Would you like to start genealogy blogging?

Have you got fascinating family history tales to tell? Or would you like to write about genealogy – the research, the how-tos, dos and don’ts, the brick walls and frustrations, the gadgets and apps?

I’ve enjoyed reading two great blogs recently which will help if you’d like to join us geneabloggers. This is just a short post, but they’re both such good introductions I wanted to pass them on.


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First, what  to write about? You might have a firm idea. like I did for this blog. It started out being about my ancestor, the Irish rebel and transported convict Nicholas Delaney, but it’s grown to touch on other branches of my family tree on the Australian side. I was lucky to have a focus – but what if I hadn’t?

That’s just one reason I love Genies Down Under’s latest podcast and shownotes. Episode 8 is all about starting a family history blog. It’s full of useful information and links. Don’t just take my word for it – Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys has a good review of it.

So – you know what you’d like to start writing about, but what platform will you choose? Two popular, free ones are Blogger and WordPress. Maria at Genies Down Under helps you with starting on Blogger, but if you prefer WordPress (which is what I use), take a look at The Genealogy Workshop‘s three-part introduction. I learned some new tricks from Nicola’s easy-to-follow but detailed guide.

Once you’re published, you might like to join Geneabloggers, where Thomas MacEntee pulls together a community of worldwide bloggers and dispenses information, links and ideas tirelessly. Read other blogs, submit your own one and let us know what you’re doing!

I’ve put together a list of blogs that relate to my own area of interest on the online resources page of this blog’s sister A Rebel Hand website.

PS: More great blogs! Inside History, the Australian magazine run by the excellent people at Irish Wattle, has an article by Jill Ball aka Geniaus about her top 50 genealogy blogs. Have a look here. And here are 2013’s top 50.

May 12th update: And the conversation about genealogy blogging is growing! Geniaus has added The Blogs that Got Away, with some more great ones to read on top of her original 50. Cassmob at Family history across the seas writes about her experience of family history bloggers. And at The Armchair Genealogist, Lynne Palermo has some advice on 8 Ways to Get Involved in the Online Genealogy Community.

May 16th: Aillin has written a great post about her experiences with social media, concentrating on her blog – read it here.

June 8th: Family Tree magazine has published its top 40 genealogy blogs around the world. Some of my favourites are on it – do you recognise any? What would you add?

July 17th: Copyblogger has published its own guide to creating a WordPress website, with your own domain name, here. Thanks to DearMYRTLE for the tip-off.



 © Frances Owen and A Rebel Hand, 2010-2014

About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia. My respectable Welsh ancestors sometimes get a look in.
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19 Responses to Would you like to start genealogy blogging?

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  5. Thanks for the mention 🙂


  6. Thanks for mentioning my blog 🙂


  7. cassmob says:

    This is a great encouragement for others to join our Geneabloggers community and get blogging…the perfect way to tell the story of our families. Thanks for the mention.


  8. rebelhand says:

    I’m guessing it would be something like Windows Media Player – maybe someone can help Kerryn with this? I think this option is for subscribing to the podcast, though.
    What I did was scroll down the page at http://geniesdownunder.com.au/podcasts.html to where it says Episode 8 and click on Episode 8 audio (this is using a PC with Windows). A dialogue box came up with the option to open the MP3 file in Media Player or another program, or save the file. I chose to open it with Media Player.
    I haven’t tried it on a Mac.

    I hope this helps.


  9. Kerryn says:

    I’m learning a lot lately. I’m new to podcasts. It says subscribe with iTunes, which I don’t have, or paste the following URL into your preferred program to subscribe: What would a “preferred program” be? thanks


  10. geniaus says:

    Thanks for the mention.

    Hopefully your post and the other items published recently that sing the praises of geneablogging will encourage more genies to goin us in the blogisphere.


  11. Thanks for the comments about the Genies Down Under podcast. Much appreciated. Love reading your blog! – Maria


  12. Kerryn says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I didn’t know about Genies down under, what a wonderful site.


  13. thegenealogyworkshop says:

    Thanks for the mention. I love your list of links – time to discover my Australian family perhaps?!


    • rebelhand says:

      Thanks! I loved your series on WordPress – making something which might seem complicated or intimidating into a clear, accessible process.

      Aussie genealogy is a bit more complicated from the other hemisphere, but it’s not impossible…


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