New Genealogy Blogs 7 June 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

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:

for the life of me

For The Life Of Me
Blog type: Family, Jewish

My blog is a result of over twelve years researching my family history for my film, “For the Life of Me”. So much information about members of my family, their friends and events that couldn’t be included or were only revealed later:  before, during and after WWII, from pre-war Germany, to Shanghai, Holland, Australia, Austria and England; including Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, celebrities and some of my own experiences as a result of my discoveries.

losing my census

Losing My Census
Blog type: Family

Hi my name is Kristina and I love genealogy.  I can be found at 2 in the morning chasing clues to find that elusive long lost ancestor.  I can be heard saying corny sayings like “I brake for graveyards”, “Drinking wine and looking for dead people”, or “I suffer from ADGD (attention deficit genealogy disorder)”.  This last one inspired the name of my blog, Losing My Census.  I will start researching one ancestor, but get distracted by another ancestor, which causes me to bounce around to different ancestors only to end up doing a lot of work with very little to show for it!

In a word I am a genealogy junkie. As a result my father has officially designated me as family historian and I am taking my role very seriously.  I am a firm believer that if you don’t know your past you will not have a future.

I am an active member in Mayflower Society, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Confederacy.

I’m creating this blog to share not only who my ancestors are but what their stories in history are.  I am also hoping to find cousins that might have more stories to share and maybe even pictures or family heirlooms.  I want  to highlight what I am currently researching, new finds, stories and pictures of our extensive family.

Over the years genealogy research has been a hobby and relaxing past time.  Now I have so much family information, it seems to be time to start organizing it all thereby making it available to those who may take an interest.  I have a public family tree on that is fairly comprehensive.  I also have a Pinterest and Facebook Fan Page.  Thank you for stopping by and be sure to sign up with email so you don’t miss any posts here on my blog.

the people of pancho

The People of Pancho
Blog type: Family

Pancho was the nickname applied to the growing bump on my mother’s abdomen that eventually turned out to be me. The moniker stuck, and to this day my family and old friends use it in lieu of my real name. No, it is not short for Francisco, and no, I am not a boy. I am only Pancho the Practice Child.

I have always been a collector of bits and pieces (especially photographs), a lover of stories, and a seeker of explanations. This blog is my attempt to tell the stories and solve the mysteries of the vast tribe from which I come. In piecing clues together, I strive for accuracy, but I make no promises. I am not a professional (nor even particularly skilled) genealogist, and as this photo of me at age ten demonstrates, I have a tendency toward the dramatic. Consider yourself warned.

If I could pose only one question to my ancestors, it would be, “Why the heck didn’t you guys label things?” (Note to self: be kind to future generations. Be a good labeler.)

If you can help solve any of my mysteries, I would love to hear from you.

turner street topics

Turner Street Topics
Blog type: Australia, Family, New Zealand, Photos

Turner Street Topics is primarily based on my research and thoughts about the lives of various ancestors and relatives in the wider family of myself and my husband, who primarily lived in Australia and New Zealand, having emigrated there in the mid-19th century from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States. So far my blog has been based on the weekly prompts of the blogger group Sepia Saturday, although in future I hope to expand  and widen my audience a little more.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 31 May 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 2 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:

the enthusiastic genealogist

The Enthusiastic Genealogist
Blog type: Family

My Great Aunt Beulah, now deceased, got me interested in genealogy in 1998. As she shared names, stories, and research techniques with me, I fell in love with this ‘hobby’. While my daughter was young, I didn’t have a lot of time to pursue this passion. But she is a teenager now, and I am able to put more effort into uncovering my family’s past.

Why “the enthusiastic genealogist”? I was at a genealogy library over the holidays and met two wonderful librarians. We were sharing stories about our research & our ancestors. And, of course, I was excited about my previous ‘finds’ & the ‘finds’ I was uncovering that particular day! A volunteer who had been sitting at the front desk came over to me and told me how much she appreciated my ‘enthusiasm.’ While trying to come up with a blog name, I thought it fit! I hope my enthusiasm for genealogy shines through in my blog!


Blog type: Family

Imagine you have access to the following ancestor information: copies of Civil War diaries and letters; copies of a series of  letters dating from 1830-1870 that includes seven family members; and partial genealogies compiled by two ggrandmothers.  You live in Washington D.C., where NARA and the DAR library are enticingly close,  and you can travel to east coast states where your ancestors lived to do onsite research. How could you resist beginning this journey into the lives of your ancestors yearning to tell their story? I started my research in 2010 and the desire to enhance my knowledge continues to grow, along with my files. Currently, I am living overseas, and spending time organizing all this material, and starting a blog.

The photo featured on this blog is of my grandmother, Anna Jane Beaton Hyde. She and her mother, Edith Orcutt Beaton, were traveling in 1920 from Omaha, NE, to Minnesota in their 1916 Dodge, a fairly common and inexpensive car for the time. What a road trip that would have been!

This  research is ongoing and new discoveries compel me to continue and expand the family tree. As I travel this road, I welcome any connections and new information regarding these ancestors. I am happy to share what I have learned, but if you repost or republish this information, please credit me and link to my website.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 24 May 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 5 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:


Blog type: Australia

The term ‘Bushranger’ was first used in February 1805, in the Sydney Gazette which mentioned men “whose appearance sanctioned the suspicion of their being bushrangers”. From this time, the term was used to describe those who attacked people on the roads or in the bush. Over 2,000 bushrangers roamed the Australian countryside, from the convicts who escaped until just after the Kelly Gang’s last stand.

domestic bliss

Domestic Bliss
Blog type: Family

I’m a reader and raconteur, math geek, sewist, genealogist, chorister. Woman in a house of men.”

genealogy forest elf

Genealogy of a Forest Elf
Blog type: Family

Okay, no. I am not a real forest elf. I am, however, the Forest Elf of WikiTree and this is where I want to share my genealogy.

historys mysteries

History’s Mysteries
Blog type: Iowa, Genealogy vendor, Professional genealogist

History’s Mysteries LLC is a new researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate and cemeteries as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.

We are a proud member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and abide by APG Code of Ethics seen here. We are currently working on our certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Applicants for BCG must demonstrate The Genealogical Proof Standard which can be seen here.

If you would like our assistance to answer a burning question you might have, please send an email to In your email, specify your question and provide additional background on what you already know and what steps you have taken (if any) to previously research this question. A phone conversation can be arranged to discuss your project in detail. We do ask for a $50 retainer before the preliminary research plan is presented. This preliminary plan will review your contact information, the questions we will try to answer for you, an initial search of pertinent information readily accessible, potential sources and repositories we will utilize and the suggested steps of research. Once we present this information to you, we will have you sign an agreement allowing us to conduct the stated research plan and complete your requested project for the number of hours you have authorized. Upon completion of the research and report, we will present you with a copy of your report, detailing our findings and suggestions for future research, if it would be beneficial.

We are currently accepting new clients. You will be provided with detailed information as soon as possible. A backlog could increase wait time, but expect the search and report to take two weeks. We will use our online resources first to minimize travel expenses while verifying original sources whenever possible.

your irish heritage

Your Irish Heritage
Blog type: Ireland, Irish

Welcome to The Community

If you’re just joining us at  Your Irish Heritage, welcome! This is the place where we talk about Your Irish Heritage in a very special way – looking at the historical surnames of Ireland and the places associated with them.

Sometimes, it will be a picture and a simple piece of information. Sometimes, we’ll share personal stories that give a lot more context and history. Other times, we’ll discuss ways of digging deeper into your family’s past on the island of Ireland. This is all part of exploring Your Irish heritage.

We’re Glad You’re Here

Here are some pointers to get you going:

Please use the Search Box at the side of the page to find information related to your Irish Surname.

Here are our Five most visited pages over the last 12 months:

We have a very vibrant Facebook community – with over 23,000 Fans.

Finally, when you have been around a while, we have a special members forum area called The Green Room. You can connect with other readers and dive deeper into Your Irish heritage with expert assistance (access to Mike and a Genealogist for questions) as well as receiving regular publications for free.

You’ll find lots of free information that will prove useful to you – but remember, if you ever get stuck or have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask.

We look forward to learning more about you and Your Irish Heritage.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee