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New Genealogy Blogs August 14, 2010

new genealogy blogs

[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 20 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,225 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:

anita wills blog talk radio

Anita Wills – Blog Talk Radio
Blog type: African-American genealogy

Anita Talks Genealogy is a show about, Genealogy. Host Anita Wills is an author (Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color, Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of An African American Family). She also Speaks and Lectures on writing Family History Books, Free Persons of Color, and How To Research and Document your Multi-Racial Ancestors. Ms. Wills is the Executive Director of The Mary & Patty Bowden Foundation, a Non-Profit Organization benefitting Children & Youth.

brandts rants

Brandt’s Rants
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m 32, happily married with 2 kids. I just bought my first house! Interests include Japanese, Kingdom Hearts, Transformers, and family history.

central wv genealogy

Central WV Genealogy
Blog type: Appalachian genealogy, Individual family history, West Virginia genealogy

My blog will cover a variety of topics of interest to genealogists researching their West Virginia ancestors.

chaim freedman

Chaim Freedman
Blog type: Jewish genealogy, Professional genealogists

Genealogist specialising in research of Eastern European Jewish families. Lectured at genealogical conferences and societies. Published research in genealogy journals and author of several books (see About Me).

christian co gensoc

Christian County IL Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogy society blog, Illinois genealogy, Midwest genealogy

The CCGS was formed in August 1983 with incorporation granted by the State on Oct. 17, 1983. The Societies purpose is “to collect, preserve and disseminate genealogical and historical material, especially that which pertains to Christian County, IL” and make it available to the public for research. Our logo depicts the two major industries of Christian Co., mining and farming, was adopted in April of 1984. Publishing Quarterly magazine’s started in 1984 for our members was first on our list. (Membership is from Jan. – Dec.) Due to the number of county genealogical publications that were produced and the donations of books that were received and being housed in the home of a member, on Feb. 4, 1985 an arrangement was made with the Christian County Historical Society to combine the CCGS collection with their Library which was housed in the Pence Building of the Historical Society. Today the CCGS consists of volumes of records, not only for Christian Co., but many of the surrounding counties, other counties throughout the State and even across the country.

create your life story

Create Your Life Story
Blog type: Writing Your Family History blog

I, like a lot of people love talking to others about their lives. I also know that a lot of people who wish they had managed to ask and maybe capture in some form, stories from the people in their lives who are no longer around.

I started my podcast, Your Story in 2007 to capture and share the lives of some of the wonderful people that I meet. Because of Your Story I have also been able to meet more people, particularly while I’m travelling, who I would not have normally meet, simple because I asked the question “Would you like to tell your story?”

With the skills I learnt in producing Your Story I have been able to additionally capture the more in depth stories of people’s lives in the form of an Audio Oral History. These conversations are then able to be edited and shared using all the wonderful and relatively easy to use systems at our disposal in this new digital age.

extra extra

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Blog type: Research blog

Often times when I find an obituary or some other newspaper article about an ancestor I get some “extra” stuff that happens to be printed on the same page, such as news articles, legal notices, ads, death notices, etc. I created this blog so I could share that “extra” stuff, after all the man advertising his merchandise, or the couple getting married may not be my ancestors, but they could be yours.

I am married and have three children and five grandchildren. 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.

family immortal

Family Immortal
Blog type: Individual family history

This website chronicles the families of Karen Brown Monsen and Anders Monsen, past, present, and future. By having existed and remaining in our hearts, you will exist forever. Everlasting. Immortal.

The quote used since this webpage was started in 1998, “to live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die,” is attributable to Thomas Campbell from his Hallowed Ground.

family tree builder

Family Tree Builder
Blog type: German genealogy, Individual family tree, Latvian genealogy

My blog focuses on Latvia, particularly the Baltic German community up until WWII. It has been relatively inactive for about 6 months as I’ve hit a proverbial wall, however, maybe someone will visit it through your site and have a suggestion.

footprints in time

Footprints in Time
Blog type: Individual family history

A genealogical journey of discovery while I track the faint, sometimes hidden, or long lost, footprints of my ancestors through time. It’s not alway easy to find a trail, left not in soil, grass, wood, or rock, but in papers, stories, and records. It is always rewarding, and sometimes exciting! Follow along and I’ll share the free tools, tricks, and on-line resources I find in my adventures.


Blog type: Crafts

How about pics of heirloom ancestor quilts or the quilts you have made? We’re planning quilt shop field trips at NGS and FGS conferences, and individual reports about great quilt shops we discover in our journeys.

Did someone just suggest a QUILTING BEE? Gotta love it!

genealogy and history

Genealogy and History
Blog type: African-American genealogy

Author Anita Wills shares her perspective on Genealogy Research.


Genes-R-Us Blog
Blog type: Research blogs

If you are like most people at some point in your life, you want to know more about your personal family history. I did. … And like most people, you learn that you know next to nothing about your own family. For example, many people don’t even know “grandma’s” or “grandpa’s” real names. So the question becomes “How do I begin?”

For the budding family historian, the answer is simple. Begin with “what you know” — yourself! You know your name, your birthday, your parents, and where you were born. All this information is contained on your birth certificate, which if you don’t have one, you can request from the town or state in which you were born for a fee.

