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New Genealogy Blogs 3 January 2015

14 newly-discovered genealogy blogs the week ending 3 January 2015 at GeneaBloggers covering all types of genealogy!

14 newly-discovered genealogy blogs the week ending 3 January 2015 at GeneaBloggers covering all types of genealogy!

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:

ancestrystuff

ancestrystuff
http://ancestrystuff.chachich.com/
Blog type: Family

Main purpose is to list items (such as my father’s old photos) that may be helpful to other people researching their ancestry. Most content will be from Detroit, Michigan area.

curryaus

CurryAus
https://curryaus.wordpress.com
Blog type: Australia, Surname

My maiden name is Curry, in this blog I will record progress and stories from the CurryAus Surname study (registered with The Surname Society) which aims to record genealogical data for all Currys, their spouses and descendants who are living or have lived in Australia.

der genealoge

der Genealoge – Familienforschung für die Ohren
http://www.dergenealoge.de
Blog type: German

der Genealoge is a blog and a podcast about German genealogy. I blog about general topics of genealogy in Germany, research tips, archives, commercial genealogy and genealogy society news. The podcast is published on a monthly basis and covers stories from the blog with an featured interview guest.

expanding branches

Expanding Branches
http://expandingbranches.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Family

I am just a person who has found genealogy interesting for a long time and I want to share with you the interesting historical facts and mysteries I find along the way. I want to offer tips when I can and links to places that could help you on your journey.

This blog will primarily follow families that come from areas of Tennessee, but the journey of some will take us around the country and around the world.

Something I find most fascinating is when I can take my research and discovery beyond the name, birth and death dates, beyond the census and dig deep into who the person was and what life was like for them. We can bring them to life like the character in a book. This is what I think genealogists truly strive to accomplish. History is like a puzzle where you don’t always have all the pieces.

I hope you enjoy my blog and I hope that anyone who may be searching for these same branches might be able to fill in some gaps in their own research.

Genealogie - Familien Kracke

Genealogie | Familien Kracke & Schneider – Blog
http://www.kracke.org/blog/
Blog type: Family, German

Genealogie | Familien Kracke & Schneider – Blog, is my private blog about my research of the families Kracke and Schneider.

identify a photo

Identify A Photo
http://id-a-photo.blogspot.com
Blog type: Forensic Genealogy, Photos

Our blog is all about finding identities to unidentified lost photographs. We have volunteers who work on behalf of all those that contribute to seek out and find the identities with the goal of reuniting these photos with their families. We work mostly with genealogy photographs but also with those that are lost in a natural disaster such as a tornado. We do all of it free of charge. Please feel free to upload your lost photos today, we will do our best for your photo!

j gray researching

J Gray Researching
http://jgraydiscovery.com/
Blog type: Family

Retired US Army

Independent Family Historian and Genealogist, has a combined 40 years of service in the areas of history, genealogy, communications and marketing. Her focus of collegiate studies was in Communications and Psychology. Joyceann’s historical and genealogical research is on her family movements from Virginia to Canada & Liberia. From Kentucky and Tennessee to Kansas and from Kansas and Canada to Nebraska. Her writings will cover all during the 18th through the 20th centuries. Her goal is to bring alive the stories of achievements and legacies that her ancestors left for present and future generations.

While on active duty in the Army stationed at Fort Gordon, GA, she volunteered as the Director of the Heritage Unity Festival for Augusta, Ga. 1996 and again in 1997.  The festival was hailed as the largest festival ever in the Augusta-Richmond area bringing over 15,000 people. The first festival in 1996, was second only to the grand opening day of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta the same day. The Mayor of Augusta-Richmond, Larry E. Sconyers, declared 18 July 1996 “Unity Day” and on 20, July, 1997 “City Wide Annual Unity Day.”

Of late, Joyceann has presented some of her work to the Middle Potomac History Researchers at the Josephine School Community Museum in Berryville, Virginia.  She also recorded her research on the Hatter family, for E-Learning- Jim Surkamp Presentations for American Public University System.

Joyceann is married to a wonderful man; Kenneth Gray Sr. and they have five children and six grandchildren. Living in Northern Virginia, she is in the process of writing a biographical novel about her Ancestors lives and their legacy.

jennys genealogy blog

Jenny’s Genealogy Blog
http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au
Blog type: Australia, Education, Family

My blog covers reports of conferences etc that I attend (e.g. http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/family-history-conference-in-canberra.html), new resources I have discovered that are useful for genealogists (e.g. http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/launch-of-biographical-database-of.html), new approaches to genealogical research (e.g. http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/my-genealogical-epiphany.html) and posts about my own family history (e.g. http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/one-lucretia-or-two-mystery-solved.html).

linda newmans family tree

Linda Newman’s Family Tree
http://linda-family-tree.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Family

Following the suggestion of Michael John Neill of “Genealogy Tip of the Day” I have started a blog detailing some of my family tree information and research in the hopes of connecting with others interested in genealogy and maybe even distant family members!

