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New Genealogy Blogs April 24, 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 Blog! link in the menu bar to pass along information on new blogs.]

There are 17 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,013 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:

Australian Genealogy Journeys

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

Let me introduce myself, I am a 25-year-old hobby genealogist and family historian from Australia. I have been researching my family history for about seven years now and I enjoy it tremendously!

I am predominantly of Irish heritage, with some English and a little Welsh. Somewhere back there I know I have Scottish as well!! And there is a family story of some Spanish ancestry too…oh if only I could solve that mystery!

On this blog, I hope to share all my ideas, tips, news, links, reviews, discoveries, successes and failures, brick walls and other bits and pieces related to my family history research!

I have a particular interest in the use of computers and technology in family history research and enjoy using the Internet, databases and various software to track down my ancestors. However, I also like to research using primary documents in archives and family collections. There is nothing like reading the original document and knowing that your ancestor once held that piece of paper and signed their name!

I also have an interest in local and Australian history and have completed a graduate diploma in local, family and applied history at University. I hope someday I may be able to pursue my interests as part of my day job!

I hope that I can use this blog not only to further my own research, but to help others in their research also!!

Cciccolella Family History

Ciccolella Family History
Blog type: Individual family history, Italian genealogy

I have been researching my Italian family history for several years. My grandfather John Ciccolella came to the US from Pettorano sul Gizio, Italy in 1912. During my time researching, I have found many interesting notes, stories and obits from Pettorano sul Gizio, Italy. My hope is to assist others during their “blast to the past”. If you have something to add, please do so together we can help others. Thanks, and God Bless.

Four Wisconsin Families

Four Wisconsin Families: Reardon, Cannon, O’Keeffe, McCole
Blog type: Individual family history, Midwest genealogy, Wisconsin genealogy

Covering the Reardon, Cannon, O’Keefe and McCole families in Calumet, Outagamie, St. Croix, Waupaca counties of Wisconsin.

Haverford Special Collections

Haverford College Libraries, Quaker and Special Collections
Blog type: Genealogy library blogs, Pennsylvania genealogy

Visiting: The collections are open to all. Researchers—especially those visiting from a distance—are encouraged tocontact Special Collections before coming to use the collections. Upon arrival you will be asked to sign in, provide identification showing name and address, and give an indication of the type of research you will be performing. Belongings are stored in a secure area and we ask that only paper, pencil, and a laptop computer, if desired, be brought into the reading room. Our reading room is enabled with a wireless internet connection.

Location: Quaker and Special Collections is located in Haverford College’s Magill Library in Haverford, Pennsylvania, less than ten miles from the center of Philadelphia, accessible by car and by public transportation.

Iowa State University Special Collections

Iowa State University Special Collections Blog
Blog type: Genealogy library blog, Iowa genealogy, Midwest genealogy

The Special Collections and University Archives Department of Iowa State University (ISU) is located in Parks Library in the city of Ames. Created in 1969, the department’s mission is to identify, select, preserve, create access to, provide reference assistance for, and promote the use of rare and unique research materials that support the major research areas (including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, and engineering) of Iowa State University.

Our staff consists of four professional archivists and librarians, three full time staff members, and several student workers. Most of the blog posts are written by Laura Sullivan, Assistant Archivist in the Special Collections Department.

Long Lost Relatives

Long Lost Relatives
Blog type: Individual family history, Midwest genealogy, Nebraska genealogy

This is a story of my family history journey. I’m already quite active on, but wanted to expand my research over a wider internet base. I’m hoping that a variety of long lost family members will be able to connect and share family history information on our allied families. Are we related? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at

Moore Houston Robertson Genealogy

Moore Houston Robertson Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

This genealogy site covers surnames Moore, Houston, Robertson, Brown, Baugh, Smith, Camp, Ballard, Williams, Harrison, Davis, Milam, Arthur, Walker, and many more.

My Family Research Adventures

My Family Research Adventures
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been doing genealogy for about 30 years. Over that time I have collected a lot of information, both from official records and from other people. At times I disagree with either the record or the conclusion someone has come to, here I will try to explain myself and my reasons for the disagreements. When needed I will try and present my case in a logical manner. Also I will post some of my brickwalls for others to see and maybe help me. I am hopeing from time to time to just list my research goals for a particular person or family, so I can find the to do list.

One Pilot's War

One Pilot’s War
Blog type: Diary blog, Individual family history

Several months ago, the basement at my mother’s house flooded. As we cleaned up after the water receded, we found several boxes that had not been opened in many years. In these boxes were letters sent by my grandfather during World War Two.

He was a pilot assigned to the 341st Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Campaign and over the course of his service sent several hundred letters home to my grandmother. These letters span the time from his flight training to his trip back to the States at the end of the war.

I have recently begun sorting and transcribing these letters so that they can be preserved for my family and for anyone else that my have an interest in how World War Two looked to one American pilot. As I work my way through these letter I will be posting them here along with the many pictures my grandfather took throughout the war.

so thats where i get it from

So That’s Where I Get It From
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I know that I get a certain subconscious action of rubbing my knee from my Mum and we both know we get this from her Mum, my Grandmother. But, where did my Grandmother get it from? Was it her Dartnell Father’s family or her Dickens Mother’s family? I wonder if I will ever find out!

So, who do I get my creativeness from? Who do I get my wonderful ideas (well I think they are) from? The questions are endless and no doubt there are little clues in the discoveries I make along the way.

I have been seriously researching my ancestors for about 20 years or so. I have made some wonderful discoveries and now also have even more questions that they have set me! And I have lost count at the number of brick walls I am waiting to knock through with different lines on both sides of my family.

Because my thoughts jump from one thing to another (now, who do I get that from?) I am not sure this blog and the other pages I have made will follow on in some proper order, so please be patient with me while I just prattle on about this, that and the other regarding the discoveries, mysteries and surprises I have found along the way while delving into this fascinating hobby of family history research.

If anything I write here is useful to you or you can help by suggesting possible other avenues for me to follow, I would love to hear from you and of course, if any of the family names I am researching are yours too, please let me know. Check out the Contact Page for details.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this, I hope there is something that could be of interest to you.

The Genealogy Geek

The Genealogy Geek
Blog type: Genealogy technology blog

Bill Puller is a freelance writer, amateur genealogist and fan of all things digital. He is the creator and host of former The Genealogy Tech Podcast, and has published articles in Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Discovering Family History magazines.

The San Jose State Univ Special Collections

The San José State University Special Collections & Archives
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogy library blog

The purpose of this blog is to is to help students develop strong research and analytical skills using primary resources in original and digital formats. It is the goal of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives to support the teaching and learning goals of students, faculty, and the broader scholarly community. The archives can serve as the laboratory to study original and digital materials and is a gateway to life learning. The “discovery method” is a primary feature of historical methods, which is based on the premise that students need guidance in locating, accessing, and analyzing primary sources. The resources listed on this blog are local in identity, however, the principles expressed are universal.

UT San Antonio Spec Coll

The Top Shelf, University of Texas, San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
Blog type: Genealogy library blog, Texas genealogy

The Special Collections Department serves as the Library’s repository for the university’s primary source materials, including manuscripts, rare books, and university archives. Our mission is to preserve a clearly-defined set of primary sources and make those resources accessible to all. Our collections support casual inquiry and serious scholarship; we play an active and creative role in the teaching and research missions of UTSA.

Supporting the university’s accent to premier research university status, Special Collections sustains the university’s teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring ,preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.

Univ Kentucky Spec Coll

University of Kentucky Archives and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
Blog type: Appalachian genealogy, Genealogy library blog, Kentucky genealogy

The archives and oral history programs are units within Special Collections and Digital Programs (SCDP) at the University of Kentucky Libraries

The archives has more than 30,000 cubic feet of papers, records, moving and still images that document the people, places, and events that have shaped Kentucky’s history and culture. The archives supports the programs of the University by preserving its past and by providing source materials which will further scholarship and research. The archives focuses on Kentucky related manuscripts, audio-visual materials, university archives, and public policy.

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of over 6,000 oral history interviews. Over 500 interviews are consulted annually by researchers worldwide. The number of interviews available on the World Wide Web continues to grow, providing greater access to the collection. The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is currently developing the Online Oral History Projects Initiative, to offer searchable, full text transcripts on the World Wide Web.

This blog is a way for SCDP staff to share news and items of interest with the public. Please let us know what you think.

U Montana Spec Coll

University of Montana, Missoula, Archives & Special Collections at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Blog type: Genealogy library blogs, Montana genealogy

Located on the 4th floor of the Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections contains some of the most unique and valuable printed items in the state of Montana. The K. Ross Toole Archives is the location of a large number of unpublished materials relating to the people and history of western Montana, as well as the history of The University of Montana. Our holdings include letters and diaries of Montana pioneers; the congressional papers of Montana politicians including James E. Murray, Pat Williams, and Mike Mansfield; and nearly 100,000 historic photographs. Special Collections houses a number of rare and valuable books, as well as state documents, maps, and pamphlets. Our strongest collections relate to the history of Montana and the region, but we also have outstanding and unusual items drawn from a wide range of disciplines, from British and American literature to the natural sciences.

Writing True

Writing True – Tips to Write and Share Your Family History
Blog type: Write Your Family History

Jennifer Swan is a writer and small business entrepreneur.

For years, Jennifer has wanted to share her family’s remarkable story. She knew witnesses to the historic 1950 event weren’t going to be around forever and the task of documenting Florence and Henry’s story became ever more important.

Jennifer has spent years researching religious journals and newspaper accounts depicting Marian apparitions. She has listened to heart-felt memories shared by her father and spent countless hours reading her grandmother’s journals.

Jennifer lives in a historic community with her husband and three children.

Your Future Your Past

Your Future, Your Past
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog

If you like Who Do You Think You Are?, you’ll love exploring in the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition. For some of the episodes (please see previous blog posts about Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields), it continues on well beyond where the program leaves off.

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