Recommended Reading

One good place to begin is the genealogy blogs. A blog is an easy-to-use web publishing platform. This Genealogy 101 site is a blog. A growing number of people are sharing their family stories and research efforts by blogging. There are many benefits to blogging – including the fact that blogs are very search-friendly making it possible for research cousins to find each other. In addition, blog platforms are intentionally designed to support the standard for arranging the data contained in news articles which makes it easy for them to be distributed via news feed. Blogs have become so popular in the genealogy world, that Family Tree Magazine now publishes an annual list of their choices as the top 40 genealogy blogs. That doesn’t mean there are only 40 blogs worth reading – not by a long shot. It is, however, a good place to start.

A good newsreader platform – like Feedly – also offers an easy way for people to share their reading lists. It’s called an OPML file and it contains all the information your newsreader needs to subscribe you to a bunch of news sources quickly. Importing those subscriptions to your account is quick and easy. Here’s how …

Download ftm40.opml

Click on the link above to download the ftm40.opml file to your desktop. Remember where you saved it.


In Feedly, click on the Personalize item in the sidebar. When that screen appears in the main area, click the Import OPML button.


On the Import OPML screen, click on the Choose File button, select the ftm40.opml file you just saved, then click the Import button.

That’s it! Those blogs will appear in your sidebar under the FTM40 category and your initial content delivery appears in the main area.

When you first add a new subscription in Feedly, the newsreader will visit the site and bring a pre-determined number of the most recent posts published there. Most blogs are set to 10. After that initial delivery, additional content will be delivered as it is published.

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