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New Genealogy Blogs May 11, 2013

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:

annes family history

Anne’s Family History
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Expanding from the tree and trying to tell some of the stories behind the names and dates I have collected. Main families are Champion de Crespigny, Boltz, Cudmore, Cavenagh-Mainwaring, Manock, Dana, Young, Cross, Plowright, Sullivan, Gilbart, Way.

branches leaves and trees

Branches, Leaves and Trees
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a twenty something (okay a lot lot older than that lol) woman who likes working on her famly tree, scrapbooking, crocheting, and country music. Things I don’t like? Doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, anything that requires manual labor. My guilty pleasure is watching the Bachelor/ Bachelorette reality tv series. I started this blog with the hope that I will learn more about genealogy and connect with some other people searching my surnames.

every stone is a story

Every Stone Is A Story
Blog type: Individual family history

Researching these surnames; Baker/McCollum; Fosher/Hayes; Denby/McMaster; Pollack/Skeen; Jones/Miller; Skidmore/Mossberger; McDaniel/Otts; Dawson/Morrison.

family history and other things

Family History and Other Things
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is about the genealogy of my family, including the surnames Wells, Belknap, Gisel, Wilson, Oakes/Ochs, Moore, Bolt.  What led me to this is an inheritance of old family photographs.  There are some great pictures of relatives I know well and ones I had never even heard of.  I wanted to put some of them and their stories up on the web in case any long lost cousins out there would like to share.  I’ve also put up some photos from some genealogical journeys my family and I have made.

grans family history

Gran’s Family History
Blog type: Individual Family History

I love history! I am one of those people, you know the ones who want to pull over at every historical marker while on a road trip.  I was smiling while writing that because of the many times I had my husband back the car up because he went flying past a marker! He eventually learned.

I nearly drove my kids crazy when we vacationed in England for three weeks in the summer of 2006. Everyday as we were driving I was yelling at them to quick look out the window and see that Norman church or that Roman aqueduct, or that beautiful manor house, etc., etc. They would look and then roll their eyes, and say, “Mom, we know!”

My love of history is a big reason why I love genealogy and family history research and traveling. I don’t just want to collect facts about my ancestors, I also want to know their histories, their hardships and triumphs and failures. None of them were saints, they were real flesh and blood people with hopes and desires for the future. There were some “bad” characters and some “good” that tried to make a positive impact. I think most were pretty common, honest and hard-working. There are a few ancestral Royals in our line and we have a cousin-connection to the current Royal family, but most of our “people” were of the ordinary type that persevered through immigration, exile, economic and physical hardships, some more graceful than others, but they have all left their impact on the world through their descendants today.

The world is a big, wonderful place, full of amazing people, places and cultures and this blog is my attempt to share some of our family’s contribution to it!

My name is Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust.  I’ve been married to Brad Rust for 37 years and we have four children ages 17 to 27, two lads and two lasses.

Our eldest daughter is married, and she and her husband have given us our beautiful grandson, Aidan, our first grandchild!

I have spent nearly 36 years, off and on, researching my family history.  My ancestry is primarily Scottish, Irish, and English, with some German and a small amount of Swiss and French thrown in! A typical American ancestry!

Besides my family…my other interests include: writing, history, traveling: especially Scotland, Ireland and England, Jane Austen, classical literature, and knitting.

granpas family history

Granpa’s Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Grandpa’s Family History where the ancestry of Grandpa Rust will be shared for all of the family to enjoy. I am Teresa Rust aka “Gran” and I am the keeper of our family history and so I will be posting on his behalf, because, quite frankly, I know more about his ancestry than he does.

This blog will primarily feature Grandpa’s: RUST, BOETTNER, PAGET and BOOTHBY surnames with their lateral lines such as WHITE, MILLER, HILTON, and so on.

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Grandpa Rust is first and foremost a family man! He has been married to Gran since 1975 and is the father of four amazing and diverse children, currently aged 17 to 27.

His eldest daughter and her husband are the parents of his first little grand-baby and so that is where the “grandpa” comes in to play, literally, play with Aidan…

Grandpa is also a hard working Soil Scientist on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in beautiful Northern California.

john hamilton

John Hamilton, Scottish Prisoner of War
Blog type: Individual family history, Military History blog, Scottish genealogy

We are a group of Hamilton descendants working together, via the Internet, to gather as much information as possible about our immigrant ancestor, John Hamilton.

We’ve been researching and sharing together at our Yahoo Group since 3 October 2007 and find that we now need a permanent location to document our ancestor and to be able to share with newcomers in an easier fashion.

It will take a few days, weeks, and probably months to get all of our current documents and photos etc. uploaded here from our Yahoo Group site. Stay tuned, and subscribe to our blog so you’ll receive future updates! Thanks!

lowcountry roots

Lowcountry Roots
Blog type: Individual family history, South Carolina genealogy

Sharing information and learning about my ancestors from the South Carolina Lowcountry. I have always been fascinated by the past, from learning about my ancestors to just knowing how daily life was for people who lived centuries ago.


