There are 7 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week. Remember to try and help out these new blogs by:
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Here are this week’s new listings:
Blog type: Family, Scandinavia, Sweden
Most of my Swedish relatives and ancestors were notoriously silent about their lives and our family history, except for my mother. In trying to understand her, I realized I needed to listen closely to her stories and try to figure out what really happened with her parents and grandparents. What those people did affected her decisions and actions and now I see they have affected mine also.
Then my cousins and I held a reunion where we brought together our old photos, letters and stories, including rumors. It was now imperative to dive into the genealogical research (släktforskning) process. While uncovering new family members and securing their birth, marriage and death information, I found myself having more fun researching the numerous mysteries that had surfaced and was surprised at how many I was able to solve. It helped that I lived in Sweden for many years and can read the language. My family also has links with Norwegian, Finnish and Danish people.
Together with the mysteries, I was intrigued by the old photographs and what tidbits can be gleaned from them. So I wanted to provide a place where I and others can share and discuss old photos and little family mysteries and how to go about solving them. Sometimes the family stories contain inaccuracies (intentional or not), so it is important to be able to evaluate them just as a genealogist assesses his/her sources.
I hope you find the blog topics interesting and can even help me find some answers to remaining mysteries. Please send in some photos and/or mysteries of your own Scandinavian ancestors and maybe we can work on them together.
Aunt Barb’s Papers
Blog type: Family
For me, starting a genealogy blog is a little like starting genealogy research. I have lots of different ideas for my posts, just like I had lots of ancestors that I wanted to find out about.
So as not to make the same mistake I made with my research, let me take a deep breath, not get ahead of myself and introduce you to “Aunt Barb’s Papers”, and well, Aunt Barb.
Why “Aunt Barb’s Papers”?
When my niece Courtney was younger and I just started researching, I couldn’t seem to be around any of my family without showing off a print out of something I found, a census record, a death certificate or a newspaper article. She started making comments such as “here comes Aunt Barb and her papers”. Well, not so long after, Aunt Barb’s papers helped Courtney with a school assignment (although I supplied her with far more information than was needed for her assignment).
So who is Aunt Barb?
Although I have been doing research on my family for 10 calendar years, I still consider myself a beginning amateur genealogist. I am a casual researcher, putting in about 10 hours a month. I have about 9,000 individuals in my tree but many without reliable sources because when I started I wasn’t very good at recording where I got my information. So now I’m trying to go back and correct my rookie mistakes.
So, I hope that you will enjoy following along with me on my journey.
Eastlick Name Project
Blog type: Surname, United Kingdom
As administrator of a DNA Name Project in Family Tree DNA, I decided to inform and assist the project members through the development of a Blog. Now I use my Blog to share my genealogy research, as well as other researchers’ work, and as a place to provide the needed paper documentation I gain through my travels to the land where our name was first documented (Devon and Cornwall in England). Although my Blog primarily focuses on my father’s surname, my goal is to expand it to related family lines and the paper research required to document actual ancestors sharing DNA. I hope through this Blog to contribute to the field of genealogy and the expansion of DNA use in documenting our families.
Blog type: Family
My blog will contain everything to do with genealogy, including the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. I’m also looking to upload old documents, for example old apprenticeship records.
Blog type: Family
Leslie Lewis — Join me on my journey into the past.
“My goal is not to leave a detailed list of names and dates… please see my family tree on Ancestry.com for that. Here I want to talk about the process of finding out about these ancestors of mine. As I find out more about them, they come alive to me. I hope to share with you some of the exciting twists and turns along my path of research…”
Rooted In Foods
Blog type: Family, Food, Recipes
I’m a Midwestern “meat and potatoes” kind of girl. I love food, I consider family my first priority, and I’m a sucker for American heritage. All of those loves have been mixed into this site with a large splash of genealogy to top it off. I’m an only child, but was raised around aunts, uncles, and cousins “out the wazoo” … that’s Midwestern for “there’s a lot of us”. When we added all of our friends to family gatherings – because they were important, too – we grew to rather large numbers.
Food was always central to our gatherings, and the foods we ate were often from recipes handed down at least a few generations. We’re mostly German, but my Grandpa Raines made sure we had a little Scotch-Irish mixed in, too. When he and my Grandma (Schuster) married, that full blooded German line was pretty well wrecked!
Foods Grandma prepared were often German in heritage even though she would never admit it … that’s another story! My grandparents weren’t exactly poor, but as children of the Great Depression, they tended to be frugal and very economical.
Grandma raised her family on gardens, back yard chickens and found foods. She kept bacon grease in a coffee tin next to the stove. She canned and preserved food to help get through rough winters and didn’t waste anything.
Food has always been important to my family. It helps tell the story of our lives. Food is part of our heritage. It links us to our culture in ways we don’t necessarily realize and often take for granted. Food helps explain why we are who we are.
Through this site, I will share my passions with you … food, heritage, family history and, of course, recipes.
I will take some of those old recipes that take forever to prepare and remake them to fit today’s lifestyles.
I will introduce you to the “old” way of eating … a way that is making a “clean” comeback as society focuses more on local and seasonal foods.
I will introduce you to crazy things like vinegar pie and tell you why we ate them!
I hope to help you connect the dots between the generations of your own family and maybe discover something you didn’t know about yourself.
I’m Rooted in Foods … and hope you find ways to establish some roots of your own.
The Allen Gazette
Blog type: Family
This blog is my work of love and promise to my Grandmother. I promised her that I would continue her work of exploring and recording our family history. She taught me what to do and how to record the information. I hope she is proud of me. She thought I would one day write a book of our history. Times have changed and a book is definitive, in that you must mark a point in which you are done. I cannot imagine ever being done, ever feeling completed. I love playing detective, researching and hunting down information. Lucky for me, I have an alternative to writing a book as we now have blogs in which to record. We have Google maps with which we can locate addresses of ancestral homes. Add digital cameras and the easy way we upload photos, and I feel confident my grandmothers would be quite impressed with the information available to us.
This blog serves as an open notebook, where I am transcribing my notes, charts and photos of my past. I have created category pages to the left. I am picking away at them, adding information, pictures, and links. I have boxes and notebooks upon notebooks, filled with the results of hours upon hours of library work. They will all eventually be completed here.
Within this blog, you will find that I write letters to my Grandmother, it is my way of continuing my conversation with her. I miss my genealogy adventures with her.
Thanks for visiting,
P.S. The photo in the upper corner is not of my grandmother, Sarah Balentine who gave me my love of genealogy. It is of her mother, my Great Grandmother, Inez Allen Kohler. Inez was the one who wanted her children to have an appreciation of their past. She treasured it and had no modern conveniences to help her. Each generation that came after, had less interest and Sarah feared all would be lost forever. Sarah and her sister Eunice drafted me as family historian. They taught me everything and gave me what photos and papers they had stashed away in safe keeping. As I learned to fly with my own wings in this new passion, they both assured me that Great Grammy Inez would be thrilled to know she had a great grand daughter out there researching family details. Eunice once said to me, ” I never wonder where my mother is, I know she’s in the back of your car, thrilled to be heading for a day with you at the Mayflower Society library. Trust me, she’s right there beside you”.
We all wanted Inez to be proud of this work, so for all of us, I put Inez’s photo in the upper corner so she can be looking over this work that is a tribulation to her love of family history.
© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee