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New Genealogy Blogs April 2, 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 10 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1832 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:

eckstel ancestral blog

Eckstel: An Ancestral Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a genealogical blog about my family. Most of the family is from Germany or Ireland. Almost all grew up in the Philadelphia area. Research has brought me to the 18th century on some branches of my family.

from olsen to petterborg

From Olsen to Petterborg
Blog type: Individual family history

This is Ole Olsen Petterborg and Maria Eriksdatter. This picture was sent to me by Allene Mattson from Brigham City, Utah. I have seen the pictures individually on the Internet but it was very special when I received this copy from Allene. I am hoping to find more pictures and stories about the Petterborg family so that I can share with others.

I have a Petterborg database, in my genealogy software program, with names, dates and places but I am not sure where I got it. I am using the information as a foundation and a place to jump from into more detailed research.

My goal is to show original records to back up any names, dates or places.

When you read this, if you have anything to share, please contact me via my contact information at the bottom of the blog.

I have set up this blog so that each of Ole and Maria’s nine children will have their own separate page.  I am hoping this will be an easier way to track them and for others to find and share information.

Oh, how I wish I could have known and talked to these people. They have gone from names on a computer screen or family group sheet to someone who is real. Someone who I am related to, someone who sacrificed a lot for each other and for others who would follow.  I feel a real connection to them but at the same time, I feel a real void because I don’t have a lot of information. I look forward to the day when I can meet them and I can give them a hug and thank them for what they did for me.

geelong and district

Geelong and District
Blog type: Australian genealogy

It is in Victoria, Australia. The boundaries are not rigid but basically cover an arc from the Otways up to a little south of Ballarat, across to Werribee and all points to the south east of that area.  The region is rich in history and played a major part in the early history of Victoria.

There are numerous local and family history societies and museums that are a wonderful resource for anyone researching in our region. The Geelong & District web site will help you with that research.

jims girl

Jim’s Girl Family History Blog
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

While I’m known as Katherine at work, I’m Kathy to my family and Kate to my in-laws and neighbours.  Here I’m Jim’s Girl, because my dad is the reason I’m hooked on genealogy.

Like many of us, in elementary school (Grade 5, was it?), I had to do a project on my family tree.  My Aunty Mary had the info on mom’s side of the family, and dad had the info on his.  Grade 5 was a long, long time ago, but I can still see that first squiggly family tree I drew.  I can feel the paper.  My first attempt to trace my family tree hooked me.  And it was because of my dad.

I started using the internet in the mid-1990s to research family history and connect with possible relatives.  More recently, has helped me get in touch with many lovely folks who may or may not be related to me or my husband.  So many of them have terrific info to share, that I thought a blog would help us share info across branches of our family tree.

So here I am: Jim’s Girl.  Welcome to the Jim’s Girl Family History Blog.

I will be sharing my experiences and tips from my own family history research.  My interests cover the following regions and names:

  • West Cork, Ireland, particularly the townlands of Shantullig North and Gortnamona — Moynihan, Mynehane, Leahy, Harnedy
  • Fano, Marche, Italy — Mattioli, Barboni
  • Fiume Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy — Bertolo, Iop, Muzzin
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada — Bertolo
  • Devon and Somerset, England — Burrows, Ayre, Cottrell
  • Glamorgan, Wales — Lawrence
  • Galicia, Eastern Ukraine — Kazuke, Kaziuka

I hope to hear from you and welcome your participation.  You can comment on blog posts or email me directly at

retracing the past

Retracing the Past
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to Retracing the Past. I am the self-appointed personal family historian for my Kennedy sized family. As the oldest daughter of 12 brothers and sisters, I’ve decided to research and blog about our family’s origins. So far, it’s been an exciting adventure. I’m enjoying the thrill of the hunt and discovering who we are.

saviel family research

Saviel Family Research
Blog type: Individual family history

Blog of the Saviel Family Research project.

sharing their stories

Sharing Their Stories
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a history geek who loves how tracing my ancestry has made history come alive and much more personal to me. While I enjoy finding how far back I can trace my tree my greatest joy is finding the stories behind the people. I’ll be sharing their stories here. You can contact me at genstorygirl at gmail dot com.

Over the years I have had many blogs. The problem is I don’t like to write. I love, love, love, to read and research but writing regularly in a blog has always been a trial for me. So, I don’t really know how I’ll do with this blog either. I’ve never had a genealogy blog before though. If I don’t have to write about myself  maybe this blog will have a chance.

In researching my family it is their stories that really grab me. I find myself transported back in time. The people and their stories give me a deep appreciation of all that they endured and went through so that I can sit here today typing this post.

I am lucky that my grandmother and great-grandmother passed on many family stories and our ancestry to me. My great-grandmother wrote her own family history book. I am also lucky to have three journals that my great-great-great grandfather wrote on his farm in Texas in the late 1800’s.  I want to use this blog to share stories from them and others in my family tree. Here’s hoping I can do them justice.

telling their tale

Telling Their Tale
Blog type: Individual family history

Hi I’m Hillary. I am a genealogy enthusiast who has been tracing my family roots for over 20 years. Here are the stories and people I discovered in my family tree.

the official blog of hungary exchange

The Official Blog of the Hungary Exchange
Blog type: Hungarian genealogy

I’m a 24 year old genealogist who’s addicted to anything related to genealogy and family tree research. My passion is Hungarian research, I’d like to say I’m an expert at Hungarian genealogy. I’m also very knowledgeable in German research, as well. I’m an avid gardener. If I’m not doing research or extracting Hungarian marriage records (, I’m out in the yard playing in the dirt . . . weather permitting.

“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors and no slave who has not had a king among his.”

the pursuit of joe mangiafico

The Pursuit of Joe Mangiafico and His Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

I am married and have three children and five grandchildren. Even though I am in Florida, I will always be an Idaho girl. I am hooked on genealogy and family history. I love fishing, camping (I really miss the mountains.) and football — GO JAGS! I also collect cow salt and pepper shakers and crochet a mean afghan.

Joe was hubby’s father. Joseph Leonard Mangiafico, a man he never met, a man he never even knew about until he was about 20 years old.  Before that he always thought someone else was his father, you know, the guy whose name is on his birth certificate.

Hubby and I were married in 1997.  It was 2002 before I was able to find anything out about Joe.  Unfortunately, the first thing I found out was that he died in 1992.  I then widened my search for any siblings that may exist.  Little did I know how many siblings I would find, and how many are still unaccounted for.

I decided that Joe deserved his own blog. I am also hoping that as I share everything I have learned during my pursuit that Joe’s unaccounted sons and/or daughters will find their way here. It’s kind of hard for me to find them without knowing who their mothers’ are.

I hope you enjoy reading about Joe and his ancestors as much as I enjoy pursuing them.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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