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New Genealogy Blogs August 20, 2011

new genealogy blogs

There are 19 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 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:

american genealogy

American Genealogy: Clues and Steps in the Ancestor Search
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

I am writing this blog as a researcher, providing tips to those who share my interest in genealogy and genealogy trends. I research professionally, and can be contacted at See full page description below.

beehive genealogy

Beehive Genealogy
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

Beehive Genealogy is my attempt to make sense of my ancestors, their place in time, and the communities they lived in as they moved west in Canada. I also get talkative about other interesting people I come across as I pore over censuses and vital records.

bones and branches

Bones and Branches
Blog type: Individual family history

Welcome to my family history blog. This blog will tend to be heavily focused on my families of origin, particularly the surnames Aylard, Barr, Vore, Citerley, Clark, Solie, Rasmussen, and Sortland.

beyerly family connections

Byerley Family Connections
Blog type: Individual family history, Tennessee genealogy

It was in October of 1752 when my 5th great grandfather Casper Beyre (Byerley) found himself walking off the ship Caledonia onto the soil of the new world in what is modern day Charleston, South Carolina.  While his actual place of birth is not known, all roads seem to point to him being born in Germany.  To get to the new world he would have made his way up the Rhine to Rotterdam and then over to England and on to the new world.  When he died circa 1804, he would leave  behind nine children to carry on his legacy.  Of these children, some would stay in Newberry County, South Carolina while others would make their way to Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, pioneers and explorers in the new nation as their father was in 1752.

There were other Byerleys who also migrated to the new world, settling in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  The name would change and take on many different spellings – Byerley, Byerly, Byarley, Barley, Berley, Bierley, to name a few. How and if they are all related is unknown – a mystery yet to be solved.

If you have found your way here – more than likely you are related is some fashion to one of those early Byerley men or women who traveled across the sea.  Or maybe you are related to those who stayed behind.  My hope is that this site will become a place where cousins will be found and brick walls will be solved.  Please join in and share your stories and family connections.

ericas adventures in genealogy

Erica’s Adventures in Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

For years I’ve tried to climb numerous “brick walls” as I’ve worked on my family history — many of my challenges are my women ancestors. I’ve met many wonderful, helpful genealogists, town clerks, historians, and societies along the way. Some of the names I’m working on: DAKIN, WORTHINGTON, SEARING, RICHARDSON, DeLOSS/LOSS, COPELAND, HARVEY, WRIGHT, EVANS, HELSTEN, SMITH (Conn.), HEARTY, ROBBERT, BOGART, NYE, BLODGETT & COBB.

family writing the family stories

Finally Writing the Family Stories
Blog type: Writing your family history

Turn your genealogy work into something you can share with your family. Don’t just keep boxes of genealogy stuff to pawn off to the next generation! Tell the family stories and share the wonderful details you’ve found in your research.

flaherty findings

Flaherty Findings
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy, for me, started at a young age. I often listened to the many stories my paternal grandparents told me about my ancestors — and I had known from an early age that one of my great grandmothers had been a member of the DAR — I was shown pedigrees of her family line every time I stayed with my grandparents.

My mother also told stories of her childhood in Boston, a place that seemed worlds away, as I was growing up on the west coast, in Washington State. But of her own ancestors she knew very little. She knew the name of her direct maternal great grandmother, Anna FLAHERTY, who died before she was born and the name of the man she married, Thomas HIGGINS, who had also died before my mother was born. But there had been very little in the way of stories handed down. And so somewhere during my teen years I resolved to find more information about my mother’s family and my own maternal ancestry.

That didn’t begin to happen until 1989.

It was then I received my very first genealogical record in the mail. It was the very first record that I would file involving any of my maternal ancestors — a snail mail ordered copy of a marriage certificate from the state of Massachusetts. My direct maternal great grandmother Anna T. FLAHERTY had married Thomas M. HIGGINS in 1904 in Boston.

I was ecstatic. And little did I know that the few clues in this one record would eventually lead to a collection of many other files, and a host of maternal ancestors within their covers — that I never knew existed.

The marriage record stated the name of her parents: John FLAHERTY and Margaret KENNEALLY. Other spellings would come to include CONLEY, CONNOLLY, and now CONNEELY.

A lot of discoveries have been made since 1989, among them a possible origin in Ireland for the FLAHERTYS and CONNEELYs: the island of Inis Meain in the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway Bay.

I am in the process of proving this origin, but this blog is also about my research activities in general. No doubt I will be mentioning other related families.

It’s a blog that will lean heavily on the research process, strategies, etc., but also upon the ancestors themselves, their lives and social history. At least that’s the vision.

fold3 blog

Fold3 Blog
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, Military blog

Today we announced our intention to create the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet and changed the name of the site from Footnote to Fold3.

This announcement isn’t a complete change from what we’ve been doing.  Some of our best and most popular work has been on military titles like the Revolutionary War Pension files, the Civil War Service Records and “Widows’ Pensions,” WWII Missing Air Crew Reports and the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

This new focus will direct our content plans and allow us to organize the site around military records.  In the future we’ll make other changes that will help us build the best online source for records related to the U.S. military, the men and women who have served and the families who support them.

last rp

Last RP
Blog type: Cemetery blog, UK genealogy

I am David Hamilton.

I run an on-line photography studio called Hamilton Panoramic, but more recently I have developed the “Last Resting Place” site.  I have been asked many times if I can locate and photograph gravestones in and around Durham and I must admit  that I have become fascinated by what I have discovered during my searches.

Interest in genealogy is on the increase and while there are countless websites and data-bases to assist researchers there are very few sites that can actually back up gravestone inscriptions with a photograph.  Enter Last Resting Place.

Cataloguing the 64 graveyards in County Durham is a huge undertaking, but that is my target.  Weather conditions are perfect at the moment and every spare moment I have is spent scurrying through undergrowth for long forgotten stones.  It is immensely moving to discover the final words of a broken hearted young widow, or the epitaph of a miner killed in one of the many disasters in the regions pits, but knowing that somebody, somewhere will also discover it as a piece of their own family history is truly inspiring.

Having now taken over 2,000 photographs from only 4 church yards my evenings are filled with cropping, analysing and uploading the images in the belief that they will bring pleasure to many people for years to come.   It is such a shame that so many stones have been lost to acid erosion, vandalism and neglect, but at least those that I have captured in high definition digital photography will now have a permanent archive within my website.  Please forgive the appearance of my gravestone index page, which might put some people off straight away, because it appears to be nothing more than an e-shop.  I’m working on that.

Whatever information is available from the stones is reproduced in the “more details”  for each gravestone listed.  Accessing that data is completely free.  If you should wish to obtain a current photograph of the gravestone for your own records then I do charge a nominal fee.  (This goes towards paying for this site, petrol costs and an occasional bottle of wine).  I’m not in it to get rich!

Sadly some stones are so badly eroded that they cannot be transcribed, these are still recorded and held within my galleries and I am happy to share these freely in the hope that advanced users of digital image software may be able to recover some of the detail otherwise lost.

I shall shortly be including a gallery of free images containing pictures of the churches and graveyards where the stones are located.  I will include in that gallery those stones that are severely eroded but contain some detail that may help genealogists with their research.  It should be up and running before the end of June!

Please feel free to use this site to comment on your own work, request assistance from others or event just to say hello – I really would welcome your comments, good, bad or indifferent!   Please bookmark us.  I will be updating the catalogue throughout the summer and if there is a particular church yard or gravestone that you wish me to document I will certainly add it to my “to do” list.

last words

Last Words
Blog type: Cemetery blog

Cemetery wanderings and studies in mortuary iconography.

on the trail of hillhouse

On The Trail of Hillhouse
Blog type: Individual family history

I am a descendant of William Hillhouse of Province. Seeking a proven Male descendant with the last name of Hillhouse interested in DNA testing to link possible members of the John & Rachel Hillhouse family of Free Hall (Limavady, Northern Ireland). Please contact me for further information.

random mews

Random Mews
Blog type: Individual family history

I’m researching several surnames including Cole, Jarrell, Dreffs, Stroik, Green, Bostic and Dominik.  I just started participating in Surname Saturday, Obituary Sunday and the 52 Weeks series.  I’m one of about 6,318 women named Jessica Green in the United States today, not to mention the thousands who also live abroad. I sure can’t speak for all of us, so I’ll only be speaking for me.

This Jessica was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. I’ve also lived in San Francisco, Boston and Phoenix. My husband and I currently live in Gilbert, Arizona with our four kitties. Olly (11), Cheetoe (9), Tumbleweed (7) and Lucky (3) round out our household of six.

I’m a computer geek by day. By night I’m a photographer, genealogist, concert-goer, club-hopper, movie-fanatic, casino-loving socialite. I enjoy playing Craps, Texas Hold’em, and Blackjack when I have the cash.


Blog type: Individual family history

My name is Paul Ross and I currently write from the great State of Idaho.  I just graduated from law school in Oklahoma and am now preparing to take the Idaho bar in July.  I am happily married to my beautiful wife, Amanda.  We welcomed our first-born, Aliza, into the world in October 2010.

I have lived in the states of California, Idaho, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah,  and Virginia.  I also lived for two years in the UK.  My Bachelors of Science degree is from Utah State University.  My Juris Doctor is from Oklahoma City University.  I happily belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  My primary interests are my family and its history, my faith and its history, and a number of other interests.  Any questions or complaints, please feel free to leave a comment or message for me.

searching for roots and branches

Searching for Roots and Branches
Blog type: Individual family history

Pamela D. Lloyd was born in Chicago, where her parents turned down an offer to sell her for two suitcases full of socks. When she was two months old, her family moved to Florida and, when she was three-years-old, to El Paso, Texas, where she grew up. Her interests include folklore and fairy tales, which often inspire her writing.