From yourself, you begin to work backwards — to your parents to your grandparents and so on. Hopefully, your parents are still alive and can provide you with copies of the own birth and marriage certificates and clues and facts about your grandparents. If not, the hunt begins and you’ll begin the most surprising adventure you’ve ever undertake. The fields are rich with knowledge and sometimes as elusive as a fox, but the end result of the mountains of vital records, family letters and photos, is well worth the time and effort.

Over the course of this blog, you’ll piece together the greatest jigsaw puzzle and discover the most important treasure of all — your family. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

minqua people

Minqua People of the Welsh Mountains
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Native American genealogy, Pennsylvania genealogy

The Minqua are people who resided in the Welsh Mountain region of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Minqua was a name used to describe the Susquehanna Indians of Pennsylvania. The Minqua intermixed with escaped slaves, and whites, and became the tri-racial isolates of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

morris david rosenbaum

Morris David Rosenbaum
Blog type: Individual family history, Jewish genealogy

Since I was a young man, I have always had a desire to find more about my gggrandfather, Morris David Rosenbaum, a Polish Jew. After a time it becomes very obvious, that only through working together can we truly research his life. It is for that reason that I place this blog, so that we as family, friends and those interested in Jewish Genealogy can come together.

my tangled vine

My Tangled Vine
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a genetic genealogist and personalized genomics enthusiast. I have been researching my family history since 2002, utilizing a wide variety of innovative tools, including DNA studies. I have amassed a large collection of vintage family photos and am always on the look-out for more to add to my collection. I love to help others discover more about their family heritage and welcome questions. My work includes: Moderator for the ISOGG DNA Newbie List (To join:, Proctor Surname DNA Project Administrator at FTDNA (, Administrator for the new ISOGG Wikipedia ( I am also a mom and run a commercial production company (, so I won’t be posting every day. 🙂

penn grand review

Pennsylvania Grand Review
Blog type: African-American genealogy, Pennsylvania genealogy

At the end of the Civil War, the Federal army held a Grand Review of its troops in Washington DC to celebrate the nation’s hard fought triumph over the Confederacy. However, the U.S. War Department did not invite black regiments or soldiers to participate, a painful insult to the nearly 200,000 African American patriots whose contributions during the final two years of the conflict had been vital to the Union’s ultimate victory. Instead, it was left to a dedicated group of civilians, mostly women, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to organize an alternative Grand Review for the nation’s black troops. This Pennsylvania Grand Review took place on the streets of the Pennsylvania state capital on Tuesday, November 14, 1865. Today, a broad coalition of state agencies and non-profit organizations have decided to commemorate that powerful story with a series of activities culminating in November 2010. This website supports those efforts and hopes to supplement their outreach by offering descendants and other willing students of history a dynamic forum for sharing their stories and finding out more about the bravery and sacrifice of a generation of African Americans who were sometimes ignored or slighted by the government they helped save.

pieces of the quilt

Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of an African-American Family
Blog type: African-American genealogy

Author Anita Wills’ second book, Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of An African American Family is scheduled for release June 15, 2009. The book is a culmination of over twenty years of researching and documenting a Family History. It is a historical accounting of the author’s mixed raced ancestors, who resided throughout Colonial America. They were soldiers, inventors, slaves, business people, politicians, and activists, who had extraordinary achievements.

ruth truths

Ruth Truths and Ruthisms
Blog type: Genealogy education

I have started yet another blog. Over the years, I have made many mistakes, some successes, and been blessed with numerous mentors. I have gained wisdom in what I call Ruth Truths and Ruthisms. Sources for these Ruth Truths, Ruthisms, and Ruth Thoughts come from Bible Study groups, being a daughter, being a wife, being a mother, being a grandmother, being a grandchild, Gardening, Gold Mining, Sports (participating, organizing, spectating), Volunteering (at church, at schools, in interest groups), Community Politics Involvement, Child Rearing, Corporate World, Friends and Friends Experiences.

Oh and I guess some from attending and participating in higher level education classes. Which brings me to my first Ruth Truth. Attending and Participating in an educational class, sports organization, event, family/friend gathering are very different experiences, with very special skills to hone in as you practice more and more.

the family orchard

The Family Orchard
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my Orchard! I have been doing family genealogy for about 17yrs. Am by no means a professional, I’m just addicted and in love with research, history, finding our ties, etc. I hope to share my experiences, the ups and downs of genealogy research (and maybe help some one along the way). And maybe meet a few cousins, share some stories, and learn more from the other experienced genea-bloggers out there. For more information on my families, visit my Website.

Main lines are Dean, Dekle, Loops, Loveall, Morgan, Tuthill and Young. And many more that I’m stumbling through. At the moment, I’m having a blast writing down all my lines – so they’re Somewhere for everyone (in my family) to find easily. Doesn’t make for an exciting blog, but I’ll get to that later.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

6 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs August 14, 2010

  1. Wow!

    Thanks so much for including me with all these other great Genealogy sites that are out there doing such great work. Especially as I’m not strictly a genealogy site but more about encouraging others to use audio to record the Life Stories that are still around them now as oral history.

    Thanks so much from the Land DownUnder. IK

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