101 Best Websites for Genealogy: Best Sites for Getting Genealogy News

By David A. Fryxell Premium

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Ancestry Insider

This lively, frequently updated blog delivers the scoop on what’s new at, Family Tree Maker (genealogy software owned by and FamilySearch.

Dear Myrtle

Posting sometimes more than once a day, “Myrt”—a fixture in the genealogy community since 1995—keeps readers up to date on everything from indexing the 1940 census to iPad genealogy. A collection of free lessons will jump-start beginners, while webinars cover topics both high- and low-tech.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Though Dick Eastman made his considerable reputation chronicling genealogy technology, that’s not the only topic of his newsy blog (also available via email), where you can get the latest on topics from FamilySearch to cemeteries. A Plus edition with extra articles and no ads costs $19.95 annually.

Genealogy Gems

A new toolbar lets you listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s family history radio show right from your browser. Cooke offers more than 140 free podcasts plus videos, as well as additional members-only material for $29.95 a year.

Genealogy Guys

The “guys” are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, whose “longest-running, regularly produced genealogy podcast in the world” now boasts a catalog of more than 230 programs.

The Genetic Genealogist

Don’t know your mitochondrial DNA from your Y-STR? This informed but accessible blog by Blaine Bettinger puts you painlessly on the cutting edge of genetic genealogy. A genealogy buff for 20 years, Bettinger also has a PhD in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics.

Check out the rest of our 101 Best Websites for genealogy in 2012! Click on a category below.
From the September 2012 Family Tree Magazine