I was surprised and thrilled to receive an email from Frances at A Rebel Hand at the weekend, informing me that she had nominated me for an Illuminating Blogger Award. As a blogger it means everything to me to know that someone has read and remembered my blog posts!
If you haven’t come across it before, the award was initiated by Food Stories, and is awarded by bloggers to bloggers, for illuminating, informative blog content. Check out the Winners Blogroll and you need never be short of good reading material again!
As a recipient, I now have the privilege of nominating five blogs for the award myself, no easy task as I enjoy so many blogs. I have decided to focus on UK bloggers but have tried avoid nominating previous recipients, and focusing on the word informative I have selected the following blogs:
Essex Voices Past is a scholarly blog based on research using the Churchwarden’s account books from the Essex town of Great Dunmow between 1526 and 1621, interspersed with posts on other historical topics. The posts are always lively and interesting, and beautifully presented.
I have found the blog posts on Research Techniques especially helpful.
This blog is written by a genealogist with a wealth of experience, and I find that every post of hers teaches me something. A practical post that I found particularly helpful was Transcription Tips (2).
Kirsty Wilkinson, author of this blog, is not the most prolific blogger around, however, each post is spot on. I actually find it impossible to pick a favourite post, so I can only suggest that you read them all, especially if you have Scottish Ancestors!
Debbie Kennett has become one of the UK’s experts in the use of DNA testing for genealogy. This blog is the place to go for genetic genealogy news, as well as information on her one name study. I’m bowled over by her level of expertise, again its impossible to pick a favourite post, just add this blog to your reader to stay up to date with DNA news.
This blog by Suzie Grogan is about much, much more than genealogy, but it was through a genealogy post that I discovered it - Telling ‘Sarah’s Story’ – finding truth in family history. Beautifully written, if you have an interest in poetry or social history its not to be missed.
Some of these blogs I have mentioned in past posts, but some I have not, so its great to have an opportunity to show my appreciation. If there are any blogs on the list that you have not read before, or not looked at recently, then I hope you will pay them a visit.
The other thing I am supposed to do, as a recipient of the Illuminating Blog Award, is share one random thing about myself: I have a penchant for buying old ceramics on ebay – but I’m trying to keep it under control!
This blog has been a bit quiet lately, in part because I have been taking an online course in Tracing Military Ancestors with Pharos Tutors, but also because I have researched a number of blog posts but not yet completed them. Thank you Frances, for providing me with the motivation to get cracking on those posts!