Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, October 31, 2010

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Sunday, October 31, 2010 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts, blog carnivals and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Don’t forget to participate in Scanfest today! If you want to scan your photos and documents in a fun, supportive environment with other GeneaBloggers members, don’t forget to join in between 11am and 2pm PDT.
  • Today is Halloween! Look for a special Spooky Sunday daily blogging theme below – and thanks to Cherie Cayemberg of Have You Seen My Roots for the suggestion!

Daily Blogging Prompts

Spooky Sunday – post about your memories of Halloween as a child, or perhaps some old postcard or paper ephemera that celebrated the holiday. And don’t forget to figure out your Hallowe’en personality using the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings! This is a special holiday-related series at GeneaBloggers and the title “Spooky Sunday” was suggested by Cherie Cayemberg of Have You Seen My Roots.

Black Sheep Sunday – create a post with the main focus being an ancestor with a “shaded past.” Bring out your ne’er-do-wells, your cads, your black widows, your horse thieves and tell their stories. And don’t forget to check out the International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG). This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Church Record Sunday – describe a specific church record or a set of records held by a church or denomination and how they can assist genealogists. This is an ongoing series developed by Gena Philibert Ortega at Gena’s Genealogy.

Sentimental Sunday – discuss a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or maybe even a family tradition that touches you. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers and was suggested by Renate Sanders at Into the Light.

Sunday Supper – a new series dealing with food, family recipes and the American family tradition of sitting down to a special dinner on Sunday. Share your memories, your favorite dishes here. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets above, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Crystal DeCanter; Tombstone Tuesday – Emma Grate.   ©2010 copyright Thomas MacEntee

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge 44 – Giving Back

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 44

Week 44: Research ways to give back to the genealogy community. A great deal of genealogy information on line was put there by volunteers. This week, your challenge is to examine some different ways genealogists can donate their time and effort in kind.  Find-a-Grave, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, FamilySearch Indexing, the World Archives Project, Unclaimed Persons and the USGenWeb project are all dependent on volunteer effort. Perhaps you’ll even discover a new tool to use. You do not have to volunteer as part of this challenge, just increase your knowledge of the available opportunities. Genealogy bloggers, are there any other online groups and organizations you can think of that may be of benefit to your readers?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 30, 2010 through Friday, November 5, 2010.

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Here are the latest posts from GeneaBloggers members on this week’s challenge:


52 Weeks To Better Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that are a bit more challenging and are geared towards those new to the field of genealogy and family history as well as those who want to brush up on some skills which might be a bit rusty. Please include an attribution link if you participate.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs October 30, 2010

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 Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 11 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,346 genealogy blogs on our 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”

Here are this week’s new listings:

a'spaidsearachd agus a'meòrachadh

a’spaidsearachd agus a’meòrachadh
Blog type: Individual family history, Scottish genealogy

This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the ‘Siamese-twins’ of Harris and Lewis.

My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.

clarences letters home

Clarence’s Letters Home
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Diary blogs, Military history blogs

I have said these letters were “from across the pond” meaning the big one known as the Atlantic Ocean. However the first 19 letters were written in Fredericton and one was written while onboard ship outside of Saint John, N.B. Clarence didn’t have a chance to mail this one until he arrived in England. He thought they might stop in Halifax where he’d be able to post it. He had hoped for permission to go home before going overseas as his wife, Ada, had given birth to their third child and first daughter on May 9, 1915 but that didn’t happen. Clarence didn’t see Nova Scotia again until May of 1919.

Doctors, Preachers , Pioneers, Statesmen, & Folk

Doctors, Preachers, Pioneers, Statesmen, & Folk
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I have been interested in and working on genealogy for over 40 years. I have been lucky to have family members who have helped tremendously with research and information. I wouldn’t have the volumes of data if it wasn’t for them.

family history fun

Family History Fun
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I have the family history bug! I enjoy researching both my own family history and that of friends. I am new to blogging but am enjoying writing about the Danson and Rawliffe families of the Fylde in Lancashire, with many photographs to enhance interest. I’ll also be looking at family sidelines, hints and tips. and stories that appeal. So read on, or even better, sign up as a follower. Do get in touch -I would love to hear from others who share my enthusiasm.

have you seen my roots

Have You Seen My Roots?
Blog type: Individual family history

After years of talking about becoming a professional genealogist, my loving husband told me to just do it. So instead of talking about it, I’m currently journeying down the path to accreditation (or at least that’s the goal). There are many things that will be thrown in my way, from PTA and Cub Scout meetings, mommy-ing, and (naturally) the challenge of actually preparing for and passing the accreditation! This is my journey. Presented honestly, and hopefully, without offending . . .

