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New Genealogy Blogs 16 November 2013

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 8 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:

barnes family history

Barnes Family History
Blog type: Family

This site is dedicated to providing genealogical information about the Barnes family ancestors in Ireland, Scotland, England, and also in the United States. I started in genealogy by searching my family’s roots, but then I branched out researching my husband’s family, too. His paternal grandparents shared the surname Barnes.

black raven genealogy

Black Raven Genealogy
Blog type: Family, Ireland, Irish

Welcome to my blog! I’m from Co. Dublin, Ireland and now live in Co. Kildare with my husband, our three dogs and three horses.  I completed an M.A. in History of Family at University of Limerick in 2013 and await the results and am now in the final year of a Certificate in Genealogy at University College Dublin.

climbing my family tree

Climbing My Family Tree
Blog type: Family

I’m an amateur, but passionate, family historian. I’m just beginning to learn about genealogical research and to trace my family tree. This blog is mainly to keep my family updated as to my progress, but I also welcome the opportunity to meet new (to me) relatives and to connect with others interested in genealogy and family history.

michigan family trails

Michigan Family Trails
Blog type: Family, Michigan

GENEALOGY RESEARCH TIPS, ADVICE & NEWS. This is an adventure about finding family who’ve come before and connecting with family here and now. Why do I call it MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS? Because I began my journey in Detroit, Michigan. I will share stories about my family and the fun I’ve had finding them. Inside those stories you will always find tips and tricks to find your own family. I hope that you enjoy reading my posts and will visit often. I enjoy sharing them with you.

origins italy

Origins Italy
Blog type: Italian, Professional

Mary M. Tedesco specializes in Italian and Italian-American family history research. She speaks fluent Italian and travels often to Italy where she conducts genealogical and historical research and visits family. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. She is the former Co-Director of Programs of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mary is also a member of APG, TIARA, the DAR, IGSA, NGS, NEHGS, and Maine Historical Society. Her favorite destination on Friday afternoons (besides Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts) is Mass Vital Records!


BA, Mathematics. Boston University.

Certificate in Genealogical Research. Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. 2011.


B2 Advanced 2 Italian Language Course (one month). Scuola Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy.

February, 2013.
Studied Abroad (Summer) in Rome, Italy. State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Various Italian Language Courses. Boston University.


August, 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference. Fort Wayne, IN.

August, 2013 IAGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2013. Boston, MA.

July, 2013 Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2013 Annual Seminar. Worcester,

May, 2013 National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

April, 2013 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2013 Conference. Manchester, NH.

July, 2012 (Speaker and Emcee) Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2012 Annual Seminar. Waltham, MA.

May, 2012 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference. Cincinnati, OH.

September, 2011 Family Research Day at the Lynnfield Family History Center. Lynnfield, MA.

April, 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2012 Conference. Springfield, MA.


Association of Professional Genealogists. Member.

New England Historic Genealogical Society. Member.

National Genealogical Society. Member.

Italian Genealogical Society of America. Member.

The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Member.

Maine Historical Society. Member.

Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Member.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Member.

rattling the bones

Rattling The Bones
Blog type: Family

Rattling the Bones is my journey of discovery. It will be a way to document, preserve and share my genealogy and the stories of my ancestors. My family history is a work in progress, and this blog will help me focus on the holes in my research and where to dig next. I’m hoping it will be a way to share what I’ve learned with other family members and meet new cousins along the way.

twisted roots genealogical research

Twisted Roots Genealogical Research
Blog type: Professional Research

Phyllis Codling McLaughlin will take on your family history research goals with the same passion she has for unlocking the secrets of her own family. She will work to help you knock down your brick walls or trace a particular ancestor or line.

McLaughlin is available to search for records in Carroll and Trimble counties in Kentucky and Jefferson and Switzerland counties in Indiana. Located in Northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Madison, Ind., McLaughlin also will travel to state archives and research facilities in Indianapolis, Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington and Cincinnati, to help you find the information you need.

Combining her passions for genealogy, writing and design, McLaughlin and her team at Twisted Roots Genealogical Research also can help you produce a book that will bring your ancestors to life and become your family’s most prized heirloom.

McLaughlin is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. She is editor of APG e-News, the organization’s monthly electronic newsletter distributed online to its membership. She is a member of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, and in January 2013 attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, a week-long course held annually in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association.

A veteran journalist, McLaughlin has won numerous awards in writing, photography and page design during her 25+ years in newspapers. She continues to work for The News-Democrat in Carrollton, Ky., and The Trimble Banner in Bedford, Ky., and is a past editor of both publications. Additionally, she has the role of roving editor for the parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., helping out when needed at other newspapers near her home in Kentucky.

Her recently published book, “Images of America: Carroll County, Kentucky” was released in February 2013 by Arcadia Publishing. She recently signed a contract to produce a second book for Arcadia – this time focusing on Trimble County, Ky., where she lives with her husband and their small herd of pets.

virginia west virginia reeds

Virginia and West Virginia Reeds
Blog type: Family, Virginia, West Virginia

Welcome to my genealogy blog.

I am researching the Reed’s in Virginia and West Virginia.

My focus is on the mysterious Harry Raymond Reed Sr.

Family stories indicated that Harry Sr was killed in a work place accident, when his son (Harry Reed Jr.) was seven. After a couple years of research, I was able to determine that Harry Sr was indeed killed in a work place accident, in Virginia, in 1935.

At the time, his family was living in West Virginia, he was simply working on a job site in Virginia.

Harry Jr was indeed seven years old.

He was brought home to West Virginia for burial. And this is where our mystery picks up…..

I have the obituary from the West Virginia newspaper that tells that Harry Sr.’s parents, five sisters, and seven brothers were still alive in 1935, but gives no names (and the living family has no names and no old papers).

Harry Sr was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery and Spring Hill Cemetery has little records of him other than being buried in ‘free ground.’

The funeral home, Owen and Barth, no longer exists and, I have thus far, been unable to locate the current keeper of the old files.

Since he was killed in Virginia, the death certificate is not digital and my search on the microfiche for the death certificate has not been successful.

Harry Raymond Reed Sr.
Born: approx 1906, VA
Died: Aug 8, 1935, VA

If anyone has any information on this family line, I would be happy to share any information I have.

I will be updating this blog as I continue my research into the Reed family tree mystery.

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