Looking back at the year in review, I have to smile. When I first started the COG I had no idea where it would go or even if it would go. For the first several issues I had to search the blogosphere myself for topical articles but eventually other bloggers started to submit articles of their own. However, it wasn't until the 14th edition that I had enough articles submitted so that I didn't have to supplement with blog posts I found myself. It's been a fun ride. I've discovered many new genealogy bloggers and made some very good friends along the way.
So that brings us up to date on the first year of the Carnival of Genealogy. I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you what I consider to be the Five Best Rides (aka "Top 5") at the Carnival of Genealogy. These are the editions that I think showcase the best collections of articles written by the genealogy blogging community. In no particular order, they are:
- The 10th Edition, "Tombstones"
- The 20th Edition, "A Tribute to Women"
- The 15th Edition, "Genealogy New Year's Resolutions"
- The 19th Edition, "Shelter From The Storm: Stories of Home and Hearth"
Home may be where the heart is but houses differ like flowers in a garden. This edition illustrates that with a trek around the country visiting all sorts of humble and not-so-humble abodes. Bloggers participating in this edition: Tim Abbott of Walking the Berkshires, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, Jasia of Creative Gene, footnoteMaven of footnoteMaven, Miriam Robbins Midkiff of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions, Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie, Apple of Apple's Tree, David Bowles of Writing the Westward Sagas, and Chris Dunham of The Genealogue.
- The 23rd Edition, "School Days"
This edition covers the gamut of school-related topics including favorite teachers, one-room schoolhouses, gone-but-not-forgotten Catholic schools, and so much more. Check out this edition of the COG and take a trip down memory lane. Bloggers participating in this edition: Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, Dana Huff of Our Family History: A Genealogy Blog by Dana Huff, Lee Anders of Before My Time, Christina Geyer of Shaking the Tree, Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions, Bill West of West in New England, Steven Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog, footnoteMaven of footnoteMaven, Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie, Jasia of Creative Gene, Chris Dunham of The Genealogue, T.K. of Before My Time, Lori of Mississippi History & Genealogy Notes, David Bowles of Writing the Westward Sagas, Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, Nikki-ann of Nikki-ann: Journal, Susan Kitchens of Oral Family History Using Digital Tools, and Schelley Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe.
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