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New Genealogy Blogs 20 February 2010

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[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 menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 18 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 928 genealogy blogs on our 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”

Here are this week’s new listings:

Across An Ocean

Across An Ocean
Blog type: Individual family history

Today I start a new blog specific for my genealogy research. I wish now that I had started this blog back when I started on this quest. But at the time I thought I would have my 30 day free trial of, fill in some gaps, and be done. But nearly two years later I have come to realize that this is a lifelong quest that will always offer things to be learned and discovered.

I had an interest in my family roots, and I can remember making family trees when I was a kid, but it was never something that I had got back to as an adult. For me it started on the day my father died. A group of family and friends had gathered at his house, and we had taken out some old photos while looking for his military discharge papers. There was a photo of my dad’s mother, my grandmother. She died when my dad was only four years old. I looked at the photo and thought about how I knew nothing about her, not even her maiden name and as of today I could not ask my dad about the little bit he knew about his mom’s family.

Since that day I have made amazing progress. I have learned many details about my grandmother’s family, as well as the other branches of my family, and my wife’s family. More to come on those.

I am giving this blog the title of ‘Across An Ocean’ in dedication to six people in my family who gave up their life in their native country and came to live in the United States. To my great-grandparents, who came from Italy in the 1890s. To my mom who came from England in the 1960s. And to my wife who recently came from China.

Blogging Genealogy

Blogging Genealogy
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Genealogy society blogs, Indiana genealogy, Midwest genealogy

The Indiana African American Genealogy Group was established in 1999 to enhance the availability of resources for the study of African American genealogy. We do this by:

  • Promoting the accumulation and preservation of African American genealogical and historical materials.
  • Uniting individuals who want to share in the growth of African American genealogy.
  • Fostering and encouraging family research through education.
  • Transcribing documents for public use and contributing to repositories.
  • Promoting community awareness of the importance of family history and preservation.

IAAGG members include novice and experienced family researchers. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month in Indianapolis.

Caddo My Home Town

Caddo – My Home Town
Blog type: Oklahoma genealogy

News and views from Caddo, Oklahoma-the small town with a big heart.

Family History Is The Lie Commonly Agreed Upon

[Family] History is the lie commonly agreed upon
Blog type: Individual family history

Heather Henderson is a professional genealogist based in Salt Lake City, Utah, who occasionally has time to do her own research. Surnames include Sartor, Hill, Fergus, Merrill, Henderson, Larsen, Smith, Maughan, Woodland, and many more. Geographic regions include Utah, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Wales, Denmark, England…pretty much nowhere warm.

Family History Publishing

Family History Publishing
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blogs

Too often our lives are so full that we don’t take the time to share them with those that we love the most. Often it doesn’t enter our minds to create a personal or family history that can be shared with them for many years to come. By helping hundreds of people publish their own histories, I have come to appreciate the great legacy that they are sharing with their loved ones, born and those yet to be born. For me, it has meant a great deal to find any story, long or short, about my ancestors and relatives. They are great treasures to me and my family that help connect us through time. I can relate to their everyday challenges that they have faced and have found that both their successes and failures have inspire me to greater heights in my own life.

My goal with this blog is to share helpful tips and ideas about publishing histories that will guide you past the hurdles of writing and preparing the history, and to help motivate you to continue on to the end. Please feel free to add your ideas and comments; let me know what questions you have; and also share this information with anyone you know that is or should be publishing a history. Here’s to your success!

Funeral Cards

Funeral Cards
Blog type: Death records and obituaries

Of all the homeless funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. In the end, a simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived. Enjoy the discovery process.

Genalogie und Familien

Genealogie und Familienforschung Rambow
Blog type: German genealogy

Total naiv und blauäugig, hatte ich einfach der Wunsch über die Großeltern hinaus mehr über meine Familie zu erfahren, verknüpft mit der Frage “Wer bin ich”! Eine Frage die sich leichter beantworten ließ, nachdem ich klären konnte, woher ich Komme. Das war vor ungefähr acht Jahren. Meine Neugierde brachte mich schließlich auf die Idee – und es dauerte nicht lange, da war ich von “akutem Genealogie-Befall” infiziert.


Blog type: Individual family history

Focuses on my own research of the Mendenhall, Parrish, Godwin, Hackney, Poole, and Smith families in North Carolina. With occasional mention of good research technique or info that I wish to share to spread the “genealogy love” with others!

Growing Up Italian Family

Growing Up In An Italian Family
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, Italian genealogy

Let’s face it – I needed a hobby.

Computers came along and in 2001 we bought our first really good one. My oldest son spent most of his time on it though since no one else knew quite how to use it. I started fooling around with it in the afternoons when the kids were in school and slowly became comfortable with it. When I decided to go back to school at 42, I used it primarily for homework but I found I really enjoyed sitting on it and “surfing” the web.

And then one day my daughter came home from school in late 2004 and told me she needed help with a school project. They were studying their roots and she needed help creating a Family Tree. And that’s when it hit me – armed with only the names of my maternal Great Grandparents, a computer-complete with internet, and a love for researching I had found my hobby- Genealogy!

Jones Genealogy

Jones Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to the Jones Genealogy Blog! I’ll be discussing all kinds of interesting Jones Genealogy and Jones Family related topics and tidbits that have caught my attention. If you see or hear of a Jones Genealogy or Jones Family related topic that I haven’t covered here, please let me know via my email at I’ll be sure to give you credit for your suggestion.

The goal is to make this an interesting yet fun blog that is filled with content related to one of the world’s most common surnames, Jones. If you’d like a little more insight into the Jones Surname, be sure to visit us at our web site at!

Ken Thomas on Genealogy

Ken Thomas On Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I have decided that this would be a new adventure for me for 2009, to have a blog, maybe later a website.

I have been writing the genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1977, and a lot of good genealogy tidbits and stories just cannot be used in the newspaper, due to length or convolutedness.

I hope here I can share some things for others, or whatever people use blogs for.

Lerwill Family

Lerwill Family Research
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is dedicated to the research, stories, history and pictures of the Lerwill family that are my ancestors. I will focus on the families of Betsy Lerwill (1838-1909) and her ancestors. Betsy married James Tucker and I have a separate blog for the Tucker ancestry:

If you have questions about this ancestral line, or additional pictures, stories, and history, please send an email to me or make a comment so I can add the information to this blog.

Tennessee Genealogy

Tennessee Genealogy Research
Blog type: Appalachian genealogy, Tennessee genealogy

I do most of my genealogy research at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, where I have access to the county records of all 95 counties of Tennessee. Some of the earliest county records of each county are printed. Most of the records are found on microfilm. In addition to the county records of Tennessee, there are also available early birth and death, census and marriage records. Since this is the state library for Tennessee, the majority of the collection is of Tennessee records, but there is also a fine collection of records of other states– Virginia and North Carolina and more.

The Faces of My Family

The Faces of My Family
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been around genealogy my whole life. I was raised the daughter of a family researcher and, despite what my 10 year old self thought, I have become one myself. Therefore I have no excuse for ignoring one of genealogy’s cardinal rules: Always research the time and place of the city your ancestors lived in.

I suppose I’m always too eager to find the next ancestor or they next piece of information to take the time to bother learning more about the areas where they lived. But last night I was reminded of why this is an important part of our research.

The Sum of All My Research

The Sum of All My Research
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a mother of two, a step-mother of two and a wife of one. I love doing genealogy and have been doing it for twenty years. The reason for my blog is to be able to let my family finally “see” what I have found in doing research on our families after all these years. Also to see if I can connect to anyone else with the same families.

The Turning of Generations

The Turning of Generations
Blog type: Individual family history

I created this blog to share some of the adventures of my family in turning over the contents of the family home to the next generation. There are so many genealogy and family history stories in your home that can further your research on your family tree and add depth to the story of your family. I hope to share some of them with you and hopefully together we can learn how to further our research and organize all of those wonderful treasures for future generations.

Tucker Family

Tucker Family Research
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog has been created to share the research, stories and pictures of the Tucker family. My focus will be the family and ancestors of Mary Priscilla Tucker (1862-1939). I hope that this is helpful to others in preserving and sharing the wonderful heritage that we enjoy. Mary’s mother was Betsy Lerwill, and I have made a separate blog for the Lerwill family line:

Villa Victoria

Villa Victoria Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, Mexican genealogy, Recipe and food blogs

Naomi Andrade Smith was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was from Michoacan, Mexico and so Naomi was immersed in Mexican culture and cuisine throughout her early years. Because her mother had a traditional approach to cooking, Naomi learned the basics as well as the history and context of the foods she ate as a child.

As she expanded her culinary horizons, Naomi began to travel in Mexico and study the cultural influences that flavor Mexican cuisine. It is this unique perspective that sets Naomi’s food apart. She discovered that the descendants of African slaves had made an impact on the cuisine, culture and music of both Mexico’s coasts. She even discovered some Sephardic influences in her mother’s own cooking which included fideo, an angel-hair pasta dish; capirotada, a layered bread pudding laden with raisins, nuts and cheese; and pan dulce, a braided sweet egg bread (challah). She was intrigued to understand that the Old World – New World collision of Spanish conquistadors, Native Americans and Africans created a syncretic cuisine which is fully embodied in Mexico’s national dish — mole. Some of the ingredients in mole are almonds, cumin, sesame, cloves (Spanish); plantains (African); chiles, tomatoes, chocolate and turkey (Native American).

Naomi has also made a study of contemporary trends in Mexican cuisine. Her discoveries have led her to the realization that Mexican cuisine is not static — that it absorbes influences from every part of the globe and that Mexico’s chefs are in the vanguard of haute cuisine.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

10 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs 20 February 2010

  1. Thank you for including my blog The Faces of My Family on this list! I’m honored. I love reading all the new blogs. Thank you Geneabloggers!

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