I have been interested in discovering my family tree since I was a child. But other than writing down my parents names, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins I really didn’t start working on it until 1994 or so. I didn’t have anyone telling me how to do research so I didn’t get very far, although I did find some information.

My mother was also working on researching her side of the family tree, and when I moved back to California in 1995 I learned about using census records at the National Archives in San Francisco. When my mom died in 1997 I inherited all her research, and have been working on it off and on since then.

Course my early research contains many undocumented facts because like many I didn’t understand the importance of using source information. Have been trying to go back and fill in those blank spots.

I love to talk to others about family history so feel free to comment and/or send me a message.

My children’s sweet 16 are: Lucier, Delisle, Bowens, Adams, Riordan, Mooney, Janvrin, Miers, Newman, Simmons, Boyer, Antrim, Busch, Shields, Morgan, George. In future posts I will post a general Ahnentafel Chart as well as descendant charts for specific ancestors, as well as some blogs on my research.

massachusetts backwards

Massachusetts Backwards
http://minniehowe.blogspot.com
Blog type: Canada, Family, Ireland, Massachusetts, New England, Scotland

Started blog in February 2013 to find information about John Sorell, Jr. married to Minnie Howe my biological Great-grandmother then changed the name to Massachusetts backwards so I could include all my ancestors.  Still a work in progress.

pat burns

Pat Burns
http://patburns.com/blog/
Blog type: Family

Hi, my name is Pat Burns.  I am retired, living with my wonderful husband and two cats in Apex, North Carolina.  My hobbies are genealogy (obviously), reading, writing and enjoying my granddaughter and family.

questions and ancestors

Questions & Ancestors
http://questionsandancestors.blogspot.com
Blog type: Family

This is my second genealogy blog started in January 2014 for the 52 ancestors challenge.  The first was GROWING THE FAMILY TREE (http://growingthefamilytree.blogspot.com).

straitfromNJ

StraitFromNJ
http://straitfromnj.wordpress.com
Blog type: Family, New Jersey

I intend this to be a place to share family history, photos, stories, and genealogical information about all the fascinating folks in my tree, both alive and deceased. Mainly from Sussex County, New Jersey, with a good smattering of Eastern Pennsylvania (Monroe and Northampton Counties) thrown in for good measure. Strait, Repsher, Westra, Kimble, Hunt, Karthauser, Bonser and Longcor relatives are just a few that will be falling out of the tree. Enjoy!

the family yarn

The Family Yarn
http://familyyarn.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Family, Writing

Whether we realize it or not, our lives revolve around stories. “How was school today?” “What did you do over the holidays?” “Did you see that play in the fourth quarter?” We watch the news and read the paper to find out who did what where when, how, and (if we’re lucky) why.

In a different time and a different culture, the stories of a people passed down through the generations orally. Here in twenty-first century America, the written word reigns supreme, whether on paper on in pixels. Much of our family history, however, exists only in memory, tradition, and speculation.

Any given family likely has at least one person who researches genealogy, but one person can only do so much. Each of us has our own voice and our own view of the world; one researcher per extended family can never hope to capture everyone’s stories. We all have countless stories to tell; why not record yours for the generations to come?

If we have questions about how our great-grandparents lived, how much more will our great-grandchildren muse about our lives in the early twenty-first century? To leave a legacy for future generations and explain how they came to be who they will become, we should take steps to record our personal history and experiences.

Daunting? Certainly, but I don’t think it has to be.

But I’m not a genealogist! You don’t need a degree, a certification, or even a library card to start recording your own family history. Start with what you know — yourself, your parents, your kids — and work from there. Write your story and worry about the technical genealogy stuff later. If you never get past recording the story of your own life, then the genealogy world will still be richer for it.

But I’m not a writer! Again, you don’t need to know the finer points of character development or how to properly use the Oxford comma in order to tell your story. Just get your memories out of your head and onto something physical: a page, a computer, or an audiotape. If you’re visually inclined, paint a picture or shoot a video, then describe why it tells your family’s story. Your descendants will thank you for whatever effort you spend in recording your history.

Genealogy is boring – all those dates and places get me lost. There are a lot of dry facts involved with genealogy and there are a lot of rules that people put forth on how to keep all of that data organized. Names, dates, and places are the skeleton of a family’s history – without them there is no structure. To many, just looking at a skeleton is boring, and perhaps a little morbid. We are much more comfortable looking at a person’s eyes, skin, hair – the flesh that presents an attractive face to the world. That flesh, though, relies on the skeleton for attachment, something to anchor the whole body together.

I suggest that if you find the basic names, dates, and places too dry, you start with the stories of your family. Write about your high school years or your mom’s fried chicken. Record the memories of your kids’ first vacation or that time your dad took you fishing. The vital records will come, but for now just start writing and see if you don’t get hooked by your own family story.

© 2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

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