New Genealogy Blogs May 14, 2011

new genealogy blogs

[Editor's Note: this is a regular feature of GeneaBloggers which highlights new genealogy and family history-related blogs as well as those recently discovered by members of GeneaBloggers. Use the Suggest A Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 11 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1912 genealogy blogs on our list! 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:

an apple falls

An Apple Falls
http://anapplefalls.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

I have it again, Genealogy Fever. It’s been some time since I’ve actively worked on my family history. It wasn’t just watching Who Do You Think You Are? or getting involved in DAR again that rekindled the fever. I needed something else to occupy my mind and family history was the answer. The Genealogy Fever hadn’t broken, it had just been in remission and now it’s back.

ancestornews

AncestorNews
http://ancestornews.com
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

I’m Nancy Hendrickson, professional genealogy researcher, family tree book consultant, author, and genealogy instructor.

AncestorNews and Family History Writers are owned and operated by Nancy Hendrickson, author of five non-fiction books, and over 300 magazine and newsletter article. She is an instructor at Family Tree University and a Contributing Editor for Family Tree Magazine.

(Why the image?  I was recently awarded the Diamond Status as an Expert Author – an award in which I take a lot of pride.)

Nancy is an expert in Internet genealogy, using her experience to help fellow genealogists find their ancestors online.

Nancy’s interest in preserving family history began in childhood, when she spent time with her grandmothers. Both were avid storytellers and regaled her with tales of wagon trains, Civil War battles, Indians, and prairie fires.

BJMs Cemetery Discoveries

BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries
http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com
Blog type: Cemetery blog

Cemeteries and tombstones are important in genealogical and family research. They make the lives of our ancestors real and remind us that others have walked this earth before us. I have collected cemetery photos and tombstone photos over the years on my research journeys to find my own ancestors and help my clients. I need to share my findings, knowledge and experience of these cemeteries which are scattered throughout the United States.

I am not an expert on cemeteries. There are others who have written books on the subject like Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and her book “Your Guide to Cemetery Research.”  Ms. Carmack has a website that you can find more information on this book and others she has written:  http://www.warrencarmack.com/sharon/aboutsharon.htm  I have attended lectures at national conferences by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG who has worked on projects documenting cemeteries and here is a link to her website:  http://www.powellgenealogy.com/Lectures/lectures.html

holtdale farm tuscy

Holtdale Farm on the Tuscy
http://www.holtdale.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This is the beginning of a blog intended to do several things: (1) Follow the first twenty years of my life spent on a small farm in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at the tail end of the transition from the horse and buggy to the more modern forms of travel and electronic communication, and (2), have you meet my family and ancestors as I have come to know them through research in the Holt, Childs, Davis, Thornhill and other family related lines such as Kennedy, Ecoff, Fry, Blake, Corley, Holmes, Smith, Critchlow, Windle and others. In some of the lines they have been traced to the immigrant, and occasionally, to those who remained in the old country. My hope is that some of you who find your way to my blog can help me further my research into any and all of my family ancestral lines. Above all, I want your comments, critical, informative, identifying mistakes, adding to my research or telling me you like what I’m doing or don’t and why. I look forward to hearing from you.

mairsie dotes

Mairsie Dotes and Dosie Dotes
http://mairsiedotes.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Alice Moore was my paternal grandmother. She was also, quite often, my babysitter. And she would sing me to sleep with that song. It was quite a bit later that she sang it correctly, and not nearly as much fun!

She surprised Mom, one day. She was babysitting, and when Mom came home, she found Gram sitting at the piano and playing some tunes. Mom had no idea that Gram could play the piano. What she found out that day is that Gram used to play for the silent movies, the talkies, at the theatre.

I am the daughter of Donald Malcolm Moore (1922 – 2005) and my mother, whose maiden name is Holmes (1922 – living in 2011). I have several blogs, including a couple of family history blogs, one featuring the Moore’s and one the Holmes’s. Those two, however, I want to keep private. This one is to go to Geneabloggers. Just for fun. And maybe, just maybe, to share something of value to someone else, or to pick up a little tidbit that will help my family tree to grow. And most of all, to be part of a community who collectively likes the same things I do. Graveyards. Antiques. Dead people. Because, without those things, well, people, I wouldn’t be here now, would I!

My name is Peggy. I am married, and I have two daughters, both in their 20′s, also a brother and a sister. I won’t be saying much about them. They are still alive and well. This is my genealogy and my family history. Sometimes it will be Moore, and sometimes Holmes, and sometimes the other names that grafted into my family tree.

“You’re never safe from surprises until you’re dead.” Marilla, the play, Anne of Green Gables.

no descendants

No Descendants
http://nodescendants.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

Many genealogists that I know are researching their family history and preserving family documents for their posterity. That begs the question, why do I do family history research, since I have no descendants? Well, I’ve been actively researching my ancestry since the 1970s, long before I knew that I was unable to have children. But my passion for genealogy is rooted in the thrill of the hunt, rather than what I’m saving for future generations.

I do have a lot of extended family members who may or may not be interested in all of the research I have done, so I’ve decided to start this blog to share some of me and some of my findings with them (and anyone else who is interested).

not even one empty chair

Not Even One Empty Chair
http://notevenoneemptychair.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This website is dedicated to finding my relatives in England. The surnames that I am looking for are: Palmer, Glaister, Corkhill, & Postlethwaite.

My father and I used to search for his family together. We were not very successful. After his passing in June of 2008 I decided to rededicate myself to giving it one more try. So for the year 2010 I worked every spare minute that I had on finding my family that I do not know in England. It is now 2011 and I am still on the search. I have decided that I need to connect with common descendants, thus this blog.

pennsylvania wanderings

Pennsylvania Wanderings
http://pawanderings.blogspot.com
Blog type: Individual family history, Pennsylvania genealogy

Seeking out my ancestors who settled in Pennsylvania in 1769 in the Wyoming Valley by the Susquehanna River. Trip dates: September 1 to September 21, 2008.

the barclays of pine river

The Barclays of Pine River
http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

The current header photo of this blog is taken at the Crow Wing State Park in 2000.  I am walking along the banks of the Mississippi River.  Here is a link to this state park where they are retracing the Red River Trail.  On the left is a link to an article about this site.  The picture is close to this one that I took:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/crow_wing/index.html  When I was in Minnesota we followed the Mississippi as much as we could as we traveled throughout the state of Minnesota in search of family history.

This blog is about my great grandparents Amarilla and George Angus Barclay.  George is given the credit for being the founder of the city of Pine River, Minnesota.  Pine River is located about the center of the state of Minnesota.  It is north of Brainerd and before you get to Walker the county seat of Cass County.

This blog will cover their lives:

  • George’s origins as best I can report at this time.
  • His Civil War experiences including his brother Alexander and his father John.
  • George’s life in Minnesota after the Civil War up to 1873.
  • George’s Trading post in Pine River and his land purchases
  • The Marriage of George and Amarilla
  • Various events that happened in the life of George and Amarilla in Pine River
  • Their son George Alexander Barclay and his death.
  • Grace their daughter, her marriage to Ronald S. McDonald and a little on the children.
  • George’s father John Barclay and his two families.
  • George’s Murder – Coroner’s Inquest, trial and the aftermath.
  • Amarilla’s birth in Iowa and migration to Minnesota.
  • Amarilla’s family – The two marriages of her father Daniel D. Spracklin.
  • Amarilla’s Mayflower and DAR connections.
  • Amarilla’s other grandparents John Keller and Mary Delano

Here is a list of surnames associated with my family.  I will probably add to this list as I go along, but we will start with this surname list for now:

  • MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell/Macdonnell
  • Barclay, Barkley, Barckley
  • Boardman, Bordman
  • Brown
  • Ward
  • Spracklin, Spracklen
  • Goss
  • Keller
  • Delano
  • Cooley
  • Wolcott
  • Hayward
  • Bliss
  • Vassall
  • Hopkins
  • Prescott
  • White
  • Andrews
  • Scott
  • Kendall
  • Richardson

Locations covered will be:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington State.   In Canada we have New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

the boardmans and browns

The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg
http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

This blog is about my mother’s side of the family.  My mother was Marjorie Boardman MacDonald and she was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 1911 and died on 10 March 1984. She was a registered nurse and a homemaker.  She and my father Keith B. MacDonald raised 3 children of which I am the youngest. There are descendants but for privacy reasons I will not share too much in that area for they are living.

I will probably add to this list as I go along, but we will start with this surname list for now:

  • MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell/Macdonnell
  • Boardman, Bordman
  • Campbell
  • Pendergast
  • Lee
  • McMurray
  • Brown
  • Ward
  • Duncan
  • Dalton
  • Slater
  • Cahan
  • Davidson
  • Butler
  • Colbeck
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Cuthbert

Locations covered will be:  Minnesota, Washington State, Nevada, California, Michigan. In Canada we have New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

the man who lived airplanes

The Man Who Lived Airplanes: The Life of Keith B. MacDonald
http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is about my father Keith’s life and his ancestors.  He was your average kinda guy, a little hokey because he grew up at the tail end of Vaudeville through the 1920′s, 1930′s and 1940′s and he liked silly stuff.  He loved airplanes and worked all his life among them.  One day he mentioned to me that there was Mayflower in his family line and he was correct.  His sister Miriam also mentioned it in her notes that she sent to me about the family.  I started studying the family seriously back in 1998 and it has exploded ever since.  In the Overview (January 2010) post I gave a listing of the things we will cover in this blog.  It will probably lead to other blogs about the family because it is so huge.

I looked at webpages but decided I preferred a more casual approach.  Websites are rather complicated and I am not a techy.  I tried blogging before and really enjoyed it so I think this will be a better way to share the story of my family and my research todate.  In addition, there are lot of wonderful photographs that my father left me that would be great to share.  I have taken many of my own on this journey to discover my family.  All I ask of you is that if you see a picture that you like you please ask me about it first before you make a copy.

I will probably add to this list as I go along, but we will start with this surname list for now:

  • MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell/Macdonnell
  • Barclay, Barkley, Barckley
  • Boardman, Bordman
  • Brown
  • Ward
  • Spracklin, Spracklen
  • Goss
  • Keller
  • Delano
  • Cooley
  • Wolcott
  • Hayward
  • Bliss
  • Vassall
  • Hopkins
  • Prescott
  • White
  • Andrews
  • Scott
  • Kendall
  • Richardson

Locations covered will be:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington State.   In Canada we have New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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