New Genealogy Blogs 15 March 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

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:

chasing hannah

Chasing Hannah
http://www.chasinghannah.com
Blog type: Family

Growing up, I never was a fan of history.  Boring, boring, boring.  None of those people mattered to me, and remembering dates seemed like an enormous waste of time.  And those freaky people who stared back at you in old photos! Could they look any more stoic and depressed?  I figured those people never saw a day of fun in their life.

I suppose growing older and wiser (depends who you ask about this one!) opened me to the fact of the rich heritage that precedes us.  Childhood, education, falling in love, building a family, religion, careers, struggle, war, growing older, health and sickness, and departing the earth.  Times may have changed, but I don’t think people have too much.

Even though world history didn’t intrigue me as a child, family history always interested me.  My parents divorced when I was very young.  My mother, the daughter of missionaries, grew up in the Belgian Congo and the Philippines, and we didn’t keep in touch with her family regularly as they scattered across the US upon returning.  My father came from a boisterous family who settled in Baltimore around the time of WWII.  Many happy weekends and holidays were spent at my grandparents’ house with aunts, uncles and cousins.

On my father’s side, no one ever quite knew where we all came from.  My maiden name being Stafford suggests England.  But there were so many family “rumors” over the years that we tended to have a mishmash of heritages:  “Oh, your grandfather’s mother probably had some Italian (pronounced Eye-talian) in her;” “I’m pretty sure we’ve got Indian in us somewhere.”

About five years ago I finally endeavored to research all the questions I had.  And that search has brought a richness to my life in ways I never expected.  I hope to share my research journey and hopefully encourage others to start a search of their own.  I can honestly promise you the search will change your life and cut through your heart in ways you could never have imagined.

I’m calling it Chasing Hannah in honor of my paternal great-grandmother.  What I found out about her changed my life completely and opened my heart. And broke it.

I am not a writer, nor do I claim to be.  My background is in the theatre.  And some experience in photography.  I’m a visual person.  I hope to include many photographs of my own in this blog.  Some will be old, most hopefully come from my eye and camera.

I also love food.  Food brings people together in beautiful ways.  Laughter, conversation, a way to connect with family, colleagues, and friends old and new.  My husband and I have a food blog called The Pêche.  Much love has been put into that.  Food plays a huge part in our lives, and hopefully a lot of discussion will surround cooking as well.

So I’m ready to start my journey, and hopefully you can start yours as well.  Onward.  And backward through history!

climbing the family trees

Climbing the Family Trees
http://climbingthefamilytrees.blogspot.com
Blog type: Family

I started this process of finding where my family is from several months ago with one goal in mind – be able to tell my father exactly where he came from.  My dad is one proud Irish man and I wanted to tell him exactly where in Ireland his ancestors were born.  This journey has taken me to places I could never have imagined and I am but an infant in this vast world of research.  I am so overwhelmed I have decided to take this research out of my head and computer and onto the big screen where I can hopefully compose my thoughts into one giant blog and I can finally follow my train of thought in this process.  I know want to travel to places I never even thought of to find homes, graves and records to add to my research so I can hand my father a gift.  The exact location of where his family originated.

letters from martin

Letters from Martin
http://lettersfrommartin.com
Blog type: Diaries, Family, Letters

In 2011, I discovered a dozen letters written between 1898 and 1927 from an unknown family member. A year later I joined a family reunion on the other side of the world. “Letters from Martin” (“this blog”) is about how I learned genealogical research; it is about the people I met, their stories and other discoveries I made.

It’s a personal blog. Its purpose is to inspire people to search for their ancestors and to provide information and links to web sites that can be helpful for amateur genealogists.

Please note: Any opinions expressed in this blog are my own and are not shared or endorsed by my employer.

My sincere thanks goes to all the people of the genealogy community who have helped me to overcome dead ends and pointed me to valuable resources for my research; to the all the unnamed people from the archives all over Europe for quickly answering my inquiries and to those who worked hard to put all the resources online. You did a great job!

Georg, tracker and scout from Bavaria, Germany, who guided me through the “wilderness” in Bohemia and helped me to discover the trails, places and even the remains of some houses my ancestors lived in.

The Museum of the Bohemian Forrest from which I could borrow research material that was out of print.

Ulrike from Germany, who helped me to connect the German and Austrian line of my family.

Hans from Austria, who acted as the guardian for the 100 year old research for one of my lines that I could build on.

Marge from Nebraska, USA, who helped me to connect and complete the line of an uncle, who emigrated to the U.S.

Special thanx goes to Ben from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a relative whom I found during my research (actually, he found me :). He helps me with proofreading.

And finally, heartily greetings to Laura from Arizona, USA. Thank you for showing me around on the land of Martin.

roots of kinship

Roots of Kinship
http://rootsofkinship.com
Blog type: Family

Roots of Kinship documents my family history, including all the fun facts I find, photos of ancestors and information on how I did my research.  It includes how-to tutorials, transcriptions of documents, and a surname list linked to posts about those surnames.  I am an amateur genealogist, with a professional seriousness about the craft.  I spend a lot of time educating myself on research techniques, available sources, and best practices.  I enjoy sharing how I apply this to my own research with others.

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