New Genealogy Blogs February 2, 2013

New Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 15 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:

adventures in fam hist writing

Adventures In Family History Writing
http://www.debranewton-carter.blogspot.com
Blog type: Writing Your Family History blog

This is a blog where I work on family history writing challenges. It focuses on the writing process, and things I am thinking about as I work on writing family history memoirs and/or novels.

beckys bridge to the past

Becky’s Bridge to the Past
http://www.beckysbridge.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been adding people to my family tree since I was in elementary school.  With this blog I hope to document the lives of those who came before me for the ones who will live after me.

bridging the past

Bridging The Past
http://bridgingthepast.com/blog/
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

Check out our blog to get ideas and learn about methods to incorporate social and historical context into your genealogical research. Find out about online resources that can help you place your ancestors in social and historical context. For those in the Boston area, learn about upcoming exhibits and events that are useful and interesting from a social historical context. Look for a new blog post each Monday.

Catherine Piquet Clarke

Catherine Piquet Clarke: the journals
http://catherinesjournals.blogspot.com
Blog type: Diary blog, Individual family history

Catherine Piquet Clarke was born January 8, 1880 in Hastings, Oswego County, New York. She was one of seven children. The youngest daughter of Peter J. Piquet and Fanny L. West. At the age of 15 she married Sidney H. Clarke on October 24, 1895. They went on to have ten children total, losing three boys in infancy. She wrote in her journals at the end of each day. I was lucky enough to inherit these journals. They consist of 1914 to 1925 and 1961 to 1968. She was consistent with her writing and I can only guess that there were journals from 1926 to 1960, but they are gone. She was my great grandmother, and she passed away on January 23, 1972 at the age of 92. I was born in December of 1972, I would have given anything to have met her. I have gotten to know and love her through her journals.

converging roots

Converging Roots
http://www.convergingroots.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

A former nurse, Kristen attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She will be enrolling in the Genealogical Research program online at Boston University for their Summer session as she continues to work towards certification and accreditation as a professional genealogist.

An entrepreneur, she is the owner of Tar Heel Genealogical Services, a genealogical research firm based in Eastern North Carolina, and co-owner of A & L Body Shop and RentGo Rent-A-Car in Kinston.

She does volunteer work transcribing historical documents and cemetery photography and cataloging for a local genealogical society.

Genealogy melds together many of Kristen’s interest – writing, history, research, and most importantly, family. As the mother of six, she appreciates the importance of maintaining a sense of family through genealogy.

She is also an amateur sketch artist whose preferred medium is graphite. She has recently begun learning new techniques with colored pencil as well as pastels.

Kristen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state genealogical societies, as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She has chosen to use a weblog to share her genealogical journey with her family and friends.

ellsworth county czechs

Ellsworth County Czechs
http://www.ellsworthcountyczechs.com/
Blog type: Czech genealogy, Kansas genealogy

Ellsworth County holds some special memories for me. Both my mother and father were born and raised in Ellsworth County. I spent many summer days and Christmas vacations on my grandparents’ farm in Carneiro and later at their little house a few blocks away from the Ellsworth City Park. I took my first combine ride as a preschooler on my aunt and uncle’s farm. We polka’d (or tried to) and ate kolaches at the Wilson Czech Festival. We looked up how to say different words in grandma’s Czech-English dictionary.  All of these experiences lead me to a fascination with the culture not only of Bohemia, but of the farmers who settled in Ellsworth County.

The idea for Ellsworth County Czechs came to me as I began researching my family history. Both sets of my great-grandparents came to Ellsworth County, Kansas from Bohemia in the late 1800′s. As I  wandered through census records, I noticed how many families came from Bohemia at the same time. I wanted to learn more about where these families came from and how they lived. As I learn the stories and facts about the Bohemian immigrants, where they came from and their lives in Ellsworth County, I will share them with you all.

Initially, my stories will surround my ancestors, the Vopat and Vodraska families. As I do more research, I will add information on other families. If there is a topic you want to see here, let me know and I will try and cover it.

