New Genealogy Blogs September 19, 2009

new genealogy blogs

[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 Geneablog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

This week we offer 17 new genealogy and family-history related blogs and we now list 619 in our blog 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”
– adding them to your Networked Blogs on Facebook

Here are this week’s new listings:

albany hillstowns

Albany Hilltowns History and Genealogy
Blog type: New York genealogy

Albany Hilltowns History and Genealogy blog is a companion to Albany County Hilltowns History and Genealogy Facebook group, and to The four “hilltowns” in Western Albany County, NY are Berne, Knox, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville. This blog will keep you posted on what is new on the Albany Hilltowns site.

a little bit of irish

A Little Bit Of Irish – My Mother’s People In Australia
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history, Irish genealogy

This blog will be used for messages related to genealogical research into various branches of pioneering families, settled in Australia, whose surnames were Walker, Hickey, O’Keefe, Dixon, Kennedy, Cranston, etc.

The results of research into my maternal genealogy are assembled in the form of an evolving book, whose chapters can be downloaded from an associated website, accessible through a button located in the right-hand column of the present blog, just below my portrait. Links to other relevant websites will soon be indicated within the present blog.

alvies genealogy spot

Alvie’s Genealogy Spot
Blog type: Individual family history

I live in central Florida and have been involved in genealogy since about 1963. My desire to learn and absorb more about genealogy led me down a path that I never had plans to walk. After about 20 years of doing research for myself and others who asked for my help, I decided to make genealogy my life’s vocation. In 1986 I began earning enough money in research that I decided to leave my “day job” and put my full time efforts into something I love more.

By the year 2000 I had enough experience to apply to the Board for Certification for certification as a genealogist and never once have I looked back. Now I am reaching the age where most people retire but I don’t plan to step off the stage of research. My plans are to train my daughter (who has a college education with a minor in history) to bring her education and office skills to my office and see if this will work for her.

bayside blog

Bayside Blog
Blog type: Crafts, Genealogy vendor, Individual family history

Welcome to my new blog, which will cover topics related to genealogical and historical research, archives and scrapbooking, all of which are aspects of my new business — Bayside Research Services, LLC. I’m excited to join the community of genealogy bloggers and hope that my additional focus on preserving materials through scrapbooks will be of interest to others.

If you aren’t already familiar with me, you can find out more here:  I am owner and personal archivist at Bayside Research Services, LLC, where I offer assistance with genealogical and historical research for individuals and organizations. Here is the homepage for Bayside Research Services: I am also a Creative Memories consultant, which allows me to offer photo-safe scrapbook materials and services to those who may be interested. Here is my Creative Memories site:  I welcome your comments and suggestions as I get this blog and my business off the ground!

gail grunst

Gail Grunst Genealogical Services
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy vendor

Welcome to Genealogy Research and Services by Gail Grunst. I provide general genealogical research services for Northern Illinois. I also conduct genealogy classes and one-on-one instruction or consultation.

Whenever I talk about genealogy to beginners they say, “I don’t know where to start.” They think they need to go on the Internet and there are so many sites they don’t know where to begin. But actually the Internet is not the place to start. There are many good uses of the Internet for genealogy, but you need to do some leg work first. So where do you start? It is so easy and so basic that most people don’t realize it is right under their nose. You start with yourself.

historic towns dutchess county

Historic Towns of Dutchess County
Blog type: New York genealogy

Official blog of “Historic Towns of Dutchess County”, a quality family and local history magazine advancing the goals of cultural heritage tourism in Dutchess County, New York. Subscribe by visiting us at

history by brubaker

History by Brubaker
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my blog. The goal with this page is to open discussion and share information regarding family history and local history. Your input and comments would be appreciated. I look forward to any comments or criticisms you might want to forward. Finally, I hope you find the information on the page useful and entertaining.

lessons from my ancestors

Lessons From My Ancestors
Blog type: Individual family history

Exploring the world around me through the eyes of my ancestors. Posting about my research, life, and the important lessons we can all learn from our ancestors.

life bowl cherries

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Blog type: Individual family history

I am fascinated with the written words of our ancestors, what they wore, ate, and how they lived their lives. I think that they have valuable information and lessons to share with us if we listen with our hearts to their stories. My love of history also includes studying Abraham Lincoln and the life and times of the Civil War as well as period costume design.

