This Week’s New Genealogy Blogs 4 July 2009

[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 sidebar to pass along information on new blogs.]

My apologies for not posting the list sooner but I’ve been celebrating Independence Day weekend in Washington, DC and am still not back home in Chicago! This week we offer seven new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 462 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

This week we offer 14 new genealogy and family-history related blogs. We now list over 474 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

Alanna’s Genealogy Research

This is my thoughts, experiences and tips I have learned through my research on my own family history as well as my steps and process that I have taken in my research. I hope that my experiences are helpful to my readers and help them continue their own genealogy searches.

Cemetery Explorers

I created this blog to show people that cemeteries are wonderful places full of history, architecture and sometimes an occasional ghost story. I hope everyone enjoys what this blog has to offer whether you’re an amateur explorer, history buff or just somebody willing to learn about these beautiful places…If you would like to become a contributor to this blog please leave a comment on any post.

Cowdrick and Related Families – Family History Blog

“A blog dedicated to the family history of Cowdrick and all related families, including but not limited to Metzger, Bauer, Donovan, Heim and Hoisington.”

Family Stories In Stone

The last time you were in a cemetery, did you ever take a look at the tombstones, or a particular tombstone? Did you ever wonder, who that person was? What they did for a living? How they died, or most importantly, how they lived? What their “story” was? Here are some of the family stories that I’ve found in stone. They’re mostly from East Texas, but I do travel now and then. So, I may include some outside of East Texas. Oh, and sometimes, it’s the cemetery that has the engaging story to be told…

Genealogy Is Ruthless Without Me

“It is true Genealogy is Ruthless. It is not for the weak and weary. I have found in meeting fellow genealogist they seem to have a lot of attributes in common.

1 — Many of them come from a profession of engineering, documentation, or record keeping of some kind.

2 — They seem to have learnt the disciplines, and pit falls of documenting anything.

3 — They are people who can see the whole picture while also being able to stick to small details.

4 — They are stubborn (I wonder how many have ancestors from Missouri where “You don’t believe until you see it with your own eyes?”)

5 — Over 50% are compassionate yet have grown some rather hard shells (some of these stories are heartbreaking!) It is surprising to see very sweet, small in stature, ladies doing genealogy but as you talk to them —- they are as hard as nails about the realities of life.

6 — The remaining 40-something % are men.

7 — Intelligent — these people are informed, savvy, and gadget happy!! Keeping alert to all new highly technical releases– they are there to explore ways to apply it to genealogy.

8 — They are PIONEERS!!!!! A lot of our generation (50+) pioneered the cyber space and now we are pioneering and compiling this vast wasteland of documentations. We leave no stone unturned beating down, novels, Bibles, personal letters (did I also mention we have no-sense of decorum when exposing very personal and private communications?) court records, cemeteries are packed with genealogists.

9 — Genealogists are goal driven —They get things done!

10 — Friendly!!! They are just about the most fun people I know.

11 — Helpful — Willing to help others get started, find elusive relatives, or just give encouragement.

12– And have a lot of time to devote to this crazy obsession.”

Our Alabama Roots

“I feel a bit like Sam Cooke crooning, with the announcement of Our Alabama Roots going live – it’s been a long time coming!:-)

I’ve talked about moving my Alabama research {Surnames: BARWICK, MCKENZIE, ROSS, MARTIN, WASHINGTON & MCRAE} ahead for several years, but it seems life just kept getting in the way!

But like George Geder, I too believe that we are guided by the Ancestors, so when they “nudged” me to get their online home up, I quickly obliged!:-)
So stay tuned friends, there is MUCH more to the Barwick story to tell!:-)”

ReedHayley Blog

“Hello Family!!! This is a announcement that I have declared myself “Family Historian” at least for now. You may ask me what are my qualifications well number:

1. I have a computer (with spell check!)
2. I enjoy it.
3. I have some resources that I will be able to refer to and expand upon.

This blog was going to be entitled HayleyReed but that name was not available so it is ReedHayley. I still hope all will be able to find it.

Even tho I have declared this title “family historian” for myself —- if at any time you decide on a better candidate or wish to assist, add, comment and correct anything on this blog —-please do so!!!

More soon………. Sincerely Ruth, ncw (no credentials whatsoever)”

Sean On Family History

“I confess that I’ve been completely consumed with this passion for family history, as many of us have. I grew up hearing so many wonderful stories about my grandparents and their families—and their stories made the past that they lived in come alive for me. I’m doing my best now to preserve what I’ve heard by gathering up these stories and photos, so that these ancestors won’t be entirely forgotten when my own generation has passed on. And, sooner rather than later, I need to start collecting the stories of my own generation, to pass them on to my children.

