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New Genealogy Blogs May 21, 2011

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[Editor’s 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 Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 19 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1929 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:

claiming kin

Claiming Kin
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Individual family history

I’m Marlive Taylor-Harris (aka Liv among family and personal friends) and I’ve been hooked on Genealogy ever since my son, who is now grown with children of his own, brought home an ancestral chart to complete for his “All About Me” project in third grade (1989). Completing that Ancestral Chart wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But I must admit, it was exactly the motivation I needed to get to know my own family and learn more about our history to share with future generations.

My family research has been, and continues to be, a labor of love and well worth the trips to family birthplaces around my state and sneezing non-stop after spending a day, or two, in dark, damp, dusty courthouse basements. But despite some of the challenges genealogy enthusiast like me have with researching, African /African-American Ancestry, my genealogical journey has been a rewarding one. It wasn’t until I read recently, CLAIMING KIN: CONFRONTING THE HISTORY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY by Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003) during the holidays of 2010, was I inspired on New Year’s Day 2011 to launch my own family history blog of the same title and pick up where I left off with my family’s research on a more regular basis.

I’m importing all of my “hard file” family data since 1989 into and blogging about my experiences and findings — first via my starter blog at, — and now here at my official place in cyberspace –!

So I hope you enjoy your visit here;  feel free to explore my site and check out the surnames that are a part of my family tree. And if by chance you have some of the same surnames in your family tree, let me hear from you because I’m . . . Claiming Kin!

diggin for family

Diggin for Family
Blog type: Individual family history

So, if you want to know about me then look to the right and you can find out about me or just click here.

This particular blog is an attempt my me to document my research for my own sake (kinda like a research like journal thingy). It will also serve to give my relatives a look see and what I am doing currently. I can also pass on a few tricks, tips, resources that I find along the way. Lastly, I like to write so this gives me another attempt at doing that and failing to write as much as I want to and need to.

About my research.: I started researching my family history back in 1999. That seems like a lot of years ago and you would think I would be a lot better at it than I am. But I’ll get to that in a minute. I partnered with my sister, Kathy, and split the family up so she is researching our Dad’s side (Shaw, Canter) and I am researching our Mom’s side (Lucas, Pakledinaz).

I was single at the time I started this journey so I had lots of time to devote to this passion and hobby. Now, since then I have gotten married and now have 3 great kids (7 and  yr old twins currently). So, back about 7 years ago my time for researching got slim. However, I also got my wife hooked on this little hobby so now we both have no time for it. And along with the family came new priorities and such. So, I have a full-time job, I am pursuing a BA in Military History, and most importantly for my time I have my family.

Needless to say, family history research does not get the time in my schedule that it used to but I will make some time for it and also keep this updated as often as possible. Actually, a long time ago I read an article named something like ‘genealogy in 4 hours a week’?? I will have to find that article and read it again and probably post it on this blog for all those that just don’t have the time.

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment if you have a suggestion or just want to say ‘hey’. And by all means, keep diggin’ for that family!

everything i know about hyman victor

Everything I Know About Hyman Victor
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

Everything I Know is a repository for information about the life of my late great grandfather Hyman Victor, a Jewish immigrant who came to America in 1913. The exhibits at left tell the story of his life, through the vital records, photos, and oral history he left behind.

florida state gen soc

Florida State Genealogical Society Blog
Blog type: Florida genealogy, Genealogy society blog

History: The Florida State Genealogical Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization 16 May 1977. The society was founded to promote the study and research of genealogy and local history. The society publishes source materials and family history, while encouraging seminars, workshops and similar educational meetings in the State of Florida. Since 1978, the society has held a statewide conference in a different Florida city each year with nationally well-known speakers.

Mission: Our goal is to promote the study and collection of genealogies, family history and local history. The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) provides Florida source materials through the publication of books, the periodic journal The Florida Genealogist, and the newsletter, Florida Lines. Research services are available to those who are seeking a Florida Pioneer Certificate. Educational opportunities are given through the annual conference and workshops. In order to further promote and support genealogy.

forget me not ancestry

Forget-Me-Not Ancestry
Blog type: Professional genealogist

Fascinated with genealogy and history since I was a kid, I’ve been digging around in my own ancestry backyard for decades and doing it professionally for a decade. I learned on the lap of my grandmother, national genealogist for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and through the years I’ve come to see that I have a sixth-sense when it comes to genealogy research.

