Building a Genealogy Blog

I’ve started a series of articles on building a genealogy and family history blog on one of my other blogs, . In this series, I discuss how a genealogy blog differs from a normal blog and how to incorporate those differences into a blog. I also discuss the planning and structural process of building a blog and website from the ground up. The focus is mostly on using as the blogging program and platform, but the techniques apply to any blogging service.

If you have a genealogy or family history blog or want to start one, and you have questions, please ask. There are a lot of topics to cover on this subject, from figuring out how much this costs to choosing website tools to publish your family history information and resources. There are a lot of things you can include related to your family history research on your blog, but what do you include, what should you include, and how to include it are often overwhelming questions. Ones that I’m still dealing with. No topic is off base. I’ve even written about how to include dead relatives as authors on your posts. Not your typical blogging issue, is it?

This is an ongoing series with articles from this blog and from , my blog dedicated to helping people blog and use WordPress. Let me help you develop and design your family history and genealogy blog, helping to preserve your family history research and your family’s story for everyone to enjoy.

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Lorelle VanFossen hosts Family History Blog covering her ancestors and related family members. She is one of the top bloggers in the world, and host of the Lorelle on WordPress, providing WordPress and blogging tips for bloggers of all levels. A popular keynote speaker and trainer, she is also editor, producer, contributor, and official disruptive thinker for Bitwire Media which includes WordCast, Making My Life Network, Stories of Our Journeys, Life on the Road, WordCast Conversations, and the very popular WordCast Podcast.
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5 Responses to Building a Genealogy Blog

  1. DanL says:

    Thanks for this extremely useful blog about blogs. I’ve been doing genealogy for more than 25 years and have published a number of web sites (see 1930 Census), but had no idea how to create a blog. I decided to jump in head first earlier tonight and have created my first pass at Genealogy Worldwide, so take a peek and let me know what you think. I’ll have to go back and customize now that I know how to better structure things.

  2. Bill Williams says:

    I’m searching for a couple reliable and good blogs to help me learn genealogy. I did visit your site about census records, but can’t find your blog. Where can I go to learn the basics of RSS?
    Bill W.

  3. I do not have a blog about census records, though I have recommended some. The previous person who left a comment mentioned he had one. That is a different subject.

    For information on feeds, which may help your genealogy research, see Don’t You Know What a Feed Is Yet? Get To Know Your Feeds!.

    For information on building a blog, see the links listed above (before the comments) and my other blog, Lorelle on WordPress, all about blogging and using WordPress.

  4. Margaret says:

    Is there any way to place an ancestor chart into the blog page. What I am doing now is scanning as a jpeg the handwritten charts and they do not look that good.


  5. @Margaret:

    Currently, most ancestor and genealogy programs will export an HTML page with the chart. With a little HTML and CSS knowledge, you can clean that up and add it to your site. How you add depends upon the site you have. I’ll be writing more on how to do this manually soon. Stay tuned.

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