As I put together my top 10 post for 2010, I thought I would see what the top 10 posts of all time were. Even though there is not a big difference in the two lists, I wanted to list them here and figure out why they are the top posts for me.
1. Top 10 Things I Learned in Breaking Down my Brick Wall – This post was highlighted in Randy Seaver’s “Best of,”on his Genea-Musings blog and was also highlighted in the Springfield Genealogy Examiner by Dr. Bill Smith. Thanks
2. Genealogy Technology, weekly prompt #14 – Everyone is always looking for someone elses input on technology, not to mention this is in the Geneabloggers blog roll.
3. Top 10 Genealogy Websites – Again technology is important to what we all do, I know I always go and read about it whenever I notice someone has written about different websites or products.
4. The Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower Society – As a researcher we are all looking to get back to the beginning and ask the age old question, “when did my family arrive.” I am sure the Mayflower is googled often and that is probably why this has hit the top of the list.
5. December 3, 2009 Christmas Tree Ornaments – Almost everyone loves christmas!
5. How my Brickwall Came Tumbling Down - This post was highlighted in the Springfield Genealogy Examiner by Dr. Bill Smith
6. GenealogyWise, or not? Again I believe this was in a Geneabloggers blog roll, at this time there was major discussions going on about the website.
7. Lachney Women - A picture of my maternal grandma and her siblings with their mom, not sure why it hit this list. But, I treasure the photo.
7. Newberry Library, Chicago’s Family History Center – This was the first article I had in Genea-Musings “Best of” by Randy Seaver. I know that I have sent the link out to those who do not live close and are planning a trip so the know what to expect on their first visit.
8. Matthew Broderik and Episode 4 of WDYTYA – What can I say, we all loved WDYTYA and this episode had history and a mystery that was solved.
9. My Last Grandma – The genealogy community is great for coming together and lending support to those who need it. I appreciate the outpouring of support that had been sent to my family in our time of need.
10. Order of the Eastern Star – This post is about a reply to my letter to the OES on my great-great grandma Richmond.
As you can see, there are actually 12 posts listed here, # 5 and 7 were actually tied with two posts each. Does anyone have a thought on what made these posts the top in my blogging career, feel free to post a reply if you do.
What I learned from breaking down my brick wall.
- Searching nearby counties also means counties in the next state
- unsourced information can lead to a big breakthrough, do not overlook 1 thing
- keep blogging, the more you get out there, the more people will read
- readers of said blog can have the mystery piece of information you need
- be persistent, leave no stone unturned
- be thorough in all you do
- recheck the web sites that you already checked, they get updated
- the more you search, the more family you will find
- its ok to ask for help
- be patient, it can take another 10 years to go back 1 more generation!