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New Genealogy Blogs April 28, 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:


Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

Brenna Pearce is chief family historian at Pearce Heritage Research Associates, located near Kingston, Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Brenna has been conducting family history research for nearly twenty years and traces her own roots to 17th century Germany and France and to Ireland in the late 18th century.

Brenna is also the award-winning author of the FabJob Guide to Become a Genealogist. Her fiction titles include Brother Rabbit: The Road to Constantinople, the first book in the Chronicle of the First Crusade trilogy (available at Contact her at 

butternut valley family history

Butternut Valley Family History
Blog type: New York genealogy

I inherited a large genealogy collection with scrapbooks and some 70 years of research done mostly of families that derive from New York’s centrally located Butternut Valley, which includes Burlington (aka Burlington Green), Garrattsville, New Lisbon, Morris, and Gilbertsville, NY. Much of the information being documented on the blog involves people that were born in the 1800s including birth announcements, marriages, obituaries, and stories of interest.  As many of us doing research know, finding information about these ancestors are often nearly impossible to find especially in rural areas, and girls that married, in particular.  Therefore, I’m trying to do my bit by recording this priceless information for their families. Many of the people are also of our family tree and branches as well.

connecting clues

Connecting Clues for Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

Using the clues in the information we have to guide us to the information we need. I love genealogy! I have had several opportunities to teach genealogy classes, but my favorite way to help someone is one question at a time. Please submit via email what information you have and a question and I’ll do my best. I’ll try to answer one question or give one example per week.

genealogical appointments

Genealogical Appointments
Blog type: Genealogy education

Greetings! I am a genealogist, not certified yet but who knows what the future holds after all I am still trying to figure out what the past held.

hellenic genealogy geek

Hellenic Genealogy Geek
Blog type: Greek genealogy

Family History Research Tools for Greeks. Follow along on my journey to discover more about Greece genealogy and preserve your own Greek family history . This is a companion to my Facebook Group “Hellenic Genealogy Geek” where you can post your family queries and other questions.

jacobs of london

Jacobs of London and Other Families
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

Welcome …. to this blog about my family. I have called it “Jacobs of London and other families …” because my paternal family has lived in London from the mid-18th century and the rest of my family comes from – well – all over the place! I don’t propose to blog every day but only when I want to share something interesting. I will introduce members of my family who have an interesting story to tell and I will post pictures of the places with which they were associated. This will also be the place to share my problems and puzzles.

To get things started, here is a picture of the Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix Street, off Charing Cross Road. This site has very strong links to my family but the story starts well before the theatre was built. But that story is for another day.

journey to finding my roots

Journey to Finding My Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

I have never know anything about my ancestors. In fact no one ever talked of the ones we don’t see. Of course this sparked my interest. I am now on a mission to discover where I came from, and possibly what my ancestors went through.

no stone unturned

No Stone Unturned
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist blog

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by to check out my first blog post. I’d like this blog to be a place for conversations about genealogy research in Vermont and beyond.

I’ve been researching quite a few brick wall cases for clients with ancestors who lived in Vermont during the early settlement boom after the Revolutionary War. Many of these folks came from Connecticut and Massachusetts where record keeping was established, but didn’t continue the practice in the wilds of Vermont. When there is no document to be found that states relationships explicitly, I collect indirect evidence regarding the people the ancestor associated with to try to draw conclusions regarding kinship. I’ve just finished a lengthy (245 page) family history album for a couple with fascinating roots in colonial New England and French Canada. I also love doing forensic work to trace living descendants. These cases often have the most interesting twists and turns. I’ve really enjoyed the Army repatriation cases that I’ve been working on recently. They’ve introduced me to new locations and record sources from the mid-Atlantic states to Hawaii. There have been frustrations, but I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to some wonderful relatives of the soldiers I’ve researched. For my personal family research, I’ve been immersed in Irish valuation records and German parish records. The depth and breadth of these various projects never let me become bored.

So why did I decide to start a blog when I already don’t have enough hours in the day? Good question! I’m still asking myself that. I can narrow it down to two primary reasons.

The first is that professional genealogy is a solitary job. I often run across particularly interesting documents while I was looking for something else and have no one to share them with.  Or I learn about something that I think other researchers might want to know about, whether it is a record source or new bit of technology. Or I just feeling like talking about genealogy and there’s no one around to listen. There’s only so much I can post in a Facebook status update! I’m hoping this blog might be a way to create conversations about genealogical research in Vermont an beyond.

My second reason is that I need to learn to write more spontaneously. I tend to over -think what I write. It takes me forever to get started, then I revise, revise, revise. I’ve come to realize that this is really limiting what I can accomplish. I’m hoping that having a blog helps me learn to “Just Write It!” (Sorry, Nike.)

Does anyone have any advice for me as a new blogger?

old family stories

Old Family Stories
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, French Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

“It’s old, and I don’t really have anywhere to put it… maybe we should give it to Yvette for safekeeping.”

My name is Yvette, and I am the curator of my family’s personal heritage. That means I have a lot of stuff: photos, official documents, letters, notebooks, cassette tapes, handmade heirlooms and trinkets, etc. I have also made it my responsibility to preserve and share old family stories that bring meaning to the stuff.

Though most of the stuff has little intrinsic value, I interpret its worth based on how the physical artifacts connect me to my ancestors and my living relatives. Some of the stuff has historical significance, some of it gives me an insight into the life-altering events or daily lives of my ancestors, and some of it just plain fascinates me.  I am working to preserve the stuff both physically (using archival-safe storage methods) and digitally (to more easily share with my extended family).

What really interests me, and what I hope to share on this blog, are the stories that surround the stuff.

I know the stories behind some of the objects or can gather enough evidence to make educated guesses, but some things are shrouded in time-sealed mysteries that I will probably never fully understand. Why did my great-grandmother clip and keep a particular poem in her scrapbook? What significance did this metal spinning top have to my great-grandfather? Who was buried in 1906 at the site for which I have an anonymous burial card? Who the HECK are those people in that photograph?

In addition to sharing stories based on the stuff, I have started doing more genealogical research and want to keep an easy-to-share record of what I learn or attempt to learn. I’m already up to my eyeballs in paper, so digital is the way to go. Besides, this will make it a lot easier to connect with distant cousins who could be holding some missing puzzle pieces!


Blog type: German genealogy

It is rootseekers philosophy that genealogy is not merely about names and numbers, it is about PEOPLE. It is more than finding our ancestors’ dates of birth or death, it is finding out how they lived. It is about creating a living image that brings us closer to them, making our ancestors unforgettable.

Therefore, rootseekers writes immigrant biographies, creating unforgettable stories from the lives of those who left their home to seek their fortune in the new world.

Also, while rootseekers does offer research in church and vital records, we specialize in finding further information through:

land records, census lists and address books

ship manifests and passenger lists


guild rolls

colonist lists

military lists

school and university matriculation lists

Pastoral books

court records

manorial files

historical books

biographical books

official gazettes, newspapers, calendars

historical maps, etc.

You can get in touch with us here:

the road to me

The Road To Me
Blog type: Genealogy education

Genealogy was a casual hobby of mine for many years but as I really began to get into it I wanted to help other people too and so I promoted myself to Amateur Genealogist. For the last three years I’ve been working to climb up the ladder again and become a Professional Genealogist. I’m taking classes through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and looking at getting accredited through BCG or ICAPgen. I’m striving to create a solid online reputation.

I made this blog so I could share some of what I’m learning and about the process that I’m going through. I know there are so many in the genealogy community who are FAR BEYOND where I’m at now but hopefully I can help inspire some of those who are new as I’ve been inspired myself.

I have another blog for my business that you can find at Turning Hearts Genealogy.

turning hearts genealogy

Turning Hearts Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog

Through family history we discover the most beautiful tree in the forest of creation—our family tree. ~J. Reuben Clarke

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

2 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs April 28, 2012

  1. Thank you for sharing my new blog on your wonderful site. It actually was this site that inspired me to move forward with my blog. Genealogists are the best. ~ Debbie F.

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