I’ve decided to start blogging because of my great passion for all of this. I want to share my passion with others out there who feel as I do about the joy that we get from engaging in this pastime. I have so many ideas about ways that we can collect, enjoy, and share all of these memories. I’m very eager to share them with others and to in turn gather new ideas that will help me do an even better job of preserving and sharing our precious family heritage.”

Starting Roots

“Interest in my ancestry began about 2 years ago when I was handed some papers which were passed down to my parents. My great-grandfather DeGraaf had received some letters from his cousin including an attached family tree. Cousin Henry Cochrane did research at New York public libraries during the 1920’s and ’30s. He also had access to an old family Bible. My parents also shared with me the genealogy of my maternal grandmother’s paternal family (Reams) and my paternal grandmother’s maternal lineage (Bangs) traced back to Plymouth Colony.

As the title of the blog suggests, I’m a beginner genealogist. My resume consists of some experience with and Internet search engines. Shortly after I received the paper copies mentioned above, I signed up for a paid subscription. I typed in this new family tree information and within a day or two had thousands of newly discovered ancestors. So I thought. After viewing just a few too many 8-year-olds having babies and persons living 120+ years, I realized this indeed was too good to be true.’s “leaf” technology is very helpful but, as I learned, a user needs to proceed slowly and check the data. I deleted this huge family tree and started over.”

Stephen Wainer’s Genealogy Weblog

“On July 4, 2004 I was diagnosed with Carcinoid cancer. After a stay in the hospital I got real curious about my family history and for the last few years have been steadily accumulating quite a collection of distant relatives. I wanted a way to show that research well. Having run across another blog that is quite spectacular in the quality and depth of his genealogical research, it prompted me to give this a try. So, here I am.

Tantenura’s Blog

I first became interested in Genealogy in August of 2006. I was adopted at birth and didn’t know the name of my biological mother until I was an adult. I never tried to find her because I didn’t have a clue how to go about it.

In May 2006 I went to work for an attorney, Fawn Dessy, who is an avid genealogist. In fact, she has a whole room full of files and family books. When I told her my story, she sat down at my computer, logged onto and found my bio mom in less than 30 seconds in the 1930 US Federal Census for Fort Smith, Arkansas. Needless to say, I was stunned! My interest was peaked! We started using various searches to see if we could find her and by September we had located here in California! Then Fawn started nagging at me to call her. I just couldn’t bring myself to call her because I didn’t know what kind of reception I would have. Maybe she didn’t want to be found! Finally, I wrote her a letter. I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained. About a week later, I got a phone call from a man who said, “Hey, I’m your half-brother in Oregon! Mom just told us about you and we’re all dying to meet you!”

As it turned out, I now am blessed with two half-brothers and two half-sisters. I flew to Crescent City that Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful reunion. We all bonded instantly. Mom had never told them about me, but she said she thought about me every day.

Since that time, my sister, Marcie, and I have done serious research on “our” family roots. I am so glad Fawn “nagged” me into finding my biological family!!

Texas Family Stories
“Growing up in Texas when we traveled anywhere, my dad would always pull over at each landmark and take a picture of it and then he’d take a picture of the family around the landmark…Do you realize how big Texas is, and just how many landmarks there are here? Well, I have a pretty good idea [and I probably have a picture to prove it]! Join me as I “travel” through Texas and discover family stories…one landmark at a time…”

The French Genealogy Blog
I have been a genealogist since I was 14 years old and decided to interview my grandmother about every single relative she could recall. I wanted to know how I came to be a fifth generation Californian, and discovered I was descended from Canadians as well. Genealogy remained a non-professional passion while I trained for and built a career as a librarian, researcher and children’s author. The passion continued as I moved around the world, living and working in North and South America, Africa and Europe, and learning to speak French and Portuguese. Never ceasing to research my ancestors, even from abroad (and I am now based in Paris), I have become something of an expert at genealogy research online. Without the internet, my work would be impossible. I became a professional genealogist about ten years ago, specializing in North American research. I have not a drop of French blood in me, but my children are half French. In searching for their French ancestors, I began to learn and am still learning about genealogy in France. I have made enough progress that I now accept clients who wish me to seek their French ancestors. Each search reveals so much about the genealogical culture in France — so much that is interesting, amusing, baffling, or disturbing — that I thought others might want to know of it. I decided to share what I learn about “la généalogie” as I go on the journey.”

Tina’s Genealogical Wish List
“I started working on my genealogy in Spring 2008. I thought it would give me a fun project for my summer vacation (I work as a substitute teacher in the local elementary schools.) Instead, it has become an ongoing, never-ending project. It has been a lot of fun to discover my family’s past and also meet new people to collaborate with.”

copyright 2009, Thomas MacEntee

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