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New Genealogy Blogs August 28, 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 18 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,260 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:

bella online

Bella Online Genealogy
Blog type: Genealogy education, genealogy industry is a website that has genealogical related articles, reviews and educational information to assists those researching their ancestors. A free newsletter is sent out when new articles are written by those who sign up. A forum is hosted for those who wish to communicate more with their surnames and research questions or just wish to make friends with those who have similar interests in family history. Occasional chats are held discussing things that are current in the genealogy field. This site is for those who are beginners as well as those who have been doing research for a while. I welcome input and topic suggestions from those who wish to submit.

central ny gen soc

Central New York Genealogical Society
Blog type: Genealogical society blog, New York genealogy

Sharing information related to genealogical research and technology including computer application, cameras, scanner, websites and databases through verbal exchange at meetings, blogging, social networking and mentoring.

contra costa county gen soc

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
Blog type: California genealogy, Genealogical society blog

As the Publicity Coordinator of the CCCGS, I thought it was time to Blog something. So today, my friends, realizing that the public library was closed, I found myself heading to Barnes and Noble to learn about how to write a Blog. Since I like to write and hope one day to write an entertaining book based on my ancestors, I instinctively headed to the writing section of the book store. There were lots of books about style. Books on how to write a book in 30 days and how to write a romance but only one book on blogging. Unsatisfied with the lack of choices, I took a step back to look for more and I noticed that I was standing right next to the Genealogy books. That was a sign! So on this beautiful August evening in sunny California, I begin this adventure.


Currach – Discovering My Ancestry Before The Canvas Frays
Blog type: Individual family history

I have been working on my family genealogy intermittently for several years, but this year have made great strides after I was found by some previously unknown cousins.

As I have discovered more evidence of my family’s immigrations and documentation of their lives, I have become entranced by the idea that while we live in different times we often travel similar paths.

While I may write about technical tools and techniques here, my initial intention for this blog is to document my travels through time as I discover my family’s footprints.

I am an information systems and security professional by trade. Now that I, certifiably, have the genealogy bug I have found that many of my technical skills normally used for finding unprotected data in order to secure it can be quite valuable when researching one’s family.

Finally, I have named the blog Currach, after a phrase from John O’Donohue’s Beannacht (Blessings):

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

d kays days

d kay s days
Blog type: Individual family history

Just a few short years ago I was eyebrow deep in Mom-hood, in the busy-ness of family business. In a veritable blink, my eyes opened to an empty morning: husband off in his work, both kids off in their adult-like worlds. Many long days have been spent filling the nooks and crannies of my life with family lore blog posts, photographs, chat stories of dogs, bird of the day Facebook posts–old, life-long hobbies and habits updated with today’s technology and communities.

I woke to a startling thought: I don’t need to reinvent myself. I need to care for the self that I am. A storyteller.

Now this blog will be more than about family history; I will incorporate all the stories that fill d kays days.

family tree folk

Family Tree Folk
Blog type: Genealogy vendor blog, UK genealogy

Owner of Family Tree Folk, a genealogy company supplying gifts, cards, magnifiers and archival storage products to Family Historians.


Blog type: French genealogy blog, Individual family history

: Tout sur la Généalogie: Sites, Logiciels, Documents, Archives, Cartes Postales, Histoire, Métiers..

highland ranch

Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society
Blog type: Colorado genealogy, Genealogical society blog

The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society was established in 1997 to promote an interest in genealogy and history through:

  • Encouraging and instructing members in quality genealogical research and documentation techniques through informative programs and educational materials.
  • Assisting and supporting genealogical libraries, archives, and historical museums in Colorado that are open to the public.

Publishing genealogical information as directed by the membership. There are nine meetings held per year.

We meet from September to May, 7 PM to 9 PM the first Tuesday of every month in the Highlands Ranch Library located at 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM you can view handouts, ask questions, meet old friends and make new ones. The formal meeting will start at 7 PM with a brief business session followed by that night’s program.


Blog type: Forensic genealogy

From forensic expert Colleen Fitzpatrick comes Identifiers International with really fascinating stories taken from her forensic genealogy case files.

macarthur genealogy

MacArthur Genealogy Services
Blog type: Massachusetts genealogy, New England genealogy, Professional genealogists

Bernard L. MacArthur, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States Professional Genealogist servicing North America, including immigration research to European countries. Let me search your family history for you!

ninas genealogy

Nina’s Genealogy
Blog type: Georgia genealogy, Individual family history, Kentucky genealogy, Mississippi genealogy, Virginia genealogy, West Virginia genealogy

Genealogy research notes, stories, photos and documents of interest to genealogists studying WALTON, SANSOM, PARKS, MULLINS, BANKSTON, MCCOY, HOBBS, NUNLEY and GILKERSON family lines in WV, KY, VA, GA, and MS.

on being a bridge builder

On Being A Bridge Builder
Blog type: Individual family history

After reading an article in my latest Family Tree Magazine I decided to start a genealogy blog. In the past twenty years I have collected genealogies, family histories, stories, photos and more. In this blog I will share many of these as well as insights, tips and anything else I think may be of interest to my followers. I hope you will join me on my adventure as I become a bridge builder, connecting my ancestors to my descendants and hopefully encouraging others to build their own bridges.

pioneer portraits

Pioneer Portraits – Miller/Swain Family History
Blog type: Genealogy education blog, Individual family history

George and LaRee Miller We have been married for 43 years. We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and are currently serving a mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, UT. We have enjoyed spending the first couple of years of our retirement doing Family History work. We hope to share some of the interesting things that we find with readers of this blog.

