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New Genealogy Blogs 25 January 2014

Newly-Discovered Genealogy Blogs at GeneaBloggers

There are 7 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:

ancestors unKnown - ancestors blogging

Ancestors unKnown – Ancestor Blogging
Blog type: African-American, Education

Every individual has a story, influenced by both the present and the past.  And every individual has a right to know and tell that story.

Yet, throughout the African Diaspora, particularly among those who descend from survivors of slavery and colonialism, stories of history and ancestry remain untold and largely unknown.  Many assume knowledge of our Black ancestors has been lost forever, a permanent consequence of a cruel global history.

But this may not be true.  Although the process may be harder and the rewards more limited, Black family history research challenges the notion that our ancestors have been erased from our memories. Rather, many of these ancestors simply wait to be discovered.  And then celebrated, of course.

Empowered to discover their ancestors and re-write their histories, young people are set to achieve the greatness their ancestors would have hoped for them, both academically and personally.

branches and twigs

Branches and Twigs
Blog type: Family, Missouri

I caught the genealogy research bug accidentally. When I was in the 4th grade, my maternal grandmother was at my house for a visit. She asked me what we were learning about in school and I responded that we had started a unit on the Civil War. She proceeded to tell me that her great-grandfather, Isaac Stapp, had been in the Civil War. I had no idea that any of my ancestors were Civil War veterans and I vowed to learn what I could about this one ancestor.

About ten years later, I visited with the same grandmother. She handed me a manila folder filled with pedigree charts, newspaper articles, and letters to and from my third great-grandfather regarding another ancestor.

I have been filling in my family tree ever since! Please view my Surnames & Locations page to see if our branches may cross.

city girl in a writers world

City Girl in a Writer’s World
Blog type: African-American, Family, Writing Your Family History

Welcome to my blog. Since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed writing. By no means am I an expert writer, but my gift of oral storytelling has encouraged me to put my stories on paper or on the internet in this case. I have challenged myself this year (2014) to write a story a month, and I’ve created this blog as a way to stay accountable. Please feel free to give me feedback on my work. My goal is to build a collection of good quality prose through blogging. Thanking you in advance for your interest and feedback.

connies comments

Connie’s Comments About Genealogy and Family
Blog type: Family, Professional

Connie Lenzen is a full-time professional genealogist who has a passion for finding the answers to research questions. Those answers are sometimes found by studying what was going on around the ancestors.

For more information on Connie’s services, go to


Blog type: Family, Michigan

Mostly true, possibly irreverent, and always relative.

FrankenGen shares my explorations and discoveries into the world of my progenitors.  It exists to exchange resources, stories, history, and genealogy centered on the Franconian colonies of Michigan’s Saginaw Valley; however, this is only a starting point.  Geographically, FrankenGen extends beyond its roots, expanding its scope into an encompassing “German Lutheran Genealogy” of the American Midwest.  (Ambitiously overstated.)  And when I run out of things to say about them, FrankenGen may at times segue into the English.  Even the French.

from mowat and beyond

From Mowat and Beyond
Blog type: Aboriginal, Canada, England, Manitoba, Newspaper, Ukraine

I am a amateur genealogist from Canada who is interested in exploring my ancestry from Manitoba and beyond. I will use this blog to document genealogical finds in newspapers and other sources as well as other interesting tidbits surrounding my family and others from the surrounding area.

Names: Allary, Basham, Ellis, Galbraith, Goodson, Holt, Johnston, Kotlarchuk, Masiowski, Moxam, Munro, Pascal, Pelletier, Reader, Ritchie, Storrar, White


Canada, Manitoba. Dauphin, Municipality of Mossey River (Fork River, Winnipegosis)

Canada, Ontario. Renfrew North (Forresters Falls, Ross, Westmeath)

Canada, Québec. Montréal, Ottawa (Hull)

England, London. Hackney

Ukraine (Galicia). Borshiv, Ternopil (Tsyhany)


Blog type: Family, Russian

OK, we’ll help you. The family tree creating is not so expensive as it seems. Because a lot of the work you are able to do yourself.

You can :

1. visit your relatives and record the information with dictaphone. If you write on a paper, you’ll miss a half of memories. Remember each person knows more than he (she) thinks.

2 . search your relatives via the Internet: social networks, genealogy sites.

3 . contain documents in the computer files, scan photos and inserted into the text and start preparing a book titled ” My Family History.”

4 . not rush to analyze. Human behavior in the past should not be logical from the point of view of modern man.

5 . want to visit the archive. Remember, it’s the latest thing you to do.

6. working with any document (metric, online document, a list of names) research it to the end, even if you have feel nothing will be found :)))

7. if the record is not clear in the document, try to redraw this record on the paper. Buy a magnifying glass :)))

8. Most important, the archive search should be your last deal. Communicate with people, via internet, go to the the library for new ideas and new information .

9. The emergence of ” brick wall ” (you do not know where to look next) – a sign of human error in the documents (for example, writing of the name or surname) , your own misunderstanding or lack of understanding of the past life . It detects you will need professional help.

If a person from the past “does not want ” to be found , it is necessary to clarify the situation in which he lived.

© 2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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