Weddings – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

52 Weeks Personal Genealogy and History

Week #35 – Wedding

Week 35: Weddings. Tell us about your wedding. You may also talk about your future wedding, the wedding of a relative or shape this question to fit your own life experience.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 27, 2011 through Friday, September 2, 2011.

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

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs August 27, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 18 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. 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 pocket full of family memories

A Pocketful of Family Memories
http://pocketfulloffamilymemories.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

A personal blogger’s journey back to the past, through the depths of her blessed memory of the people in her family.

AFGS Acadian heritage news

AFGS Acadian Heritage News
http://afgs-acadian-heritage-news.blogspot.com
Blog type: Acadian genealogy

The focus of this blog is to provide news and information regarding Acadian Heritage.

attics and old lace

Attics and Old Lace
http://atticsandoldlace.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Photography blog

Welcome to my attic!  Well, at least my virtual attic.  My house doesn’t even have an attic!  This blog was inspired by a Genealogy Guys podcast.  Drew Smith had just received a couple of boxes of memorabilia.  As items were pulled from the box, some inspired further analysis – a clue, a new research avenue, a question ….  The program was intriguing and inspiring.

I thought of my boxes at home and all the boxes scattered amongst various family members.  First I was struck by the shear immensity of the task and secondly,  by how to make the family treasures available to those who would be most interested.  What good were any precious documents and photos in unlabeled boxes?  Convinced that the boxes would somehow magically empty, sort themselves and jump into archival sleeves, I blithely went about my way.

A year later, the only movement of the boxes was from a corner of the living room to a less obvious corner of the kitchen.  I clearly needed an impetus to begin. Inspiration arrived in the whirlwind that is Kathy Reed.  She is fanatical about blogging and soon convinced me that a blog would be a perfect way to share any treasures.  Maureen Taylor’s seminar in Kentucky provided the step-by-step procedure for tackling a box of photos and memorabilia.

I can’t wait to get started!  This is a record of my journey.  From evaluating scanners and software to learning how to properly preserve and archive, it promises to be a great learning experience.

braford wwI

Bradford World War I
http://bradfordww1.blogspot.com
Blog type: Military history blog, UK genealogy

This blog and the website www.bradfordww1.co.uk provide insights into the events and circumstances faced by the people living in Bradford and surrounding districts during the First World War. Many of the same issues will have been faced by people across the country so hopefully this blog will be useful to a wide range of people.

climbing my family trees

Climbing My Family Trees
http://bblimes.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is written for the purpose of sharing family history in stories.  It also includes, from time to time, information on how to find the details of the lives of those who have gone before.  Learning how our ancestors lived on a daily basis gives us a legacy for our lives.

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we came from.”” Author: Alex Haley

climbing the family tree

Climbing the Family Tree
http://heborola.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Because…”Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us” – Van Wyck Brooks, 1886-1963.

conrads stories

Conrad’s Stories
http://conradsstories.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Texas genealogy

I have been interested in learning more about my ancestors since I was in high school. I grew up on land that my father had purchased from his father and grandfather and so we lived across the field from my cousins. In fact, when my mother went to her sewing circle get-togethers in the 1950s just about all the kids who were there were some cousin or another.  I was always interested in how we were related.

When I was high school,  my mother decided to clean out the closets. I’m sure that had nothing to do with me being a teenager, but in one big box she had lots of her old school work. One was a map of Main Street in Boerne.  She said she did that as part of a  project for one of her high school classes. I decided to draw a map of the Main Street as a comparison. What a difference in the number of businesses from the 1940s to the 1960s. That got me hooked and so for my senior research paper I wrote about the history of Boerne. I visited Mrs. Gray.  She kept a library of magazine, articles, books and etc.  In the midst of gathering information from her, she told me she had conducted interviews for the 100th celebration of Boerne in 1949. One of the old timers told her that Conrad Adam and his brother Carl were butchers and would go through town with a wagon of meat calling out “Meat for Sale.” I had only heard that Conrad was a farmer so from that time on I began pestering asking family members to tell me more.

So for the next 40 years, I collected information about my family, settlers in the county, and Kendall County. In 1979, with the help of Margaret Kutzer Morries, I transcribed the 1870 census of Kendall County. It was the first census of the county. The Genealogical Society of Kendall County under the direction of Kate Skinner-Klee published the transcribed version in the 1997. In 1984, I gathered information about the land my parents owned and discovered that a portion of it had been in the family for over 100 years.  Since my father still used it to raise sheep, the Adam Farm was recognized as a Texas Family Heritage Farm.

I have been looking for a way to share information and stories and also have a place for others to share their information and stories too. So, I created Conrad’s Stories. I want to connect with relatives who have stories, descendants of people who lived in Kendall County, and to share information so we will know from “whence we come.”

fill my cup with beauty

Fill My Cup With Beauty
http://pattiannsblog.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi, I’m Patti, lover of all things vintage, Southern, and feminine. I have been in love with writing since I was a little girl; I’ve written a novel (unpublished) and several magazine articles and am now fleshing out a family history narrative. Some things I love: the 1940′s, classic-era movies, antique shops, warm weather, the beach, Southern hospitality, picnics, writing, afternoon tea, genealogy, and interior decorating.

My blog is not solely related to family history and genealogy, but it is slowly evolving into that.  My current blog was originally created as a “beautiful things” place…teacups, vintage items, home decorating, etc.

A few months ago, though, I got into genealogy, and I am hooked.  So, I’ve added a nostalgia theme to my blog and share alot of memories of my grandparents and great-grandparents.  I am also sharing the things I’m discovering in my genealogical search (like the fact that my great-great-grandfather was killed in 1900 in a coal mine accident…I hadn’t even known there were coal miners in my lineage!!)

forgotten journeys

Forgotten Journeys
http://forgottenjourneys.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Family History, Genealogy, and Stories of the McQuaid, Lynch, Courchesne and Chagnon Families.

genealogy circle

Genealogy Circle
http://www.cindyfreed.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy Circle blog is my online journal as I research my family history. My sisters and I have been researching our family tree off and on for twenty years. After a lapse of several years and a move by my sister Betsy back to our hometown, we are at it again. This blog is our continuing search for unknown family members and our attempt to see them as “real” people and not just a bunch of names on our papers.

genie road trip

Genie Roadtrip
http://genieroadtrip.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is an attempt on my part to spend more time on my genealogical research by sharing my experiences as I take steps along the way. I have been researching the many branches of my family on and off for 15 years. Along the way I completed a history degree and a degree in Archives and Records Management, followed by a few years as a Local History Librarian and helping out at the Rockford Historical Museum. But life never goes quite the way you plan and I currently happily work as a Readers Advisory Librarian and supervisor at a public library where I occasionally butt into the discussions of genealogy and local history.

Over the last two years I’ve done almost nothing on my research and for a variety of reasons–first and foremost pure enjoyment–I am back to work with a new-found passion for my research.

Oh… and the two ladies in the picture above… neither of them are me. But they are a lovely pair of ladies who like to roadtrip–even if it means I drag them to cemeteries and regale them with stories about their ancestors. Thanks, Mom and Gran!

i talk to dead people

I Talk to Dead People
http://italktodeadpeople.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This site focuses on my ancestral names of Hacker, Funk, Snouffer, Eckloff, and Maisel. Depending on the family name, most of my ancestors have lived in Clay Co., KY, Maryland, Washington, D.C., but it seems at some point they all immigrated to the United States from Germany/Prussia. Here you’ll find a collection of interesting family findings, photos of ancestors, cemetery visits, stories I heard growing up, and memories of family members I knew.

jollett etc

Jollett Etc.
http://jollettetc.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history, Virginia genealogy

Research on the Jolletts of Virginia and related families.

My name is Wendy, and I’m a geneaholic in the works. I used to maintain a website on Geocities until it closed. Since then I’ve been sitting on my research. I miss the days of being in a community of researchers brainstorming, swapping clues, and lending a new pair of eyes to a trail gone cold. Joy, one of my Facebook friends, suggested that I create a blog. So here I am with my free Blogger account and plenty of time on my hands now that I’ve retired from teaching. If you think we are related or if you have information about any of my lines, please contact me at wendymath at cox dot net.

one rhode island family

One Rhode Island Family
http://onerhodeislandfamily.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I am researching the ancestry of my mother’s four grandparents:  Russell Earl Darling, Eva Louise Murdock Darling, Miles Edward Baldwin, and Bessie Blanche Martin Baldwin.  I also work on my father’s family who are MacLeods and MacLeans from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

