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New Genealogy Blogs April 14, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 12 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:

all in your family

All In Your Family
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist

Genealogy has been my avocation since  I was a teenager. My own family tree, started decades ago as notations on scotch-taped bits of paper, has since grown into a digital display of over 800 names and includes many photographs from a century ago. I  have researched a couple dozen of the most interesting characters, including a family of Caucasians born in Asia in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.  Interestingly, in these types of endeavors, one clue leads to the next, and before long I was seeking out records on,  Ellis Island’s website and other digital sources.  I am equally comfortable in the dusty rooms of municipal archives, county clerk’s offices and genealogy institutes.

Although I trained as an engineer, I have many other interests which come into play when I’m doing my genealogical detective work.  I’m fascinated by languages, photography, art and architecture, conservation of ephemera, music, dance.  Because I have conducted business in and visited many countries I have become familiar with various penmanship styles.  I regularly find errors in digital catalogs that resulted from someone misreading a handwritten entry and incorrectly transliterating it into text.  As a “visual” person I’m able to look at a photo of an old person and match it to a photo from another period in their life.  I am also a perceptive and clever sleuth, who notices things in photographs like jewelry, clothing styles and house addresses and relates them back (through city directories or other media) to a place or time.  My analytical background gives me a methodical approach to doing research, and my stick-to-itiveness won’t allow me to stop until the puzzle is complete.

burning river genealogy

Burning River Genealogy
Blog type: Ohio genealogy

Family history in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

death becomes her

Death Becomes Her
Blog type: Cemetery blog

Epitaphs, tombstones, obituaries and other death related posts.

elizabeths genealogy gems

Elizabeth’s Genealogy Gems
Blog type: Individual family history

A blog about my Cashman and Clark families.

genealogy clues

Genealogy Clues
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogy education

I am a retired secondary teacher of English and Information Technology from Melbourne, Australia. I  love technology: MACs, iPad, iPhone, web 2.0, techie gadgets and look to incorporate tech tools into everything possible.

My new-found interest in Genealogy started with attending a Genealogy user group – part of the AUSOM (Apple Users Group of Melbourne). I’ve never given my family history a second thought until that moment. However, the combination of hunting for family clues, online access to records and software for recording and publishing my family tree has me totally hooked!My main interest is genealogy.  My ancestry is Australian, England, Poland and Russia.

helpful tips from mess on the desk

Helpful Tips from Mess on the Desk
Blog type: Genealogy education, Technology blogs

What happens when you mix a bit of genealogical interest, some writing, and a compulsion for organization and efficiency… you get Mess on the Desk. We are a start-up company offering advice on organizing those scraps of paper, boxes of photos, and documents that are piling up.

Stay tuned for tips and tools to help you organize and clear the clutter, but most of all, how to make your genealogical searches and finds more useful to you!

janas genalogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a wife and mom and I love my family!  I have a love for genealogy and family history and have been involved in researching my family since about 1995. I currently teach a family history class at my church and have done so since 2007. I have also served as a volunteer librarian at our local family history center in the past.

kevins irish research

Kevin’s Irish Research
Blog type: Irish genealogy

Many examples here of Irish records. A lot of Irish parish registers date back to the 1700’s. If you need assistance with your ancestry please email My blog began in May 2011 so please read back and you might find something of interest.

meandering lace

Meandering Lace
Blog type: Individual family history

Family History Blog and Genealogy of Surnames: Hall, Bahl, Davis, Bentroth, and also some data for Bast, Burdette, Simmons, Toole, Gagliano, White, McCormick.

practical genealogy

Practical Genealogy
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Genealogy education

Hi my name is Michael Riley,

My Blog

I produced my first family tree 20 years ago and I have been serious about researching my own family tree for about five years.

It has been a learning curve for me.  I have enjoyed the process of discovery… but feel that it has been difficult to find good advice on the internet.

I have started writing this blog for two reasons:

  • As a means of improving my own knowledge about Genealogy and about Victoria.
  • Provide practical information to new users researching in Victoria.

There is a lot to know when researching family history, from which software to use, to which records are useful to search through, to how to store your photos.  Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, a few immediate answers can make a big difference.


My own family can be traced to many parts of Victoria, from Portland, Ararat, Ballarat, Maryborough, Bendigo, Geelong, Port Arlington, Walhalla and of course Melbourne.

A long time ago I completed a degree in History (Hons) from Latrobe University and then a Graduate Diploma of Information Services from RMIT.  But for the last 15 years, I have worked mainly in the I.T. industry, first as an I.T. trainer, and then specializing in databases and Information Management.

Genealogy includes lots of technology from:

  • Which software to store your family tree,
  • How to manage/edit photos,
  • Scanning resolution and scanner selection
  • Internet search skills
  • Selecting software which is best for writing and publishing your family story,
  • Using the appropriate software and being skilled at it can save significant time and I hope I can use my experience to help improve the skills of others.

I encourage you to follow your own path and hopefully my advice is useful.

Best of Luck with your own searching…

the blaney family

The Blaney Family – Birmingham to Canada
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history, UK genealogy

This blog is a place to share the stories of the Blaney family – their lives in Birmingham, England and across Canada. Hopefully I will make contact with other descendants along the way. Family names currently being researched are Blaney, Elcocks, Cheffins, Langley, Bellingham, Welch, Lewis and Barnes.

russian genealogist

The Blog of Russian Genealogist
Blog type: Russian genealogy

Hi, I am Semionoff Vitaly, I live in Moscow and I am only  one Russian genealogist who is fully globalized and ready to provide you by first class genealogy research if you speak English, French, German, Spanish or Polish.

Having 3 websites on Russian with English, French, German,  Polish and Spanish mirror pages of my website I  need this blog to tell people more about  genealogy life in Russian and ex-USSR. I hope there a lot of people who could be interesting in life and vivid information about genealogy search in Russia and ex-USSR.

Working in Russia as a genealogist I meet a lot of terrible violations of people access right to archival sources. In Russia there is no one department that control all archives. The Federal Archive Department (Rosarchive) controls not more than 10 biggest and most valuable archives of Federal property. The regional archives  are independent and out -of control. They are not only out -of -control, but also out of any financial help except of regional one that can be very small and not sufficient, that makes the archive workers’ will to take money from private researchers, braking all rules.

One is the most popular way for doing this – closing the fonds (documents) of #1 genealogist popularity because of them “bad condition” and making people to order genealogical reasearch only via archive (and to pay to the archive). Nothing to say, that nobody even try to restore documents. This is corruption scheme #1 very popular in Archangelsk, Saratov and Kostroma archives

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