Meet the Family Tree 40 Panel
5/2/2011
Choosing this year's Family Tree 40 was a group effort -- by the readers who nominated and voted on their favorite blogs, as well as a panel of blogging veterans.
40 best genealogy blogs for 2011
Choosing this year's Family Tree 40 was a group effort -- by the readers who nominated and voted on their favorite blogs, as well as a panel of blogging veterans. These four leaders of the "geneablogging" community (who weren't eligible for the Family Tree 40) provided oversight during the nomination process and input on the final list. They also selected a Panel Pick in each category to highlight exemplary blogging.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the voice of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Cooke writes for several blogs, including her own Genealogy Gems News Blog, My Salt Lake Blog and the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast.

Thomas MacEntee is a social media expert on the genealogy community who speaks around the country about the role technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs play in family history. He runs three genealogy websites, including the GeneaBloggers network. He's been doing genealogy research for 18 years and blogging since 2006 at destinationaustinfamily.blogspot.com.

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, a popular blogger and lecturer at genealogy conferences. Her online genealogy life started in 1984, working with AOL's Genealogy Forum, and she was genealogy's first internet radio broadcaster. Today she hosts the Just Genealogy area in Second Life and is a force behind BetterGEDCOM.

Randy Seaver is a prolific blogger whose projects include Genea-Musings, The Geneaholic, South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit and the Chula Vista Genealogical Society's Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe. A 22-year family history veteran, he belongs to several genealogical societies and teaches a beginning computer genealogy class in San Diego.

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