New Genealogy Blogs October 29, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 10 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 any follow feature listed on the blog
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

all of a sudden part jew

Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

I was born in Shanghai and moved to the USA at 9 years old. At 29 years old, I discovered I have a great-great-grandfather who was Jewish. Suddenly, I found my life’s passions; furthering Chinese and Jewish relations.

Now I am searching for the missing piece of the puzzle in my family…while learning a lot about Judaism at the same time…that’s what this blog is all about. I hope you will find this an interesting read.

ancestral stories

Ancestral Stories
Blog type: Individual family history

In mid-July, 2011, I started this blog in order to create and share Ancestor Personality Sketches of my own ancestors. For over 35 years, I’ve gathered their names, dates, locations, relationships, stories, and pictures. I’ve created digital scrapbooks and web sites, engaged in correspondence and research, and developed an extensive database, complete with charts and timelines. But until now I didn’t have a blog.

I invite you to look back at my first posting, published on July 23, “Getting to Know Them.” It sets the stage for all the others.

I view a blog as a discipline and an opportunity.  Writing is a craft which I find engaging. The books and guides I’ve had published as a professional genealogist have all been informational, usually giving advice about how to do genealogy research, how to organize one’s family history research, or providing an overview of historical and geographical features such as early American roads and trails. I’ve never had an interest in writing fiction. But I do like to write essays, and that is what I hope to accomplish in this blog while randomly looking at one ancestor at a time.

You may recognize a surname in the blog topic labels and discover that we share an ancestor. If so, I hope you will enjoy my reflections on our mutual ancestor and share his or her story with your own family.

I’m overwhelmed with e-mail and am unable to answer most of it, but I do welcome your comments as you join me in getting acquainted with the personalities who make up my family history and heritage.

Eventually, I may add a simple chart of my ancestry in this blog, as a separate page. Meanwhile, if you are curious about my family lines, go to the FAMILY section of my web site. And if you want help getting started with your own family history, use the RESOURCES section.

casimirs dream

Casimir’s Dream
Blog type: Individual family history

A chronicle of the Fisher-Dukes, sharing my genealogical findings with my extended family and encouraging them in turn to share with me their own memories, pictures, and documents.

genealogists for families

Genealogists for Families Project
Blog type: Genealogy volunteering blog

Genealogists worldwide, plus family and friends, are working as a team to help families and small businesses in low income areas. Through Kiva, a nonprofit organisation, we make $25 loans that enable borrowers to expand their businesses, support their families and raise themselves out of poverty. When the loan is repaid, the lender can withdraw the money or lend it again.

To find out about team activities including prize draws, follow this blog or subscribe to posts and comments. Join ‘Genealogists for Families’ and make a difference by helping families now and in the future!

jen-gens family history

Jen-Gen’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

In 2008 all three of my remaining grandparents passed away. It hit me hard and as a result I began to wonder about their history and what stories I missed out on. I spoke with my parents and began to become increasing interested in our family history. I joined and bought Family Tree Maker. I scoured family photographs for clues as to who my relatives were and where they came from. At first I was amazed at the sheer volume of information “out there”! Census records, immigration details including ship manifests, birth, marriage, and death certificates were available for so many of my relatives! It has been quite fascinating for me.

I’ve always been interested in history and the stories of my past. I knew hardly anything about my Alford side of the family. All I knew about my mom’s side of the family is that we were descended from Russian Jews and that my great grandfather, Myer Krueger, had come over around 1900. A great treasure hunt for my roots! I’ve loved mysteries and have felt a bit like a private investigator hunting down the details. Taking educated guesses at times, but for the most part relying on family stories to pursue leads.

And so I have decided to document my search and share my findings with my relatives and friends. I’m hoping some of the information that I share will lead to memories being triggered and new stories shared. New clues unearthed and an appreciation by all of the family for where we came from and how fortunate we all are that our family took the risks in coming to America to give us all these great opportunities.