Lines researching: Barbier Barrett Blanchfield Boegel Boyle Bronsavage (Bronsevitch) Brown Cayemberg (Caeyenberghs) Collet Dart Doneux Farley Farrant Hermann Hermans Jochmans Kozlowski Kuehl Landeck Laurent Lee McCoy Monaghan Mueller Nys Paszkawicz Podor Quirk Ring Rosbeck Tabor Thelen Villers Waguener Zimmel.

mascot manor genealogy

Mascot Manor Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

When I found my grandmother’s grandparents, who she knew nothing about, I felt like I’d run a marathon. And won. At that time, I tried to share with others how it made me feel to find them, but unless a person is also interested in family history, it’s a bit difficult for them to understand the euphoria. So I thought then about a genealogy blog, but had no idea that it was a real thing. I didn’t even Google for it, thinking it was silly.

And then I went to the California Family History Expo and learned there are hundreds of you. And I want in on the club. So here we are.

The lines I’m studying are numerous and switch around all the time. That’s my favorite part of genealogy- you get bored of one person and you move on and can go back whenever you want.

past and present

Past & Present
Blog type: Individual family history

In genealogy, if you do it right, the answer to a question leads to more questions. The quest is half the fun and solving a mystery for myself is the best reward!

Lines researching: Johnson, Nelson, Dibbens, Field, Carroll, Trobridge, Rutkowski, Warnken.

scottish dna project blog

Scottish DNA Project Blog
Blog type: DNA genealogy, Scottish genealogy

The project was started by John Hansen in October 2001 as the Scottish Clans and has grown steadily as family historians have utilized genetic genealogy as a tool to advance their research. In the spring of 2010 John handed over administration of the project to the genealogical studies team at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow ( Also stepping back after many years committed service to the project is Martha Smith who regularly updated results in the master database. The current project team would like to express sincere thanks to both John and Martha for all their hard work over many years. Lauren Boyd continues as admin of the RootsWeb Scot-DNA mailing list ( and Charlotte Broun as overseer of the My Family Scottish DNA community website. For further details of these community resources see

You will probably have noticed that the name of the project has been changed from the Scottish Clans to the Scottish DNA Project. The new name was thought more appropriate and better reflects the revised project goals especially as many lineages with Scottish origins have never belonged or been known to belong to any traditional family grouping or clan.

This blog is primarily a platform to kep participants and individuals informed of project news and general developments in the field of genetic genealogy with particular emphasis on Scottish DNA Studies. As a national project we recognise the very important and pioneering work undertaken by many independently run projects whether they be clan, family, surname or haplogroup. We aim to support, promote and encourage the best possible participation of these projects.

If you are the administrator of a Scottish orientated DNA project and would like the opportunity to have it highlighted in this blog to recruit members, please drop us an email at

We have a number of ideas for the Scottish DNA Project in the months ahead so do please sign up to follow the blog and keep informed. We appreciate constructive feedback from interested parties.

she finds graves

She Finds Graves
Blog type: Cemetery blogs, Midwest genealogy, Wisconsin genealogy

My name is Kellie.  My husband and I have two grown children, an old, forgetful and confused dachshund and a wild pre-pubescent guinea pig.  We live in Southern Wisconsin in the same town I was born and raised.  My husband is from England, and we are very fortunate to be able to go back often and visit his family.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with cemeteries.  I struggle with a love of grave markers and the knowledge that if we’re all buried when we die – it won’t be too long before there’s no room left on this planet to live.  But that doesn’t change the fact that there is something very nice and romantic about walking through a cemetery and seeing a name you recognize – family or otherwise.

My interest in genealogy didn’t come until years later after my dad died in 2008 and I realized that I really had no idea where he came from.  I’m currently researching my grandmother’s father’s family and the sir names Miller and Schumacher.

the family recorder

The Family Recorder
Blog type: Professional genealogist, UK genealogy

I’ve been tracing the history of my own family and other people’s for over 20 years. It started as a hobby, but I liked it so much it became my job. Following several years of freelancing I have worked for The National Archives (UK) since 2002, currently as Records Specialist – Family History.

whittier area genealogical society

Whittier Area Genealogical Society Annual Seminar Blog
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy conference blog, Genealogy society blog

This is a blog to help you keep up to date about the WAGS 2011 Annual Seminar. We have moved our seminar back one month to January 29,2011 to accommodate and feature Lisa Louise Cooke. Check back here often for updates on our speaker’s topics and updates on our vendors.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee