with this idea! I chose my fav 5:
5. Ancestor Biography of David Watt and continued
4. Sorting out Henry Glover
3. Veteran's Day-My Father's Service
2. Hattie's Bible
1. Tombstone Tuesday-German P.O.W's








21 comments:

Nolichucky Roots said...

As a newbie blogger I don't have a year's worth of material to draw on, nor do the stats available through Blogger cover the full year. And frankly, my most viewed posts aren't my favorites.

However, as I've thought about it, there are some posts that I am particularly fond of. I'm hardly an impartial judge, but they represent the posts I hoped to write regularly. Here, in chronological order, are my five favorites for 2010 -

Orphaned and Widowed, Part I (continues to Part II)
http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2010/03/orphaned-and-widowed-part-i.html

Treasure Chest Thursday: What they kept
http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2010/06/treasure-chest-thursday-what-they-kept.html

Treasure Chest Thursday: A $13.50 Coffin
http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2010/04/orphaned-and-widowed-part-ii.html

Once upon a time or Why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church
http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2010/10/once-upon-time-or-why-uncle-vasil.html

Thanksgiving: Our American Story
http://nolichuckyroots.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-our-american-story.html

Perhaps in 2011 I'll be able to come up with a complete Top 10!

Susan Petersen said...

As you requested, Barb!

Tribute to my Mom: http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/11/women-in-my-family-tree-patricia-landon.html

What if Your Ancestor Was an Axe Murderer http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-if-your-ancestor-is-axe-murderer.html

Success Stories: When the Pieces Come Together
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-if-your-ancestor-is-axe-murderer.html

The Bellinger Family History as Told by John William Bellinger
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/04/bellinger-family-history-as-related-by.html

Batter Up
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/05/batter-up.html

Success Story: Petersen-Jeremiasen immigration record
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/05/success-story-jeremiasen-petersen.html

Sunday Supper - homemade ice cream
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-supper-homemade-ice-cream.html

If You Can Read This Thank a Teacher
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/06/if-you-can-read-this-thank-teacher.html

Create Your Own Genealogy Conference
http://longlostrelatives-smp.blogspot.com/2010/06/create-your-own-genealogy-conference.html

Heather Rojo said...

These stories did not rank highest in hits, nor comments, nor email, but they are my personal favorites from 2011. Two of my choices are series of posts, which goes to show that blogging is not my best outlet for writing because I have too much to say most of the time!

1. My cow series of posts, which were four stories all in one week about cows in my family tree, starting with Have a cow, win a wife! This was fun because I was a new blogger at the time. http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/have-cow-win-wife.html

2. Another series, a four part story on Romanus Emerson, my 4x great grandfather who was not only an atheist (considered a crime in Massachusetts), he headed up the “Infidel Society” in Boston which was made up of likeminded people and they even had their own newspaper! http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/03/madness-monday-odd-romanus-emerson-part.html

3. Cousins at the Battle of Lexington http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/04/cousins-at-battle-of-lexington.html I started out posting the list of participants in the Battle of Lexington, but in the middle of the night I realized that most of the men were related to me. I burned the midnight oil finding out exactly what their kinships were and putting together this story. Lots of fun for me, and I hope also fun for the readers.

4. Ginger Harvey of Londonderry http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/09/ginger-harvey-of-londonderry.html is a favorite because of the back story. It involved me consulting with several “real genealogists”, several historical societies, a TV station, and lots of libraries to answer an inquiry that came in to the Londonderry Historical Society about a free black woman in the early 1800s.

5.http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/12/wedding-wednesday-another-royal-wedding.html Another Royal Wedding, is one of my favorites because it stretched my research skills and knowledge in a new way to obtain permission to post an image on my blog. It also took about five months to do this simple post. It is the last story I posted for 2011.

Susan Petersen said...

This is fun, Barb! Thanks for moving everyone's posts to the top so we can click through and read them!

hummer said...

I will have to keep coming back to gather information from here. Good posts! Barbara you are so awesome.

imagespast said...

What a good idea Barbara - I started my Images Past blog in August, but my favourites so far are
http://imagespast.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/sepia-saturday-38-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-auntie-holding/
which is about Dad's pet jackdaw
http://imagespast.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/weather-related-names-genealogy/
which is about names in the Scottish records which relate to our recent spell of wintry weather - I had such fun researching for it!
And I also had a lot of fun comparing the personalities of my Gran and her sister using their two sewing boxes (oddly enough!) with
http://imagespast.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/treasure-chest-thursday-sewing-box-psychology/
Happy Hogmanay everyone! Jo :-)

Elyse Doerflinger said...

Hey Barbara! Here is the link to my top posts! http://elysesgenealogyblog.com/the-best-of-elyses-genealogy-blog-2010/

Carol said...

OK, Barbara, I did a post for ya

http://www.reflectionsfromthefence.com/2010/12/2010s-most-popular-posts-bloggers-and.html

Cheers and Happy New Year

Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Thanks Barbara! Luxegen Genealogy is my blog and I would like to share some posts that brought in new cousin connections this year. Blogging does make genealogy connections!

My Grandmother was a Blue Tooner
http://www.luxegen.ca/genealogy/my-grandmother-was-a-blue-tooner/

Surname Saturday: Wilson Scotland to Canada
http://www.luxegen.ca/family-history/surname-saturday-wilson-scotland-to-canada/

Finding the MILLER branches in New Brunswick
http://www.luxegen.ca/family-history/finding-the-miller-branches-in-new-brunswick/

Y DNA Y NOT
http://www.luxegen.ca/genealogy/y-dna-y-not/

hummer said...

Here is my post.
Stuck with just five.
http://branchingoutthroughtheyears.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010s-top-favorite-posts-mostly-mine.html

IrishEyesJG said...

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for posting these. Carol suggested I add my URL. I write 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History. This was a really nice exercise; I enjoyed revisiting these posts. My post of most popular posts is at http://thesearchforanneandmichael.blogspot.com/2010/12/most-popular-posts-for-this-blog-2010.html

Cheers and Happy New Year to you and your family, Jennifer

Nancy said...

Barbara, this was such an eye-opening exercise for me! What have I been doing all year, I wonder!!! I see that my posts have been heavy on the photo/memory side with results of research thrown in here and there during the year. I'll have to more carefully think about my posts in 2011.

Here are my top ten, a few of which are readers' favorites and some that were ignored by readers (not that I have a very large readership, anyway).

Coal Miners in My Family
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

Refreshing an Indelible Image
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/refreshing-indelible-image.html

Raymond - An Unusual Christmas Memory
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/raymond-unusual-christmas-memory.html

How His Surname Passed Away
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-his-surname-passed-away.html

Student Nurse, Registered Nurse
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/student-nurse-registered-nurse.html

Eyes That Engage the Viewer
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/eyes-that-engage-viewer.html

Elizabeth
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/elizabeth.html

My Father's Desk
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-fathers-desk.html

Like Mother, LIke Daughter
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/like-mother-like-daughter.html

A Kind and Generous Woman
http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/kind-and-generous-woman.html

Thanks again for suggesting we review and share in this way. I appreciate it.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Barbara,

What a lovely idea!

My favorite blog posts are either fun, helped me to develop my research and writing skills, or touch me emotionally in some way. My list is as follows (in no particular order):

1. Advent Calendar, Food: What the Dickens, Or How to Blow Up a Duck http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-calendar-food-what-dickens-or.html

2. The Stories My Grandmother Told Me http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/11/stories-my-grandmother-told-me.html

3. Meditation: The Strength of Ordinary Women http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/05/meditation-strength-of-ordinary-women.html

4. Where They Lived: Every Address Tells a Story http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/09/where-they-lived-every-address-tells.html

5. COG 97: Researching "The Coldbrook Tragedy" (Part 1 of 4) http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/08/cog-97-researching-coldbrook-tragedy.html

6. Reflecting on My American Experience This Thanksgiving http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/11/reflecting-on-my-american-experience.html

7. A Matter of Habit: Solving a Mystery http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/10/matter-of-habit-solving-mystery.html

8. Madness Monday: The Stuff We Throw Away, and... http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/09/madness-monday-stuff-we-throw-away-and.html

9. Treasure Chest Thursday: Travel Diary, Poland 1937 http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/06/treasure-chest-thursday-travel-diary.html

10. Letters and Photos and Stuff, Oh My!: Sorting Through a Loved One's Estate (Part 1 of 3)http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/04/letter-and-photos-and-stuff-oh-my.html

Thank you for posting my list. Happy New Year friend!

Greta Koehl said...

Oops, I listed my favorites and then forgot to put the link on here. It's http://gretabog.blogspot.com/2010/12/playing-favorites.html.

Nolichucky Roots said...

This was such an inspired idea, Barbara. I have enjoyed reading so many wonderful posts from early in the year. Plaudits to you.

Liz said...

I have a new blog: gatapleytree.blogspot.com. I just started it in November, but I've already made 39 posts!

My 5 favorites so far:

(1) http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2011/01/sympathy-saturday-charles-morgan-tapley.html
(2) http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2010/11/place-in-our-family-history.html
(3) http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2010/11/wednesdays-child-michael-edward-tapley.html
(4) http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2010/12/treasure-chest-thursday.html
(5) http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2010/12/wordless-wednesday.html

Thanks for making me think about this!

Bill West said...

Great idea, Barbara!

Mine are posted here at:
http://tinyurl.com/22urzjd

Pat O'Donnell Kuhn said...

This is great Barbara, my blog is Touching Family History http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/
my top 5 would be
1)http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/10/sundays-obituary-george-c-vanbilliard.html
2)http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2011/01/sngf-your-very-best-2010-research.html
3)http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/10/thriller-thursday-sad-case-of-poisoning.html
4)http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/06/sentimental-sunday-mom-and-dad.html
5)http://wwwtouchingfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2010/08/sisters.html

Becky said...

Barbara, I've got a post out there for you...
http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-genealogy-blog-posts-of-2010-at.html

Brenda said...

Barbara, it looks like you have a hit with this idea! I chose my fav 5:
5. Ancestor Biography of David Watt
4. Sorting out Henry Glover
3. Veteran's Day-My Father's Service
2. Hattie's Bible
1. Tombstone Tuesday-German P.O.W's
The number one post wasn't one that had to do with me personally. I enjoyed researching it and was so happy to actually be contacted by a relative of one of the P.O.W's. Helping others is an added blessing of blogging.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

How fun. Love this creative post!