Vitame Vas!

findmypast

Findmypast.uk Blog
http://blog.findmypast.co.uk
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, UK genealogy

Findmypast.co.uk’s blog is the place to read all our latest news first. From details of exciting new records we’ve just published and how they can help your research to advice from experts on how to trace your family tree, we cover a wide range of fascinating genealogy-related topics.

levi savage

Levi Savage
http://levisavage.wordpress.com
Blog type: Genealogy education

This blog is an ongoing case study of how to place an ancestor in social and historical context. The importance of understanding US and local history, politics, movements, and religion will be exemplified. Both primary and secondary documents will be utilized. A new post will appear each Monday.

old bones genealogy

Old Bones Genealogy
http://oldbonessearch.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

In 1969, I received a letter from a cousin I never knew and would not meet for over 20 years hence.  It was a brief outline of my paternal family beginning with a great grandfather who was born in 1849.  1849!?!?   I couldn’t get my teenage head wrapped around that concept!  1849…. The letter held my interest for a couple of days.  I asked my father if he knew anything about the information in the letter.  He knew his own immediate family: mother, father, grandmother and a couple of half-siblings, but that was the extent of it.  The letter was folded and put away for a number of years.  “What you don’t know won’t hurt you!” was the typical response from him abaout his family anf pretty much the same from my mother.  I knew her mother, my grandmother, as she lived next store to us in the old Victorian duplex in Springfield, MA along with my 2 maiden aunts.  “What you don’t know won’t hurt you!”

Fast forward to 1997.  I’m now living alone and I was looking for some software to load onto my new computer.  ”Family Tree Maker” practically jumped off the shelf, promising to help me find those lost treasures of family fame and fortune.  I pulled out the letter from my cousin and began a family tree.  It began slow and built into quite the “hobby” and now the “profession”.  My personal data base contains over 38,000 family members, some of whom are still alive!

I’ve now branched out into a field that couldn’t be farher from the profession I’ve been in from my youth.  I’ve begun writing a genealogy blog, I continue as a research associate at the Museum of Springfield History, I belong to a number of professional genealogical associations (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Genealogical Council, the Association of Professional Genealogists among others) and I’ve given a variety of genealogy presentations to a varity of groups and clubs in this area as well as a course titled “Introduction to Genealogy and Family Research”.

Married since 2007 to Karen, I couldn’t be happier.  She’s a fabulous partner and also an avid genealogist, although she’ll say she’s not as avid as me!  Well, maybe she’s right, but she’s still a fabulous partner and extraordinarily helpful and supportive.

paul milner genealogy

Paul Milner Genealogy
http://www.milnergenealogy.com
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research.

Here’s the backstory about Paul:

Paul was raised on the West Coast of northern England. A mining engineer with a degree from the Cambourne School of Mines in Cornwall, England, he came to the U.S. in 1975 to get his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. He has been in the U.S. ever since, and in 2008 he became a dual citizen of both countries. In the intervening years, Paul received two graduate degrees and traveled widely throughout the world.

Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books,  and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.

He is currently the book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter.

Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

poor irish pilgrims

Poor Irish and Pilgrims
http://pooririshandpilgrims.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Poor Irish & Pilgrims. My parents never said much about their childhoods growing up. The world before they were born into it, had no relevance and held no interest for them. They grew up in the Depression Era (1930s) and identified with Irish-American culture, though a chorus of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” on St. Patrick’s Day was the nearest thing to tradition as we had. My parents’ generation was the first to exalt the automobile, leave birth family behind, and pursue a modern life in the suburbs.

As a child I asked questions to which I never got satisfying answers, but my father did say we were English, Irish and German. Long after my father’s death, and having raised children of my own, I finally arrived at my moment and journeyed further in time and place than I’d ever imagined.

My ancestors include Mayflower passengers and Dutch settlers of New Netherland (before the British renamed it New York). Some were orthodox religionists, some zealots, and others got branded heretics. Come the American Revolution, they were patriots and loyalists, and the research goes on into the tragedies and triumphs of immigrants, refugees, heroes, villains, and eccentrics.

Digging for roots opens you up to the universal human story. It may shatter long-held beliefs, expose lies and reveal scandal. You may grieve for parents who lost a child from an illness one of your own survived. You may weep over a photo or a letter written by a person you never knew. You may feel frustrated by some dead person’s terrible decision, and smile for the once destitute immigrant who overcame all obstacles to achieve the American Dream.