My family history quest began in high school. When I went to the Fort Wayne Allen County Public Library and watched my mother search the census records for genealogy information for her family genealogy book. She read the microfilm pages with the beautiful scripted names on the census records, and I wished I could learn more about our family’s history.

Years later a letter written about 1927 by a family member was circulated through the family. The letter told about our family immigrating to the United States, settling in North Carolina, and moving on to Greene County, Indiana. When I had the opportunity to live in North Carolina I began my own genealogy work on our family history, and I now have over 7,000 individuals in my family history data base.

I come from a family of story tellers, we love to write and tell our family’s story. If my ancestor that wrote our family history in 1927 were alive today, he would probably use current technology and write a genealogy blog to share our family’s story.

low country africana

Low Country Africana
Blog type: African-American genealogy

Development of Low Country Africana was funded by The Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC. We are deeply grateful for their sponsorship.

Low Country Africana is entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture.

mikes genealogy blog

Mike’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Michael Richard McAfee and this is my genealogy blog. My goal is to make readers aware of genealogy news and to publish compiled family groups. I hope you enjoy your stay here.

my medieval genealogy

My Medieval Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

When I began researching my family’s genealogy, I had no idea that I would ever find any information beyond a few generations. I figured that the memory of my grandparents would be about as far as I could go into the past. I have been amazed at how far I have gone.

I began thinking I might have some ancestors who came through Ellis Island and all the romance that goes with that, which we are taught about in school. Maybe I might have some ancestors who came here from Europe during either WWI or WWII.

My ancestors have all been here far longer than that. Most of them were here before the Revolutionary War and some were here in the 1600’s.

my thoughts

My Thoughts
Blog type:  Individual family history

Retired, have lived in Hillsboro (Portland),Oregon since 2004. Native Texan, married, one son, one daughter, one daughter-in-law, one grandson. Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide… I seek!

pennsylvania research

Pennsylvania Research type: Pennsylvania genealogy, research

The Pennsylvania Research Blog is written by Pennsylvania family and home history research specialist Stephanie Hoover.

Stephanie has been researching and writing about Pennsylvania business, culture and history since 1984. A trained paralegal, Stephanie formerly served as mid-Atlantic regional manager for one of the largest research firms in the nation. She has conducted on-site research throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, D.C., West Virginia, and Ohio. She is experienced with all historical and genealogical repositories including the National Archives, Library of Congress, state-level archives and libraries, county court houses, and historical and genealogical societies.

Stephanie can be contacted via her web site:

skeffington genealogy

Skeffington Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

This blog will be used for messages related to genealogical research into various branches of the Skeffington family. This domain comprises several surnames: Skeffington, Skevington, Skiffington, Skivington, Skyvington, etc.

I hope too that this blog will serve as a forum for researchers participating in the Skeffington Y-chromosome project administered under the auspices of the Family Tree DNA company.

The results of my personal research on Skeffington genealogy are assembled in the form of an evolving book, whose chapters can be downloaded from an associated website, accessible through a button located in the right-hand column of the present blog, just below my portrait. Links to other relevant websites will soon be indicated within the present blog.

swedish genealogy

Swedish Genealogy
Blog type: Swedish genealogy

A long term genealogist with roots in Sweden, Canadian Maritimes, New England, Scotland, England, France and Germany; but primarily a Swede. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan far, far away from the “big city”. The other great obsession I have is for scrapbooking. Which of course ties into my genealogy. I love to meet new relatives and genealogist. But I have a lot of other interests as well including arts, photography, movies, travel and the list goes on and on.

they sought the last of lands

They Sought The Last Of Lands – My Father’s Forebearers
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

This blog will be used for messages related to genealogical research into various branches of the families of my paternal ancestors, essentially English, whose surnames were Skyvington, Pickering, Mepham, Latton, etc.

The results of my research in this domain are being assembled in the form of an evolving book, whose chapters can be downloaded from an associated website, accessible through a button located in the right-hand column of the present blog, just below my portrait.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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