Pamela currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, her three step-sons, several dogs, and several cats. Her two sons also live in Tucson.

sges notes

SGES Notes
Blog type: Genealogy society blog

The Southern Genealogists Exchange Society is one of two dynamic genealogical societies located in Jacksonville, FL.  Though we style ourselves a local genealogical society, and most of our activities take place in the northeast Florida area, we serve the entire U.S. Southeast, and the rest of the country, as well.  We have members all over the country.

We publish a newsletter, Legacy, which is distributed to members electronically.  We also publish a quarterly, The Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Quarterly, which features articles about families, copies of documents, lists of cemetery interments, and other information of use to genealogists and family historians.  The quarterly began as a privately-published periodical in 1957, and has been in continuous publication since then.

We host yearly seminars.  We have had as seminar guests Lisa Arnold from and George G. Morgan, one of the “Genealogy Guys.”  Our seminars cover a variety of topics, with a host of local and national speakers.  Our next seminar is on 10 September 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street, in Jacksonville.  The speaker is Patricia Charpentier, who will guide attendees in writing down their family histories and memories.  Patricia has been our guest before, and her sessions are lively and instructive.  Start writing your memories now.

Our president is Jon Ferguson.  I am the Education Chair and duty blogger, Karen Rhodes.  This blog will discuss the activities of SGES, its history, and topics of genealogical interest not just to those tracing southern lineages, but — I hope — to all.  I also plan to have guest bloggers present their own perspectives on genealogical topics.

For more information on the SGES, including how to join, visit our website.


Släktforskning för Noviser (Genealogy for Novices)
Blog type: Swedish genealogy

En blogg om släktforskning. Om du är nybörjare som släktforskare eller funderar på att börja släktforska kanske du kan ha nytta av mina vedermödor och glädjeämnen. Jag kommer att ta upp sådant som jag tycker har varit svårt som nybörjare i släktforskning. Jag kommer också att tipsa om program och websidor jag har haft nytta av, men också berätta om min egen släktforskning.

(Via Google Translate): A blog about genealogy. If you are a beginner genealogist or thinking about genealogy, you can benefit from my hardships and joys. I will address the things that I think have been difficult as a beginner in genealogy. I will also advise on programs and websites I have benefited from, and also tell you about my own genealogy.

the colbert whelan family

The Colbert Whelan Family
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been researching my family history for over 30 years and am now writing a book. It will include both sides of the family – the Colberts and the Whelans. They all came from Ireland and they all settled in New York City.

The Colberts were the first to arrive – in 1843, and my grandmother Annie Shanley Whelan, the last – in 1901.

Family Names are:

Colbert – Ryan, Roche, Ashe, Coleman, Fitzsimmons, Wallace, Crowe

Whelan – Shanley, Ahern, Keating, Collins, Heffernan, delaGarde, Gibbons, Fagan

I would love to contact extended family and exchange information.

The banner picture is of Lough Sheelin, Ross, County Meath – taken by Kate Forman during her trip there a few years ago. My grandmother was born in Ross. Kate also checked out nearby Greenan which was the home of the Ashe family.

walking in their footsteps

Walking In Their Footsteps
Blog type: Individual family history

This is a new experience…writing about the journey to find my family history. It is about my Dutch/French Huguenot ancestry, Banta, Montfort, Riker, Demarest, Bloedgoet, Marston, Brinckerhoff,plus Boone, Wilcoxson, Cook, Craig, Faulkner, Hawkins, but will also include Stewart, Wright, Davis, Love, Ragan, Kithcart, Payne, Alberti and others. I am also very interested in the connection of my Montfort family to the Shaker religious society of Kentucky, The Low Dutch Colony of PA and KY.

wandering roots

Wandering Roots
Blog type: Individual family history

Let me introduce myself.

My name is Julia (nee)McCartney Hogston, I prefer Julie  .  I am an amateur Genealogist. There are many family historians in my family.  I think the addiction came to me through DNA ! and not from a Geneabug bite!

For the last 16 yrs I have worked on my Husbands genealogy and when I hit  brick walls in that direction I picked up my paternal lines.

I chose my paternal lines because my mother is working her genealogy. History has always been a favorite subject of mine and adding my family into the historical time lines makes it very personal.

Some of the greatest times I have had doing my research was spending time at the Golden Gates Genealogy Forum on AOL and then for awhile after that in the Genealogy Forum on parenting at AOL.  I was a host for about 10 years at the Forum aka GFSLadyJay and seen in my play name very often as The6jays. Many many friends and extended family members were found there.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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