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New Genealogy Blogs December 18, 2010

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[Editor’s 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 22 newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs that we’ve located this week for a total of 1,528 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:

2338 W. Washington Blvd.
Blog type: Individual family history

This address is the home owned by my great grandparents, Edward P. Kennelly and Mary Winifred McDonell Kennelly. During the difficult times, many family members moved back and took up residence here again often bringing their families with them. It was a home and a refuge.

I am a teacher by profession who only discovered family history a couple of years ago. I love the chase and discovery of genealogy. I love to analyze a problem and think of different ways to solve it. Genealogy provides me with endless mysteries to solve. I must have the soul of a detective. If I ever win a fortune in the lottery, I will travel the world and hire someone else to clean my house. The love of sewing and handwork is in my genes and nothing relaxes me more than a day in my sewing room.

All The Nuts In The Tree
Blog type: Individual family history

I aspire to great things, but don’t do anything to get there…

Bickerstaffs – England to New England
Blog type: Individual family history

My great-grandfather Thomas Bernard Bickerstaff and his sister Agnes emigrated from England to the U.S. Their story is an interesting one, with several mysteries: who was their father? How did they keep in touch with family members when they were raised in the poorhouse? And whose probate hearing did Agnes attend in the early 1900’s? Will these mysteries ever be solved? [Ongoing genealogy research on this family…]

Cathy’s Genealogy Blog
Blog type: Individual family history, Italian genealogy

I began this blog as a way of sharing information. I have some pretty interesting ancestors. I will write about them here. I have found saints and sinners, artists and musicians, farmers and nobility. And that is just the Italian side!

I will also talk about recent or upcoming projects, give updates to my websites and talk about genealogy in general. I am beginning this blog with my Italian roots but this blog will also include my early American settlers of my mother’s family. If there is something you would like to see here let me know.

Clepper Family History
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog is dedicated to William Wesley Morris Clepper, his wife Maggie Lee Forehand, and their descendants. Please let me know if you have anything to add, correct, or share.

Digging Up The Ancients
Blog type: Individual family history, UK genealogy

I grew up in Amble, a small coastal town in North-East England. Went to school in the county town of Alnwick. Ventured further afield to Stirling University in the 70′s. Returned to N.E to work in Newcastle for a few years, then headed for London in the 80′s. In 1986 I moved to Norway for a two year assignment and stayed. Living in Norway makes it an interesting logistical challenge getting time to dig into archives in the UK, so I really have to focus on good preplanning internet research to get the most out of each trip back to the UK.

Who do I think I am?

My childhood memories indicate humble beginnings from lines of pitmen and fisherfolk, with my parents’ generation being the first to break the mould in terms of lifestyle and location. I am curious about how my ancestors lives were constrained by the situation they were born into and how their constraints and choices have impacted on my own personality and lifestyle.

Family Archaeologist
Blog type: Individual family history

My family’s ancestral roots are in Transylvania — known more for its Dracula legend than the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Germans, like my father’s parents, who had made it their home beginning in the twelfth century. One hundred years ago, my grandfather headed for America from that stunning land of rugged mountains and lush valleys, armed only with youthful optimism, confidence, and a fierce work ethic, determined to succeed in America. My grandmother followed, and they built a life interwoven with the historical events of the decades to come.

I knew the broad outlines of the family story, but details were scant. Until I started the Dig.

Family History News and More
Blog type: Genealogy education, Genealogy industry

All things genealogy and family history: Events News Tips Etc.

Fur Trade Family History
Blog type: Canadian genealogy, French-Canadian genealogy, Individual family history

This is the beginning of a blog which might make it easier for me to communicate with the many branches of my fur trade family — the Scottish Anderson-Setons who had four brothers and one cousin in the fur trade of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the Scottish and French-Canadian Birnie-Beaulieus who had (at least) three generations in the fur trade of the North West Company. The Anderson-Setons are spread around the world; for the most part the descendants of James Birnie and Charlot Beaulieu (and Charlot’s sister, Josephine, who married Joseph Rondeau and ended up in St. Paul) have remained in North America.

Blog type: Individual family history

Here you’ll find: information that usually goes out to the gates cousins email list, biographies of special characters as they are discovered and added to the family tree, research histories of select cases, questions and wonderings about hard-to-solve searches and other miscellaneous thoughts about genealogy and its mysterious ability to transcend time, changing us hundreds of years after the changing event occurred.

Going to the West
Blog type: Individual family history

This blog was created to allow me to write at greater depth about the tidbits of family lore and family history that I have collected from family members and my own research. The title of the blog is taken from a traditional American folk song, Going to the West. I’m partial to the Bill Staines recording, from his album of the same name. The song speaks to the determination of our ancestors to take a risk and seek opportunity in a new land.

Images Past
Blog type: Individual family history, Scottish family history

I work as a professional genealogist in Scotland and have decided to use this Images Past blog for my own personal stories and photographs. I seem to be the “custodian” of the old family pictures and am slowly scanning and cataloguing the varied collection! It’s a big responsibility but lots of fun and I hope to explore the stories of some of the people in the pictures with you.

If you recognise anyone in any of the pictures, I’d be delighted to email you high resolution copies of the photos and equally delighted if you can help with names/dates/places.

I’m hoping that this will be a chance to take my Professional hat off and have a bit of fun All feedback/input/criticism and comment is gratefully received, so please get in touch – I’d be so pleased to hear from you.

