New Genealogy Blogs August 1, 2009

new genealogy blogs

[Note: this is a regular feature of GeneaBloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of GeneaBloggers. Use the Suggest A Geneablog! link in the sidebar to pass along information on new blogs.]

This week we offer 10 new genealogy and family-history related blogs and we now list 534 in our blog list! Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:

– using the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
– adding them to your blog reader
– adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”
– adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

Here are this week’s new listings:

A Sense of Face

A Sense of Face
Blog type: individual family history, photography

My name is Rebecca Fenning, and when I was in high school, I wanted to be a homicide detective.

I became a librarian instead.

But that compulsion to find answers, to bring justice and above all a voice to those silenced by death and forgetfulness manifests itself here, in the genealogical compulsion that has haunted me since the first grade, when a simple homework assignment spun out of control. At least, I think it was a homework assignment. All I remember is painting a family tree that was literally a tree – branches and leaves with my name and the names of my cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles on it.

And somehow, the compulsion to unbury the dead began from there, a result of my inborn love for categorizing and organizing information, for finding things out, my personal mania for the gathering and accumulation of data. I used to catalogue my collections (coins, stamps, rocks, books) for fun, but somehow, the thrill that that offered was limited because once everything was catalogued, then what was left to do?

Generations, on the other hand, and the sideways spreading branches of brothers and sisters, those things are infinite. There is always something new to seek out, some new morsel of fact to tuck away safely. There is always someone else’s mother or sister or brother to find. The impossibility of tracing oneself conclusively back to Adam and then forward again, through the radiating branches of cousins shooting outward to encompass the whole world – this impossibility insures an eternal occupation, a task that will never have an end.


Above the Trees
Blog type: genealogy vendor, photography

Above the Trees is dedicated to sharing information, advice, and insight about a wide range of photo, genealogy, and family history related topics. From the friendly folks at Photoloom LLC.

forgotten bookmarks

Forgotten Bookmarks
Blog type: Diary blogs

I work at a used and rare bookstore, and I buy books from people everyday. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books.


Blog type: individual family history, UK genealogy

I’ve been researching family history for a few years now and my computer has lots of little notes to self (or others) about how I’ve come to conclusions or where I plan to turn to next.

I recently started a blog about my retro interests and thought a blog may be a good way for me to store thoughts and record my research.
I will begin with my most current ‘branch activity’ – which involves gypsies AND convicts!

historical researcher

Historical Researcher’s Blog
Blog type: African-American genealogy, North Carolina genealogy, research, Southern genealogy

Jack Robinson, retired U.S. Marine and recipient of many awards for his various research projects dealing with southeastern North Carolina will share his adventures through this site. Topics will evolve around 19th and 20th Century history issues dealing with African Americans and “Endangered” cemeteries within Onslow County near Richlands, Swansboro, Topsail Island or other communities in the region. Tips on preserving family and little known histories will also be discussed.


Blog type: Genealogy library, Research

kInfoLit covers topics relating to genealogy and information studies. Its anticipated audience includes those who practice genealogy, both as a hobby and a profession, along with the information professionals who serve them. The ideal reader would have a foot in both camps: a librarian who pursues genealogy in his/her spare time, or a volunteer at a genealogical society library.

nutfield genealogy

Nutfield Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

…writing stories about the family tree, and the adventures of genealogical research, from Londonderry, New Hampshire.

our attic treasures

Our Attic Treasures
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a place for me to share, with other members of my family, not only my love of genealogy, but also some of the interesting things I have found. It’s truly a journey of discovery.

pot likker

Blog type: African-American genealogy

I had a dream last night, the contents of which stuck with me — which is rare.

The dream said I should name this blog “Pot Likker”. As you may or may not know, “pot likker” is a staple of southern cuisine. It is the rich, delicious and nutritious residue that is left over in the cook pot after one prepares greeens. Traditionally, it is sopped up using a piece of equally delicious cornbread.

In the South, everybody enjoys pot likker, although I think of it more as poor people’s food. I have heard of times when it wasn’t just the by-product of a meal, it WAS the meal. Well, what I think about information is a lot like pot likker. It is the knowledge left in the pot that one absorbs with the cornbread of thought as we ruminate on our mental meals.

Throughout my life, I have had an inveterate interest in genealogy, history, culture and cuisine. It is this nourishing repast that has fed my spirit for a lifetime. On these blog pages, I hope to share my thoughts about life, race, history, culture, genealogy and current events. It is my hope that readers will discover some modicum of wisdom in my thinking.

So, get your bowl. Dinner is about to be served!

western ky genealogy

Western Kentucky Genealogy Blogs
Blog type: Kentucky genealogy, Southern genealogy

I’ve been researching for myself and others a long time, but still get as excited about finding new info as when I first started. Material in this blog may be used in your personal research, but please do not reprint it in any form without my permission. Email me for the availability of back issues of the Western Kentucky Journal.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of July 31 – August 7, 2009

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Here is a list of events, memes and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging and what’s happening in the coming week: Happy Blogiversary! Wow! A big bunch of genealogy blog anniversaries this coming week!

  • Our Georgia Roots turns one year old on Sunday, August 2, 2009! If you haven’t visited Luckie’s blog yet, you have no idea the rich resource for African-American genealogy it truly is.  Besides she is a super person and good Twitter friend to know!
  • Another genealogy blog celebrating an anniversary on Sunday, August 2, 2009 is Trace Your Dutch Roots run by Henk Van Kempen.  It is the third anniversary for Henk’s site – please check it out and say hello to Henk!
  • Finally, Schelly Dardashti and her fantastic blog Tracing The Tribe – The Jewish Genealogy Blog is also celebrating its third anniversary on Sunday, August 2, 2009.  In case you haven’t stopped by you really should – you don’t have to have Jewish ancestry to get great information about the world of genealogy from this site.  Happy blogiversary, Schelly!
  • The Educated Genealogist, which is run by Sheri Fenley, turns one year old on Thursday, August 6, 2009.  How time flies – I remember when Sheri started her blog!  Congratulations Sheri and we expect you to wear your birthday hat all day on Thursday!

Have we missed your blog anniversary? Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers. Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The deadline for the 77th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is Saturday, August 1, 2009.  The theme for this edition is: Disasters and you are invited to tell about a disaster that one or more of your ancestors lived through.  This edition will be hosted by Miriam Midkiff Robbins at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.  Submit your entry on the submission page here.
  • We’ll do another reminder next week, but a heads up to the 22nd Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy which will be hosted by Al Wierzba of Al’s Polish Genealogy Research Blog.  The deadline is Saturday, August 8, 2009 and the theme is a great one: roadblocks and breakthroughs you’ve made in your genealogy research.  Entries can be sent via email to Al at

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this post from Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers. August 1st Is Data Backup Day! Have you backed up your genealogy research data lately? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day and all genealogists are urged to backup your files.  On Saturday we’ll have our monthly Data Backup Day post with some updated information on tools you can use to make sure you don’t suffer from data loss! Genealogy Conferences This Week A new calendar has been added to the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers: a calendar listing upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe.

  • August 2 – 7, 2009 – 29th IAJGS International Conference The 29th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Philadelphia, PA.  Sponsored by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.  Visit the conference website for more information.
  • August 7 – 8, 2009 – PGSCTNE 2009 Polish Genealogy Conference This is the 25th Anniversary conference sponsored by the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and it will be held in New Britain, CT on Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th, 2009.  See the conference website and more information and if you go, say hello to fellow genealogy bloggers Lisa Alzo and Steve Danko (see below for their speaking appearances)!

If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members On of our new – and most popular – calendars is the one listing upcoming speaking appearances by your genealogy blogging colleagues.

  • Thursday, August 6, 2009 Jean Wilcox Hibben, of the Circlemending blog, is appearing in Corona, CA on Thursday, August 6th at the Corona Family History Center where she’ll be presenting New Family Search – Part 3.
  • Friday, August 7, 2009 Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist blog, is appearing in New Britain, CT at the PGSCTNE 2009 Polish Genealogy Conference.  Lisa will be presenting Silent Voices: Researching and Writing About Your Female Ancestors.
  • Friday, August 7, 2009 Steve Danko, of Steve’s Genealogy Blog, is also appearing in New Britain, CT at the PGSCTNE 2009 Polish Genealogy Conference.  Steve will be presenting Polish Court Records.
  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 Steve Danko, of Steve’s Genealogy Blog, is also appearing in New Britain, CT at the PGSCTNE 2009 Polish Genealogy Conference.  Steve will be presenting Genealogy and the Changing Map of Europe.
  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist blog, is appearing in New Britain, CT at the PGSCTNE 2009 Polish Genealogy Conference.  Lisa will be presenting Slovak Land or No Man’s Land: Finding Your Slovak and Rusyn Roots.

If you need more information on how to submit your own information for our Speaker’s Bureau page as well as the Speakers’ Appearances calendar, contact us at Geneabloggers Group on Facebook Great news – we are now at 652 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook. And if you haven’t visited lately review the latest posts on the Discussion Board including one on Naming Conventions. If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please let me know and send me their email info! Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #31: Have a family member be a guest blogger. Let a family member take the reins and provide a different perspective for a post or two. If you can’t find anyone to take the job, interview a relative and spotlight the person yourself. Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for the inspiration! Geneabloggers Calendar Remember we have Black Sheep SundayMadness MondayTombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday as regular ongoing memes! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the Geneabloggers Calendar. This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time. And if you subscribe to the calendar you’ll receive email reminders of events. © 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

And the winner is . . .

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Janice Tracy of Mississippi Memories blog! Janice has won a one-year subscription to GenealogyBank!

GenealogyBank is an exclusive newspaper archive for family history research which provides information on millions of American families from 1690–today. Over 3,800 newspapers provide first-hand accounts about your ancestors that simply can’t be found in other sources. At GenealogyBank you’ll be fascinated by the stories, names, dates, places and events that have played a role in your family’s history.

Thank you to GenealogyBank and to all who participated by completing our Genealogy Blogging survey!

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee