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My Top 10 Post of All Time

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.


Top 10 Things I learned in Breaking Down my Brick Wall

What I learned from breaking down my brick wall.

  1. Searching nearby counties also means counties in the next state
  2. unsourced information can lead to a big breakthrough, do not overlook 1 thing
  3. keep blogging, the more you get out there, the more people will read
  4. readers of said blog can have the mystery piece of information you need
  5. be persistent, leave no stone unturned
  6. be thorough in all you do
  7. recheck the web sites that you already checked, they get updated
  8. the more you search, the more family you will find
  9. its ok to ask for help
  10. be patient, it can take another 10 years to go back 1 more generation!
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