I feel sorry for the families who don’t share ancestor stories. Discovering relatives whose lives played out against the backdrop of national and world history, we find context and connectedness for ourselves. When you climb the family tree, the conceit of “our people” falls away to reveal that we are all people, – and I can’t think of a more important lesson to learn.

About the author My name is Christine M. Roane, a writer in Springfield, Massachusetts with an inordinate fondness for history. My work has appeared in American History and Ancestry magazines, Learning Through History and the 3rd Edition of Scribner’s Dictionary of American History. You can contact me via genealogy at cool-universe dot com.

preserve the pensions

Preserve the Pensions Blog
http://www.preservethepensions.org/blog/
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Military history blog

The bicentennial of what’s been called “America’s Second Revolution” began on June 18, 2012 and over the next three years, the public will turn its attention towards key anniversary events including the Burning of the White House and the Writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

What better time than now to also highlight the importance of saving the War of 1812 Pension Files? Our community has a proven track record of winning previous document preservation battles and we will win this fight.

Thankfully we have partners such as the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, fold3 and Ancestry.com who have generously donated time, money and resources. But event with this level of support we can’t do it alone.

Stay tuned here at the Preserve the Pensions blog for updates, success stories of researchers using the War of 1812 Pension Files and more.

the bizzy bees family

The Bizzy Bee’s Family History Journal
http://www.thebizzybeesfamilyhistoryjournal.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a blog where I share collateral historical research, or just thoughts about the direction my family history research is going. It has a more relaxed tone than the home blog, In Black and White: Cross-Cultural Genealogy.

twisted twigs on gnarled branches

Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches
http://twistedtwigsgnarledbranches.blogspot.com/
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy. I’m Deidre Erin, one of the twisted twigs.

I’ve began researching my family tree at the inquisitive age of 12 after discovering an error on my Grandma Jayne’s framed Mayflower family tree. While researching my 10th Great-Grandfather, Edward Winslow, it turned out that Edward  was actually a Great-Granduncle. His brother, Kenelm, was my 10th Great-Grandfather. That’s where a mild interest in my family tree became the full on obsession it is today.

I’ve been asked quite a few times why I chose the name “Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches”. Maybe because I thought I was half Sicilian until I was 13 (Grandma Jayne remarried when my Mom was 12 and had a few more kids). Perhaps it was the four fun filled months I spent creating a Kennedy/McDonell family tree just using St. Alphonse Roman Catholic Church records from Chapeau, Quebec. No, I didn’t go off the genealogical deep end. That project (5-6 hrs a day, 7 days a week) was just to figure out which Kennedy family my orphaned 2nd Great Grandma (Kennedy) Fitzpatrick belonged to. The payoff was huge and I’m currently working on my application for United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (UELAC) membership. The twists and turns can be a bit overwhelming so there will be an accompanying public family tree on Ancestry.com with sources and photos.

I am blessed to have had ancestors that held government positions, founded towns, came to America on well researched ships, fought in wars and applied for pensions (or their widows did). They also attended churches that protected their vital records and enjoyed being in the newspaper. Of course, there are a few that I swear were in the witness protection program even before such a program existed and quite a few black sheep that always found themselves in some sort of trouble. After 20 years of research, I am pretty pleased with my progress.

Anyways, let’s see what becomes of this. I’m dedicating this blog to my Mom, who drove me batty with her trips down memory lane during vacations at the family cottage. Her “when I was <insert age here>” stories were full of viable family history (dates, names, locations, etc) and all I could focus on was fishing the summer away. As I entered my teenage years, the trips to the cottage with Mom became less frequent and the stories were lost forever when Mom developed Alzheimer’s in 2005. What I wouldn’t give to go back to those vacations and “pay attention” as my Grandma Jayne would say.

yet another jones

Yet Another Jones
http://yetanotherjones.blogspot.co.uk/
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m calling it Yet Another Jones as Jones crops up more than a few times! I’m based in Britain and my paternal family is Welsh while the maternal side is English. The Welsh side includes all sorts of common names, Jones, Morris, Owens and Thomas; the English, Brown and Little so my blog will deal with some of the common problems of researching ‘ordinary’ names.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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