Life Experiences – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #5 – Life Experiences

Week 5 – Life Experiences: Sometimes the challenges in life provide the best learning experiences. Can you find an example of this in your own family tree? Which brick wall ancestor are you most thankful for, and how did that person shape your family history experience?

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 29, 2012 through Saturday, February 3, 2012.

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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.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs January 28, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 14 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:

essex voices past

Essex Voices Past
http://www.essexvoicespast.com
Blog type: UK genealogy

Between 1526 and 1621 the churchwardens of the parish church of Great Dunmow, Essex, England wrote their yearly income and expenditure within their account-book, the ‘churchwardens accounts’. This blog is a transcription of that account-book which contains the names of every single inhabitant of this Tudor town during the 1520s and 1530s.  Names include Sturton, Walton, Wree, Kynwelmarshe, Parker, Loveday, Melbourne, Ramsold, Bemish, Savage, Dottrich, and Hunwick.

frequent traveler ancestry

Frequent Traveler Genealogy
http://jonesandrelated.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been tracing my family history for over twenty years, and have decided to kick up things up a bit by diving back into the blogosphere. I’ve titled this blog Frequent Traveler Ancestry, as my Jones and related branches were certainly that as they made their way to the United States and beyond. I am hoping to be able to break through some long-standing brick walls, connect with other researchers, and share my discoveries in a new way. I may also use the blog to show connections between my own travels and previous journeys by family.

My Jones line was in North Carolina in the mid 1700s, and appears in East Tennessee around the time Tennessee became a state. Current research has me focusing on Jefferson and Grainger Counties between 1790-1820. Members of my Jones family left Jefferson County, Tennessee for Boone and Montgomery Counties in Indiana around 1879. I am also tracing various branches of my and my wife’s family along the Atlantic Coast, Midwest, and as they journeyed west to California.

I have a very extensive tree on Ancestry.com, but I am hoping to use this blog to highlight my research and share portions of work on several family lines. I also intend to self-publish the work I have collected to date in order to preserve this information for my children and other researchers who may be following these family lines.

genealogy and history

Genealogy and History
http://heritageandfamily.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog

GENEALOGY AND HISTORY: My adventures in genealogy and family history. I will solve family mysteries, debunk some myths, and uncover the stories of some amazing heroes. And in both my personal and professional endeavors as a genealogist, I will share the trials and successes as I explore the past.

hystory byts

Hystory Byts
http://www.hystorybyts.com
Blog type: Technology blog

Welcome to “Hystory Byts” -  where you’ll find bits of history and genealogy and technology.

“Hello world!” is a bit of computer jargon – traditionally, it is the first program that people learn to code for computers. Normally the code is simple enough that people who have no experience with programming can easily understand it, especially when they have a guide or mentor to assist them.

The funky spelling of “Hystory Byts” reminds us as researchers not to presume writing, spelling or syntax have stayed the same over the past few centuries – an important item to remember when you are researching.

I hope to give helpful hints, updates on work I’m doing, and generally talk shop when it comes to genealogy, research and technology. Thanks for taking some of your time to join me.

i stalk dead people

I Stalk Dead People
http://www.istalkdeadpeople.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my genealogy blog. I began this for family to keep up on my recent findings, should they care to, and also as an outlet for my excitement. I have found that for the majority of the population, sharing your latest excitement of an ancestral finding in a conversation is usually met with an “Oh….neat” (commence the crickets….) except of course for my dear husband who tries so kindly to express interest, and the occasional friend you meet that happens to share the same fascination. In which case, one can talk genealogy for hours. But no. This blog is for the former. May they never have to suffer through my confusing excited blabbering over finding a picture of a hundred year old tombstone 2,000 miles away, or have their brains bored with my trouble concerning patronymical surnames.

jories family tree

Jorie’s Family Tree
http://joriesfamilytree.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This is the blog of a reference librarian who is climbing her family tree.

maggies genealogy service

Maggie’s Genealogy Service
http://maggiegen.wordpress.com
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

My name is Maggie Champion, and I am the sole proprietor of Maggie’s Genealogy Service.  I am a professional genealogist, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Please click on the links at the top of this page, or on the right side of this page, for more information.

You have reached my Blog page.  I will be doing my first post on Tuesday, 31 January 2012! Thank you for visiting!

many branches one tree

Many Branches, One Tree
http://www.manybranchesonetree.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

To me, there is nothing more precious than our family. If you are still reading this, chances are you feel the same way. Knowing who came before us can give our lives meaning and can help us understand who we are and who we can become; but this knowledge brings with it the great responsibility of honoring our ancestors by handing on our heritage, traditions, and identity to our own future descendants. As a child, my favorite time of evening was after dinner. Long after the dishes had been cleared and my sisters and cousins had run outside to play, I would linger quietly at the table, listening to my parents and relatives as they shared stories and memories and photos from days gone by. Though the people around that table are long gone, their love and laughter remain. I hope that this blog will serve as a kind of modern-day dinner table for bringing family together – though perhaps in a new way – to share some of those memories, both old and new, with other family members. If you have questions or would like to share a memory or photo of your own about a family in this blog, I’d love to hear from you.

my irish ancestors

My Irish Ancestors – The Family of Richard Walker Phillips
http://myirishancestors.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Irish genealogy

For many years now I have been tracing my Irish ancestors which some may know can be a daunting task. Obligingly, my great grandmother, Elizabeth McDowell came from a family which had some recorded information. So, her family, not a huge problem. But her husband George is another thing (or person, I should say). Thanks to the lack of pre-1864 birth records in Ireland it has been a no go. Oh yes, there were a few Phillips families in Tipperary at the time but who knows which one he MIGHT have belonged to. It’s a problem that I don’t know will be solved in the near future. It must be said though, that my fascination with Irish history (in fact British history) has offset the supreme frustration one can feel going through all this. For example, Elizabeth’s sister Agnes married one Alexander Fraser, son of a Scottish land agent in 1885. The Frasers were staunch Presbyterians. Alex went to work at a young age in the South Dublin Workhouse. Did I say “WORKHOUSE”?! Yes. Why? Who knows? Apparently, he was quite wild in his day. At any rate, Alex became a figure in a court case against the dairy that provided milk to the workhouse when he discovered that they were watering it down.( To see the conditions of the workhouse in South Dublin go to http://www.workhouses.org.uk/DublinSouth). Alex went on to become Master of the South Dublin Workhouse. During this time he and Agnes had 8 children of their own and raised 3 of Agnes’ sisters.

oregon genealogy

Oregon Genealogy
http://oregongenealogy.wordpress.com
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, Oregon genealogy

Blog of the Oregon Genealogical Society.

our tree became a forest

Our Tree Became a Forest
http://ourtreebecameaforest.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Thank goodness this choice as a venue for blogging has lots of templates to choose from! No need to know HTML and things technical. It’s been a click and explore experience, not real frustrating, and my new blog has been born!

The first thing I noticed is that depending on what templates a person chooses, with various layouts and color schemes, some choices are too busy and distracting, and other choices, due to the color, will rip your eyes right out of your head or the pages are hard to read. Guess I never made the observation before of what I like about certain webpages and blogs, but now that I’ve thought about it and played with it, how pleasing it is to the eyes is very important! I think the K.I.S.S. method will be very important in this venture!

sambells family genealogy

Sambells Family Genealogy
http://sambells.info
Blog type: Individual family history, Surname blogs

Today the most common spelling of the surname is Sambell, Sambells, Samble and Sambles. These variations presented a quandary for assigning a title to the name of this website. Since the spelling of my own surname “Sambells” implies “the son of” as in Sambleson , or orally implies the plural form, I decided to use the spelling of my own name in the title. Nevertheless, most of the recent contacts which I have made with international branches of the family show that the most prevalant spelling is “Sambell”. However, my own research reveals that the single most common medieval spelling of the name was actually “Samble”. Future articles of interest will cover the evolutionary changes of the surname in its various forms as it developed throughout England since the twelfth century.

the gleasure and harber letters

The Gleasure and Harber Letters
http://gleasureharberletters.blogspot.com
Blog type: Diary blogs, Individual family history

Full transcriptions of hundreds of letters from 1897-1955. Letters are from the Gleasures of Listowel, Ireland to Frank Gleasure in Massachusetts, from Frank’s son George Gleasure (killed in D-Day) to his father during World War II, from William Harber to Theresa Gleasure (both of Massachusetts) during World War II, and other various letters.

walker family genealogy

Walker Family Genealogy
http://walkergen.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

According to records (census and death) Dock Walker aka Papa was born April 12th sometime between 1864 and 1866 in Baldwin County, Alabama.  As family history has it Dock had an older sister named Angeline who was at least two to four years older than him and a older half-brother named Henry Sledge which whom he shared the same mother with. Little is known about Dock’s upbringing and his family background, on both Dock’s and Angeline’s death certificate a man named Handy Walker is listed as their father but there is no mother listed but on Henry’s death certificate a woman named Harriet Sledge is listed as his mother. Could this be the names of Dock’s parents  Handy Walker and Harriet Sledge? Well I don’t know the information on death certificates are not facts they are whatever the informant knows or thinks they know to be right but I will get back to this later. Dock Walker married his first wife Lillie Ramsey on February 16th 1889 in Baldwin County, Alabama, they had eight children Emile, James , Duffie, Cleo, Emma, Joseph, Harriet  and Wilson. Lillie fell ill shortly after giving birth to Wilson and died on December 25th 1909 in Mobile, Alabama. Dock remarried Ms. Anita Rosie Carter and add six more children to the walker clan Celia, Caroline, Percy, Ethel, Dock Jr. and Leon. I heard Dock Walker was a little man in size but a big man at heart who was a hard working family orientated businessman that didn’t take any mess. On March 22nd 1953 Dock Walker passed away in Baldwin County, Alabama leaving behind his wife Rosie, his children and a host of grandchildren. Today not only does Dock Walker’s surname live on but his legacy does too

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, January 28, 2012

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Saturday, January 28, 2012 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.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee