New Genealogy Blogs July 23, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 12 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 the Follow feature if the blog is hosted on Blogger
  • adding them to your blog reader
  • adding a comment on their blog saying “hi” and “welcome”

Here are this week’s new listings:

countryfolk

Countryfolk
http://rondan.blogspot.com
Blog type: Indiana genealogy, Individual family history, Kentucky genealogy, Midwest genealogy

Just a country girl growing up in Indiana with Kentucky roots and a touch of a genealogy fanatic.

I am a volunteer Assistant Archivist at the Brown County Historical Society and am also President of the Brown Co. Genealogical Society. I can give tips on where to find records in Brown County, Indiana. I am also a freelance Graphic Designer and have done work for non-profits.

empty nest genealogy

Empty Nest Genealogy
http://emptynestgenealogy.emptynestheritage.com
Blog type: Genealogy education

Genealogy tips, hints, research, family trees and extensive online database and family tree with hundreds of surnames.

heraldry

Heraldry: Musings on an Esoteric Topic
http://blog.appletonstudios.com
Blog type: Genealogy education

I’m an Academic Herald. I’m not a “real” herald; I don’t design and register people’s coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. (You can find some of my books about heraldry and a list of my articles and presentations about heraldry at “Our Website” below.) And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you’ll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to ask or let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

just folks

Just Folks
http://www.justfolks.us
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Dana,  and I’m a genealogist.  (Hmm,  when I say that I feel like I should be at some sort of rehab meeting. But where’s the fun in that?)

As genealogists go,  I’m a hobbyist in transition;  I have aspirations to become professional and am actively pursuing that goal,  but I know it will take a lot of time and work before I reach that stage. I began researching my family intensively in 2007 and it became an obsession almost immediately. Though I tried looking into my family history somewhat in years prior,  I truly am a child of the information/technology age;  it wasn’t until internet genealogy really took off and Ancestry.com commercials were everywhere I turned that I finally dipped my toe back in the family history water. Very quickly,  the sticky tentacles of genealogy wrapped around my toe,  my ankle,  and the rest of me,  pulling me under into an intoxicating world of mystery and history. I never resurfaced. My family and friends are kind enough to smile and nod when I go on (and on and on) about my latest discoveries. Recently,  DearMyrtle’s ‘Blogging for Beginners’  inspired me to take the next step in chronicling my ancestors,  my research and my progress towards professionalism,  and this blog was born.

The title of this blog was inspired by my mother;  when I was growing up,  she would always comment on any celebrity or acquaintance acting too big for their britches with ‘We’re all just folks.’   It was a healthy reminder not to let the opinions of others weigh me down,  nor to act too high and mighty myself. It’s a fundamentally American concept,  one of utter equality and simplicity,   and it fits beautifully for the families I am descended from. My maternal and paternal lines were primarily hard-working,  simple folks. Most were farmers. Some were illiterate. A few were merchants or tailors. Many were soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. They lived in New England,  in the Midwest,  in the West,  in the South,  but none of them are recent immigrants. Most arrived in the 1600s and 1700s of the lines I’ve been able to trace thus far,  and the latest immigrant in the family I’ve found arrived from England in the 1840s. There’s no presidents there,  nor great artists or other celebrities;  there’s just folks – generations of hard-working people helping to shape a nation and trying to carve out lives for their families. It wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t always pretty,  but it’s something essentially American,  and something I’m proud to claim.

So,  welcome to ‘Just Folks’  –  be sure to take a look at the ‘Family Surnames’  page and see if we have any ancestors in common. I’d love to hear from you!

our family brick walls

My Family Brick Walls
http://myfamilybrickwalls.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

For almost 60 years, I have been engaged in extensive research putting together my family tree and have published a website listing 12 of these ancestor trees and 6 descendent charts. Along the way, I have encountered numerous “brick walls”, which are genealogical research problems that seem impossible to solve. While my website includes a list of these brick walls, I have decided to supplement it with this blog. Some of the brick walls you will read here have been resolved, while others have not. My hope is that readers will perhaps have answers or possible different solutions to the ones I have presented.

my forefathers

My Forefathers
http://myforefathers.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I enjoy baking and cooking, along with sewing, scrapbooking, family history and many crafty things. I am a mother, grandmother, and a Mormon. Born and raised in CA, lived in TX and now the mid-west. I’ve had many types of jobs but still love baking the most. Please feel free to visit all my blogs: http://domesticatedengineer.blogspot.com/, http://mymomsfilebox.blogspot.com/, http://myforefathers.blogspot.com/ Domesticated Engineer blog is the main, where I put my recipes and a little of this and that. My Moms Recipe Box, is where I am going through the recipe file box of my mother’s and putting the recipes she has collected. Also I am trying to cook up most of the recipes and showing how to cook or bake it up. My Forefathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters is the main family history blog. Enjoy our times as a family with us!

pima county genealogy club

Pima County Genealogy Club
http://pimacountygenealogyclub.blogspot.com
Blog type: Arizona genealogy, Genealogical societies

The Pima County Genealogy Club is now being organized. It is being organized for educational and research purposes and to foster the need to preserve family and local history. We are located in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA.

reflections

Reflections
http://www.kathrynsmithlockhard.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Finding one’s ancestry is a journey of love and fascination. I say is, not was, because the search never ends, as one is always looking for another link, pursuing another story. Each ancestor uncovered feels as if one has found a piece of gold; excitement heightens and you never want the journey to end.

My welcome mat is always out as an open invitation to you.

related topics

Related Topics
http://relatedtopics.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been hooked on searching my family’s history since 1972. Forced into semi-retirement, I finally have one of the key ingredients to continue researching….Time. On these pages I will be sharing some of my victories and venting about some of the brick walls we all keep  bashing our heads against.

solomon goss

Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio
http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Midwest genealogy, Ohio genealogy

This blog is about the life of Solomon Goss, his ancestors, and his descendants.  I have been studying Solomon Goss for a long time and have decided that it is time to share what I know and don’t know about the Goss, Keller, Delano, and Spracklin families.   See the Welcome post dated July 21, 2011 for more information.

I have done a lot of research on my own, however, a lot of other researchers have contributed to my knowledge by giving me clues.  I believe in giving them credit for their efforts.  Therefore, those that have given me permission to share will be honored on this blog and I will be happy to refer you to them for more information on their lines.

On the other hand, there are those who have expressly asked me to seek their permission about publishing their findings.  I will honor my promises to them as well and seek out that permission or direct others to them for more information. This will be a big undertaking, so I ask you to be patient!

If you wish to follow along you can subscribe by clicking on the sidebar widget.  It will send to you an email of the most recent newly published post. You will have to fill in your email in the subscription box but it is private and I am the only one who knows who has subscribed.  I promise I will protect it.  WordPress does not have the Follower with the little icons that can be added to a blog.  The subscription box is how they do it.

the genealogy trip

The Genealogy Trip
http://www.thegenealogytrip.com
Blog type: Individual family history

When I was a kid, I’d ride the city bus from suburban Granger to downtown Salt Lake to visit the Genealogy Library. At the time, it was located in the LDS Church Business Offices. I rode the elevator with people on their way to do important business. Men in suits carrying briefcases and women in skirts and crisp blouses clutching clipboards. They acted like there was nothing unusual in my being there. Someone would smile, ask, “what floor?”, and up we’d go.

The library itself was like any library- quiet and cool. There were rows upon rows of big binders holding the secrets of people from the past. I found my mother’s family there. I didn’t know much about them. My grandfather, Herbert Winfield Knight, died long before I was born and the history of my mother’s people was a mystery to me. Little did I know, that the mystery was deliberate, but I’ll save that story for another time.

I approached one of the librarians most reverently (I have always held librarians in high esteem) and asked for her help; microfilm, microfiche? I didn’t have a clue. Was the lady in cat-eye glasses as ancient as I remember? I doubt it, but she did instruct me in a no-nonsense manner and I paid close attention. She also told me about the observation deck on the twenty-sixth floor where I could view the whole Salt Lake Valley. I knew this was the coolest place in the world.

After a few more trips I hit the dreaded brick wall, the dead end-and lost patience. I was thirteen and my interest turned elsewhere-clothes, boys, the next party. It would be three decades before I would get back to my family history.

A big thanks- to my parents who weren’t afraid to let me go downtown by myself , Utah Transit Authority for the ride, and the nice Mormons who treated a kid with respect.

youth genealogy & historical research

Youth Genealogy & Historical Research
http://www.youthgenealogy.com
Blog type: Genealogy education

This blog is designed to be a community blog where genealogists, family historians, and other lovers of history can share tips and resources to aid in the teaching of genealogy and historical research to young people.

This blog will also highlight news about youth involved in genealogy and historical research projects. Youth Genealogy and Historical Research blog is owned by Genealogist and Family Historian Drusilla Pair of http://www.professordru.com/ and http://www.findyourfolks.blogspot.com/.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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