Welcome to Pioneer Portraits, the stories of our ancestors. We want to share our Family History and the journey we are taking through the past as we find those who came before us.

We will share our tips and tricks that we find along the way and hope that you find this information useful as you discover your own portraits from the past.

schwans lohr

Schwans and Lohr Family Roots Blog
Blog type: Individual family blog

My interest in genealogy started many years ago when my aunt Ella Kruse showed me the tombstones of my great-great grandparents, Heye Groeneveld and Antje Bronlewe; and, my great-grandparents, John and Martha Sievers, in the St. Peter’s UCC Cemetery of rural Wellsburg, Iowa. Some of the inscriptions were in German and, it seemed I would never learn more about these ancestors. But eventually I did, and this blog is a continuing commentary of what, so far, has been an incredible experience.

Tracing a family tree is not a solo project and I have had much assistance from my husband, Jim, and collaboration with far-reaching cousins from California to Germany to France. Thanks to Neil for his terrific analytical skills and persistence; Jane and Jens for providing the bulk of the material on the Schwans lines (ten pages of ancestors, meticulously researched!); Antje and Hnrich (my eighth cousin!) for the Groeneveld material that connected where I first began my search; Adrian (now deceased) who researched the Krier line the “old” way, before the use of the Interent … and to all who have contributed so much along the way. Thank you!

the jones surname

The Jones Surname
Blog type: Surname blogs

I wanted to start a blog that deals the history, origin, and genealogy of the JONES surname. Those who have an interest, question, or comment regarding the JONES surname and how one might go about doing the genealogy of such a difficult surname come join the fun. I have already started a blog that relates my own JONES family and how I got started doing genealogy more than 50 years ago. The blog is I thought I would get more questions, but so far most folks just seem to like reading the family stories. So let’s have at it. JONES is my name, and JONES tree climbing is my game. Questions anyone?

the passionate genealogist

The Passionate Genealogist
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, Professional genealogists

My purpose is to help people with their family history search. I will search archives, libraries and other repositories for those who wish to know the information they hold. Family history is my passion and I want to help others find and share that same passion. I have been working on my own family history for over 20 years and have enjoyed all the work that entails. A great joy is proving the truth of a family story or finding someone who has been elusive in the search. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together brings great satisfaction and excitement as your own personal family knowledge grows.

My research has led me through Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand. I have enjoyed finding “cousins” around the world and meeting new people who have helped me very much with my search.

scottish emigration

The Scottish Emigration Blog
Blog type: Scottish genealogy

Welcome to The Scottish Emigration Blog! I decided I needed a project during summer vacation and blogging seemed like a good one. The general rule of thumb is to blog about what you are truly interested in. Well, my favorite aspect of history is migration patterns, particularly emigration from Scotland to the United States. I’m not sure how many other people are interested in Scottish Emigration too, but I expect I’ll find out.

My dissertation was written on emigration from the parishes near Inverness to Scotch Settlement, a community in Ohio, during the early nineteenth century. It wasn’t a bad dissertation if I do say so myself. However, with an overwhelming teaching load over the past several years and an indecisive nature, I have done very little with it. I hope that the blog will help me figure out what to do.

The plan for this blog is for me to share my interests in Scottish Emigration, primarily to the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Posts will be a mixture of things I have found out since I completed my PhD, things that I discovered but were not relevant to the dissertation, and bits and pieces of new research. I’m not entirely certain what form future posts will take or how often they will occur; it will be an adventure for us all.

trace my family tree

Trace My Family Tree
Blog type: Genealogy education

Hi there and welcome to Trace My Family Tree!

My name is Amir (I usually go by Abba-Dad on my blogs) and I am a husband and father to two adorable girls. I am also a genealogy nut and amateur family historian. I started my journey a few years ago when I tried to remember who everyone in my family was and how we were all connected to each other. I had a hard time putting names to faces and figuring out all the connections. Since I didn’t know of anyone in my immediate family who had started a family tree, I decided to do it myself. I figured it would be a great asset to my daughters when they grew up since my wife and I come from completely different backgrounds.

Pretty quickly, I was immersed in pedigree charts, family group sheets and online databases and tools. It was easy to get confused by all the information out there and I made a lot of early mistakes (and still make some today). It’s still a learning process and I learn something new every day. So I created this blog to help beginning family historians get started on their journey by focusing on simple steps, tools, websites, resources and tips. I won’t go into any of my own research here unless there is something that would be helpful to you. I hope you find it useful!

I would love to hear from you, so please hit the contact tab up top and send me a quick note. You can also leave comments on any of the posts.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

8 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs August 28, 2010

  1. I’ve started up a new genealogy blog this week, mainly based around the humungous number of personal family photos I need to scan and catalogue. Can you add me to the list please, Thomas? 🙂

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