I love the detective work ~ the sleuthing ~ involved in genealogy research. I know how to find the sources that provide clues and answers to ancestry questions, and more importantly I know how to analyze the data. I have a gift for seeing relationships and noticing bits of information that many others do not.

I immerse myself in the lives of the people I’m researching ~ often traveling to where they lived to get a better sense of their land, their communities and their lives ~ and I frequently get an instinctive insight on where to go next in the search.

My undergraduate degree in history and English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and my master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., plus a teacher’s certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., provide an excellent academic foundation on which to base my genealogy research. I know U.S. history! I was also an editor and writer of a monthly magazine and a teacher in the Racine, Wis. school district.

In addition to Association of Professional Genealogists, I am a member of the National Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Suffolk County (Long Island) Historical Society and Museum, and the Racine (Wis.) Heritage Museum, as well as past member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.


Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogy conferences

Events of interest to Australian Genealogists including conferences, excursions, family reunions, lectures, open days and seminars. This is by no means a comprehensive list but a listing of events that I come across on my genealogical journey. There may be a bias towards events in NSW, Geniaus’ home state. Readers are encouraged to submit details of events for publishing on this blog.

green-eyed look a like

Green Eyed Look-a-Like
Blog type: Individual family history

I have a hobby; a serious one!

I am fascinated with history and genealogy! I have been researching my family history for a few months now. First trying to go back to the Mayflower and now trying to find my grandmother’s father and any of his relatives. But I keep going back to one small detail.

A few months back, NBC aired a series following 8 celebrities as they traced back their family history. Each of the episodes were all very interesting! But Ashley Judd’s episode really peaked my interest.

Like my heritage, Ashley is able to trace her family all the way back to the Mayflower to William Brewster, one of the main founders of the Mayflower expedition. In the episodes, Ashley makes a stop at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and in this particular segment, they present her with a keepsake. As Ashley unravels the scroll, she sees that it is a family lineage chart from her all the way back to William Brewster.

I have been in search of a family lineage chart for a while that looks as simple and elegant as this one above. All of the family trees, charts, graphs, etc. that I have Googled have all been included some sort of literal tree or it doesn’t go back as far as I need it to go back or it’s in a different format that I do not find appealing.

So here’s my question/request, if anyone out there knows where I can obtain a family lineage chart like the one above or know how I can go about having one made, I would be forever indebted to you!

jottings journeys and genealogy

Jottings, Journeys and Genealogy
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

This is about my own family history, my travels and my everyday life. It is a place to share news with friends, and a place to record and gather information about my family tree. If you think we may be related, or if you have any questions, PLEASE contact me! The easiest way is to add a comment. Click ‘comments’ or use the comments form at the end of one of my articles. Or you can email me! (The background image shows the paddock and dam on our family property ‘Taminga’.)

online gen guy

Online Gen Guy
Blog type: Genealogy industry blog

My name is Mark Olsen. I am both a genealogist and an online marketer. As the current affiliate program manager at and and the former affiliate manager of I have some great experience helping people make a lot of money in Genealogy Affiliate Programs. Here I will talk affiliate stuff, blogging, genealogy.

Genealogists generally speaking have a unique niche, surname set, locality, time period etc. for which they are true experts.  Many of you have blogs while many don’t.  If you don’t share what you know sorry to say but it may just die with you when you pass on.  As a BYU Alumni with a degree in Family History/Spanish Emphasis I can’t help but encourage you to put your knowledge up on the web and as you do so go ahead and earn some money while you’re at it.  Whatever knowledge you have you can tie into the relevant pages at and more.  As you tie in – tie in with affiliate links and you will earn money.  This site will show you some of the easy ways this can be done.

onwards to our past

Onwards to Our Past
Blog type: Individual family history

A genealogy blog focused on Bohemia, Czech community of Cleveland, Cornwall in the UK, Italy and Italian immigration all with a good dose of fun!

search tip of the day

Search Tip of the Day
Blog type: Genealogy education

This is my newest “tip of the day” blog–geared towards online sites, not, but any online database site (fee and otherwise) that genealogists use. Every day we will have a search tip for using a site or a database.

reflecting on genealogy

Reflecting on Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy industry

For several months I’ve been writing a blog that focuses on my personal family research – Denise’s Life in the Past Lane. I’ve had ideas for general genealogical postings but didn’t want to post them there.

