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

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