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New Genealogy Blogs December 1, 2012

new genealogy blogs

There are 9 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:

A Barnsley Historians View

A Barnsley Historian’s View
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

My blog is about my life with several invisible disabilities (Crohn’s disease, Fibromyalgia), my 20 journey through family history and my current life as an over qualified housewife, attempting to keep active by volunteering at the local Archives and with a local History Group.  Oh, and I’m a very keen and active Campaign for Real Ale member.

Many of my ancestors come from Sunderland, Co Durham and I am particularly interested in the surnames Hutton, Elstob, Mordey from there. I have traced each of these families back to the early 18th century, and would like to investigate the complex links between these families of middle-class merchants, shipowners, master mariners, lawyers and doctors (surgeons). Unfortunately I live over 100 miles away from the relevant archives, so currently my research is limited to what I can glean online or by sending for documents through the post.

I have a long standing interest in the suburb of Heeley in Sheffield and was involved in the Heeley History Workshop until I moved to Barnsley in 2003.

Due to marrying a Barnsley chap in 2004 I am now based here in the very centre of England.  I have extended his family tree to the point where his ancestors and their descendants are intermarrying not only with each other but with the ancestors of many of our friends in Barnsley.  Not that I’m saying Barnsley is a small place, it’s just that I’ve spent so long on this bit of research that I am no longer surprised to find that my OH’s father’s best friend was also his fifth cousin twice removed, or that my friend GB is related by marriage to her husband through my husband!

Branches and Limbs

Branches and Limbs
Blog type: Individual family history

Genealogy and ancestry search, stories and information for the many branches and limbs in my family. Covering many family names including Burke, Stevens, Herman, Schwiebert, Freytag, Chandler, Florentz and more in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, France, Germany and England.

Celebrating Family Stories

Celebrating Family Stories
Blog type: Genealogy education, Writing Your Family History

My blog has several purposes – to share bits of family stories in the hope that it may encourage others to do the same, to educate and inform others beginning their search of family history, and to provide a creative outlet for my writing and crafting interests.  As I describe myself on the blog, I am a former school library media specialist, an avid scrapbooker, and accidental family historian who enjoys the process of learning more about our families and sharing it with others.

Digging Up Your Roots

Digging Up Your Roots
Blog type: Genealogy education, Individual family history, Professional genealogist blog

My name is Cathy von Hassel-Davies and I have been doing genealogy research for 20+ years. I started researching my von Hassel/Hassell/Hazell family tree in the 80′s and then moved on to my husband’s side of the family, the Davies. Both of these families proved interesting to research and have been a valuable learning experience.

The von Hassel/Hassell/Hazell family has proven difficult as my grandfather died a week before my Dad was born and any documentation is scarce due to WWII. You see there was one teeny, tiny, little hitch, one of my ancestors tried to kill Hitler and was caught. He was part of the seven in the bunker with the bomb, and he was hung with his cohorts. I actually have an audio of the trial where every possession was taken from the von Hassel family as punishment. Due to this, many records and family history showing any relations to Ulrich von Hassell was destroyed. My great-aunt Anne Hinck (sister to my paternal grandmother) was the one who told me about this link when I was young. She had a memorial book of John F. Kennedy which listed the dignitaries who attended his funeral and listed was Kai-Uwe von Hassel. One day while showing me the book she explained to me the family connection, it was very complicated for my young brain and unfortunately she couldn’t or wouldn’t retell the story in later years. She said she did have everything written down and it was mine when she passed away, but unfortunately when she passed family relations didn’t allow this and a massive dump of her belongings was done.

The Davies side shows how important it is not to believe everything you are told (and this includes the above story) until you can actually show proof. My husband, his brother, their grandfather, and other family members were always said they came from Wales and believed it until… Yes, you guessed right, I started researching and went back to my husband’s 2nd great grandfather around 1806 and I discovered he was born in England.

Professionally I have researched many other families such as Bair/Baer family of Kane, McKean County, Pennsylvania, along with:

Tighe’s – Ireland
Carter’s – VA & NC
Borchers’ – Germany
Glandorf’s – Germany

I specialize in researching genealogy within the United States – East coast and mid-Atlantic, along with Europe – England, Ireland, Wales and Germany. Even though I have been working in this field for over 20 years I decided this year to get my professional certifications.


Blog type: Individual family history

I’m not sure what this genealogy blog will ultimately be, but I’m excited to see where it goes. I have been casually researching my family tree since 2008 and have made great progress. I live in the United States and can trace one side of my family tree back to the American Revolution and the other back to just before the American Civil War. I was lucky to have a firm base of information to build upon and have made many interesting (to me!) discoveries over the last few years.

Many people ask me about the scandal that piqued my interest in genealogy. The short version is that a close relative ‘disappeared’ when I was 4 years old and I stumbled across some information that proved he was really hiding in plain sight. By choice.

I located another not-so-distant relative through (an entire branch I had no idea existed!) and uncovered more skeletons and more scandal!

An AncestryDNA test revealed that 99% of my genetic makeup originates from the British Isles – England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

John Fuller

John Fuller of Newton, MA
Blog type: Individual family history, Massachusetts genealogy

Welcome to our research on the family of our ancestor – John Fuller of Newton, farmer, maltster, elected officer of Cambridge & Newton, founding member of the Church and a member of the first settlers of Newton, MA.

This genealogy website includes historical information, documents and pictures which will be of interest to those researching ‘Fuller’ ancestry or those who are interested in the history of Newton or Cambridge, MA.

My Family Historian

My Family Historian
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog was created to tell the stories of my ancestors as well as explain how I found them. Getting the names of my people out there was a main goal, but I would like to not only discuss my ancestors but invite readers to share their own stories and questions. Genealogy is very much a collaborative effort and I would love to use this blog as a resource for myself and others to learn as much as possible about their family’s history.

my ancestral souls

My Northern Ancestral Souls
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog traces the linage of my ancestors Filson, Hunter, Manuwal, Zimmerman, Coplen (Copeland), Severns, Rodabaugh and Hynes. Back in time, from Indiana to Ohio to Virginia and Pennsylvania and over the ocean to Ireland, England, Germany and places unknown. I hope you enjoy my family history and the join of genealogy. To subscribe to this blog, go to the bottom of the page.

The Dead Bell

The Dead Bell
Blog type: Cemetery blog

Just another taphophile’s blog. In addition to posting about cemetery architecture and history, I may occasionally ramble about funeral practices and burial customs. I’m also a member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Good stuff.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

One thought on “New Genealogy Blogs December 1, 2012

  1. Just wanted to say I love your new look–streamlined and smartly reorganized. Appreciate all you’ve been doing for fellow genealogy bloggers and researchers in general!

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