New Genealogy Blogs 28 June 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 6 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:

annies family history blog

Annie’s Family History Blog
Blog type: Family

I am writing this blog to record some of the family stories that I have been told as well as some of the stories I have discovered in my search for my family history. I am working with one of my cousins and my sister. We are all very interested in searching for our roots. My cousin started working on this genealogy project quite a few years before I got on board. We have a very large Italian family, so this isn’t a project that can be undertaken by only one person. We need help. We have taken advantage of many of the great resources online as well as libraries and archives. I am hoping that this blog will also bring some answers to a few family mysteries. We have relatives that have disappeared from our lives, family disputes, unwed mothers (that was a big deal in the late 1800’s) and many more stories we have yet to confirm as true.

dawning genealogy

Dawning Genealogy
Blog type: Family

My name is Dawn. I am new to blogging but not genealogy. I want to share what I know with my family and hopefully leave something remarkable for future generations. I also hope to meet others who are researching the same families that I am so that we may share information and learn from one another.

My maternal lines run deep in Louisville, Kentucky! The people and families I have been working on for years now are the descendants of William Rueff (c.1792-aft 7 June 1860) and the allied families of these descendants.

My paternal lines also run deep and not just in Kentucky but also Pennsylvania, North Carolina, England, and a Caribbean Island or two. My paternal grandfather, William Elmer Williams line is driving me crazy but his wife, Peggy Scott Rich’s lines have been documented very well and goes back to the 14th century.

And a very special thank you to Thomas MacEntee for suggesting the name of my blog!


Blog type: Humor

Exposing the world of genealogy, every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, one panel at a time.

in his own words

In His Own Words: Isaac Newton Carr 1836-1923
Blog type: Diary, Family, Letters

Four years ago I discovered Isaac Newton Carr’s journals. They hold a treasure-trove of names, dates, events and 19th century farm life. Due to the amount of detail, historians and agricultural students have sought out this collection for their own publications.

Isaac volunteered for service in September 1861. His first journal entry was dated November 16, 1861. His 1861 and 1862 journal entries were sporadic. Sadly, his 1863 and 1864 journals were lost. From 1865 through 1923 his journal entries were written on a daily basis. They contain his thoughts and actions, initially as a Union soldier. After the war he journaled about his every-day encounters as a father, neighbor, farmer and businessman. Isaac wrote about family members, friends and acquaintances. He documented the births of his children and others, anniversaries and deaths. He kept track of his income and expenses. Most importantly, he shared his innermost thoughts and feelings. Isaac’s sense of humor is evident in many of his passages.

Isaac was determined that his journals be kept and he so stated this in his will. After he died, the journals passed from his wife, Margaret, to his son, Dr. Leslie Lewis Carr. When Dr. Carr died, his wife, Lavanda, donated the collection to the Iowa Historical Society. It is my plan to publish many of the more interesting entries beginning with the Civil War in 1861, as time permits.

NOTE: No effort was made to correct spelling or grammar in Isaac’s entries so that you can experience it in its original form.

keeping grandma alive

Keeping Grandma Alive
Blog type: Family

Welcome! I’m Nancy. I’m a wife and a mom and a vegetable gardener, a writing tutor, a writer, and a lover of puzzles and board games, and a Christian. I am also a genealogist, or a family historian if you like that label better!

I was bitten by the genealogy bug when I was a teenager. I fondly remember afternoons of sitting at a microfilm or fiche reader at the National Archives in Washington DC, and flipping through delicate, aged documents at several historical societies. I’ve found lost relatives and cemeteries, and re-found some relatives, too.

I don’t want my ancestors (or myself for that matter) to become just names and dates on a family tree chart. My goal is make sure that doesn’t happen.

I’ll never be done researching, but I’ve ventured into the next stage of genealogy – compiling and sharing all the tidbits of information I’ve learned over the years. Not just the names and dates, but who they were and what was important to them.

I hope you’ll join me, whether you are in research mode, sharing mode, or a mix of the two. I’m sure we can learn from each other!

under the nut tree

Under the Nut Tree
Blog type: Family

Hello! And welcome to my first post in my new blog!

Even though this blog is genealogy-focused, I thought I’d start out by introducing myself.

I am an avid genealogist- even though it’s not my profession. I have been researching my own family tree for about 6 years now. It started with one page of names- a pedigree chart of my dad’s side of the family, and I think it went back maybe 3 generations. Now, after all of the research I’ve accomplished and adding a whole new family by getting married, I have over 13,000 people recorded in my account!

Family is very important to me. I am the wife of a wonderful, loving husband (Jim) and the mother of an adorably lovable son (Jack) and a six year old lovable puppy (Roxy). They are my world. (We also have 3 very shy fish!). Outside of our little fortress here in Fort Collins, I also have a large family back in Arizona- including 4 sibs and 13 nieces and nephews!

Aside from taking care of my baby boy Jack and looking up dead people, I really enjoy writing, bike riding, and watching movies!

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 21 June 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 3 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:

brumley branches

Brumley Branches Family Genealogy
Blog type: Family

I have been involved with family genealogy since 1983 – my mother got me hooked and I have loved this hobby ever since. Hope to learn more about developing my blog. I also love my grandchildren, to journal, walking, fishing, sewing and traveling.

outback family history

Outback Family History
Blog type: Australia

The place to go for local and family history on the West Australian Goldfields. Covering almost a third of the state and covering many different types of records concerning the people who came to or were born in this vast reason. Traditional records such as cemetery and births but also a huge variety of other subjects which shows that there are other more cost efficient ways to find the information you are seeking.  My blog tell the stories of the Goldrush days along with news of new records on my web site

searching for my ancestors

Searching For My Ancestors
Blog type: Family

Families of English, Martin, Newbern , Conner, Vanzant, Blackburn and Miller from North Carolina to Florida.

Recently, I was asked why I was researching my family tree.  Having been asked this before, I was ready with my standard answer of “I am just a curious person who loves history”. The questioner stated that the only reason to do research was to claim a royal or famous ancestor. I assured them that is not the reason for most genealogists. I don’t really expect to find anyone like that in my ancestry but the people I am finding are interesting to say the least.

In a handful of years, I have gone from reading the census page by page on micro fiche to querying a name at The progress of genealogical research has been amazing in its speed.  Not only are more people researching and sharing but now DNA is available. The DNA results don’t come with a family tree or absolute relatives but it does help see over any brick walls. I have been hammering away on those walls for a while now. Research lead to some assumptions but no direct proof.  Those assumption surnames have appeared in the DNA results. While it isn’t absolute proof, I have been led to other avenues to explore. While DNA has its limitations, it is another tool to be used.

I am starting this blog to share my ancestors’ life stories and in the process, hopefully, help others discover new relatives.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Genealogy Blogs 14 June 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:

living in the past

Living In The Past
Blog type: Family

Welcome to Living in the Past, the “Ortburg” family blog.  We are the descendants of families named Ortman and Berneburg, all branches of which have their origins in Germany.  Although Germany is a notoriously difficult place to do genealogical research, in the past few years I’ve had enough success that I wanted a place to share discoveries and memories with my far-flung family.  I intend to convey not only the joys but the frustrations as well, the processes and the ways that my skills are improving.

I’m also dipping into genetic genealogy and though I still have a lot to learn, I’m enjoying making discoveries about our recent and ancient history.

I hope you enjoy the blog! Let me know what you think —

taking on the genealogy world

Taking On The Genealogy World
Blog type: Family

I have been a genealogist for nearly twenty years and I am “on the clock,” meaning that I have begun pursuing my certification by the Board For Certification of Genealogists (BCG). My geographic specialty areas are the U.S., the British Isles, Italy, Scandinavia, and Australia/New Zealand. My areas of expertise are in genetic genealogy, forensic genealogy (I have completed both the Foundations and Advanced courses in Forensic Genealogy), Adoptions, and house histories/preservation work. I have a warped sense of humor that is barely reigned in and I spend lots of time on the road trying to learn stuff or doing research all over the place, including the U.K. This results in me spending every penny that I earn and then some and my goal is to break even someday with a minimum of couch surfing. Usually what I learn is better suited to a different sort of blog, but I love genealogy enough to keep trying to focus on the subject, and thus, I sleep on lots of futons but rarely write about that, yet. My next research trip to the U.K., may actually involve a sleeping bag and a tent, so I’d better quit dissing futons for now.

the fruits of the tree

The Fruits of the Tree
Blog type: Family

My Name is Elena Jacobson.  I’m 15 and genealogy is my life. I’m looking back to see where I came from and who makes me who I am and what they were like. My story starts with my paternal grandmother’s side of the family and all the strangers claiming to be my ancestors, but who were they really? Join me as I continue to explore my families past.

vargason howe family history

Vargason/Howe Family History
Blog type: Family, Pennyslvania

This is the unfolding story of Horatio Howe and Polly Vargason, along with their long lineages in America and their historic descendants, how their paths crossed in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and how son Uriah changed his name.


Blog type: Family, German

Im Frühjahr 1987 hörte ich zum ersten Mal von Familienforschung. Damals machte mein Vater mich mit einem Arbeitskollegen bekannt, in dessen dienstlichem Büro überwiegend Ordner zu diesem Thema standen.

Die vielen Namen und Dokumente, die er zusammengetragen hatte und die Gegenden, von denen ich zuvor nur schemenhaft gehört hatte, beeindruckten mich so sehr, dass ich noch am selben Tag mit meinen ersten Recherchen begann….

In diesem Blog geht es um meine private Familienforschung. Du wirst hin und wieder auch Links finden. Manchmal berichte ich aus aktuellem Anlass oder über ein Ereignis. Aber all das hat wirklich nur in der Regel etwas mit MEINER Forschung zu tun.

In der Kategorie “über mich” erfährst du nach und nach mehr. Schau mal rein!

Du kannst mir per E-Mail folgen, wenn du über neue Beiträge informiert werden möchtest.

Bloggen ist für mich absolutes Neuland. Bitte sieh’ mir Fehler oder Eigenarten nach. Ich übe noch!

English (via Google Translate): In the spring of 1987, I first heard of genealogy. At that time my father introduced me to a colleague, in whose office there were official folders and documents related to his genealogy research.

The many names and documents he had collected and the areas of which I had previously heard only dimly, impressed me so much that I began my initial research on the same day ….

This blog is about my personal genealogy. You’ll occasionally find links. Sometimes I report current events or an event. But none of that really has anything to do only usually with MY research.

In the category of “about me” you will learn gradually more. Check it out!

You can follow me by e-mail if you would like to be notified of new posts.

Blogging is completely new territory for me. Please excuse my errors or quirks – I’m still practicing!

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee