State and National Societies – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #14 – State and National Societies

Week 14. State and National Societies: Last week we paid tribute to local genealogical and historical societies. This week we’re going to think bigger. For which state, provincial or national society are you most thankful? What makes this society special? How do the publications and events of this group assist in your family history research?

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

Here are the latest 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy posts from members of GeneaBloggers:


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 March 31, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 6 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:

indy genealogy

Blog type: Indiana genealogy

I was born in Wheeling, WV, and grew up on a farm at Triadelphia, WV. Lived for a while in Cleveland, OH, and graduated from Kent State Univ. Lived in Indianapolis since 1971. Retired from the Indianapolis Public Schools as a Supervisor. Retired from the Indiana Air National Guard as a crew chief on an F-16.

mac genealogy software

Mac Genealogy Software
Blog type: Technology blog

OS X genealogy software news, reviews & information.

not quite amateur genealogy

Not Quite Amateur Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

My actual first journey into genealogy started in 1998 thanks to my in-laws. At the time I started researching I didn’t even know there was a world of amateur and professional genealogists out there. I was just looking for some general family history and encountered a fabulous community of sleuths.

Several members of my mother-in-law’s family did (A LOT) of research and traced their paternal heritage back several generations. When they shared the information with the family, my brother-in-law expressed his curiosity about his father’s family history. He’d heard about an interesting legend related to his surname but didn’t know if it was true or even if his family descended from that legendary individual.

Intrigued, I started looking and caught the bug. I was never able to prove or disprove the legend but was able to share with my brother-in-law he was descended from that line. I also found connections to some historical figures, past and present, so the more I look the more I want to look for more.

What got you started? Do you have that bug too?

the curious genealogist

The Curious Genealogist
Blog type: Genealogy library blog

Introducing Myself

I am currently a reference librarian at the Newton Free Library, a large public library in Newton, Massachusetts, a city just west of Boston.  Like many of us, I am not a degreed genealogist.  I do have a passion for family history.  Being a librarian has helped me with many of the skills needed in helping patrons research their genealogy.  I have also taught a class here that included a number of sources available within the library to begin or extend family history searches.  This includes books and periodicals, as well as computer based information. (Repeat after me, “The computer is only one tool.”)

Why Start a Genealogy Blog?

I am building this blog for two reasons.  The first is to address the problem of information overload.  If you need convincing, take a look at the number of genealogy websites Cyndi Howells indexes on the Cyndi’s List website (over 282,000+). Or type the word “genealogy” into the Google search engine and check the number of hits (in the millions). And this accounts only for websites, not books or articles.  Type “genealogy” as a keyword into the Library of Congress catalog and see what happens.  Finding reliable sources that are a good fit for what you need can be daunting.  And what you need today may be completely different from what you will need later as you move back through your generations.  Ancestors inevitably go to and come from the unlikeliest places.

The second reason is to provide ready access to genealogical information on the City of Newton.  This will include information on programs being held at the library and in the city relating to genealogy and family history, where to find records, interesting facts on city history and people…the list can be endless.

How the Blog is Set Up

My hope is that you will look at the material posted here and see it as an opportunity for us to help each other. The starting point is the extensive lists and shorter posts I will be providing. The longer lists will be located under two of the tabs at the top of this blog. They are divided into two groups, either by Location/Group (immediately to the left of the search box) or by Record Type or Topic (underneath the “Building Bridges” tab you are reading now.) I will be posting these lists alphabetically by subject. The third tab on “Newton, Massachusetts” will allow you to access Newton information quickly.  Shorter postings will make up the body of the blog.  These may highlight individual books, blogs, websites, periodicals and people, as well as local programs and workshops.  They may also include short lists. This, and the list of categories on the right, should help all of us find the information we need more quickly.

What We Can Accomplish Together

What I hope will happen is that you will add your opinions to mine in the boxes at the bottom of each posting and list. You could leave a comment on a whole list or how you used one particular source.  You may have other suggestions or experiences to share.  So what about it? Will you join me in creating a growing dialogue on the resources we use to research our ancestors?  Together we can build bridges to our past.

the genealogy gap

The Genealogy Gap
Blog type: Individual family history

The main purpose of my blog site is to have a place to compile genealogical research information, interesting websites, links and any other practical information that I learn along the way that may also be helpful to others.

I have several passions in my life…. my faith, my family & friends AND Genealogy.  I find that I have always been interested in our family history.  It was as a teen that I started compiling bits & pieces of information from my own parents and extended family.  It seems that since then, my life has been in fast-forward motion as I raised a family for many years and find myself at present trying make-up for lost time in research.

I have met and continue to meet many wonderful people in the world of Genealogy and am so grateful for the relationships.  I certainly hope to hear from others that are researching similar family lines… so please leave a comment.

I plan to share my own family research information for those family members that may be interested.

This will be a learning experience, as I am not an experienced blogger, but hopefully it will be a fun ride along the way…

I am looking forward to hearing from YOU!

track my kin

Track My Kin
Blog type: Individual family history

I figured I would start a blog about my family research, since I’ve been contemplating doing it for a long time.  So here goes it! (that is in honor of my Canadian roots).

My journey began over twenty years ago when I was working as a reference assistant in a historical library. Along with the drudge work of paging and shelving books, I got to assist  patrons in their genealogical quests. Sifting through old records and family histories was enjoyable then, and I still enjoy doing it today. Most of the people I helped could trace their families back to colonial New England.

I wasn’t inclined to research my own family, since my father’s family were considered “recent” immigrants, and I didn’t know much about my mother’s side, since both her parents were deceased.  Besides, I got all the information I needed about my family from my grandmother (vovo). Both of my father’s parents were children at the beginning of the twentieth century when they came from the Azores with their families. Growing up in a two family tenement with my grandparents gave me a wealth of family unity and heritage.

Oh there are so many stories to tell!  Stories I was told and stories that the records have told me…

My intentions are to write about what I have been told, what I have discovered, and yes, how I found out all that I know, and of course the process of finding out new information.  I will explore both sides of my family as well as my husband’s family and any friends who will allow me to tell their stories.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Saturday, March 31, 2012

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Saturday, March 31, 2012 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

Fearless Females

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

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.