My mother’s family arrived in southern New England almost 400 years ago and never got far, since we’re still here.  This blog will contain some of our stories, problems, research experiences, questions, and mysteries as I pursue the search for those that came before us.  Feel free to comment or offer tips and advice. Thanks!

reel tributes

Reel Tributes
http://www.reeltributes.com/view
Blog type: Genealogy vendor

Reel Tributes, the premier producer of family history films, has just launched The Reel Tributes Blog. The Blog will cover topics ranging from genealogy tips, personal history, storytelling, and filmmaking. We will keep our blog’s posts timely, educational, and interactive. The posts will be primarily written by the Reel Tributes staff, but we also welcome guest submissions. We look forward to your visit to The Blog and hearing your comments!

resting spot

Resting Spot
http://restingspot.com/blog/
Blog type: Cemetery blog, Genealogy vendor

Finding the location of loved ones who have passed is often difficult. Family members may know the particular cemetery where the person has been laid to rest, but how often can they easily find their way to continually pay their respects? And what about sharing the location with family members and friends?

RestingSpot was created out of that same frustration, and the desire to globalize the stories of late loved ones for generations to come.

Through smart phones and a simple, free application utilizing today’s GPS technology, the location of every final resting spot across the country (and even around the world) can be added to the growing RestingSpot database.

Every loved one’s RestingSpot added to the free website will include their exact location down to the precise GPS coordinates. And the location will remain there forever online.

No longer will family members and friends waste time wandering about cemeteries, relying upon outdated and often confusing maps.

By simply using a GPS-enabled smart phone (such as an iPhone or Android), the free RestingSpot app guides users directly to the precise location of their late loved one. When the location is added to the RestingSpot website, other users can share memories, post photos, leave thoughtful messages, and more.

And each RestingSpot webpage becomes a virtual home where family members and friends (even future generations) can connect and share on birthdays, anniversaries, and other meaningful holidays and events.

story apples

Story Apples
http://www.storyapples.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Story Apples is a place to preserve and share stories about our ancestors that perhaps have only been told, never written.  It is also a place to spotlight a remarkable time or happening in an ancestor’s life.

This blog is meant to serve my entire family. Please send me more stories, memories, experiences, photos of people, heirlooms or places, songs, family recipes, etc., to my email and I will gladly share them here. Also, feel free to add to or correct or expound on my entries by commenting.

the last leaf

The Last Leaf On This Branch
http://thelastleafonthisbranch.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I am an Archivist by trade, a Genealogist by desire. I’m also a coffee lover with a penchant for languages, art, travel and fitness. I love a great conversation. I hope you’ll find some interesting piece of knowledge that you can take with you and share with others. If you’re interested in finding out how I can help you find the leaves on your family tree, please email me at archivalbiz@gmail.com or contact me on Twitter @archivalbiz. These are my words and my views.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, August 27, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Saturday, August 27, 2011 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

  • Today is Just Because Day.

Daily Blogging Prompts

Shopping Saturday – many families – especially busy working families – would perform their weekly shopping on Saturdays. Tell us about the various stores and vendors that your ancestors used to patronize. Or perhaps your ancestors had their own store? And don’t forget to also document your own memories of stores and shopping. This prompt has been suggested by Audrey Collins of The Family Recorder.

Society Saturday – Are you involved with a genealogical or historical society? Do you want to showcase their good works, projects and events? Society Saturday is a way to do that at your own genealogy blog. This prompt has been suggested by Dana of the Just Folks blog.


Sorting Saturday – Any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc. What about having to clean out a parent’s home once they’ve passed? This is an ongoing series by Michelle Goodrum at Turning of Generations.

Sports Center Saturday – do you have photos and stories about ancestors and their love of sports? Be it basketball or water polo or skeet shooting, tell their stories in your blog posts! Sports Center Saturday is a series suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sympathy Saturday – While Funeral Card Friday and Sunday’s Obituary revolve around a clipping related to the death of an ancestor or relative, with Sympathy Saturday you can post about any aspect of the passing of a person. This is an ongoing series by Anne Kruszka at GeneNotes and Generational.

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 – Carmen Dioxide; Tombstone Tuesday – Carrie Oakey.

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If you would like your event or Daily Blogging Prompt included, please contact Geneabloggers at geneabloggers [at] gmail [dot] com.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee