Blogs – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #1 – Blogs

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 1, 2012 through Saturday, January 7, 2012.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs December 31, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 4 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:

ancestors shelby county

Ancestors of Shelby County
Blog type: Indiana genealogy, Individual family history, Midwest genealogy

Sharing Our Shelby Stories ~ Most of my ancestors settled in Shelby County, Indiana. They migrated there in the early days of the county’s history. This blog will tell their stories as they lived & died in beautiful Shelby County. If you have stories of your own ancestors that you’d like to share, please send them to me. My email address is: I am now available for research projects in North Carolina!

angels in my  ear

Angels In My Ear
Blog type: Individual family history, Writing Your Family History

Family history has become a popular past time with many people. They have learned the names and places where their roots began. But what do they really know about them? Their lives have been reduced to stark facts. Is that really their only legacy? Who were they? As a writer, I enjoy exploring characters. I want to find out who they really were and tell their stories the way they might if they could. No longer will they just be dates on a page but real people, with flaws and insecurities like the rest of us, hoping to make the future brighter for their children. We owe them our thanks. We owe them our attention. We owe them our very lives.

buried history

Buried History
Blog type: Cemetery blog

I love history and genealogy and enjoy researching pioneers buried in old cemeteries, photographing headstones. I like reading fiction that has a genealogy, historical or cemetery theme.

I belong to a local group, Vancouver Heritage Ambassadors, who do historical re-creations at local cemeteries of pioneers buried there.


Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been doing genealogy on and off since the sixth grade, when we got an assignment in school to work on our family tree.  I told my Mom, who suggested that I write to my grandmother, who was a member of the DAR.  She sent me her lineage back to the colonial days.  This got me off to an easy start, although I did learn later how difficult genealogy can be.  I also wrote to my Aunt Marie, who gave me some information on the French side of the family, and included “a dollar for a hamburger”. After all these years and having to move twice with only the things I could fit in my suitcase, I still have the original information they sent me, and I have added a lot to it.

In the last 12 years or so I have been taking genealogy more seriously, partly thanks to the ease of research on the Internet.  I am now branching out beyond Internet research, though, as I have learned of the valuable documents only available offline.

I am also starting to take classes.  This past summer I took the Boston University Genealogical Research Program class, where I learned to practice more rigorous genealogy and learned new techniques.  I also went to my first conference, held by the North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh.  I’m finding a whole new world out there as I learn more and interact with other genealogists.

I’m also hoping to get certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  This will take some time, though, but I’m doing research in preparation for that.

I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head and wanted the opportunity to write about them, so I started this blog.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hearing back from you.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, December 31, 2011

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Saturday, December 31, 2011 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is New Year’s Eve.
  • Check in later this afternoon for Week 1 of the series of 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy.

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