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New Genealogy Blogs August 11, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 8 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:

Allens of Magoffin County, Kentucky type: Individual family history, Kentucky genealogy

Since retiring from a career in computer systems management, Marvin Allen has pursued his interests in genealogy, local history and home automation. He is a past president of the Starke County Genealogical Society and served 8 years as secretary for the Starke County Historical Society.  Marvin also served 6 years as County Historian for Starke County, Indiana.

He has digitized thousands of historic photographs and documents, conducted numerous interviews with long-time residents and presented many community programs of a historical nature. He was listed as a speaker with the Indiana Historical Society for 8 years. Marvin was recognized by the Indiana Historical Society in 2010 with the Hubert Hawkins History Award for distinguished service and career in local history.

Other accomplishments have included creating and maintaining the websites for the Starke County Historical Society and for Starke County Public Library where thousands of historical photos and documents have been made available to the public.

Marvin currently resides in Monroe County, Indiana with his wife Kathy.

Fahrbach/Barela Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

One of those people with more interests than available time. I’m a scrapbooking & papercraftng instructor, amateur genealogist, gardener, and more.

George and Rosanna
Blog type: Individual family history

Rosanna Cuppello Swales and George Thomas Swales emigrated from Burnley, England to Fall River, MA with their two young sons in 1907. To keep in touch, Rosanna and her family back in Burnley sent postcards, a very popular means of communication at the turn of the 20th century. Rosanna cherished these cards from her mother, sisters, family and friends and carefully saved them in special albums. Fortunately, Rosanna’s son and grandson both saw the importance of these albums which have now been passed along to me, Rosanna’s great-granddaughter. This blog is my way of sharing these beautiful postcards and the fascinating story of this couple and their family.
Blog type: Professional genealogist blog

Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., focuses on Midwest, Pennsylvania, and English research and on methodology. Her Ph.D. is in history from Brown University, and she has studied with Elizabeth Mills and Tom Jones at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She completed the ProGen Study Group curriculum, finishing with ProGen5 in spring 2011.

Lois has been a director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society since 2010 and has chaired MGS’ Education Committee since 2009. Lois coordinates the Minnesota Genealogical Society’s Genealogy 101 course and writes a beginning genealogy column for Minnesota Genealogist. She is the 2011 winner of the MGS North Star Award for research, writing, or education and became a member of the Lake Minnetonka chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the same year.

Lois was born in California, the daughter of a naval officer. She grew up mostly on the East Coast, in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, Rhode Island, and attended Brown University, where she earned three degrees in history. After leaving Brown, she lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island, working in the defense industry as an analyst, writer, and project manager. Having been introduced to quality management, she segued into organizational performance assessment after moving to Minnesota in the 1990s. She is married and has two grown children.

Lois started working on genealogy twice–once after her third grandparent died in 1980, and again at the end of the 1990s. (The second time “took.”) As most genealogists do, Lois started by researching her own family. Her parents came from a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country. Her mother’s family were mostly Pennsylvania Germans who came to America in the 1700s. Intermarried with the Pennsylvania Germans were Cornish miners who arrived in the mid-1800s. In contrast, Lois’ father’s family were late-nineteenth-century immigrants from Lithuania and Poland.

Lois also researches her husband’s family–Irish who came to Iowa via New York and Wisconsin, Scots who came via Pennsylvania, and Germans. All of these arrived in the early-to-mid-1800s, except for that interesting line of British Isles origin that cropped up in Maryland or possibly Delaware before the American Revolution and migrated west through Pennsylvania and Ohio to Iowa.

She has been writing, speaking, and researching professionally since 2010. Lois is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and was a founding member of APG’s Northland Chapter. As an APG member, Lois subscribes to APG’s code of ethics.

Malo Family Genealogy
Blog type: Acadian genealogy, French-Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

I started this blog as a place for Malo family researchers to share genealogy, the socio-historic context of this family, photos, and other resources. It is my dream that Malo family members from across the world will make use of this site.

Everyone who visits this blog will have their own interests as related to the Malo family. My interest is the Malo families that immigrated to New England from Quebec. Most of these families were “Ayet dit Malo” families, but when they immigrated to the United States they generally adopted “Malo” as their surname.

In the process of searching for my GG Grandfather Louis Malo, I wound up with a lot of Malo information because there were so many Louis’ born around the same time in Quebec. I decided to put all this Malo information to use. With the help of others, I have traced 22 Malo lines from New England, back to Quebec, and on to Jean Hayet dit St Malo (or Gayet) and Catherine Galbrun. At some point I will put this information together in a document (I am working on it) and distribute it to all those who are interested in Malo genealogy.

I hope that some of you reading this will write some entries for this blog that I will post here. That will enrich our Malo knowledge and our experience with this blog. Please feel free to write in English or French. Having multiple bloggers will be a lot more exciting than just me writing something periodically. Contributions could be about anything related to Malo family history and genealogy, genealogy tips, photos, documents, and memories of family members and life experiences. I would like to paint a picture of the Malo family, not just our genealogy, but the struggles, the joys, the sorrows, and the accomplishments of our ancestors and ourselves.

Steve is helping to make this site more useful for the members. He has a fantastic vision for a Malo genealogy data base where members can easily share large amounts of genealogy.

I hope we build a wonderful blog and an extensive knowledge base of Malo family history and genealogy together.

Nuestra Familia Banegas
Blog type: Individual family history, New Mexico genealogy

Welcome to the new home of Nuestra Familia Banegas, family history of the Banegas family of Dona Ana County, New Mexico and areas beyond.

Look for family history findings and other family news here. If you are interested in back issues of “Nuestra Family Banegas Newsletter” published 2000-2002, please read the blogger profile page.

Our Great Greats
Blog type: Individual family history

A place to share the stories and photos of those who came before us in the Woulfe, McCormick, Cunneen, Smith, Dupont, Swales, Drapeau, and Bouchard families of southern New England.

Our Own History
Blog type: Individual family history

For the past several years, I have slowly been gathering information about my family history.  Whoever said that genealogy is a hobby bordering on an obsession is right.  The more I learn, the more I want to learn.  With a couple of notable exceptions, our family history is unexceptional.  We seem to mostly be of Scots-Irish descent, working people, farmers, laborers, average folks.  We seem to have been in this country for many generations, since the 1600s and 1700s in most cases, migrating from Virginia to Maryland to the Carolinas to Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama.   I am especially fascinated with the old photographs I have managed to gather, from family members and from surprising sources I’ve connected with online.  Seeing the faces of the people we came from is really a wonderful connection to your own history. has been a tremendous source for getting the usual information, like census records, tax records, birth, marriage and death, but also in finding stories that tell about the lives of our families, and locating distant cousins who often have information and pictures to share.  I’m hoping to begin by putting down facts and adding pictures that I have, and later adding more personal information and any more photos that I may come across.  My intention is to organize the information I have into some logical form so that I can share it with family.

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