New Genealogy Blogs December 31, 2011

new genealogy blogs

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:

ancestors shelby county

Ancestors of Shelby County
Blog type: Indiana genealogy, Individual family history, Midwest genealogy

Sharing Our Shelby Stories ~ Most of my ancestors settled in Shelby County, Indiana. They migrated there in the early days of the county’s history. This blog will tell their stories as they lived & died in beautiful Shelby County. If you have stories of your own ancestors that you’d like to share, please send them to me. My email address is: I am now available for research projects in North Carolina!

angels in my  ear

Angels In My Ear
Blog type: Individual family history, Writing Your Family History

Family history has become a popular past time with many people. They have learned the names and places where their roots began. But what do they really know about them? Their lives have been reduced to stark facts. Is that really their only legacy? Who were they? As a writer, I enjoy exploring characters. I want to find out who they really were and tell their stories the way they might if they could. No longer will they just be dates on a page but real people, with flaws and insecurities like the rest of us, hoping to make the future brighter for their children. We owe them our thanks. We owe them our attention. We owe them our very lives.

buried history

Buried History
Blog type: Cemetery blog

I love history and genealogy and enjoy researching pioneers buried in old cemeteries, photographing headstones. I like reading fiction that has a genealogy, historical or cemetery theme.

I belong to a local group, Vancouver Heritage Ambassadors, who do historical re-creations at local cemeteries of pioneers buried there.


Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been doing genealogy on and off since the sixth grade, when we got an assignment in school to work on our family tree.  I told my Mom, who suggested that I write to my grandmother, who was a member of the DAR.  She sent me her lineage back to the colonial days.  This got me off to an easy start, although I did learn later how difficult genealogy can be.  I also wrote to my Aunt Marie, who gave me some information on the French side of the family, and included “a dollar for a hamburger”. After all these years and having to move twice with only the things I could fit in my suitcase, I still have the original information they sent me, and I have added a lot to it.

In the last 12 years or so I have been taking genealogy more seriously, partly thanks to the ease of research on the Internet.  I am now branching out beyond Internet research, though, as I have learned of the valuable documents only available offline.

I am also starting to take classes.  This past summer I took the Boston University Genealogical Research Program class, where I learned to practice more rigorous genealogy and learned new techniques.  I also went to my first conference, held by the North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh.  I’m finding a whole new world out there as I learn more and interact with other genealogists.

I’m also hoping to get certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  This will take some time, though, but I’m doing research in preparation for that.

I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head and wanted the opportunity to write about them, so I started this blog.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hearing back from you.

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