The journey continues….

my family through time

My Family Through Time
Blog type: Individual family history, Surname blogs, UK genealogy

Family tree and one name study research.

note from the hills hackett tree

Notes from the Hills/Hackett Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve only been playing seriously with Hills / Hackett ancestors for about 10 years now — just a baby by genealogical standards.  Mine has been largely an old-school playground — a lot of paper in three-ring binders.  Even with much of this now on computer, I like spreading multiple generations or multiple families on the floor around me just to see what that information tells me that it didn’t before.

Raised in upstate New York, I now live in Central Illinois, where TRAEAs Grandpa and I raised our kids. The middle of the country is great when you think of it as equidistant from each coast.  It’s a major annoyance, however, when your ancestors were entrenched in New England and Eastern Canada.  So thank you to all who have made computer research possible for genealogists – from the computer designers and programmers, to the employees who see that it all runs (most of the time), to government employees and individuals who saved what today is priceless information for research!

Blogger’s template asks for random bio information, so not that it’s particularly relevant, here ’tis.  I’m a Sagittarius, prefer intelligent chick flics (and others as long as they don’t include explosions and gunplay).  TRAEA’s Grandpa and I haunt library used-book sales, and I could listen to classical music and news radio all day.

Enough about me.  How can some of my play with Hills / Hackett ancestors can help you.

rose marye writes

Rose Mayre Writes
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Rose Marye Writes! I am a beginning writer and genealogist and have decided to combine my love of the two into one blog. On the pages here and in the entries I will post (hopefully, daily), you will find my advice for other beginning genealogists as well as information on the progress of my own family tree.

I have decided to undertake the ambitious project of tracing both the ancestry and descendants of my four grandparents—my paternal grandfather Carl Albert Prust, Sr., my paternal grandmother Phyllis Marye (Konkler) Ackerley Prust, my maternal grandfather Roy Ellsworth McConnell and my maternal grandmother Betty Alice (Wallace) McConnell. This will be a long project but it is the legacy which has led to the birth of myself and my two sisters and brothers that I wish to capture and try to preserve.

I am more than willing to exchange my research with others who are researching their family trees and find a common link between the two. If you recognize any of the surnames listed on the Surname page, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss any common links we may have.

the african american gen grp ky

The African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Kentucky genealogy

The African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, “The Group”, is a non-profit organization of researchers, historians, and everyday folk working together to save the history of Kentucky’s Black families.  Begun in January 2011, our focus is to help people research their family histories and to give them a forum to share their findings.  By sharing, we can tell “our” story, educate our children and our communities.  Our mission is to “save history and pass it on.

We are a group of individuals interested in learning our African-American family histories; learning how to preserve them; and telling “our” story to our family and community. Over the past several years, many have expressed the desire for a forum where we could share our stories, telling them as only we know how.   I have been approached for help in finding how or where to locate certain types of information.  Many of our knowledgeable historians and professionals are just too bogged down to have time for the nuts and bolts research.  So, we are a group of “worker bees”.  The AAGGKY meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday in easily accessible locations with programming focused on African American ancestry.

Our official business will take place on our web site, but many of our real stories will be presented here on this blog. We are looking for guest bloggers/writers and researchers to make this blog an active resource for African American genealogy. We also hope this will serve as an inspiration to others – never give up hope, and keep searching! Our heritage must be preserved – but in many cases, we have to find it first. So let’s get searching!

the italian side

The Italian Side
Blog type: Italian genealogy

This site is for everybody all over the world interested in finding more about Italy.

People who have an Italian side in their life ( big, small ?)

…a father, a grandmother, an ancestor, a love, a good friend, nice memories ….

People who feel a little bit Italian inside because they  like something Italian: places, art, culture, foods, lifestyle, music, fashion, people or anything else …

Someone who remembers his last trip in Italy and want to come back…someone else who is planning his first one (oh yeah !) , or someone who can only travel by the Net (for now !) .

And what this site is about ?

Well, it’s (or better it will be) about places, travels, people, foods, wines, recipes, flavors, parfumes, art, culture, crafts, pictures, music, traditions, families, memories, lifestyle, genealogy and so on… (anything else to suggest ?)

…everything from the Italian Side.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, October 29, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Saturday, October 29, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

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.

GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, October 28, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 41–a-genealogy-halloween-special

Friday, October 28, 2011
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

Don’t forget that there is a chat room where all the “cool kids” hang out on Friday night! Sign in to BlogTalkRadio with your Facebook account or set up a free BlogTalkRadio account to join in the fun.

