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New Genealogy Blogs 1 March 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 15 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:

ancestral leaves

Ancestral Leaves
Blog type: Education, Professional

Debra A. Hoffman has been researching her family history for the past thirty-five years and is the owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She has completed the National Genealogical Society’s American Genealogy Home Study Course and completed Brigham Young University’s Certificate in Family History. Additionally, since 2010 she has completed courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) held at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a member of numerous genealogical societies as well as the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

becoming an accredited genealogist

Becoming an Accredited Genealogist
Blog type: Education, Family

Josephine Hardy is a 24 year old budding genealogist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing her Masters of Journalism at Monash University.

She is a first generation Australian on her father’s side and a second generation Australian on her mother’s side. Both of her parents ancestors come from Sicily, Italy. After 3 years of extensive research she has found relatives from the following towns and villages in Sicily and Calabria:

Giardini, Giardini-Naxos, Ramacca, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Galati, Messina, Taormina, Curcuraci, Lazzaro, Faro Superiore, Mili Superiore, Letojanni, Gallodoro, Motta San Giovanni, Pace and San Giacomo.

Family Surnames:

Mangani, Rapisarda, Sulfaro, Stagno, Catalfamo, Cilberto, Cundari, Cutraro, Finocchiaro, Sterrantino, Oglialoro, Lembo, Musarella, Miudicino, Muri, Verde, Spavara, Fraumeni, Tortorella, Musicò, Cacciola, Iaria, Sceglieri, Ignardo, Latella, Calabro, Pirrone, Oliveri, Parisi, Musumeci, Lo Giudice, Tirrina, Pagliaro, Muiutoli, Lendine. (Contact me for more)

Josephine is the writer and editor of three blogs: Young Adult Book Reviewer, Wordsmitheress News and Becoming An Accredited Journalist.

Beyond the Date

Beyond the Date
Blog type: Education, Technology

Hi. I’m John and my hobby is Genealogy. If only it were that simple. Let’s start again. Hi, I’m John and I have a wife and 2 small children and a full time job. When I have time I get to do genealogy. Time is very important to me and getting the most out of the precious time I have is important so doing genealogy as efficiently and time effective is very important to me. I don’t have a lot of time to idly hanging out at the archives searching through books or surfing the web for leads that don’t pan out. So I want to help you maxims your genealogy time too. Through this blog about getting the most out of your precious research time. With tips and tricks about research sources and efficiency for climbing your family tree.

chasing the past

Chasing the Past
Blog type: Family

I’m Heather and I’m from North Carolina.  I married a Jones from southern Virginia.  When I was younger, my mother gave me the genealogy bug.  I’ve toyed around with it for a few years, always interested in the past, but never getting past small road blocks.

After my mother passed in 2010, I’ve gotten all of her historical records and am working to digitize  her works, the photos, and do my own research into my own family’s past as well as my husband’s.

Although I’ve researched for a while now, I still consider myself a novice and have to remind myself to get all the fact and most importantly the sources.  Hence, one reason for this blog.  I can’t remember all the stories until I go back and take a look, reading through records and such.  I figure if I write about them, and get all that information into a post, it will help make my life easier and help someone chase their own past.

I’ve kicked this blog off with a challenge, 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks, and am excited about the chase!

eads and allied families

Eads and Allied Families
Blog type: Family

Welcome to my home on the web. I am an avid genealogy fan.  I began researching my own family when I was middle school. It all began as part of an eighth grade history project. The assignment was to compile a family group sheet. I jumped right in and got both feet wet. That is where my love for family history got its roots.

This blog will ever be a work in progress. There will always be something new to add and as they say a Genealogist work is never finished! I love sharing my history with others who relate to the family. I feel like we should share with one another and help each other along the route. I will never know everything there is to know about any one given ancestor and neither will you, but we can share what we do know with one another thereby increasing our knowledge!

exploring my family history

Exploring my family history – past and present
Blog type: Family, United Kingdom

Tips and stories on family history research in England and online.

family wise ltd

FamilyWise Ltd
Blog type: Professional, United Kingdom, Vendor

Kirsty Gray has over 15 years research experience and has her foot in many genealogical doors around the world.

Her first involvement in family history came at the tender age of seven years with her maternal grandfather’s tree in hand. Obsessed with her great-grandmother’s maiden name of Sillifant, Kirsty began a One-Name Study on the name in 1999, publishing tri-annual journals on the surname for the last nine years.

Kirsty took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Running Family Wise Limited, Kirsty has conducted research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide.

As an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen and Sword. A sought-after lecturer, her knowledge and her energetic and infectious personality wows audiences around the world.

Appointed as Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto, Canada) in 2011, Kirsty has more recently been awarded Superstar Genealogist (Gold Medalist in the Rockstar Genealogist Awards 2013) for the UK / Ireland by fellow family history professionals.


Hoosier Genealogy Adventure
Blog type: Family, Indiana

Hello, and welcome to my genealogy blog!  I’m glad to have you as a reader.  My name is Evan Katherine.  I am a born and bred Hoosier, & a Boilermaker by way of my college degree.  As an attorney with a creative and inquisitive streak, I channel my spare energy into genealogical and family history research in my free time.   I have been an amateur genealogist/family historian (emphasis on amateur) since 2008, and my journey has already taken me to some fascinating places.   Thanks for following me in my adventures!

(In addition, here is a blog post which explains how I first got interested in genealogy:)

How I Got the “Bug” 

The knack or inclination to do genealogical research is often referred to as the “genealogy bug.”  Mine caught when I was a senior in college, in 2008.  I was finishing up my B.A. in History and getting ready to head to law school in the fall.  I loved my major, and researching American history got me thinking about my own family history.   I vaguely knew about some of my ancestors through stories which were passed down like a game of telephone, but knew almost nothing concretely and had no documents or sources to back that information up.   I learned all about the importance of primary documents in my college history courses, and I felt compelled to confirm my family’s history through concrete sourcing.

So, I ponied up the dough and bought a subscription to  Sifting through those old records, trying to decipher handwriting on an 1880 census, discovering details about my ancestors…I felt like a detective, or a genealogical version of Indiana Jones.   I was hooked!

Of course, I made some mistakes along the way.  I added every little “hint” (the green leaves that shake and quiver above a person’s name, they really make it too tempting) and merged my tree with any stranger’s who seemed to match my (fairly common) surnames.   I had a relatively easy schedule that final year of college, so I often spent hours in front of my beat-up red laptop, digging around to find more treasured information.  Then, I headed to law school in the fall.

My new life also involved a lot of time in front of a computer, but in a different way.  I was in the library until nearly midnight every night, just trying to survive in the new, intimidating, and seemingly all-consuming world of THE LAW.  Family history and genealogy were the furthest thing from my mind as I chugged more coffee than any human should consume and tried to memorize hundreds of pages of case law.  (I don’t recommend doing either.)  I cancelled my subscription, as my time and money were all invested in graduating from law school.

This brings us to the present day.  I am a working attorney with a fantastic job, a loving husband, an adorable (if wayward) cat, and all the responsibilities that come along with adulthood.   And guess what?  I still have the bug.  I finally have the time again to do the research I love and I have renewed my subscription.   Armed with a brain trained extensively in analytical thinking, research, and never settling for “just a hunch” (thanks, law school!), I am back at it and better than ever.

I have started this blog both to journal my way through this new age of my research and to highlight some of my ancestors.  I also hope it is a useful and fun tool for other family historians or genealogists, as well as members of my own family who are interested in learning more about what I think of as the Story of Us.

Follow along my journey by clicking Subscribe in the upper right corner, or email me at  Happy hunting!

knoch family history

Knoch Family History
Blog type: Family

Knoch Family History is the public extension of my research into my family’s history and will – like the many genealogy blogs that have come before mine – contain family stories, research victories (and failures), trips to ancestral homes, and perhaps lead to a reunion or two.

labgarrett genealogy

LaBGarrett Genealogy
Blog type: African-American, Family, Professional

A blog that will share notes of interest on resources and genealogy research related to African ancestored families form the South.

I worked as a lawyer for 35 years before retiring from that profession in 2013; however, genealogy has long been my avocation and I now have the time to pursue that interest.

pine trees and pedigrees

Pine Trees and Pedigrees
Blog type: Family, French-Canadian, Maine, New England

Welcome! I’m Kathy, the Down East Genealogist. I was born, raised, and educated in Maine, lived in upstate New York for 25 years, and have resided since 2001 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. My checkered career has encompassed chemistry, photography, website development and management, technical writing, computer programming, and collectible trading card game development.

My retirement project is the continuing pursuit of those often elusive Downeasters, New Englanders, Islanders, and Quebeckers that populate my family tree. Pine Trees and Pedigrees chronicles my genealogical explorations, primarily in Maine.

My major family lines (the four grandparents) include:

  • Kirk (originally Kirkpatrick), in what is now Knox County, Maine
  • Hodsdon (or Hodgdon), in Oxford County, Maine
  • Murphy, immigrants from Prince Edward Island to Coos County, New Hampshire
  • Rabideau (originally Robidas), immigrants from Quebec to Coos County, New Hampshire

Stepping back a generation to my great-grandparents, I also follow the additional lines:

  • Sukeforth (originally Suchfort), in what are now Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties, Maine
  • Rand, in Oxford County, Maine
  • McIntyre, on Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Woodward, in Vermont and in Coos County, New Hampshire

so many ancestors


So Many Ancestors
Blog type: Family

I have been researching my family history since 2006. I was born and raised in New Jersey. Some of my ancestors lived in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, but most of my United States ancestors lived in the South (Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky) or the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri). One branch of my family lived in Canada. My European ancestors were from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England, and Ireland. I have been taking courses through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies since 2012.

south coast family research

South Coast Family Research
Blog type: Professional, United Kingdom, Vendor

I am based in Hampshire, England and have been researching my family tree for a few years. Through researching my tree, I have covered areas in different countries, primarily England, Wales, Canada, USA and Australia.

I am a member of the Guild of One Name Studies with the registered name of Hiscock.

South Coast Family Research will carry out genealogy research anywhere in the United Kingdom. I aim to provide a full, professional service,delivering a high quality product. I am fully committed to my clients and am available to answer your queries, 7 days a week.

the three trees genealogist

The Three Trees Genealogist
Blog type: Family

A genealogy research blog highlighting the research on my Kendrick, Cathey, Erwin, Glowner, Scoggins, Shosey, Bissonette, Swisher, Outlaw families among many more.

I’m Rob Kendrick, a 35-year-old husband, father, blogger, photographer, genealogist and news junkie. I am a happily married to wife of six years, Robyn. We live in Paragould Arkansas and our days are usually filled with laughter, dirty diapers, multiple messes and two toddlers that are full of energy constantly keeping us on the go! There is never a dull moment to say the least.

your swedish heritage

Your Swedish Heritage!blog/cg0g
Blog type: Sweden, Swedish

My name is Lena Svensson and I have been doing genealogy research since 1998. My day job is as a teacher of English and history.

During the years of doing genealogy research I have had the opportunity to meet several of my many “new” relatives and always had the feeling of an instant connection. Looking up my roots has also given me an understanding of where my grandparents came from, how the circumstances of their upbringing made them into who they were. Through the services that I provide I hope that I can help others to discover and enjoy the things I have.

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