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New Genealogy Blogs December 10, 2011

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:

ancestor search

Ancestor Search
Blog type: Individual family history

My journey on the road to discovering the stories of the SULLIVAN, ROBERTS, HAWTON and associated families. With a bit of my own history thrown in for good measure!

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Ancestral Times
Blog type: Individual family history

After years of non-blogging, I’ve decided to attempt a blog.  As a retiree, I should have the time now, right?  Not necessarily, so we’ll see!

I’ve been researching my family genealogy since I was in high school or college and want what I’ve found to be preserved in case future generations are interested in it.  Have other family members before me made an attempt to preserve information and I’ve not located it? I wonder!  So much has been lost as generations pass, papers are thrown away, stories and facts are forgotten, and acts of man and nature destroy things.  Technology has given us many more ways to preserve what we now have and know.

Lately I’ve been watching  webinars presented by Legacy Family Tree.  I missed the live webinars by Dear Myrtle, one of my new friends in genealogy, but I was able to order the recorded Blogging for Beginners and More Blogging for Beginners on CD from Legacy.  After receiving them, I put them on a shelf and continued with other things.  Evidently the time was right for viewing them yesterday and now I’m actually setting up my first blog.

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Branches, Leaves and Pollen
Blog type: Australian genealogy, Individual family history

Well, I’m taking a leap into the blogosphere! It isn’t that new to me, but a lot has changed since I had a LiveJournal blog about a decade ago. And since I deactivated that account I may have read many blogs, but I have rarely engaged with them, and I haven’t written a blog of my own since then. So apologies in advance if I break any blog etiquette! Please tell me nicely, and I’ll amend my ways (maybe).

A few months ago I made the decision to go ahead with a long term dream to have my own Genealogical Research business, and got myself an ABN and a website. I ordered some free business cards from Vistaprint, and convinced some friends to let me do some research on their family trees for free so I could use the examples on my website (which I haven’t uploaded yet).

Then I remembered I still had a job, a full time job, one that pays the bills. And that perhaps I should make sure my genealogical research skills were up to scratch. Although I am a policy researcher for a living, and I have been researching my own genealogy and that of my friends for almost 15 years, I felt I should have some kind of qualification to reassure my clients that I know how to find and verify information. So I enrolled in the excellent genealogical course with The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.

So this blog will probably end up being more about my journey through the IHGS course, and the challenges I face with my own research, than anything else! But I hope I can pass on some interesting information, and share the little victories with you, as I work towards turning my much loved hobby into a viable business.

Thanks must go to GeneaBloggers for their excellent advice to new bloggers, and to Lisa Louise Cook from Genealogy Gems, for always encouraging her listeners to jump in and get involved!

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Family Tree Helper
Blog type: Genealogy education, Professional genealogist

I’m Kelly and I am your Family Tree Helper!  I truly enjoy studying, doing family tree research and genealogy.  Family trees are my passion and I hope that I can help you to track down your ancestors and create your family tree.

Are you just starting your family tree research and need help getting started?  Check out my blog posts in the “How to do a Family Tree” section because there are quite a few of them that could help you get started.

Are you working on your family tree research and you’ve hit a brick wall, are having trouble tracking down a record or deciphering the information found in a record?  Check out the services section at the top of the site to see how I can help you out!

Have you always wanted to do family tree research, figure out where you hail from, or  but you just don’t have the time to do it for yourself?  I can do the hard and time-consuming work for you in making a family tree!  Check out the services section!

Does your family originally settle in the Midwest United States but you live too far away to visit and available information on them?  If so, I can make a day trip to and get whatever information and pictures I can.  Check out the services section!

I look forward to servicing your family tree research needs in any way that I can!

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Plains Holly Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

The Holly Leaf is a symbolic representation of the Erwin family. The Plains is where our fathers had weaved this one family into many. This is the tree that flourishes in both sunshine and shade.

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Scott Jangro’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history

My first love is technology, particularly designing web applications that people find useful. About the same time I discovered the Internet, I discovered a love for family history and genealogy. I started building websites to help people find their family history. Years, and several projects later, familytreecircles was born.

I spend pretty much all my time on my Internet business (including FamilyTreeCircles), but when I get the genealogy itch, I dig back into my ancestry. Here on this blog, I’ll write about the genealogy things I have going on — a mix of technology and family information.

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The Family of Burlingham Rudd
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is written in narrative fashion in an attempt to tell the story of Burlingham Rudd and his progeny. The lines between Burlingham 1st and his children and grandchildren are not clearly defined, and there is much we do not know about Burlingham 1st’s early life; so these narratives are written with as much historical relevance as possible as a basis for determining the probable circumstances of events as facts and documentation are applied to that context.

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The Pendleton Genealogy Post
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while, but I’ve been hesitant. I had no idea what to write about. I have so many interests. Which one should I focus on? Do I even want to put myself “out there” on a blog for all the world to see, mistakes and all? Then I read this post on DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog about why we should start our own blogs. It only took me a year and a half to finally get up the nerve to do it.

As suggested by Myrt, I’m hoping my genealogy blog will help me get my thoughts together and help me put together the bits and pieces from my research. I’m certainly no expert. I’ve learned a ton by reading other genealogy blogs, by pestering family researchers, and by my own trial and error. I also feel that my ancestors have stories to tell about their lives, and I want to do that for them. I want to share what information I have about my family that might help someone else in their research, and I want to connect with folks that might help me with mine. My blog won’t just be about the Pendletons in spite of what the title implies. I named it after me 🙂 I’m a Pendleton (of the Virginia Pendletons, as they say).

Please bear with me as I stumble through blogland while sharing my family’s stories and anything else genealogical with you.


Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is dedicated to my husband’s ancestors – both his paternal and maternal sides. I plan to post interesting items from our family collection, including family photos, unidentified photos, old postcards, memorabilia, findings of antiques, also articles about my research, and links to recommended books, articles, websites, all related to history and genealogy.

A little bit about my husband’s ancestors.. His maternal side is two main lines – Coomes and Shean. I was able to trace Coomes ancestors back to the 1600s. At that time this surname had a different spelling, Coombs. The earliest known ancestor is Richard Coombs born abt 1652 in England, who was among the first settlers in Maryland. Some of Richard’s descendants moved to Kentucky in the early 1770s, others moved to West Virginia and changed their name to Combs. Other surnames related to this line: Cooper, Hamilton, Hetu/Etue, Jarbow, Mitchell, Roby, Shercliffe, Stuart, Wharton.. Right now I’m focusing on the Shean line from Ireland which has not been researched much yet. Related surnames: Noel, McDonald. The Shean family lived in Rock Island, IL.

My husband’s paternal side is entirely German. These families lived in Alsace (France) and Germany and were farmers. In the early 1800s many of them migrated to South Russia (now Ukraine) and settled in the Odessa area. In the late 1800s political conditions in Russia changed quite a bit. Germans lost their privileges, promised them earlier by Catherine the Great, and they started to immigrate to the US, settling in the Dakotas and Texas.. This family side has been most researched for the last 10 years and the result of it is a huge family tree which is growing on a daily basis. Thanks to this particular research, I made many connections, found distant cousins and learned how to decipher very old handwritten records in Latin, German, French and Russian.

I also plan to post links to my family trees when I update them.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my blog.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

One thought on “New Genealogy Blogs December 10, 2011

  1. Thank you for adding my blog to your blog roll and a big thanks to all who stopped by and signed up as followers. I appreciate the support very much. I look forward to expanding my skills with the resources gathered here.

    Linda Rudd
    The Family of Burlingham Rudd

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