New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Blog
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, New York genealogy

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Blog gathers news items, program announcements, and tips to help you in your New York family history research. Click on the News You Can Use Archive to see past postings about newly available New York record sets, newspapers, and other resources. Visit our website for numerous resources that benefit people researching families connected to New York State, including the New York Family History School calendar of education programs offered by the NYG&B and our partners.

our lineage

Our Lineage
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been researching my ancestry and helping others research since 1994.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and am a VP of Client Technical Services, managing a team of talented IT developers.  I also help folks get started in Genealogy – how to document, research, and most importantly, get hands on experience.

My engineering degree, coupled with my IT/computer related experience has proven quite useful when it comes to the organization and documentation of family facts, photos, and memories.  I started my research because I felt that I had no real family.   Was I wrong!  I have been able to find many ancestors as well as connect with many cousins along the way.

I am the current Website Chair of both the Illinois Genealogical Society and the Will Grundy County (IL) Genealogical Society, and am a current member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and the Wisconsin Historical Society, among others.

roots and blood

Roots and Blood
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy how-tos, biographies and research into ancestry and family trees for Maynard, Sinks, Norwood, Yarbrough, Kelly, Hursey, Bass and associated families.

scottish prisoners of war

Scottish Prisoners of War
Blog type: Military History blog, Scottish genealogy

I am a descendant of a Scottish prisoner-of-war from the Battle of Dunbar in Scotland on 3 Sept 1650. My direct ancestor survived the battle, forced march, imprisonment in Durham Cathedral and the trip to the New World where he began a new life. My father carries the Y-DNA of this man that I just began to learn about in 2007.

His name was John Hamilton, and as far as we know he was probably about 17 years old that day in Dunbar 1651. He never returned to his home and we don’t even know from where in Scotland he was born or raised.

Many times I have thought it would be mutually beneficial for us, as descendants of the Scottish prisoners of war from the Battles of Dunbar and Worcester, if we were to coordinate our efforts to find information about from where in Scotland our ancestors came and how they ended up on the battlefield that day.

We have a specific point in time and a specific place where these men’s lives became intertwined in ways they never could have dreamed of.

I don’t know much about my 12th Great-Grandfather John Hamilton but maybe by learning more about the group of men he fought with, survived with, and began a new life with in the New World will help me get to know him better?

This website/blog is an effort to bring together the known facts of the men that have this shared history and hopefully to some day be able to find John’s home in Scotland.

their child

Their Child
Blog type: Individual family history

My blog Their Child is about my passion for genealogy, history and storytelling. It includes posts about my genealogical research that is interwoven with American history. I have also been learning about new digital storytelling platforms over the last few months. As I experiment with these platforms I post the results to my blog.

visiting family links

Visiting Family Links – A Genealogical Journey
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

The iTinerant Explorer. After looking at my interests I believe this sums up what I like or would like to do in my spare time. I have always been fascinated by my family stories, love to travel and take photos of family, people and new places.

will and ruth

Will and Ruth
Blog type: Diary blog, Individual family history

This is the story of William Gray and Ruth Barrell. They began writing to each other in 1894, while Ruth was away at school. They were engaged in 1897, and married on January 25, 1899. Will and Ruth had nine children, and lived in several homes throughout New Jersey and New York. They were my husband’s great-grandparents. His grandfather was their oldest child, William Jr.

Almost all of these letters are from Will to Ruth. Most of the return letters did not survive. To read in chronological order, you will want to start from the very first post. The letters jump forward in time rather quickly, since there were long periods of time where no letters were written. Other times, while Will is away, the letters are daily.

Ruth also received several letters from her family while away at school in 1894. I have included a page with family tree information to help keep people straight.The Barrell and Gray families lived close to each other, and obviously shared the same social circle. I have included pages with these additional letters and photos. Several letters, particularly from friends and siblings, mention Will and the Gray family. Some are quite funny, and offer a nice insight into their lives.

We have so many letters because of the traveling Will did for work, so here is a brief history of his employment:

In 1895, Will left his job at his father’s shoe store to work for the Fall River Line, a steamship company in New York City. In 1896 he became a clerk for Iron-Clad Manufacturing company (also in New York City). He eventually got involved in marketing and designing of advertisements, and was still working here for the first year of their marriage. He had an hour long rail commute from Summit, NJ to Manhattan and sometimes spent the night. In December of 1899, Will began working for Berlin and Jones Envelope Company of New York. He was chief clerk by 1901, promoted to Secretary by 1905, and eventually became the General Manager. In 1910 he became the president of General Paper Goods Manufacturing Company of Newark. In 1922 he founded the Gray Envelope Company, of which he remained president until his death in 1927.

A special thanks goes to my father-in-law, Russel Moe, who worked to compile this history for his wife’s family.

I hope you will enjoy their story.

© 2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee