Jan 102013
I am honoured to have received a nomination for this award from Shauna Hicks who is an eminent Australian genealogist, speaker, author. 

Shauna writes Diary of an Australian Genealogist as well as being active on Facebook and Twitter.  Shauna is also the Co-ordinator for National Family History Week, which is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). There is a Facebook page for National Family History Week and input is welcomed.

I do thank Shauna for this Award but also feel a bit of a fraud as due to my Mother’s terminal illness this is my first post since September last year. However a new year is here and receiving this award has given me the boost I needed, so thank you Shauna!

There are a number of blogs I would like to nominate for this award,These are not the only blogs I read and many would be very worthy of nomination.:Some of which are so high profile that I believe everybody knows about them such as Thomas MacEntee, Randy Seaver etc.so i have decided not to nominate them.

Have a look at Geneabloggers which lists nearly 3000 genealogy blogs. You are able to do a search on type of blog here. You are also able to search for blogs of interest using Google.

So today I am nominating ones which have touched me this past year and have made me think:

Genealogists for Families: This is a very worthwhile project initiated by Judy Webster in memory of her father. Judy has given so much to the genealogy community over the years and if you have Queensland research you really MUST look at her website which has a huge amount of information that will be of help to you in your research. Judy also writes a number of other blogs giving tips on research and a great one on episodes in her Father’s life (more installments please).

Pauleen Cass Family History Across the Seas Always a good read but her Beyond the Internet series is a great educational resource for everyone. Pauleen writes a number of blogs so put some time aside to have some reading pleasure.

Alona Tester of Lonetester HQ did the very successful Family History through the Alphabet series as well as many other interesting posts. Alona has some lovely family memorabilia about which she has also posted. There are also quite a number of convicts in Alona’s tree (in fact too many! I think she could share one or two with other less fortunate souls who don’t have even one, don’t you?)

Elizabeth Shown Mills now has a blog Evidence Explained which has some fantastic Quick Lessons on citation. We all know we need to cite our sources but sometimes working out how to do so especially for the less usual sources can be problematic. Elizabeth shows us how!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5. If you choose, you can now join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… For further information on collecting stars, just click on the link provided in Rule 3.

  8 Responses to “Blog of the Year 2012”

  1. Congrats and very well deserved. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum and hope you are doing as well as can be expected.

  2. Thank you. It has been a difficult time but I was able to nurse her to the end and we had some special times in the last months of her life. Home is a bit strange but I am becoming accustomed.

  3. I'm so pleased you were given this award Helen. You do so much in terms of education via the Blog and conferences. I particulaley enjoy your stories on Brisbane, of course. Im pleased that you are slowly acclimatising to your new life. The blog wasn't the important thing in 2012, your Mum was and you can be proud that you cared for her so well. Thank you also for your kind nomination of my blog and support of the BTI series….I feel very honoured.

  4. Helen, I see that I am not the first to think of you for the Blog of the year 2012 Award. Your informative and interesting posts are TOO popular. So- another star for you! http://familyconvictions.blogspot.com
    Regards, Sharn

  5. Thanks, Helen, for nominating 'Genealogists for Families'. I also appreciate your kind words about my Web site with indexes and advice for Queensland genealogy. I hope 2013 is a much happier and less stressful year for you.

  6. Thank you Pauleen. 2013 will be a better year,.

  7. Hi Sharn

    Thank you very much for those kind words. It is always nice to know that someone is reading what you write.

  8. Hi Judy

    2013 is going to be a good year. I have wonderful friends and I have determined that I am going to allow myself to do more of the things I want this year, particularly my speaking and writing, the cruise and RootsTech.

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