In Search of Truth
Blog type: Individual family history

I grew up thinking no one knew their grandparents, or did things with their cousins, or knew who their aunts and uncles were.

At my father’s funeral in the early 80’s, his sister handed me a packet with what she had gleaned of my father’s heritage. I put the packet aside and didn’t look at it until much more recently.

I’m not sure what made me have an interest in genealogy. At this point, my goal is to know the truth. I’m a writer, and I like a good story as much as the next person, but it’s difficult to know how things came to be the way they are without knowing the history behind it all.

My father has passed away, and my mother has never given a straight story about anything in her life.

So I set out to discover the truth for myself.

Joan’s Ponderings and Muses
Blog type: Individual family history

Years ago, I was challenged to take some genealogy notes my grandparents had done ( the old fashioned way) by going to courthouses and cemeteries and libraries and expand on it. I was living in the south and my heritage was New England so I foolishly thought I would not find much. At our library I found the Revolutionary War pension records….and to my surprise there were my ancestors!

Melted and Merged: The Smiths
Blog type: Individual family history

Ben and I were married on July 12, 2008. In 2009 we both graduated from the University of Chicago. A few months later we moved to Arizona, and Ben joined the Army. Now it is 2010 and we just moved to Fort Hood, TX. Life is guaranteed to be an adventure!

My Rebel Roots
Blog type: Individual family history.

This blog in no way endorses secession from the Union, neo-Confederate propaganda, racism, or the use of any of the myriad of Confederate flags to promote any such agendas. We do not condone slavery nor do we seek to excuse it. Family history, told from the point of view of Southern heritage, is the only agenda we have.

Navigating the Craft of Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

I’ve been researching long enough to realize just how much I have yet to learn. My craft will never be perfected, nor all my relatives discovered, which is just as I would want it.

Relatively Speaking
Blog type: Individual family history, New England genealogy

Welcome to Relatively Speaking, the web journal of the Mitchell, Walton, Currier, Dickie, Pond, Fiske, Noyes, Coffin, Eastey, Frost, & Greenleaf Clans. Oh, there are many more family names, but you will just have to explore these pages and visit our online family tree: An Old New England Heritage to find out more. Thank you for stopping by!

Blog type: Individual family history

Who knew that retirement would be so much fun? I enjoyed working with kids and books and technology as a school librarian, but now I love having time to myself for walking, riding my bike, taking photos, researching, volunteering, knitting, writing, and blogging.

Rosales’ History of the South
Blog type: Hispanic genealogy

Welcome, I will be writing about the History of The South from the Colonial Era to the Present. I am a Historian and Genealogist, as well as the Author of the popular bilingual “Rosales’ History of The South” Newspaper Column and Radio Show) and also the Author of various books and articles dealing with Southern History and Genealogy. I will be happy to assist you in finding your Southern or Hispanic Ancestors, so feel free to email below. This site is a “work in progress” so visit often.

The Erudite Genealogist
Blog type: Genealogy education

Kids are often asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Well, it took me a long time to figure out. I studied politics and national security in school while I worked in libraries, I became a computer programmer, and then added wife and mom to the mix. All the while, I was the family historian – something I loved to do. Finally, I realized that the career advice of “do what you love” applied to me, too, and genealogy really was what I wanted to do. Maybe that means I’ve grown up? I doubt it, but at least I finally figured out what I want to do!

This blog is intended to record my development as a researcher, doing genealogy as part of every-day life, and becoming a professional genealogist. I hope this proves enjoyable for readers.

How did I come up with the blog’s title, “The Erudite Genealogist?” A few years back I was reviewing a GRE word list. I love vocabulary words and especially like to throw a 25 cent word into everyday conversation (you should see the looks of “here she goes again” that I get from the husband when I do that). One of the words on the list was “erudition.” It means “knowledge and learning, especially from books.” It became my word of the day, then of the month, and now, its pretty much my favorite word overall. What better word to describe a great genealogist?

Thompson/Reidy Genealogy
Blog type: Individual family history

Information includes documents and other information related to the John Thompson (Thomas) and Bridget Reidy (Reedy) family. For additional information on the family, visit my Website at: Please add your stories and comments on this Blog about the Thompson/Reidy family

John Thompson (Thomas) was born in Ireland c 1831 and married Bridget Reidy c1852 in Ireland. Bridget was born in Ireland sometime before 1839. In the 1860s the family immigrated from Ireland, probably County Limerick, to Chicago, Illinois. They had six known children, four born in Ireland and two born in Illinois. Bridget [Madigan/Thompson Genealogy] the oldest was born c1855 in County Limerick and died in Chicago in 1935. The other children born in Ireland include: Mary Ellen (c1857-1806); Martin (c1863-1898); and James (c1863 – 1932). The two youngest children John (c1867-1879) and Lillian Marie (1869-1928) were born in Illinois, most likely, Chicago. The mother, Bridget, died of heart failure and pneumonia on May 3, 1900. Father, John, died of pneumonia three years later on May 21, 1904. By the time of their death, their last name had changed to Thomas. They are both buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

8 thoughts on “New Genealogy Blogs December 18, 2010

  1. Thank you for including my family history blog in your list. I’m so glad to find your site, because I was having a hard time locating other blogs on family history. Now I have so much to discover! You have built a wonderful resource.

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