Haunted By Ancestors – A Genealogy Halloween Special!

Our special guests will include: Former screen actor turned professional genealogist Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones Jr. Hank will be discussing his popular book, Psychic Roots and how our ancestors often appear to guide us from beyond the grave in our genealogical journeys. Heritage Quest has stated that Hank is “without a doubt the most motivating and entertaining speaker you will hear on genealogical research!” Also joining us will be Paul J. Bunnell who is not only a genealogist and an expert in Loyalist studies, but a certified Ghost Hunter with the International Ghost Hunters Society in Paranormal Investigation. And we’ll talk to Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG, who used to be a skeptic until she solved a haunting case that just couldn’t be explained any other way! In addition, we’ll speak with Jonathan Good of who will fill us in on the new Shoebox application which allows a user to scan photos and documents from an iPhone!


Hank Jones
Hank Jones

Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones, Jr. has been actively climbing family trees since the age of eight, and, since his graduation from Stanford, has specialized in tracing 18th century German emigrants. His books on the subject include The Palatine Families of Ireland, the two-volume The Palatine Families of New York – 1710 (winner of the Donald Lines Jacobus Award as “Best Genealogical Work of the Year”), More Palatine Families, Westerwald To America, and his brand new three volume set Even More Palatine Families. Hank has written many articles over the years that have appeared in The American Genealogist, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record and other major publications. He recently received the NGS Award of Merit for “Distinguished Work in Genealogy” and has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, of whom there are only fifty in the world. Hank has served on the national board of the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, as a Trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and as a consultant on the popular NBC-TV program Who Do You Think You Are? Hank has given genealogy presentations in over 40 US states and Canada and continues to give all-day genealogical seminars to a variety of audiences.

As to his “other life” apart from genealogical research (and being a 3-day JEOPARDY! champion), Hank Jones was a film actor for twenty-five years. He appeared in many movies, among them eight films for Walt Disney studios (such as “Blackbeard’s Ghost,” in which he costarred with Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, & Suzanne Pleshette). He was a familiar face on nearly 500 national tv commercials and has been featured on over 300 network tv shows such as “My Three Sons,” “Family Affair,” “Petticoat Junction, ” “Mod Squad,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “Mork & Mindy,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Love Boat” which still come back to haunt him on cable tv today. His new book Memories – The Show-Biz Part Of My Life tells of some of his off-the-wall experiences working with major stars such as Henry Fonda, Ron Howard, Robin Williams, Patsy Cline, Bob Hope, Minnie Pearl, Ringo Starr, and Elvis Presley. Hank also was active as a singer and songwriter, co-starring on ABC-TV’s Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, writing Mel Tormé’s hit song “Midnight Swinger,” and recording albums and singles on RCA and Capitol Records. His newest CDs are currently released on Epitomé Records.

Hank’s bestseller, Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy, a study of how intuitive nudges and serendipitous events sometimes influence our genealogical searches, is now in its 9th printing. It was dramatized on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” program to good response from inside and outside the genealogical community and continues to be rebroadcast on cable tv to this day. Its sequel, More Psychic Roots: Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy, drawn from his own experiences and those of over 200 other family historians from around the world, has just been published by Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore.

TIME Magazine recently had a cover story devoted to genealogy in the new millennium and chose to close the article and tie things together with a quote from – Hank Jones.