So a new blog is born! I hope you enjoy.

steers ONS

Steers ONS
Blog type: Surname blog, UK genealogy

For those of you who are not aware of the concept of a One Name Study may I suggest that you head over to the Guild of One Name Studies homepage for a breakdown of what they do.

I had dealings with Guild Members long before I joined myself, indeed I had some very useful advice regarding my PARRY problem from the member researching this particular surname. I joined the Guild at Who Do You Think You Are this year but I wasn’t overly sure about registering a surname. It’s a daunting task, especially when you consider it is a WORLD WIDE study. I’ve been collecting information about the STEERS family, trying to find out how they appeared in Hull in the late 1830’s whilst living in London. In order to try to do this I was collecting all the information I could about STEERS around that time frame, so in my wisdom (?) I gave serious consideration to undertaking this study.

Then last week, whilst on holiday my OH proposed. So STEERS will be my name soon enough and I decided that yes, I did want to do this. So I’ve registered the surname with the Guild. I’ve set up my Guild Profile (although it is a little sparse) and I’ve started this blog to chart my journey. I won’t however be neglecting my own parental ancestry and I’ll still be posting about this on my other blog but I thought it best to separate the two.

So welcome to my new blog & my new adventure (in more ways than one!)

The Heritage Files

The Heritage Files
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi there! I’m Kristie, a 30-something daughter of a long-time genealogy researcher. I was recently bitten by the genealogy bug, and thought it would be fun, and perhaps even helpful, to write about my discoveries, frustrations, insights, and adventures. At some point I also plan to start writing up stories about my family history.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that I was bitten by this bug, since I love doing other kinds of research and my mom has been steeping me in all of her research pretty much my entire life, but somehow I resistant to it for a long time.

Though my mom has done an enormous amount of work over the years, there’s always more to do, more to learn, more documents to procure. My hope is to share stories of what she and I find, provide the info we already have, share photos for family and others who may be interested, and maybe even help out others in their searches.

The other pages are a work in progress, but will eventually contain the research that is already done by family, both for a record of the work done and also to help others who may be looking into the same family lines. There will possibly also be a page for information we’re seeking or brick walls we’ve hit up against.

The Leaves on the Trudgian Tree

The Leaves on the Trudgian Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

Exploring the lives of one Trudgian family in Galena, Illinois through the eyes of their daughter, Lillian, during the years of 1913 through 1931. Lillian’s authentic diary entries explore the family, neighbors, what is happening in Galena, as well as, national events and of course the weather and the crops!

theories of relativity

Theories of Relativity
Blog type: Individual family history

“Theories of Relativity” was born of a desire to keep track of my various thoughts and speculations as I continue to dig deeper and deeper, without mucking up my “official” tree with potentially false information.  With luck, someday it might even help me connect with long-lost relatives!

updates genie

Updates Genie
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogy industry blog

Tips and news from all over the world (Australia, UK, Ireland, NZ, Canada, USA etc), about indexes, Web sites, publications and other resources, discounts, events etc. There are also links to longer articles on ‘Queensland Genealogy’, ‘UK/Australia Genealogy’ and ‘Genealogy Leftovers’. Updates Genie replaces my email newsletter.

Weeks Family Research

Weeks Family Research
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is a collection of information regarding early Weeks families in the USA. Hopefully, we can share information and help each other with our Weeks family research goals.

Will the real Ursula Wright

Will the real Ursula Wright please stand up!
Blog type: Individual family history

Some of us have been searching for Ursula WRIGHT who was born in Stillwater, New York about 1783. Who were her parents? Was 1783 really her year of birth? When and where did she die? When did she marry Nathaniel SEARING (1781-1826)? Help us find Ursula!

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