Paul Bunnell
Paul Bunnell 

For nearly 30 years, Paul has devoted himself to genealogy and Loyalist studies.  He later took credited classes through Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, greatly improving his skills and knowledge in the field. Accomplishments are wide; awarded an Accreditation and later a Fellowship at the American College of Genealogists of Illinois in the mid-1980’s; certified and registered lineage member of The United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada; and The Hereditary Order of Descendants of The Loyalist and Patriots of The American Revolution, Wash. DC. He has held past and present memberships in over 60 genealogical and writing organizations around the world, including lifelong memberships and chairman positions, including Irish membership with TIARA, and The Ballykilkline Society, Former President of the Violette Family Association, and member of the Massachusetts Genealogy Council. He is also certified with the International Ghost Hunters Society in Paranormal Investigation, and also as Ghost Hunter, and trainee investigator for MUFON. He was also one of the first volunteers to registered in the BYU blood donor program in their genealogical DNA study in the early 1990’s; and supporting member of MCNAA (Massachusetts Center For Native American Awareness); and  registered with the Corporation of Metis of Quebec and Eastern Canada; and member of the Metis Community of Eastern Canada; and Certified and registered Aboriginal Status with the Confederation of Nova Scotia Metis, Sou’ West Nova.  A registered member of the Koasek (Cowasuck) Band of Abenaki Nation, and editor of their newsletter, The Dawnland Voice, and one of their Tribal Genealogist, and Tribal Chief.  He is the editor and founder of the “Loyalist Quarterly” newsletter, the only U.S. Loyalist newsletter devoted to that history. Founder of the States Genealogical & Historical Vendor Conferences in Nashua, NH 2006. Past President of the Cape Cod Writer’s Association. Past Editor of The Falmouth Genealogy Society Newsletter.

His speaking engagements have been in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and New Brunswick, including TV interviews on Cape Cod, Mass. and Saint John, New Brunswick, with several newspaper articles including Saint John (NB), the Cape Cod Times (MA), and The Concord (NH) Monitor, and several others in New England.  In 1989, His Majesty The Prince Philip of Wales (England) accepted his first book, “Thunder Over New England, Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist,” and included it into the royal library collection at Buckingham Palace. He was also presented with the famous “Loyalist Pin” from the past Mayor, Elsie Wayne of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (The Loyalist City). He was awarded by The Waltham Massachusetts Historical Society’s “Edmund L. Sanderson Lecture Series award for Loyalist Lectures in March 2007. Paul has also produced several Internet articles on genealogy, including Black Loyalist, and Bonnell/Bunnell Loyalists. And let’s not forget the “Loyalist Ghost of Benjamin Bonnell.” He has lectured on International Teleconference Calls produced by on Loyalist, Metis, and other genealogy subjects. Publications are many; Thunder Over New England; The New Loyalist Index’s 1, 2, 3, 4; American Migrations & Documents Guide; The House of Robinson of Rhode Island & Baltimore, Maryland; Life of a Haunted House, The Barnstable House; Cemetery Inscriptions of The Town of Barnstable, Mass; Acadian & Cajun Cooking & Home Remedies; Research Guide to Loyalist Ancestors; Tumbleweed, The Nellie Markham Letters; Evacuee Loyalists of Boston, Mass. March 1776; New Hampshire Loyalist, and many others in progress. Paul enjoys traveling around lecturing or selling books at his Vendor table at conventions and conferences. He also does Loyalist and early Canadian French research for others out of his very large home library. In March 2005, he assisted and provided results on loyalists for the popular TV show, History Detectives, by Lion Television of New York. Paul also conducted a Loyalist talk on the “Forget-Me-Not”Radio and Internet History and Genealogy program produced by Jane Wilcox in Northern New York in 2011.  He now has produced French & North American Indian Marriages 1600-1800 series  helping Canadian French and Acadians find their Metis heritage. This very active genealogist created the very first State Historical & Genealogical Reporter Newsletter, the only internet  source newsletter devoted to New Hampshire related events, articles, societies, historical and genealogical happenings in that state. Paul has worked on Native American Committees for the proper recognition Bills in Vermont and New Hampshire. His Internet site is:, His email is He thanks all of his supporters.


Melinde Lutz Byrne

Melinde Lutz Byrne

Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG, has been a genealogist since 1976 and has done forensic work since 1985. She is currently President of the American Society of Genealogists, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Program Director for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program, the new Essentials course, and Special Summer Seminars.



Jonathan Good

Jonathan Good

Jonathan Good is a cofounder of, a free website dedicated to telling the extraordinary stories of your family and ancestors in a beautiful way. He started 1000memories out of his desire to make sure everyone’s story is remembered and preserved for future generations. Jonathan has presented at a wide range of conferences included speaking at TEDx on “Now our memories can live forever” and featuring on a panel discussion on “Engaging the next generation” at the recent 2011 FGS conference.



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